Book review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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If Caymen Meyers’ mother has taught her anything, it’s that smooth talking rich boys are not to be trusted. All they’ll do is steal your heart and break it. She should know, after all. It happened to her. Caymen’s father was a rich boy, and he decided that he wanted nothing to do with her or her mother after he’d had his fun. So when Xander Spence walks into the family’s doll store, oozing wealth and privilege, Caymen’s dead-set on hating him. Too bad he’s so likable.

Xander is the first person in a long time that understands Caymen. He gets her dry wit and her sarcastic sense of humor. He knows what it’s like to not know what you want to do with your life, to just know that you want something different from what your parents hope for. And sure, Caymen’s hoping to get out of the doll store before one of them comes to life and murders her, while Xander doesn’t want to take over his family’s 500+ hotels, but it’s the same general idea.

Caymen isn’t looking for a boyfriend. Xander isn’t looking for a girlfriend. But they find themselves growing closer and closer together. Caymen knows that her mother wouldn’t approve. Secretly, she’s worried that Xander’s family wouldn’t approve of her, either. After all, he’s rich enough to get his face plastered all over tabloids. Her mother can barely pay their bills. But the two of them click, and the slow burn of their building attraction was just enough for me to fall in love.

This book was so cute and fluffy. It was the perfect thing to read after a long, stressful week at work. I started it late on a Friday night and didn’t want to put it down, but eventually, I had to give in and sleep. I did, however, pick it up first thing after I woke up on Saturday morning. I loved it.

I loved that there was no love triangle. Xander is not competing for Caymen’s affection. Caymen is not competing for Xander. They are just two people who unexpectedly become friends, and then unexpectedly become more. I loved Caymen’s friends and how supportive they were. I loved Caymen’s relationship with Mrs. Dalton, a regular at the shop who happens to be Xander’s grandmother. I loved Caymen and Xander’s excursions as they tried to figure out what they want to do with the rest of their lives. I think I was in the perfect mood to read this book. I enjoyed it so much.

It seems like everybody and their mother has read a book by Kasie West. When I flip through her titles, there’s a long list of my friends & following who’ve reviewed each of her books. For some reason, I never had much interest. I don’t know what I thought was wrong with them. Maybe just that, like many well-loved authors, I’d fail to catch the spark. I wouldn’t see what everybody else does. That I’d be disappointed. Well, much like 2016 was the first year that I read Morgan Matson, 2017 is the first year that I read Kasie West. And I’m hooked. Watch me check out all of her books from my library over the next week.

(I’m kidding. I have some ARCs to finish first. Maybe in the next two weeks.)

Final rating: ★★★★☆