A Love That Disturbs by Medeia Sharif

a-love-that-disturbs-by-medeia-sharifA Love That Disturbs by Medeia Sharif
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
Length: Full Length (169 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Maysa Mazari is alarmed by her mother’s talk about arranged marriage. As a hijab-wearing Pakistani-American, she wants to find love on her own. Her judgmental Muslim clique has protected her from racist taunts, although the leader is turning on her as Maysa strays from the group because of her attraction to Haydee.

Haydee Gomez is a former gang member and juvenile detention student. Now living with a clean-cut aunt, she wants to turn her life around, even though one person will never let her forget her roots—Rafe, her abusive pimp. Haydee attempts to pull away from a life of prostitution when she develops feelings for Maysa, although Rafe isn’t willing to give her up too easily.

Finding themselves in danger from Maysa’s friends and Haydee’s pimp, it’s apparent their love disturbs everyone around them as they fight to stay together.

Their love is about to be put to the test.

Haydee and Maysa were fascinating main characters. I liked the fact that the plot switched between their perspectives every time a new chapter started. That helped me to get to know both of them really well, especially when they took turns describing what happened in the same scene from their unique points of view. It was also interesting to see how their impressions of each other were different from how they thought of themselves. Seeing each of them from both perspectives gave them the chance to show off parts of their personalities that I might not have otherwise noticed.

I would have liked to see a little more time developing Maysa and Haydee’s relationship before it became serious. While I loved them as a couple, certain parts of their romance felt a bit rushed to me. They had a lot of other stuff going on in their lives at the same time they started developing feelings for each other. As much as I wanted them to end up together, I was surprised by how quickly their friendship transformed into a romantic relationship. It didn’t seem like something that either one of them would jump into even though I was glad to see that their feelings for each other were mutual.

The dialogue in this book was really well done. Not only did all of the conversations feel completely natural, they changed in subtle but important ways as the characters learned from their experiences. At times it felt like I was eavesdropping on someone else’s life instead of reading a fictional story because of how many different layers there were to even the simplest conversations.

A Love That Disturbs was a gripping tale. I couldn’t put it down until I knew how it ended!


  1. This is a story that will touch the hearts of readers and perhaps open up a world that they know nothing about.

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