Author: Jennifer Foor
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: JMF Publishing
Published: September 21, 2015
We'd been married seven years, and for the most part, I thought we were happy. Little did I know my other half wasn't. He'd been screwing around on me for the past six months. Now, on the verge of divorce, I've found myself in a conundrum.
He's half my age, with a body that won't quit. I keep telling myself it's payback, but who am I kidding? Instead of getting even, I've now made things irreparable. I have a choice to make, and it's going to be a lot harder than I imagined.
Contains come adult content. This book is a stand-alone read.
The prologue left me curious about what was going on between the characters of Rachel and Chad, so I dove in and was not disappointed. The story is heartfelt and very real in terms of the emotions connected to adultery. Foor presents a seemingly tight family unit in the beginning, but it begins to unravel early on in the book. Rachel comes home to find her husband, whom she believed was faithful, having an afternoon romp with a person she trusted.
As if that weren’t enough, she believed she’d lost her job and had hoped her husband could calm her down and tell her everything would be all right. When it became clear that wasn’t going to happen, she had some decisions to make and this is where I found Rachel to be an amazing protagonist. She was strong willed, determined, and knew she had to take care of herself if she were going to survive the current storm her life had become. Each and every painful step she took helped her remember who she was as a woman. Some of those steps were not graceful or pretty, but she made them nonetheless and came out on the other end a different woman.
Despite feeling as if she were undesirable and less of a woman, Rachel was garnering attention from a certain younger man in her life. He is her new boss and pushes her boundaries in a clear effort to get her to see herself as worthwhile and sexy. Throwing caution to the wind, Rachel goes all in and finds that being with another man who challenges her intellectually and sexually might be just what she needs to get over her husband’s betrayal. Chad is a dream distraction, but will Rachel be able to walk away or is she looking at him as her future? The emotions she experiences are raw and well written.
There were some moments in the book I found to be slow and I wanted them to move on, but each step was necessary in the end. By the same token, I wanted more of Rachel and Chad. I enjoyed their banter and the chemistry between them was hot. Chad may be younger, but he's much more worldly than Rachel is. He recognizes she has things to work through, even when she doesn't want to admit it.