Review: Vain by Fisher Amelie


Vain (The Seven Deadly #1) by Fisher Amelie
New Adult
Fisher Amelie (February 7, 2013)

Rating: A
Heat: Sweet

Heroine: Sophie Price – Spoiled, Neglected 
Hero: Ian Aberdeen – Honest, Blunt 

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Sophie Price is not a nice person and she knows it - and doesn't care. Her life is sex, drugs and mani/pedis. That is, until one drug bust too many has her doing court-ordered time. Time she'll be serving at an orphanage in Africa, due to some string pulling by her lawyer (and the only true father figure in her life), Pembrooke. Or Pemmy as Sophie calls him.

And Sophie needs a serious wake up call. Africa is the harsh reality she needs to see. Sophie goes from queen bee to a fish out of water. From fawned over and feared to useless and unwanted. Or, at least, that's how Ian Aberdeen makes her feel. But he makes her feel something, which is more than the nothing she always felt before.

Ian, a teacher and jack of all trades at Masego, is Sophie's opposite: quiet, solid, focused. Selfless. From the moment Ian and Sophie meet, he cuts her no slack. He's hard on her. No excuses, no platitudes. He doesn't want her at the orphanage and Sophie knows it.

But there is more simmering below the surface. I loved how Sophie and Ian slowly got to know each other. Friends first - once Ian's frostiness began to melt. Friends with a good heaping helping of sexual tension between them. Ian was the first person to see past Sophie's beautiful face. The only person who cared more about her inner beauty... and gave her the time to find her inner beauty for herself.

Sophie definitely changes and grows and becomes the young lady myself and Pembrooke always knew she could be. Masego and the people in it, the children, their story is so beautiful and touching. Orphaned and dismembered children, victims of Kony's LRA (Lord's Resistance Army), that can still laugh and play and have a burning desire to learn... how can you not be changed by that?

The way that Miz Amelie writes Africa - the dirt, the trees, the smell, the noise - it feels like you're right there with Sophie in Uganda. You can see all the beauty... and all the ugly. She captures Africa in such a wonderful way.

Vain ventures outside the usual boy loves girl mold. It is a teen romance but it's also infused with social awareness. Adds in culture and humanitarianism, while still making my heart pitter-patter because he kissed her forehead. Trust me, it is a very, very sweet kiss. Ian can take your breath away with a chaste kiss.

If you want to read a story of young love that is different and more, I definitely recommend you give Vain a try! And I'm more than a little bit excited for the second book - Spencer's book - Greed. He may have only had a small part in Vain, but it was a memorable one.

Favorite Quote:

“You have no idea what you do to me. I've felt things for you these past few months that don't seem healthy. I've wanted you so desperately I'm afraid it may not be natural. You consume my thoughts, Sophie...You've arrested my senses and I can't seem to get enough of you. That's what scares me. I'm so deep there's no getting out for me. You own me, you know?”


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