What if You Could Smell Death Coming? – Scented, a Love Story by RJ Crayton. Book Review.


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This is a gently paced novel focused on three people, Brian, Lauraline, seniors in high school, and Brian’s father, Jack. Lauraline, the new girl, has left Brian breathless from the very first encounter. Brian is a kind, thoughtful young man but he has a skill that makes life extremely difficult. Lauraline also has a paranormal “gift”.

The two teenagers also have great loss in common. Brian’s mother died when he was eight and his father became cold and distant as a result. He avoids Brian and often seems repulsed by him. Without siblings, Brian has led a lonely life but for his closest friend Ferraz. When Lauraline walks into his heart, Brian is torn as to whether he should tell her about his grisly secret.

Lauraline, too, has lost her mother. But her father has stepped up and been a diligent and loving parent in spite of his own pain. However, Lauraline has a residual phobia from her mother’s death. Although she was only three years old and can’t remember the car accident, Lauraline knows it was raining when her mother crashed with her in the back seat. Because of this, she is terrified of rain. On her first day at the new school, when lightning hits close to the gymnasium, she screams and faints.

In spite of the fact that these two teenagers have not been able to recover from the deaths of their mothers, they are mature and thoughtful people. By supporting each other, they each become stronger individually. Little do they know that one of them will have to deal with death yet again.

This is a sweetly romantic book and although the darkness of death overshadows the narrative, Brian and Lauraline’s courage and determination are inspiring. They are almost a little too level-headed and responsible. There conversations often sound like sessions with a psychologist. I felt the book could have used a bit of humor now and then to lighten the atmosphere. I also felt the message from the beyond was a bit weak. It was wonderful, though, how well they treated each other. This is the kind of relationship everyone should have with a girlfriend or boyfriend.

All in all, if you’re looking for a mature, inspiring romance that avoids any sexual incidents, this will fit the bill.


I received a free copy of this book from good reads in exchange for an honest review. The book was donated to my Little Free Library.

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