I received a copy of Shannon O’Connor’s Electric Love for review purposes. As always, this review reflects only my honest thoughts on the book.
by Shannon O’Connor
Publication Date: 12 May 2021
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Genre: Second-Chance Romance
Five years ago, Alexandria and Eden were thriving in the moment, falling fast and loving deeply. But when Eden broke Alexandria’s heart, she had to figure out how to carry on alone. She created a life and family for herself.
Alexandria never expected to see Eden again, but then they run into each other—literally—and sparks fly. Alexandria thought it would be nothing, until she couldn’t forget the way it felt to be near her again. With Alexandria’s new life and Eden’s fiancee waiting for her they shouldn’t be thinking about each other, but when they keep running into each other they can’t ignore the signs any longer.
So many things have changed in the last five years, but have their feelings?
I’ve read quite a bit of Shannon O’Connor’s poetry, with even more waiting on my TBR. It’s been a joy to read her work—and to get to know Shan herself along the way—so I had no doubt her debut novel, Electric Love, would be another enjoyable read.
There’s plenty to love about this love story, in all its forms—the world within Electric Love highlights affections beyond romance, too. It’s refreshing to get a glimpse into the life of a confident, openly bisexual protagonist, a committed single mother making her way through life in and around New York City (which just so happens to be one of my favourite places in the world).
Beyond the romance you’d expect of the genre, this book delves into the intimacy of friendship and the devotion of motherhood. The converging connections between the Electric Love cast are varied and unflinchingly loyal. But it’s those characters themselves that stand out the most as I read Allie’s story.
As I read Electric Love, I feel like a friend’s sat down to tell me the tales of her latest romantic escapade. I can’t help wanting to play a game with Elijah or head to the bar with Bailey and Logan. Making my way through this was like scrolling through the social media feed of someone I know and love, piecing together the threads as I wonder how their story will end.
Before this book, it had been a while since I’ve picked up a romance, but it’s a genre I’ve always loved. To further the cliche, I first sat down with it in the bath, surrounded by bubbles with a cocktail in hand. After that relaxing evening, I’d be remiss not to recommend a similar reading experience—but, however you chose to read Electric Love, Shannon O’Connor’s debut, these are characters you shouldn’t wait to meet.
About the Author
Shannon O’Connor is a twenty something, bisexual, self published poet of 8 books and counting. O’Connor enjoys life’s simple pleasures: coffee, reading, traveling, and spending time with her new baby. O’Connor is continuously working on new poetry projects, book reviews, and more, while also diving into motherhood. She loves supporting local indie authors & shops as much as possible.