Review and Quote-tastic Monday: THE DUALITY PRINCIPLE by Rebecca Grace Allen


the duality principleTitle: The Duality Principle
Author: Rebecca Grace Allen
Publishing Date: November 11, 2014 (from Samhain Publishing, Inc.)
Source: eARC via Netgalley
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Kobo | Google Play

Sometimes A + B = O. Yes. Oh, yes. Just like that.

Gabriella Evans’s life exists in terms of logic and definitions. She’s holed up in Portland, Maine, for the summer to work on her PhD thesis, but something is screwing up her concentration: the rumble of a motorcycle every time the embodiment of her rough-and-tumble fantasies rides down her street.

When her best friend talks her into a blind date, she finds herself out with the opposite of her fantasy. He’s polite and well-mannered, yet something behind his crisply tailored shirt doesn’t add up—a rebellious gleam in his eye that piques her curiosity.

Orphaned at fifteen, Connor Starks has finally put the years of failing grades, breaking laws and breaking hearts behind him. The only holdover? His penchant for getting down and dirty in public places. But Gabriella makes him want to prove he’s become a better man.

Nothing intrigues Gabriella more than a problem she can’t solve. But the more Connor tries to bury his past, the more determined she is to uncover it. And what she finds makes all her trusty logic begin to fail her…

Warning: This book contains a summer romance, dirty talk, dockside kissing, motorcycles and tattoos. Features a rebellious nerdy girl with an appetite for outdoor sex and light spanking, and a bad boy who’s turned good…or at least he’s trying.

“The Duality Principle is an exceptional debut with a scorching combination of smart meets sexy.” – Tara Sue Me, NY Times bestselling author of The Submissive Series

“A gorgeous, sexy debut from Allen…hits all the right super emotional notes.” – Charlotte Stein



My Review:


Why did I want to read this book?

I love reading stories where characters are on some quest to discover more about themselves or when they’ve decided to truly follow what they feel is right about the way they see themselves. So I was excited to find out how Gabby would balance her PhD student life with the side of her that heats up whenever she hears a certain motorcycle sound roaring.


What worked for me?

Gabby and Conner were just really lovely characters to read about. They’re both struggling with how people judge them when they only see the surface: Gabby as a prim and proper woman when she knows she has a wild side too and finds it perfectly okay to have and Connor as a bad boy with a less than stellar past and seemingly no future when he’s smart, made mistakes in the past but has already made up for them (although at times he himself does not seem to realize this), and a really good guy. The way they see themselves and the way they see how other people perceive them play a big part in how these two also struggled with how to be together. But I loved how as the story progresses, they discover what’s really hidden underneath the surface and really begin to understand each other.

Their chemistry just clicked for me. There’s sexual chemistry, that’s for sure (and fantastic). But there’s also an emotional chemistry that just really made me fall completely in love with these two and their story. They see each other, the truth in each other’s souls and I think that was the major selling point of this book for me. Because of that, everything seemed to flow smoothly and I just knew I would love where these two would end up by the final page of the book. And I wasn’t disappointed at all.


What did not work for me?

Not a thing. I didn’t even realize that the book was a little shorter than your regular length novel because it was still as good as the best of those full length ones.


My over-all take on it?

This was a great debut from author Rebecca Grace Allen. I can’t wait for what she has to offer next. Gabby and Conner are people you wouldn’t want to miss knowing. So grab a copy of this one and have fun meeting them.


My rating:

 5 stars


DisclaimerI received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange  for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.



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There she was, the straight-A student, the future Fields Medal hopeful, getting a tattoo inches away from her crotch. It felt like such a triumph to rise up against the idea of who everyone expected her to be. The image drawn onto that illicit spot was like a tiny piece of armor, a secret middle finger held up to the mold she was supposed to fall into.

It was a shock to realize just how much he wanted her around and not just for a little while. Opening up to her came easy. There was no judgment in the way she looked at him with those big, gray eyes. No, he saw a familiar kind of pain there, something he recognized but couldn’t quite put his finger on.



Why is this quote fantastic?

I love these two quotes because they show how both Gabby and Connor struggled with restraints and perceptions. And while many would peg them as completely different people, the truth is that they might have a lot more in common than one might think. And that’s why it was so great watching them figure that out for themselves.


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About the Author:

rebecca grace allenRebecca Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison, which seemed like a good idea at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict and gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish. Rebecca Grace Allen is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Contemporary Romance Writers and the Capital Region RWA.

Connect with Rebecca Grace Allen:

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