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The Space Between

(Space #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,149 ratings  ·  195 reviews
When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out t ...more
Paperback, 324 pages
Published March 13th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published February 28th 2013)
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Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance fans
To him, this world was a bit of fun, a place to get his weed and maybe some kicks by picking up a local chick. To me, this was life. This was my life and nothing to play around with. I wouldn't let him play around with me. I wouldn't be his source of fun, no matter what I felt upstairs.

BOOK #9 in Carmen-Downloads-20-Free-Ebooks-Onto-Her-Kindle-Day. More widely known as March 3rd, 2015.

Wow. I actually really liked this book.

What? You liked a freebie book?!!?

Yes, I know, y'all are shocked. I was a
Victoria Smith
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
So, once again, I have to rate my own book, lol. I really enjoyed writing this one. It deals with a lot of tough themes, and I hope you all enjoy it!

Book Trailer is here!
Triin from T's Bookish Moments
**ARC provided by author for an honest review**

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Victoria, for the ARC. I have a quite long list of books I need to read and this didn't quite fit into the plan at all... However, I just had to start it almost the moment I received it. And it was GOOOOOD! It was so good that I'd almost compare it to Abbi Glines' books (and I LOOOVE Abbi, so this comparison is not an easy one to make!).

“I’m going to ask you out now. We’ve been chatting for a few minutes. Seems s
This book actually deserves the four stars! It is a very good novel about love, fighting for what you love, and the ignorance that people still see with color.

Truman Drake is a 19 year old Korean adopted into a white family. His father is senator and like most teens, Drake likes to break a few rules. One night his rule breaking gets him face to face with a beautiful woman from the other side of the tracks. Drake is desperate to see her again, so desperate he goes to drastic measures just to get
Monica Murphy
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for forbidden love and this story has it in spades. Drake and Lacey are a fantastic couple and their smexy times are rawr smokin' hot. Great read!

Oh and I love the cover too!
Jennifer Lane
Interracial Couple Overcomes Obstacles

I love the New Adult genre, representing a time of life that features growth and development. Lacey and Drew, the heroine and hero of this story, definitely mature as they stumble into adulthood.

Lacey is a Biracial 18 year old who dreams of becoming an opera star, but cares for her dying mother instead.

Drew is an Asian 19 year old adopted son of a wealthy Illinois senator. Much to Mommy and Daddy's dismay, he has a penchant for hijinks.

They meet when Drew sn
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was about a couple who had to deal with a few issues one of them being racism, as the main characters Drake was Asian and Lacey was of mixed race, this is not normally the norm in the books that Im reading at the moment and so it was a nice change.

I liked reading from both POV. Lacey and Drake were both characters that I instantly like and warmed to, and after reading
Lacey's letter to Mr Drake I wanted to high five the girl.

Lacey and Drake were a hot couple that had a lo
Jeanie V.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really, really good book! I was pleasantly surprised to read about a lead sexy male Asian character (not many of those in books - but how I wish they were!) and a romance/attraction that occurs when he meets a woman who is of mixed race. They both come from different backgrounds, ethnicity-wise, money-wise, etc. and struggle to have a relationship because of these things. Through it all, I loved how this couple coped & fought and persevered. The love...ahhh the love. This book made me feel i ...more
Beth McCraw
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. What a sweet story!! I fell in LOVE with Lacey and Drake, and think they are just about the cutest couple ever! I love how nothing gets Lacey down, and their determination and love for each other really shows in this story. I would love to know how things go for Lacey and Drake in the future (hint, hint, lol)
Lauren Blakely
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book's sexy noir vibe...and the passion of Drake & Lacey to keep finding their way back to each other...had a touch of Romeo & Juliet star-crossed lovers to it...which is always nice to see...and of course, I adored the scenes in Paris!! Cobblestoned streets, patisseries, and blankets in the park. Ooh, la la!
Jade Eby
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog Chasing Empty Pavements

I have to say--it was my lust for the cover and blurb that made me want to read the novel. I have to say, the book was better than a lot of self-pubbed novels I've read, but I wasn't all the impressed.

The interracial relationship, financial and class status and diversity of characters were awesome. I really appreciate Smith giving readers a chance to read a story where these elements are often overlooked. I think stories invol
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
3.5 Stars

I really was unsure of what to expect when I started this book but in the end I was pleasantly surprised. It was refreshing to have different ethnicities featured for a change which gives different challenges to the couple besides that these two fated lovers were from the wrong side of the tracks and in all aspects of their societies should not have been together but fate and love had a different idea.

At the beginning I wanted bitch slap Lacey for being so quick to judge and not taking
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Space Between is one of those books that will stay with you long after you have read it. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. When I first heard about it and read the blurb I thought okay this book sounds good I will add it to my list. Then I participated in the cover reveal and I knew I had to read this book. I was not disappointed by this book. I was kinda in a funk when I picked it up and it brought my mood up so mad kudos to Victoria for doing that for me!

Lacey is an inspiring opera
{my thoughts} - This book is about to main people. Lacey and Drake. They come from separate worlds and in the end are torn between what world they want to be a part of.

Lacey is a smart well rounded girl that is extremely logical and knows from hard experience what it is like to be a part of the real world. She understands that life isn’t a fairytale and that you have to work hard to get anywhere.

Drake is a spoilt rich boy that has always had everything given to him. He hasn’t been forced to grow
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, this book just didn't do it for me, though I'm not 100% sure why. The writing wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. It felt stiff, especially the dialogue. I felt like the characters spoke way too formally and not at all like 18-20 year olds really speak.

I could have gotten past the writing, though, if the characters had drawn me in. For some reason they just didn't. I wasn't all that invested in Lacey and Drake's relationship or th
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This book was soo good ! I loved the fact that it didn't follow the typical plot pattern for NA book these days . It was a story of a forbidden love and overcoming fears . I also enjoyed the fact that Lacy wasn't your typical typewrote girl. She should up for her self , yet she had a softer side for Drake .I liked the fact that she was mixed and Drake was Asian. *they are going to have such beautiful babies* . I also appreciated the fact that this book wasn't filled with meaningless sex sc ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, for-review
Originally posted at City of Books

I'm really loving New Adult at the moment, and The Space Between is no exception. It's a really beautiful story, and it does address quite sensitive issues, like racism for example. I like how Victoria H. Smith has done this - in a subtle but firm way. I fell in love with the characters in this book, and was desperately rooting for them throughout the novel.

Drake is the ultimate rich kid. His dad is the mayor of Illinois, and his family is the most influential o
**We were provided a copy of this book as part of this blog tour**
(Of course, we had already bought it back in March)

This book was amazing – cover to cover, every word – AMAZING! It gave me Pretty Woman feels, Save the Last Dance feels, wonderful heartfelt and even some terrified feels. I know I’m not making any sense. But I just can’t seem to stop gushing about Drake and Lacey.

“You’re not from around here, and you’re in way over your head.”

The Space Between is a timeless love story about a
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book from author for an honest review*

This book surprised me, it was nothing like I expected it to be, the storyline and characters really were different from what I had imagined.

Drake is a privileged boy from North Shore, he is a member of the country club and seems like he has everything going for him, so when he meets a girl that not only walks away, but also calls the cops on him, well he is definitely intrigued. He first seems a bit shallow, but once you learn his story, y
Oana D. H.
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You can't tell your heart what to feel or what not,but when true love is involved nothing else matters.
The Space Between is a beautiful story about a boy and a girl whom fell in love but there reasons why they had to hide that.

Lacey's life was not easy at all.Between taking care of her mother and working she ignored her dreams and never planned to fall in love.But you can't plan something like and certainly you can't ignore what your heart wants.She tried.But,honestly,it was enough that she co
Fern (whirlwindbooks)
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book will give you something kind of different, if you have been suffering from a major book hangover or just need to get out a of a rut then I suggest you give it a shot because it was defiantly change things up for you.

“Sometimes things are more complicated than they seem. Sometimes what you see isn’t so black and white.”

Lacey spends most of her time looking after her sick mother, but her real dream is to sing and not just for a pop band but for opera but that can be a little challengin
Heather andrews
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lacey that girl is on fire, "so the way I see it, the only reason you put yourself in a sketchy situation where you have no monetary gain was because you were looking for something other than money; a thrill. A chance to hang out with the thugs and pretend to be one of them." Lacey sees right through Drake at times and it's funny, "I know you're thinking about sex with that look in your eyes, Drake, and I told you: I'm not sleeping with you." Drake is quite the looker, "he really did have a swim ...more
The Space Between is about two people from two different social economic status and backgrounds. Lacy Douglas, half Caucasian and half African American is struggling financially to support and provide for her very ill mother. Truman Drake is Asian and adopted by a wealthy white family. Drake's father is a senator running for election.

This book focus on Lacy and Drake who had instant attraction to each other. It showcases how they come from two different backgrounds and upbringings and yet they
Tiffany Readz
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first this book kind of reminded me of an after school special, rich boy, poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks with obvious obstacles standing in the way of their love. Then Victoria H. Smith threw a little spice in there that reminded me it wasn't an after school special.

Lacey is poor but proud, working to make enough money to take care of her sick mother while putting her dreams of the opera on hold. Drake is a bored, spoiled rich kid that doesn't really know what he wants, until he
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a freebie on Amazon for me and as usual, I had low expectations. However, besides a few typos and my aversion to insta-love, The Space Between was near flawless! This romance features two teenagers, one is a Have and the other is a Have-Not. Though the two are at opposite ends of the cultural, class, and economic spectrums, they manage to connect on an emotional level and fall in love. Great writing and I admire the author's ability to depict both sides of the poverty line: Drake's worl ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: devoured
I sighed a lot during this book, these characters and their romance was so wonderfully written that I even cried at the end. No, thats a lie. I blubbered with snot and ugly face.

Drake is an Asian American adopted into a wealthy and influential caucasian family. Lacey is a bi-racial girl struggling to make ends meet while her stars are aligning.

Their paths cross and fireworks start, but they end in police sirens. Can two people from very different backgrounds come togehter in the space between? U
Marion Croslydon
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really liked The Space Between. Yes, it was New Adult. Yes, it's smoking hot. Yes, it's about modern Romeo and Juliet. But there's so much more.
I hate saying a book has a message. I don't think it was Victoria H. Smith's goal to teach us something. It was just fresh and new. There are so very few books out there (in the romance genre) that deal with racism and prejudice or feature inter-racial couples. And that's a shame because there's so much to explore, issues a lot of readers might have ex
Dane Smoth
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book a 5 star rating because I really related to the conflict these characters were going through, I was also terrified of the book's villain and that made me root for the hero and heroine even more. Having been to Chicago, I could also relate to the environments in which the story took place, overall, I really enjoyed the book.
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Space Between is about Truman Drake, an adopted Korean by the influential Drake family and Lacey Douglas, a half black, half white whose dreams includes standing in an opera house singing her heart out, but due to her Mama's situation, she just can't fulfill that dream even though she has the talent. The are in a different social status so having a relationship with each other is proving to be so difficult.

It's amazing that the leads are Asia
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very much enjoyed The Space Between! Right from the start, I was sucked into the very different worlds of Drake and Lacey, and discovering what would happen next on their journey kept me turning the pages well into the early hours of the morning. I'm tired, but ecstatic that I read this book, it is easily one of my favourite NA books of all time!
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Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the characters she writes give her an earful about it.

In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, reading, watching Sca

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“Lacing my fingers through his, I studied them. His fingers were so much longer than mine, and I envisioned what those fingers could do. And how long they would take to do it before they sent me over the edge. - Lacey” 9 likes
“Sometimes things are more complicated than they seem. Sometimes what you see isn’t so black and white.” 4 likes
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