My Review: Six Feet Under by Whitney Barbetti

My Review:  Six Feet Under by Whitney BarbettiSix Feet Under by Whitney Barbetti
Series: Mad Love Duet #1
Publication Date: April 25, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Six wasn’t the hero I needed.
But he was the man I wanted.
And it was my selfish craving, the desire to own him, that would be our undoing.
No one tells you that love is a disease. An infection that tears your heart apart, leaving you half the person you were before. A malady that leaves open wounds. An invisible disorder tracing scars in the places you couldn’t see if you weren’t looking for them.
I was sick, but love didn’t heal me.
Instead, it festered in my marrow, and drove me to unforgivable mistakes.
Six was my first mistake, but he wouldn't be the last.

My Review

Six Feet Under by Author Whitney Barbetti is book one in the Mad Love Duet, a highly emotional and angst-filled contemporary romance.

“The voices never steered me wrong, because I always got something I didn’t know I needed as a result. A high, fame, attention, and most of all: a sense of belonging. Every story has a “but” though, and he was mine. The voices did me a favor until they told me to talk to him.”

The very beginning of this novel gave such a vivid perspective of a daunting reality. Mira lives her life mostly in seclusion. She has her vices, her demons, and they are enough to keep her occupied. At least she knows them intimately, and is able to see their high and low points. The same cannot be said of Six. He’s a mystery. A puzzle in a million pieces that Mira can’t quite piece together. He is her unpredictable element.

“I knew that love was a disease for me. Love was contagious and my immune system was weak so abstaining from men outside of a purely physical connection was my only choice. The only way to keep myself sane.”

This is the first novel I have read by this author. I was in awe. The world she created in this novel was real. From the setting, to character qualities, and then emotional changes. All of these things connected to bring life and authentication to the novel.

“He didn’t look at me like I was a freak. He didn’t look at me like I was weak. He looked at me like I was human, even as my blood stained his fingers like he’d caused this himself. It was in that moment, with his bare arms along mine, with his hands washing my skin, his eyes locking with mine and his mouth silent, that I understood intimacy for the very first time in my life.”

It was interesting how much we knew, but didn’t really know, about the characters. For me, this gave the silent nod of understanding that held me captive. Discovering these secret details and precious parts became one of the most treasured aspects of the story. It was almost as if I could let my brain be lulled into the fantasy of love and ignore all the red warning lights going off all around them, allowing the lights to blur into a pulsing heartbeat.

“I’m saying that we don’t have to think of this as a beginning, because it’s not the thing itself—the ending—that scares you; it’s what precedes it. So, if we eliminate the beginning, we eliminate the ending.”

I LOVED how the author used moments of magnificent simplicity to throw wrenches in Mira’s life. Given her personal issues, these glitches were not ones I would have expected. So much so, they threw me. And baffled me. Made my head spin a bit. And in some moments, these unexpecteds, these unforeseens, brought tears to my eyes.

“Loving Six wasn’t gradual; it was sudden. There was silence and then there was noise, loud, pulse-pounding noise. There was no adjustment, no warning, no hint of what was to come.”

Six Feet Under made me feel, deeply. It made me hope. It made me dream. It made me read through silent tears. It opened up a hole in my heart and allowed these characters to sneak in and make a home for themselves. It was a ghostly dance in the fog waiting for the sun to overtake it. A mirage in the dessert. A whisper in the wind. A fierce calming. It was daring and epic.

“…sometimes you need to be reminded that things can heal.”


5 Stars

About Whitney Barbetti

Whitney Barbetti is really, truly awful at writing in the third person, so we're just going to change this bio up a bit and write it as first person.

I am married with two boys. When I'm not changing diapers or cutting food into tiny bites, I escape to Starbucks for hours. My blood pressure actually drops the moment I walk in, hear the baristas call my name, and inhale the aroma of coffee beans. And I don't even like coffee.

I love music and have a playlist for everything. Queen is my very favorite.

I like watching creepy shows when I am home alone but then I instantly regret them once my mind starts breeding irrational fears. I try to channel my fears into my books as a way to cope.

I have about 20 bacon things in my fridge.

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