Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 21st 2014
Beth Thomas’ seemingly perfect life is about to take a detour. At thirty-five, she’s married to her college sweetheart, has two adorable kids, and finds fulfillment teaching part time at the local university.
But when a friend persuades her to go dancing on a rare night out, a chance meeting with a handsome former student changes the course of her life. Loud music, too much to drink, and the thrill of feeling young again lead to an unforgettable kiss that was never supposed to happen. Beth feels wanted again, listened to, cared for, but she knows it’s wrong.
She tries to put the memory behind her, but he pursues her, drawing Beth back to temptation. As she travels deeper into Dave’s world, Beth struggles to choose between what her mind says is right and what she truly craves.
First Impression: This is going to be the story of my life! Well, except that I’m not married and don’t have kids… but still! The fantasizing about the “what ifs” and having a problem jumping ship for something shiny on the horizon. That’s what I mean, and the story surely didn’t disappoint.
When Beth went through the “justify her actions” phase, I could relate. Well he doesn’t kiss me like that anymore, or at all. He doesn’t listen or isn’t interested in my life and what’s going on with me. Well, sure, the new guy will do and be, but only until the newness wears off. Your partner USED to kiss you and listen to you and be interested. Find that, and bring it back.
Best to Read When: You want a quick read and a page-turner. The chapters are fairly short and they include a chapter name so you can get a sense for what’s coming. Having the names only made me keep reading when I might have set it aside to do real life stuff, you know, like laundry.
Favorite Novel Line: I usually pick a line by the heroine or hero for this, and there was plenty of great dialogue to pick from, but this line from someone on the outside really hit home. “When one partner is unfaithful, it means the relationship itself was already broken before anything happened. And both parties contribute to that.” I feel like we look for more or better when we’re not satisfied and our needs aren’t being met. If it’s important that you share steamy, passionate kisses with your significant other, then tell them that it’s important to you. Both parties need to put the work into having a successful relationship, and that cuts down on the chances of anyone looking out the front door for happiness and satisfaction.
Author Strength: Patricia has this wonderful ability to connect the reader to the characters in the story. Whether or not you have ever been unhappy in your life, or fought off the demon that is infidelity, there is something in this book that you will be able to relate to. Even if it’s just a single thought that Beth has.
Summary: I loved this book, and I loved Patricia’s writing style. She sucks you in from page one and I am anxiously awaiting the sequel! Finding new authors to enjoy is a highlight of being a book-lover, and Patricia has found a new fan for life in me.
Review Disclaimer: I purchased this book for my own reading pleasure. The above review is my own, without influence. Read more of my policy, here.