Wednesday, April 25, 2018

REVIEW: Six Feet Under by Whitney Barbetti

Release Date: April 25, 2018
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Photo Credit: Max Eremine



Several years ago I met Six and Mira and every time Whitney Barbetti's talked about releasing a new book I wonder 'will this be the one?!', will this be the book that gets me into their heads and their relationship? Until now, that answer has been no. And while I don't know for sure why, if the reading of this novel is any indication of how hard it was to write, then I think I may have a feeling why Whitney Barbetti took the time and care with her characters--she had to get it right, and she did.

Six Feet Under had me taking some seriously deep yoga breaths, y'all. I'd sigh, look off into space, and then dive back in to see what Mira was going to do next, and how Six would react. Mira put me through the wringer, y'all. And the thing is, I TOTALLY got her and recognized pieces of myself in her and it was so hard to read because I wanted to be so frustrated with her (also me) while also wanting to force all my love on her. I know this isn't normal, right? That I have such violent and vivid emotions for someone who doesn't exist, but I do.

And Six?! I so want to know what is going on in his heart and head. He's so patient. So strong. So stoic. So ... able to react to her exactly as she needs to be. I feel for him and love him and gahhhhh, these characters. 

As the novel continued to track them in their tumultuous love story--years and years of love and hurt--I flipped the pages faster and faster, trying to see where all the foreboding I was feeling would take me. Let's just say that at the end of Six Feet Under my heart hurts (so bad) but I am holding out hope that somehow, someway Whitney Barbetti is going to make things as right for these two as she possibly can. Bring on Pieces of Eight, Whitney. I'm ready for you to rip me apart and put me back together again.

I should note that while this novel primarily focuses on Mira and Six, if you're new to Whitney Barbetti's work she has two previously released novels (He Found Me and He Saved Me) that feature characters we see at the very end of the novel. 


Six wasn’t the hero I needed.
But he was the man I wanted. And it was my selfish craving, the desire to own him, that would be our undoing. No one tells you that love is a disease. An infection that tears your heart apart, leaving you half the person you were before. A malady that leaves open wounds. An invisible disorder tracing scars in the places you couldn’t see if you weren’t looking for them. I was sick, but love didn’t heal me. Instead, it festered in my marrow, and drove me to unforgivable mistakes. Six was my first mistake, but he wouldn't be the last.


Six Feet Under (Mad Love Duet - Book 1)


Coming Soon


Release Date: May 9, 2018
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Photo Credit: Alexander Kuzmin Photography


Six was always there, even when I didn’t want him.
But he couldn’t hold me together, and I couldn’t be his penance. Loss is a phantom limb. No one can see it, but the ache torments you in the night, distracts you during the day, and leaves you fragmented. I’m half a heart, half a soul, and nothing could cure the pieces he’d left behind. Losing him was safer than loving him. Because the love that kept us coming back again and again was nothing short of madness. But then, isn't mad love the most honest?  


Pieces of Eight (Mad Love Duet - Book 2) - available 5/9



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About the Author

Whitney Barbetti is really, truly awful at writing in the third person, so we're just going to change this bio up a bit and write it as first person.
I am married with two boys. When I'm not changing diapers or cutting food into tiny bites, I escape to Starbucks for hours. My blood pressure actually drops the moment I walk in, hear the baristas call my name, and inhale the aroma of coffee beans. And I don't even like coffee. I love music and have a playlist for everything. Queen is my very favorite. I like watching creepy shows when I am home alone but then I instantly regret them once my mind starts breeding irrational fears. I try to channel my fears into my books as a way to cope. I have about 20 bacon things in my fridge.  

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