Crossing - Stacey Wallace Benefiel Stop making excuses for why you can’t let yourself have this. It’s not conventional but that doesn’t mean it isn’t real. What’s more important? Loving the man that loves you, or trying to achieve this bullshit idea you have of what a perfect relationship is supposed to be?This may very well be one of my favorite reads of 2013. I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic writing, fresh perspective, and unique storyline. I have never, ever read anything like this before in my life. If you are looking for something completely different, but with all the classic romantic structure, try this. If you're into something new, have an open mind, and want to explore your own boundaries, you'll enjoy Crossing. Crossing is about Dani and the relationship that develops between her and her new Acting I scene partner, the delicious Liam. Founded on banter and innuendo their relationship grows. Liam shows Dani that she isn't a bad looking woman, she's beautiful. Her personality truly makes her all the more beautiful. Her candor and talent are what set her apart from other women. Her size is emphasized due to her insecurity. She never thinks she's deserving of Liam's love and friendship. She is constantly belittling herself and her worth because of it. Liam doesn't see her size and he loves her curves. He sees someone who can write an amazing poem about the suicide of her best friend. A poem that literally brings tears to his eyes. Hands down, my favorite thing about the story was Dani's humor. She and Liam have the best conversations, I couldn't stop laughing while they were getting to know each other. “I take a deep breath and calm my face, trying as best as I can to put yearning into my eyes. It's not that hard. Green dick or not, I'd hit that...if I made absolutely any effort to hit anything.”― Stacey Wallace Benefiel, Crossing“Hey, who are you calling easy?" I say, clearing my throat. "I was just thinking how I haven't had sex in over a year. Is that the mark of a loose woman?"He looks at me, eyes wide. "God, that is a long time.""Yep, it is." I nod. "A personal record. Before that my longest dry spell was seven months. Definitely more tolerable, although I don't recommend it." He whistles. "I'm at six now, and I may have watched all the porn on the entire Internet. My condolences to your vagina.""My vagina thanks you."Yeah, that's a thing to say. My vagina wishes she could thank him. He smiles at me sweetly. "Did it like the wreath I sent?”― Stacey Wallace Benefiel, CrossingAs their relationship progresses, she begins to notice that Liam is certainly hiding something from her. He is holding back something important and it begins to eat at her. When she finds out what his secret is, it's pretty not normal. I could have read the signs and figured it out, but it's one of those things you don't really expect because you probably haven't had that much experience with it. It's nothing bad, or too shocking, but it's definitely not your every day secret. Dani must put her belief of acceptance and tolerance to the test. Does love stand up to this? Can she live with just how different Liam is? At what point is love not enough? What made this story even more poignant for me was the fact that it was based on the experiences of the author. I wonder, and the book does give quite a clear picture, how it was like for her when she went through it. I'm sensing from her short bio that it didn't end quite as positively as Dani and Liam's story (which is a HEA, btw). This added another layer to their relationship. Casting: Copy provided by NetGalley via publisher for an honest review.Visit my blog for more reviews and recommendations!Join the Miss Construed Review's Facebook community!