Review: Own Me by Lexi Scott (Silver Strand #3)
Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Genevieve Rodriguez knows some people only see what they want. All they see is the girl who still doesn't know what she wants to do with the rest of her life. That they constantly think she's pining away for her longtime crush who has recently gotten married isn't helping. But there are a select few who know that she's capable of being so much more than a pretty face, one of whom just happens to be her close friend and tutor Adam Abramowitz. When she learns that it's too late for him to renew his student visa and he may have to return to Israel, she makes him an offer that surprises them both--a marriage of convenience.
Adam Abramowitz left Tel Aviv to pursue his studies in the United States and to make a name for himself as a scientist. He's been so focused on his research and thesis that he forgets to renew his student visa, meaning a forced return to his country, something he isn't looking forward to. But then Genevieve Rodriguez, his first and now best friend in the U.S. comes up with a solution, one that could mean a possible green card and a way for Genevieve to show her family that she isn't as hung up on her crush as they may think. It's supposed to be temporary but soon they secretly wish for something more permanent.
Own Me is the third novel in the Silver Strand series by Lexi Scott, which is the combined pseudonym for the writing team of Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt. This was originally released in June of 2013 under the title Limits but has been revised and expanded for the re-release under Entangled Publishing's Embrace imprint. The story takes place a few months after the events in the second book and has Genevieve Rodriguez and Adam Abramowitz, both of whom were introduced in said book, as the main characters who end up agreeing to a temporary marriage in order to save Adam from having to leave the country and return to his home and to show Genevieve's family that she's now moved on from her years-long crush on her oldest brother's best friend and also considered as an honorary member of their family.
Fictionalized stories of marriages of convenience can easily be found in books, movies, and television shows, but they also happen to be common occurrences for migrants seeking more permanent status in the country they've been living in for quite some time. I've heard tales of people agreeing to marry someone needing a green card in exchange for money, but that certainly wasn't the case for Genevieve and Adam. These two were the closest of friends, though the fact that they weren't privy to more personal aspects of each other's lives makes me wonder how they could really consider each other as "best friends", and Genevieve's offer to marry Adam was far more beneficial for the latter than the former. These two had chemistry and obviously fell in love along the way, which makes their love story rather cute and sweet.
The friends to lovers story line is one of my personal favorites and it certainly worked here, especially with the added twist of the two friends needing to marry as soon as possible due to Adam's visa status. I enjoyed how Genevieve and Adam navigated their way along the new territory that came along with their plan to become "bonded" and then later on, a married couple. Yes, they were friends but I like that there were transitions that the two had to go through because making it appear as everything was easy-peasy would have taken away from the story. It was fun having the main characters from the first two books, newlyweds Deo and Whit Beckett and engaged couple Cohen Rodriguez and Maren Walshe, play some role in Genevieve and Adam's relationship as well. Overall, Own Me was quite enjoyable and gets 4.5 stars. ♥
Release Date: 18 August 2015
Date Read: 12 August 2015
Learn more about Lexi Scott here.