Ava has watched her parents, Caleb and Maggie, live the perfect fairy tale, the perfect love story, played out in front of her eyes her entire life. Her family is love, life, and happiness. The Jacobsons are everything a family should be and Ava is loved and well taken care of. But the one thing that’s missing from her life is the one thing she’s waited for every day, the one thing her kind knows will make them complete, the one thing they thought was gone and lost forever.
Seth has lived with the Watsons his entire life. They’re the only family he knows, but he knows that there are things they keep from him. He knows that they lie and they do unspeakable evil, things from when he was a child that he can barely remember that cling to the edges of his memory. He barely remembers his real mother and all he knows is what he’s told. He doesn’t know what to trust. He wants to believe that the Watsons love and care for him, have his best interest at heart, but isn’t so sure of that anymore when he finally—after a lifetime of waiting for her—meets his soulmate, and the Watson’s first act is to try to take her away from him.
The Virtuoso worlds collide, hearts are exposed, humans are endangered, and the lives of Seth and Ava are changed forever. They’ll have to love without judgment or reservation, they’ll have to be wise and accepting beyond their years, they’ll have to forgive for things before they’ve even happened, they’ll have to trust without seeing, have faith without knowing, and they’ll have to light their own way in the dark when everyone else is blind to show them the way. And more than anything else…
they’ll fight like hell to keep each other.
“The love one feels for his significant is bigger than the ocean, deeper than any well, more powerful than any storm.”
I was waiting for years to read this book and Ι finally finished it. Now I have to wait more for the second book and it kills me.
I loved every single word, every phrase and all the characters, even the villains. Shelly Crane just knows how to make you feel that way.
I really can’t review this book the right way because there are no words to express how I feel right now. I’ll just say that Ava and Seth were almost as perfect as Maggie and Caleb. Ava is her parents’ daughter after all. I wasn’t expecting nothing less from her and her Significant. Seth was really awesome and a perfect match for Ava obviously and he sent me these vibes that had me fall for him almost the same way I fell for Caleb. Well Caleb was my insta-love but Seth did a great job as well.
“There was no oil and water, no Watsons and Jacobsons, no Romeo and Juliet. Just Seth and Ava.”
Also, I thought that the “Romeo and Juliet love” that Seth and Ava experienced was going to be boring and all the same but it was actually better than I even hoped. The fact that there was no insta-love was even better but when the love came later in the book just blew my freaking mind.
“I wondered if Romeo and Juliet had been brought to life if this is what they would have felt. Betrayed, torn, confused, alone even when the person you’re supposed to be with is right in front of you.”
I wish all humans could love with all their hearts, minds and souls. I wish all humans were so eager to protect their soulmates. I wish all humans could understand each other the way significants do, but I guess that would be too perfect, right?
I wish my boyfriend was also my significant so that I would be able to feel his heart in my chest. Sometimes I catch myself trying to listen to his heartbeat when we sleep and I imagine that I could hear it through my own chest. It’s just so… wonderful.
I need to see more from Rodney and I hope that in the next books there will be more imprintings. Also I loved how Maggie and Caleb were a big part of this book and I loved them even more now that I’ve seen how they still adore each other, maybe more than they used to. I am so in love with their love and I even cried so hard when their names were mentioned for the first time. I cried like a freaking baby.
“I had watched my parents for what seemed like centuries. The way they existed so effortessly in each other’s world and space. They could go minutes without looking away from each other. They kissed constantly. They hugged all the time, stole touches and wrapped their fingers around the other’s wrist. I knew it was to feel their calm, to be wrapped in the little bit of bliss that their touch provided.”
As you can already guess this is an “absolutely-must-read book”. If you haven’t read Significance already just stop what you’re doing and read it. Now. go!
Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay-at-home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She hoards paperbacks, devours sweet tea, searches year-round for candy corn, and loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants, site-see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music, and, of course, loves to read, but doesn’t have much time to these days with all the characters filling her head begging to come out.
Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn’t go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.