Intimate Geography is book 2 in Tamsen Parker’s The Compass series duology. It picks up right after the cliffhanger ending of Personal Geography.
In this volume Cris and India have to make sense of what her choice means for their relationship and lives. I thought Parker did a fantastic job showing how hard this was for India. India reacts in believable ways, she wants to please Cris and stretches to live outside of her emotional comfort zone for the first time in years, but it takes a toll. I loved seeing how hard and complicated it was for India to break the emotional and relational habits she has intentionally cultivated for years. I liked seeing how thirsty India is for the kind of relationship Cris wants, even as it causes her stress and anxiety. Their pain, anger and confusion as they try to make decisions about their relationship was very compelling.
One of the things I wanted to see in this volume was for us to know Cris better and we did. We see in his home outside of his role as Dom, interacting with family and friends and best of all we get to see him in India’s domain. However the story is still first and foremost centered on India, her struggles, her pain and the risks to her heart. India makes some really painfully wrong choices in this novel, but they are completely in character.
The one flaw I found in the story was that the perpetrators of the catalyzing event near the end of the book that solidifies a happy ending for Cris and India were introduced very late into the story. In the previous book Parker had already introduced several people who have been dangerous to India’s life and career, and built up suspense for a particular kind of threat, they are neither responsible for the event, and the event is very different in nature than what we were led to expect, and that was less than satisfying.
I did love the story, primarily for how emotionally complicated India is and how anti-type Cris, he is my favorite #RomDom ever.
I received a review copy of Intimate Geography from the author via NetGalley.