Beyond Crimson and Clover: Surrender by Sarah M. Cradit

At sixteen, Anasofiya Deschanel is terrified at the notion of sharing herself with anyone. Rather than face Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000035_00004]that fear, she hides behind her books and imagination, where her heart feels safe.

Secretly, Oz Sullivan’s heart has always belonged to Ana. Fearful of scaring her, he chooses instead to pursue girls who are nothing like him, leaving him empty and unfulfilled.

Circumstances find them miserable at their junior prom, after problems with their respective dates. Ana and Oz must decide if they’re willing to surrender their fears, and leap forward into the unknown.

Dive into this Crimson and Clover Lagniappe, and indulge in this flashback story of first love. – Goodreads.com

Reading about these characters again felt like being with old friends.  Flaws and all, I genuinely like them.

This is a short, sweet novella that gives the reader further insight to Ana and Oz and how their relationship began and evolved.  Once again, the author did a wonderful job at making me empathize with these characters, pulling me into their lives from the first page.  My fav, Nicolas, was only mentioned a few times, but it’s nice to see he was honest about who he was even as a teen.

Although part of a series, this could be read as a standalone or even as an introduction to the series.

This review is based on an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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