Author: Nina Rossing
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Eighteen-year-old Ing is torn apart by two conflicting emotions: his numbing grief for his dead mother and his enduring love for a boy named Ellis. Four years ago, while visiting his grandmother in a remote part of Norway, his mother died the same day he kissed Ellis, his summer friend. Convinced that moving to Norway will solve his issues, Ing faces his first setback when he can’t bear to talk about his mother or go anywhere near the river where she drowned. The second blow comes when he meets Ellis at school and Ellis acts like nothing happened between them.
Ing resolves to rekindle their friendship, but his infatuation only grows as he gets to know the stunning and matured Ellis. When heart-shattering secrets surface, Ing’s resolve to bare his soul to Ellis starts to unravel. Forced to face his mother’s death, he second-guesses his decision to move. His growing closeness with Ellis also frightens him, because if Ellis rejects him, he’ll have no one left to love. Ing must decide what losses he is willing to endure and what chances to take in order to gain resolution.
Holy slow burn batman… sometimes I love slow burn. Sometimes, not so much… Luckily this time, I was interested enough in the story that I didn’t really notice the lack of romance for most of the story. There did come a point, however, where it got to be a little repetitive, and I wanted to the male leads to finally stop circling each other and do something.
Supermassive is a coming of age tale of that pairs long lost childhood friends four years after their one and only kiss. Ellis is the love of Ing’s life, but rejection during that kiss left Ing with lingering trepidation upon his return to his ancestral home of Norway. He also must deal with the persistent effects of his mother’s death four years previous.
The setup is entertaining enough to kept me turning the pages, for a while. Ing, Ellis, and their friends are a fun bunch and make for easy reading. However, the whole Odin, Helena, Ellis, Aron thing just got a little old for me after a while. I wanted the story and conflict to focus more on Ing and everything seemed to focus on the secondaries with Ing merely an observer. Yes, the relationship grows between Ellis and Ing during this time, but not enough to make up for Ing being on the outside of the plot. Yes Ing has to deal with an absentee father and a lost mother, but I never felt those emotions were explored with enough depth.
Supermassive is the first published for for Nina Rossing. I think it shows potential and I am interested to see what else she has to offer us in the future.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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