Release Day Review ~ In The Absence Of You by @SunnivaD includes Derna’s Review,


Title ~ In The Absence of You
Author ~ Sunniva Dee
Publication date: 28th June 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Emil isn’t your usual adoring leading man.
He’s the monster anti-hero.
Aishe isn’t your classic protagonist.
She’s the temptress anti-heroine.
This isn’t your typical romance.
It’s a horror anti-love story.

This isn’t the traditional novel where the sweet, innocent girl finds her prince charming and they live happily-ever-after. If that’s what you’re looking for, look somewhere else.

Because in this story, no one gets out unscathed.

Aishe is running. Running from the burn of a love she knows will consume her.
Running from a soul mate she’s never even met.
If only she hadn’t been hired as a merch girl for the hottest indie band on earth.
If only she’d never laid eyes on its front man, Emil—intense, sexy, and so unlike the men of her culture.
If only she hadn’t fallen onto his lips, then into his bed.
If only her flame hadn’t exploded into a full-on forest fire.
If only Emil’s heart didn’t belong to someone else.


Emil is running. Running from a broken heart.
Running from who he was with her.
If only Zoe hadn’t left.
If only Aishe hadn’t been right there.
If only she hadn’t been so damn gorgeous—insistent—different.
If only he could control himself around her.
If. Only



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***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

After reading the synopsis for In The Absence of You by Sunniva Dee. I was certainly intrigued. The book sounded very different from the typical New Adult books that I read. And after finishing this book I have to say it was, and the author’s view on the main are characters and that “This isn’t your typical romance” was spot on.

I’m not going into the story because the synopsis gives you all you need to know, but what I can tell you is that Sunniva Dee has written a story that is going to play on your emotions as it did on mine it was dark, angst filled, passionate, and intense. Emil and Aishe are characters that I loved, hated and had sympathy for. I wanted to give them a good shake and a few choice words at times, but I also wanted to hug them and tell them everything is going to be okay.

This book was a surprise, unexpected and different and I really enjoyed. I became engrossed in the story, and its characters from the start, and I stayed that way till the end. I loved the ending and completely understood it even if it did have a bittersweet feeling about it.

I high five Sunniva Dee for doing something different and appreciate how she handled one aspect of the storyline that could be a sensitive and weighty subject matter for some readers. I have a feeling that for one of character their story is far from over, and I’m curious to see if Sunniva Dee is planning to write a story for them. I really hope so as I want to read it.

I highly recommend that you one- click this one today!


Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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