Review: THE DIVIDING LINE by Victoria Smith

A new love and a new life.

Drake left Chicago with little more than the clothes on his back to be with his girlfriend Lacey. Though he has no regrets, he sometimes wonders if his time spent in Paris has put his life on hold. He’s overworked and underpaid at his dead-end job, and his employer sees him as expendable. His bright light at the end of the day is Lacey, but he finds himself slowly falling into the shadow of her newly-acquired fame. The city of love has found their new starlet in Lacey, but Drake is simply the man by her side.

With all good things there comes a price.

Lacey has been living the dream. She arrived in Paris with nothing but heartache and loss. Now, she’s the rising star of the city’s newest opera and dating the man of her dreams. When her performance contract is extended, she must decide if her new life of glitz and glam is what’s best for a future with the man she loves—or if it’s just what’s best for her.

Paris brought Drake and Lacey together. But when their hopes for the future begin taking them in different directions, they must a find common ground or risk a line dividing them that may prove to be insurmountable.

The Dividing Line is the sequel to the new adult multicultural romance The Space Between.


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THE DIVIDING LINE is the follow-up novel to THE SPACE BETWEEN. When I read THE SPACE BETWEEN last year I loved it, I thought it was different with the topics it touched on. I also thought the ending was absolutely perfect and I was happy at the close of Lacey and Drake’s journey. I’m one of those people that get extremely nervous for sequels and what they mean to the characters’ relationships. I was anxious going into THE DIVIDING LINE but I was pleasantly surprised with the continuation of Lacey and Drake’s story!

THE DIVIDING LINE picks up not long after THE SPACE BETWEEN. Lacey is following her dreams in Paris and Drake is by her side supporting her. Unfortunately, he’s not happy which causes them to make some decisions that put their relationship to the test. This made me extremely worried for this couple that I love so much, especially when Lacey has a new leading man in her opera and Drake finds a new friend. There were times I wanted to shake Drake and yell at him to open his eyes, and then Lacey, all I wanted her to do was actually pick up the phone and talk to Drake. But it seems Lacey and Drake had more faith in each other than I had in either of them. The problems they encounter are believable and not forced or overly dramatized. Both Lacey and Drake are trying to figure out what makes them happy. Lacey has to decide where her heart really lies and Drake is trying to find himself, his roots.

The thing I loved so much in THE SPACE BETWEEN was the fact it’s a multicultural book. And THE DIVIDING LINE hits on this topic even more in a non-obvious way. As in, it is blended into the storyline in a beautiful way: the stares in the airport, the comments from acquaintances, the different languages spoken by friends. This is the world we live in today. There are many cultures all around, and some people are accepting of it, others are not. It’s so nice to see the reality of multicultural relationships showcased and explored. 

THE DIVIDING LINE is a lovely addition to the series; I loved it just as much as the first, if not more. It took turns I never expected and kept me glued to the pages. It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking while still sweet and at times extremely sexy. Lacey and Drake go through so much in this book, both personally and as a couple. It was wonderful watching them overcome these struggles and, in the end, become stronger together as well as individually.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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