Title: Like No Other
Author: Una LaMarche
Release Date: 7/24/2015
Reviewed by: Emily
Devorah is a consummate good girl who has never challenged the ways of her strict Hasidic upbringing. Jaxon is a fun-loving, book-smart nerd who has never been comfortable around girls (unless you count his four younger sisters). They’ve spent their entire lives in Brooklyn, on opposite sides of the same street. Their paths never crossed . . . until one day, they did.
When a hurricane strikes the Northeast, the pair becomes stranded in an elevator together, where fate leaves them no choice but to make an otherwise risky connection. Though their relation is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they go? Just how much are they willing to give up?
I know, it might seem terribly cliché, but this is honestly one of my favorite romance books. The romance between Devorah and Jax is sweet and sharply honest. The story doesn’t cast aside their cultural identities and religions just so they can ride off into the sunset without a care in the world.
Devorah’s character development does not follow the formulaic pattern of a girl who used to be super-religious, but changes that only because she’s dating a guy. Instead, she learns how to communicate better with her parents and reconciles how she interprets her faith-based on her community and how they react to her relationship with Jax. Both she and Jax exist as complex characters outside of their romantic relationship.
The ending was absolutely perfect. (I may have done a happy dance after reading it.) This should be on the to-read list of any fan of romance books.