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    4.5 stars- Unique characters and story

    I’ve had Miss King’s debut novel on my TBR list for many months, but have yet to get to it. So when I saw the opportunity to read Riot Street as an ARC, I was eager to give her writing a try. Her unique writing style is clear from the outset. It’s detailed, contemplative, and often wanders a bit between subjects, almost as if the narrator can’t ignore the background noise. As the story is told exclusively from the heroine’s point of view and this is my first book by the author, I wasn’t sure if this is Miss King’s trademark writing style or Avery’s character. Whatever it is, it both caught me off guard and pulled me into the story. I found both main characters to be very unique and interesting. Avery is an aspiring journalist who is trying to make a career and name for herself while desperately trying to shed the ghosts of her past. Her voice comes through perfectly. I recognized her strength and uncertainty immediately, and despite her distinct experiences, it was easy to identify with her. The more I learned about her character, the more I appreciated that her thought process and the writing reflects her journalistic side- composed, analytical, and considering other people’s motivations for their actions or reactions. While this style does make the pacing a tad slower at times and took some getting used to, it resonates with Avery’s character and brings her to life. I found Ethan equally compelling. At first glance, he’s a typical contemporary romance hero- the ambitious, successful heartthrob working at the heroine’s place of employment. However, the reader gradually sees that veneer peeled back to learn there are secrets and hidden depths to his character. The romance between these two quickly develops, and yet it feels like a slow burn. I really respect the way the author wrote this couple’s story. It was powerful and sometimes tragic, but believable. Beyond the romance, the story of Avery’s itself is incredibly interesting once it all comes together. I really hadn’t anticipated many of the subplots or conflicts and I was picking up my e-reader at every available opportunity to know what happens next. After this author’s first release, I heard a lot of praise about her style and ability to give a real quality to the characters and romance. I definitely saw that in Riot Street and would highly recommend it to those who want something a bit different from the typical contemporary romance. *Received ARC via Netgalley, Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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