Friday, August 19, 2016



By LD Davis
Narrated By Kate Udall

L.D. Davis hits it out the park with this companion book to the Accidentally On Purpose Series, you don’t necessarily need to read AOP to listen to this story, but I think you would get more perspective if you do.

The two main characters in this novel are Donya Stewart and Emmet Grayne, If you’ve haven’t read AOP Emmett is the brother of Emmy the main character in the AOP trilogy, and Donya is her best friend since childhood. If you have read AOP you’ll recall that Donya’s the one that wanted to go kick Kyle’s ass when she discovers that he abused Emmy! That’s Donya in a nutshell, she says what she means and means what she says, sometimes to her own detriment!

This audio-book is over 18 hours of pure enjoyment, it starts off when Donya is a mere child of five and Emmy befriends Donya at school, Donya and Emmy are polar opposites, Donya is poor, black, and an only child of indifferent parents, Emmy is middle class, white and comes from a large loving family.  

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This book is the correct way to write an multicultural romance! Race is noted as a natural part of the story but by no means drives the story, after all, the differences between race are mainly cultural. Noting something done within a culture is expected, rather than concentrating on the differences of skin color or race.

Donya’s home life is a misery, her mother suffers from depression and does the barest minimum to provide for Donya, her father is an in-consistence presence and always “working”.

Emmy’s family takes Donya under their wings and fully embrace her as part of their family, when Donya meets Emmy’s older brother Emmet there is an instant connection between the two, even at 5 years old! Donya is an old soul and wise beyond her years. Emmet feels this connection too, and as they grow up, he is the protector of both Emmy and Donya, the bond between them only grows stronger with time and tethers them together through thick and thin.

Emmet’s family looks upon Donya as another daughter or sister, but as adolescence comes into play, things change between Donya and Emmet, because of their age difference, Emmet hasn’t just been sitting on the sidelines waiting for Donya, he does what any red blooded American boy does, he dates and eventually has a serious girlfriend, Shelley. In the course of time Emmet breaks off his relationship with Shelley, and as Donya grows older they succumb to the attraction that’s always been there, but they do so in secret knowing that the family would be shocked that Emmet is dating his “sister”.

In the meantime Donya’s becoming quite a beauty and people are starting to take notice. Emmet’s parents see potential in Donya and offer to finance her bid to become a model, at first she is reluctant, but when they tell her that they've spoken with her mother and have her blessing, she grateful accepts their help.

Of course just as soon as things start heating up for our lovebirds, Emmet is heading off to college, these star crossed lover vow to not let distance separate them. One week before Emmet leaves for college, they attend a party and Emmet’s ex- girlfriend, Shelley, confides in Donya that she’s hopeful that while away at college they can rekindle their relationship and then delivers some devastating news about their past, Donya’s too young to handle the situation maturely and volatile way she confronts Emmet leads their bond to fracture in a serious way, Donya is sorry but unable to face Emmet and he leaves for college without saying goodbye and as Donya’s rising modeling career starts to takes control, they slip from each others life.

And so begins the near misses and lost chances that litter this book! This story is told over several years and the tether between these two that stretches to the breaking point but alway snaps back, even through a subsequent loveless marriage by Emmet and Donya’s marriage to a man who adamant about not having children. As Donya and Emmet struggle to find a way back to one another, heartache, bitter regrets and shattered dreams are in store for everyone concerned.

On the Elsie Meter Rating Scale Of 1 to 10,  I give Tethered an 8. The superb writing we are use to with LD Davis and a great job narrating by Kate Udall.


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