My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I requested LEFT HANGING as an ARC from the author because I have read her YA work. Overall, I enjoyed the book a great deal, even though I don’t normally read much romance. This is a cute story about two star-crossed lovers who can’t get on the same page communication-wise.
It all starts when Darla and Theo introduce themselves as Juliet and Romeo at a college party, and it spirals out of control for seven years of miscommunication and missed chances. They are sweet in a completely clueless way, but after awhile, I just wanted them to actually talk about their issues. It doesn’t take a genius to spend thirty minutes talking to one another rather than hearing half of the story and running off with misconceived notions, and about halfway through the book, I was ready to lock our two main characters in a room and force them to discuss the “big secret” that lay between them.
Of the two MCs, Darla is my favorite. She seemed to have her head together more than Theo did most of the time, and I felt that I could relate to her.
Theo was just a little too willing to take things as half truths, when he didn’t let the other person finish what they had to say. He could be a self-righteous jerk, and I wanted him to develop more of a backbone to tell people what he wanted. I couldn’t believe that he would spend seven years with Mallory. They seemed completely incompatible, and their relationship grated on my nerves a bit.
The side characters were great. Isaac was my favorite because he seemed like such a genuinely good guy, and he provided a lot of tender moments for both the MCs.
I would definitely read another one of Cindy Dorminy’s books. I hope her career continues to grow.