Author: Jessica Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Synopsis: Olivia Germaine has already found love. Devoted wife, loyal friend, determined career woman–she’s created the life she always envisioned. But when Olivia locks eyes with a handsome stranger across a crowded room, he peers a little too closely and sees emotions she thought she’d buried long ago.
David Dylan, alleged playboy and eternal bachelor, challenges Olivia to confront the life she’s built and to make decisions that could either lead to happiness... or regret.
Will Olivia be able to draw the line between lust and love? And can David respect that line?
Usually I don't enjoy books that have any sort of an "insta-love" situation. As soon as I see that pop up in a story, I'm usually done with that book. Every once in a while though an author does it in such a way that it intrigues me rather than repelling me. That was the case with this book. The instant attraction and pull between Olivia and David fascinated me. I don't know if it was because it was so wrong and taboo, since Olivia is married, or if it was because I was already empathizing with Olivia and her bland, safe marriage. Sadly, I was never a fan of Olivia's husband, Bill, and I was rooting for something, anything, to happen between David and Olivia.
I was definitely pulled in to this book, and I became really invested in the characters. I loved David and Olivia, even though David was a little overbearing and stubborn at times and Olivia was so fickle and weak. The supporting characters were great also. Gretchen, Lucy, Brian - it's always nice whenever I become attached to the "best friends" of the main characters. It makes it so easy to slip into that world and really care about the story.
While I did really like this book, I was frustrated several times with Olivia. I sort of understood her longing for something stable and safe - and Bill did give her that. However, it was clear that she was suffocating in her marriage, and was settling for some half-life. I wanted her to jump ship and go be happy with David, and it irritated me to no end how she jumped back and forth, and couldn't make up her damn mind. Her loyalty to Bill was commendable, but I'm not a big believer in sacrificing your own happiness and basically your shot at an amazing life, because you don't believe in divorce. Get over it!
Anyway, I do strongly recommend this book. It is interesting, and well written, and heartbreaking, and infuriating. A very dynamic combination. I can't wait to read the rest of this series to see what happens next!
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