Title : Let Me Love You
Author: Jessica Jayne
Published : December 18, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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I jumped at the chance to read this book, when I discovered it features one of my favourite tropes, an older woman and younger man romance. I firmly believe age should not play a factor, as long as you are consenting adults, when it comes to love.
Let Me Love You introduces Ren, a twenty-three-year-old college graduate who has been crushing on his thirty-one-year-old divorced neighbour for the past ten years. However, what he feels for now has transcend beyond a crush. He is in love with her and is determined to prove to her that he can love her the way she deserves. Now she is no longer married, the only obstacle he faces is fear of rejection. Would Stacey embrace his love or would she chalk it up to a young man looking to fulfil a fantasy of being with an older woman?
Ren, knew it would be a challenge convincing her, but he was about to let their difference in age prevent him from spending the rest of his life with the woman he loves.
This story had lots of potential and it was enjoyable for the most part. However, I believe it could have done with more development. Ren and Stacey had developed a bond of friendship over the years. However, the manner in which it was developed was not shown but instead was told, which was done mostly from Ren’s POV. I never had the chance to experience the development of their romance and such I not a 100% invested in their relationship. I knew Stacey was attracted to Ren, but it would seem her decision to be involved with Ren was based solely on promises he made to her. This is not a bad thing, but I never got the feeling that what she felt for Ren went beyond physical attraction. I would have preferred to see Ren convince Stacey of his feelings before the hot sex scene, which took place early in the story.
I understood her fears as society looks down on an older woman dating a younger man. To make matters complicated, he was her friend’s son, so her reticence came as no surprise. However, it would have been great to get a little more insight into her feelings for Ren.
I admired Ren’s determination in his pursuit of Stacey. He knew what he wanted, and he pursued it passionately. However, sometimes he appeared overbearing. There was one particular scene where his actions creeped me out and my admiration for him fell a notch, but then he redeemed himself in the end.
This was not a bad story, but it could have been so much better if it were not for the issues mentioned. If you enjoy older woman, younger man trope and looking for a short, sweet and spicy read to offer a temporary escape from reality, then Let Me Love You is the perfect read.