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Author: Mia Asher
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Format: EBook, Print
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Release Date: August 22, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE 21+ (Explicit language, Sexual Situations, Violence etc.)

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OVERALL THOUGHTS: A “romance” novel about adultery seems like an oxymoron.  There is nothing romantic or loving about adultery.  For me, it is unacceptable.  I can’t relate to wanting something so forbidden that it would hurt multiple people in its fruition. This story is a rollercoaster ride of emotions – mostly negative.  This is a story about love, lust, lies, obsession, pain and loss. By the end of this book, I hated the female protagonist.

Hate is a strong word, I know…. one of the many emotions this roller-coaster book made me feel.

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One glance was all it took…

I’m a cheater.

I’m a liar.

My whole life is a mess.

I love a man.

No, I love two men…

I think.

One makes love to me. The other sets me on fire.

One is my rock. The other is my kryptonite.

I’m broken, lost, and disgusted with myself.

But I can’t stop. This is my story.

My broken love story.

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THE LOWDOWN: The audience is introduced to Cathy Stanwood in the midst of her going through one of several personal tragedies.  Right away you are sucked into the emotional turmoil of the relationship between her and her husband, Ben.  The tragedy that this couple faces is heart wrenching.  From the outside, you think Cathy and Ben have the perfect life.  They are both good-looking, successful people.  Cathy hit the husband lottery with Ben, who is the epitome of what every woman wants in a husband.  The numerous tragedies that this couple faces together start affecting her self-worth and she becomes emotionally numb and indifferent to her sweet, adoring husband.

Arsen Young is a sexy, confident, much younger, egotistical playboy who makes it known right away that he wants Cathy and doesn’t really care if she is married or not. There are no redeeming qualities to Arsen whatsoever.  He doesn’t care who he hurts as long as he gets what he wants.  Despite her initial attraction to Arsen, Cathy remembers that she is a married woman and keeps him at bay, asking him to only be her friend.  Tragedy strikes again and Cathy feels that she needs Arsen.  She can’t talk to her husband like she can talk to Arsen.  Arsen makes her feel alive again when her husband can’t. In her emotional abyss to the dark side, she becomes an adulteress. This guy must be extremely good looking in the author’s mind because there is no way I would fall for a douchebag of a man the way Arsen Young is described.  The way he talks to her, sometimes acts towards her and the things he makes her do was revolting to me.  I couldn’t relate at all to Cathy and I couldn’t comprehend how she would cheat on her husband, the man who the reader will most certainly fall in love with.

The story is told mostly through Cathy’s POV, with some chapters in Ben and Arsen’s POV.  You also get some chapters that depict Cathy and Ben’s past and how they became a couple. I would have liked more of Arsen’s POV in order to understand his thought process, despite my disliking of him.  For a debut novel, there were some grammatical and technical errors, which should have been caught in the editing process, but overall I thought the writing was good.

FINAL THOUGHTS: This book is dark and depressing – exactly the type of book I DO NOT like to read.  But different strokes for different folks and some people actually gave this book 5 stars.  You be the judge and let me know what you thought.

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