So listen… on the short list of authors who could write some words on a paper bag and I’d read it, you’ll find Tasha L. Harrison. I’m not just blowing smoke up her behind when I say, this chick can write! I always enjoy her style, her vivid imagery, the way the story implants itself in my mind with it’s realism and drama, to the point where I’m often thinking about a scene long after I read it. As always, Harrison is skilled at turning the mirror around on the reader (and especially the writer) to ask if you’re living your life this boldly, if you’re writing your characters this gritty, this real? Whew.
Having It Both Ways represents, to me, a tearing down and a building back up. I think Yves and Elijah met and fulfilled a need for each other, so many books ago. But I also think that relationships reach a place where you have to grow… either together or apart, but it has to go somewhere. The split was heartbreaking to read about, but I also think it was necessary for the two of them to explore away from each other to realize what they truly meant to each other. Unfortunately this discovery happened at the expense of the love and adoration of other people, but as that quippy saying goes, the heart wants what it wants.
I love when I read a book and the longing between the two characters is palpable. Though Yves and Elijah barely speak throughout most of the book, their thoughts are always on one another. Even when Yves spends months in Jamaica with Julian; even when Elijah is contemplating uprooting his entire life for Shoshanna, there’s an invisible thread that still ties Yves and Elijah together and like any romance, the reader has fingers crossed that they’ll wake up and realize that they’re meant to be together. They love each other– they’re in love with each other and any attempt at recreating with another person what they’re supposed to have would never be fulfilling.
It lays the foundation for Yves, it shows her beginnings, where she came from and her transformation from sex blogger to memoirist and the role that Elijah plays in this transformation. The entire series is good, gripping, sexy (filthy, I think is the word Tasha uses) reading. Enjoy!