Author: Molly McAdams
Series: Book One in the Sharing You Series
Published By: William Monrow (July 1, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars!
Twenty-three year old, Kamryn Cunningham has left all she’s ever known and moved to a small town where no one knows her name, who her parents are, or her social status in the horseracing world. Months after opening her own bakery and evading attempts of being set up by her new best friend, she meets Brody. Kamryn fights the instant pull between them because there’s a detail she can’t dismiss. Brody’s married.
To say that twenty-six year old, Brody Saco has had a rough marriage would be an understatement. After marrying his pregnant girlfriend, he spends the next six years in a relationship filled with hatred, manipulation and guilt involving a tragedy that happened five years earlier. When he keeps running into his sister-in-law’s best friend, Kamryn, he can’t ignore that she makes him feel more with just one look than his wife ever has; and soon he can’t continue fight his feelings for her.
When staying apart proves to be too difficult, Brody and Kamryn enter a relationship full of stolen moments and nights that end too soon while they wait for Brody to file for divorce. But the guilt that comes with their relationship may prove to be too much for Kamryn, and Brody might not be strong enough to face the tragedy from his past in order to leave his conniving wife.
I love contemporary romance, it is no secret, but what you might not know is that more often than not, I really have a hard time finding those books that really suck me in. That really stand out and make me remember why I love the genre so much.
After you have read so many of them, things start to blend together with the all too familiar tropes and cliches and before you know it, you don't even remember what you are reading and why. In fact, half the time I don't even write reviews for those stories because where do I begin to describe them when everything about it was forgettable? Was too familiar and so overdone all I wanted to do was roll my eyes and hide in the corner waiting for a better read to come along?
Believe it or not, I have had to take a break from this genre whether it be YA, NA, or adult. Sometimes enough is enough and I am almost afraid to pick up the next one, no matter how terrific or original it may sound.
So when I find one that I really enjoyed, that really did stand out, that wasn't your normal angst and heart ache and putting the pieces back together again type of read, I feel like I have to shout it from the roof tops and make it be known that this, this read, is a winner. This is one that everyone should read.
It isn't often I say something like that about a book like this. I deplore cheating. It makes me sad, it disgusts me and I can't and don't condone it. But once in a great while an author can make me see another side to it and McAdams, has done just that.
I still don't agree with everything that happened, with why they couldn't wait, but I felt their torture and their pain and the situation that they were in and even fell in love with them both. Brody is in a horrible relationship with a truly deplorable woman and even though I don't like that he cheated on her, I can (sort) of understand it. I felt what he was going through and I felt that even though he did something bad, he did it for all the right reason.
You will be hard pressed to find an author that can make you cheer for a couple that is breaking all the rules. That are doing something so wrong, yet so right at the same time. For a couple that you can't help but feel for and want to root them on. Want them to get their happily ever after, together.
McAdams did a fabulous job with this. She showed us that every story really does have two sides and that everything isn't always so black and white, that there is a heck of a lot of gray in between, and sometimes, it is that gray that makes all the difference in the world.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
That blond looks like she's going to have a smack down with the brunette. lol. This sounds really good, I love when an author does that. You have to try Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover!ReplyDelete
I know! I need to try anything at this point by her because I know I will love it. :)Delete
I'm also sad when people wheat in a book... so I can understand. I love a good romance like that even if it's true I don't read a lot of them but I'll have a review soon, or a few in fact. I'm glad you had a good time with it.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Melliane!Delete
Sounds like the author did a great job with the cheating issue. It is so true about the contemporary romance standing out. It has been my favorite category for a while to, but after a while they do tend to blend together. Great review!ReplyDelete
Thanks Ellen, I think this is one that you would really like as well. :)Delete
I'm with you on cheating Ali. It's typically a deal breaker for me, but there are a few very select exceptions, and I'm glad this book was one of those for you. I can understand cheating a touch more when someone is in a truly awful relationship, but like you, I still can't help but wonder why they couldn't wait that much longer for the other relationship to be over in its entirety. Still, I'm excited to see this worked so well for you!ReplyDelete
Thanks Jenny, it really did make me stop and think and look at things just a bit differently.Delete
I'm a romance-addict especially contemporary/suspense. For me it's all about the ever elusive HEA and how the author gets me to that very important place.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great review Kindlemom!
Thanks Debbie for stopping by!Delete
Sounds great. That's wonderful this one really stood out for you. I find that certain genre books really do start to sound the same at times.ReplyDelete
They sadly do.Delete
This one does sound really good! I don't like cheating but in my past was in a horrible relationship and when I was saved by someone else (from being killed basically) I probably would have cheated. I didn't, but it was mostly on his part and that was good, he knew I was suffering and weak. I hadn't yet broken up with the other guy but I knew I would. Unfortunately it was almost a year later when I was finally able to escape for the last and final time. But I guess what I'm saying is, that I can understand how it could happen if you are in a bad relationship.ReplyDelete
Oh Candace I had no idea! *huge hugs girl* You are so brave and strong to have gotten yourself out of that situation.Delete
yeah books with cheating make me wary and run for the hills, but once in a blue moon there is an author that knows how to spin a story and make it look so bad, even if it's unexcusableReplyDelete
This one isn't one that I would have picked up on my own, but I can't wait to see how the author is going to make me root for this couple. You sold me!ReplyDelete
Michelle @ Book Briefs
Yay! Just wait, she will make you root for them, sneaky author!Delete