Have you ever read something that resonated so personally that it could have been your own story? That’s how it felt when I first started reading The Reporter and The Girl (MINUS The Super Man!) a blog chronicling the relationship of a women in her 20’s in New York with the elusive and entrancing reporter ‘Jon’. The blog was so popular that the author S C Rhyne published a novel based on it.
Set in New York Rhyne’s debut novel is a brilliant account of first love between Sabrien Collins and Jon Sudbury. Anyone can relate to the all consuming and overwhelming feelings that come with the ‘fall’. A compelling and truthful account with none of the stereotypical chicklit devices, you won’t find any love triangles here, just an honest and at times cringe inducing tale of love/lust gone awry. While the story is a work of fiction the characters are easily relatable it’s not unlikely that you will have met your own ‘Jon’ or behaved at some point like Sabrien. The author effectively adds eroticism to the tale with Sabrien’s involvement in BDSM, the addition is successful in its employ without feeling like a convenient nod to the many ‘mommy porn’ novels that have been published recently. The various scenes are essential to the progression of both the characters relationship and the flow of the story.
More than a love story Sabrien’s journey to realizing how much she gained and lost by loving Jon will speak to readers who’ve ever allowed their sense of selves, their needs and dreams be derailed by the presence of another. Not to be mistaken for an everyday romance you will be swept away by the raw pain of Sabrien’s despair and impressed by her detachment and ability to look at the relationship like an outside observer.
Rhyne’s writing style has a relaxed flow and is descriptive without being distracting, the reader is immersed in Sabrien’s world, fashion and even food. The book reads less like a novel and more like a first person account of real-life love lost. A brilliant debut I look forward to reading more from this talented author. The Reporter and The Girl (MINUS The Super Man!) is available on Amazon in paperback . For more check out her blog, webpage, pinterest and follow her on twitter.