Are You Mine by N.K. Smith


4 Stars |Amazon|Goodreads

I highly enjoyed this book. It was a nice stray from the norm and had some really good lessons in it about acceptance and assumptions. I read it in one sitting and just fell in love with it. It is one of those books that with writing alone is a Solid high rating, but with the extra special bits thrown in to make it a top rated in my book. Not all authors can weave a story that not only draws you in, but invests you in the characters. This is one of those books and N.K. Smith is one of those Authors. It's that extra special part of the book that boosts it that extra star. Fox and Saige are both very complex and very real characters. I loved the fact that they both saw themselves as "flawed" but it was still pushed as a theme of acceptance through the book. Its stressed to accept people for who they are not who you think they should be. In our current world self-esteem is a hot commodity, and these two find their way to it through love and each others support. I loved the story line and the side plots going on. I felt it kept attention and really drew you in. Myka and Val were wonderful and I loved every scene we got them in. It added a little flair to the story and helped in the page turning angst. Loved the ending even though I wished we had gotten more afterwards. It was slightly abrupt, but at the same time I loved every second of it. I felt it was fitting and encompassing on the issues that Fox and Saige were trying to overcome. Can't wait to read more from this Author. Definitely on my To-Watch List :)

Author Bio:

Based in the American Midwest, N.K. Smith is a Technical Writer for a Fortune 100 company. The author of the Old Wounds Series, Ghosts of Our Pasts, and My Only, she is a mother of two who finds the time to write very early in the morning when the rest of the world is still fast asleep.
An avid lover of history, art, music, books, and people, she is interested in telling stories that speak to the human condition.


Human connection? Who needs it? Ever since she can remember, wealthy but weary Saige Armstrong has felt different from her peers in Pechimu, New Jersey. With only one good friend to her name, she has navigated the complicated halls of high school and is now faced with the timeless question: Now what? Fox Harrington, a fun-loving, socially charismatic graffiti artist uses his passions to color his world exactly how he wants it. He knows exactly where his life is headed. That is, until he meets Saige. A summer project links the two together, making a tentative friendship bloom into romance, but despite their affection for each other, fundamental beliefs and ways of thinking threaten to destroy all they have built. In this tender story of young love, N.K. Smith delivers a striking tale of two people standing on the precipice of adult life.


Before I know it, he’s really close to me. Our bodies so close they are touching. He moves his hand from my wrist, so now our palms are together, fingers interlaced. Fox’s other hand is against the small of my back. My cheek rests against his chest. I hold my breath. It’s awkward at first, but as I relax into his body and allow him to move us, I can see the private dance for what it is. An exchange. I breathe in and feel his chest rise against mine. He’s giving me a little bit of his calm. I don’t know if it’s on purpose or if I’m making it all up because I’ve spent too much time talking to Val about his new-aged hippie ideas on energy, but for some reason, it doesn’t matter right now. All that matters is that I’m pressed against him in this little basement where no one can see us, and he’s holding me like I’ve never let anyone do before.