Off Balance – L.E. Royal

Rating: 4 out of 5.
I’m still struggling a little with how I feel about this book, even though I’ve sat on it for a while.

Firstly, it’s not quite a four star book – more of 3.75, so I’m rounding up. There are some parts of this book I really enjoyed and others that left me with a bit of a sour taste. I like a workplace romance, and an age-gap romance and I didn’t mind the power dynamic as such – I was uncomfortable with some of the conversations – however I can imagine someone saying these things – so they aren’t necessarily unrealistic.

I only know the basics of CP, so in order to review the work fairly I did a bit of reading. The depiction seems in line with the type of CP discussed in the book so whilst I’m not really qualified to discuss it in much more depth, I am disabled and relatively high functioning, so am comfortable talking about the feelings Elena displays, which to be fair, are mostly pretty much exactly how I’ve felt at times. Elena’s stubbornness and desire to ‘go it alone’ read very true, as does the impact of having a loving relationship on those feelings.

I loved the interactions with Maya’s daughter – Livvie – and Elena – in fact they were probably my favourite part of the book. I also really enjoyed the non-binary representation of Maya’s best friend, the use of pronouns and the discussion of introducing this to Livvie.

This is definitely worth a read – it just comes with a beware it isn’t a particularly light book.

I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.