Overall Grade: 4.5 ⭐️
Let me begin with the fact that I am intrigued by Kylie Scott’s writing. There is an understated quality to it that drags you into her stories. Case in point: Pause, her newest book. To be fair, I’m a relative newbie to her booklist. I’ve read a few of her stories: The Rich Boy and Love Under Quarantine. I found myself transfixed by the level of story in these books, and I know…I know that these aren’t even her best ones. There is still so much to read ahead of me as I fall down the rabbit hole of her booklist. That being said, at the end of Pause, I finished and found myself heavily pondering it. Let’s talk about why.
- This is NOT a dual point of view. It’s entirely the point of view of her heroine, Anna. Usually, I prefer a dual point-of-view story, but this choice works for Pause. Even though there is a part of me who would love inside Leif’s mind, Scott is careful in constructing him through Anna’s point of view that we get some sense of his interest in Anna.
- All of the worst that can happen to a heroine or hero is in this story. Before Anna can find her happy ending, she must traverse a field of emotional landmines to get there, but the way that Scott builds tenacity in her makes you fall in love with her character.
- Remember, everything you know about this story comes from Anna’s point of view, and again, she’s a bada$$ heroine who has been constructed through the fires of trauma. However, while it’s easy to love Leif, as he is THE most supportive person for Anna, we cannot fully know Leif because he’s constructed through her point of view. This makes you constantly off-kilter because it’s difficult to anticipate his response to her. I love that, though, because it builds anticipation in Pause. Kylie Scott keeps you sitting at the edge of your seat as you wonder if Leif and Anna will traverse the friends’ landscape into becoming lovers. And that anticipation built through potentially misinterpreting Leif’s words and gestures is the impetus for you turning the page.
- There is so much understatement in this story that it feels almost niche in its expression. Even the epilogue with a sweeping grand gesture feels like an everyday occurrence for Leif and Anna, and it reads kind of weird (for lack of a better way to put it), but I found myself beguiled by its understatement because romance can be so EXTRA sometimes.
There is just something special about Leif and Anna in Kyle Scott’s Pause. Honestly, I’d love to see more of their story elsewhere because they felt like real people living out real-life traumas. This is a must-read in my opinion. If you haven’t yet downloaded Pause, then grab it quick.
In love and romance,