Published by Self Published on 6/1/18
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Salana Livingston did everything right, from taking her multi-vitamin to kneeling before bed to say her prayers every night. She followed the path her parents had planned before she was born, never questioned the role until the day a bus-load of sweaty kids from the Bronx got dropped at her parent’s horse farm.
Tiago Alcazar knew a life of hard knocks. An incarcerated father, a missing and strung-out mother who left him to rely on his aged grandmother for most of his life.
Tiago runs the mean streets of the neighborhood that raised him, living hand-to-mouth, everyday a gift, if he can just make it.
Burdened by a world that only wants to see her as perfect, Salana finds her greatest confidant in a boy society has labeled as worthless. Their paths cross too many times for their stubborn hearts to deny the connection, but can the delinquent and the debutant defy the odds and overcome the social constructs that condemn them?
Buckle in for an INTENSE reading experience with Salt because the angst and the slow burn and the longing and yearning and devastation are on another level. This is one seriously powerful read, one wholly unforgettable love story, one unbelievably captivating course of events that literally took my breath away. From start to finish, these characters take the reader along on a journey with them that I never wanted to end.
5 “This was Everything” Stars!
I first fell in love with Mara White’s heartfelt, forbidden romances when I read Maldeamores. That storyline still holds such a special place in my heart. Never before had my heart felt so much uncertainty and desperation while reading a romance, a story that oozed impossibility and rightness all at once. Well, White takes us back to the sultry streets of Washington Heights with Salt, delivering more of those conflicting emotions, more of the complicated impossibility surrounding the forbidden romance between Santiago and Salana and IT. IS. EVERYTHING.
My heart hasn’t returned to it’s normal rhythm since I turned the last page of this story. I dont know what or why or how, but each story Mara White crafts in the Heights resonates with me on some deep inexplicable level. I am SO into these books, so drawn to these characters, so consumed by the gritty, illicit attraction between personalities that aren’t supposed to make sense together but do. Salt is no exception, falling right in line with the standalone romances that have come before it, intoxicating the reader with angst and sensuality and uncertainty. I was consumed. I’m just as drawn to Tiago as Salana was and my heart broke for them, for all the reasons they can never be, for all the ways they save each other, for all the obstacles between them, for everything they face together and apart on these pages. It’s excruciatingly beautiful and I loved every moment.
Mara White is a master at creating stories and characters that claw their way under my skin and never relent. She’s also a master manipulator that I never fully trust to deliver an HEA, so she had me on the edge of my seat the entire way through. I can’t even explain how twisted up this story had me in all the best ways. Like Lucky and Jaylee before him (if you don’t know them, come out from under that rock you’re living under and go read Mara White’s backlog), Santiago had me mesmerized. I didn’t care that he was a criminal. I didn’t care that he was broke. I didn’t care that he was abandoned by a junkie, or covered in tattoos, or that he was raised by his grandmother and by the streets in the projects, or that he was a high school drop out. I saw what Salana saw and I was desperate for him to get everything he wanted even when the world tells him he’s not good enough.
This book is layered with heavy emotions, with powerful messages about social issues, with lush romance. Buckle in for an INTENSE reading experience with Salt because the angst and the slow burn and the longing and yearning and devastation are on another level. This is one seriously powerful read, one wholly unforgettable love story, one unbelievably captivating course of events that literally took my breath away. From start to finish, these characters take the reader along on a journey with them that I never wanted to end. Salt hurts so good. It’s hopeful and joyful and INSPIRING and it’s rife with delicious pleasure pain that will leave your heart aching from the barrage of feels on every single page.
About the Author
Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.