Release Date: September 12, 2014
What are you willing to sacrifice for love?Your family? Your freedom? What about your life?
She’s a wealthy, forty-three-year-old Upper East Sider with a PhD – He’s a twenty-three-year-old Dominican drug dealer from Washington Heights. Kate Champion always did exactly what was expected of her. She was the perfect wife, the perfect mother – until the day she met Jaylee Inoa.
Their journey travels a path riddled with danger, deceit, scandal and loss – where nothing is as it seems. Yet Kate and Jaylee’s passion for one another remains nearly unstoppable.
Will this daring pair of lovers from two different worlds triumph over circumstance? Can they deny the past in their quest to be together? Or is fear the ultimate navigator - a force more powerful than love?
I don't even know where or how to begin because FEAR OF HEIGHTS made a mess out of me. This is one hard novel to read because its so provocative and effectively written I can't help but be fascinated by the story even if I'm seething with anger and shaking my head in disbelief. For a story that started out as an affair, it's now so complex that that aspect of the plot seem so minute compared to the overall scheme of things. So yeah, thanks MWhite for fucking with my head and emotions once again.
FEAR OF HEIGHTS is told in Kate's POV, the morally conflicted, femme fatale, and borderline sociopath anti-heroine of the story. Kate never had my empathy or sympathy from the beginning but she's proven to be one hell of a trainwreck that's hard to look away from. The chick's a hot mess and I thought she already hit rock bottom in Heights of Desire but it appears there's multiple bottoms and it just keeps on breaking as the novel progress. Whatever happened to shopping sprees and cosmetic surgeries to alleviate housewife boredom? Smh.
I don't know what to make of Kate now, on one hand she's highly aware of her self destructive and selfish behavior but does nothing to curb her reckless impulses. She continues to endanger her kids and family, cuckolds her husband, Robert, as well as her lover, Jaylee. I'm now taking her word with a grain of salt because I can't help but think that she's "demonizing" her husband and making her "evils" necessary to justify her actions. Even if Robert revealed a deeper connection with Jaylee making Kate some sort of a victim, it still doesn't justify her actions.
As for the rest of the characters, there's nothing about them that I find redeeming, I don't think there's a "hero" here at all, just an unfortunate tale that keeps on unravelling. It's the plot twists and turns that keeps on going for the worse that has me locked in this strange, destructive, and highly addictive tale. There are a few scenes, interactions, and situations that I feel are overdone hence my comparison to a telenovela, in this case a Dominican one, still its enthralling nonetheless.
FEAR OF HEIGHTS is one of those books that will have your feedback split between the writing and the plot. The former is very compelling while the latter will challenge your principles and morals, quite the conundrum and at times and difficult to get through, Heightsbound series is definitely not for the faint of heart. At this point I don't know how if there's another book in the works, the end has a sense of finality to it. I hope there's another one just to give the readers proper closure. And just in case this is a duology, Kate is certifiably one of those infamous heroines a la Bovary, Anna Karenina, and Chatterley, who brought lots of tears and heartache to those men who made the mistake of falling in love with her. BLACK WIDOW, BABY!
I’m a reader, a writer, and a lover of all things romantic. I’m also a coffee, hot sauce, ink, telenovela and Bikram Yoga enthusiast. I live in New York City with my husband and two children, and I spend a lot of time on the playground.
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