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My sister asked me if I could stand the sight my own reflection, if I’d caused enough damage yet, but I didn’t see myself when I looked into the mirror. I saw Kieran standing behind me, pressing a kiss to my shoulder while he undid my belt. I saw everything I wanted that I couldn’t have. Not unless I was prepared to hurt everyone around me.
Kieran was in a similar situation.
Were we monsters or men? Were they one and the same? Did we give a flying f—hell. We did care. Just not enough to stop, not enough to walk away, and I knew we constantly asked ourselves the same question because of it. If we could go back to when we met on the train…if we could erase the deceit, erase our first hello…would we?
“You’re my ‘if I could just have one more day ‘ person. You know what I mean?”
This is totally my thing. The angst, the feelings. This is definitely my favorite book by Cara Dee. Kudos to her for writing this because this won’t be for everyone at all…The blurb kind of touches on things with the word deceit but I still wasn’t prepared how powerful this story would be.
Here goes…cheating.There I’ve mentioned it but before you dismiss this and go running for the hills it’s important to understand the situation here. I can hear people muttering cheating is inexcusable and I’m certainly not condoning it but I’m a firm believer in unless you experience anything first hand you really don’t know how you’d react…unless you’ve walked in someone’s shoes…
In this case, we have two men who are married with children when they start taking the same train together to work. The narrator of the story (Bennett) is, at first, too preoccupied with his life to pay much more than mild interest in the man sitting opposite him every day but over time they start a tentative friendship which will eventually lead to so much more. This isn’t lust at first sight at all…it’s so much more.
Bennett and Kieran’s marriages weren’t the stereotypical ones. It wasn’t all roses and sunshine…boy meets girl, fall in love, get married, have a family. There were reasons behind their marriages which are explained. (again, I’m not condoning what they did but I kind of understood).
The story spans over five years ( one of my favorite things) and follows the men’s lives with their families and with each other. The relationship they both have with their own children and each other’ was truly special…I got teary on more than one occasion. Almost, inevitably things reach breaking point but how far will they go and are they prepared for the fall out that will follow?
I guess a lot of people view people who have affairs as selfish and to a certain extent they are. But life is hard and it happens and things are not normally as straight forward as they appear. I simply loved reading Bennett and Kieran’s story…
I highly recommend this book! 💞
~About the Author~
I’m often stoically silent or, if the topic interests me, a chronic rambler. In other words, I can discuss writing forever and ever. Fiction, in particular. The love story—while a huge draw and constantly present—is secondary for me, because there’s so much more to writing romance fiction than just making two (or more) people fall in love and have hot sex. There’s a world to build, characters to develop, interests to create, and a topic or two to research thoroughly. Every book is a challenge for me, an opportunity to learn something new, and a puzzle to piece together. I want my characters to come to life, and the only way I know to do that is to give them substance—passions, history, goals, quirks, and strong opinions—and to let them evolve. Additionally, I want my men and women to be relatable. That means allowing room for everyday problems and, for lack of a better word, flaws. My characters will never be perfect. Wait…this was supposed to be about me, not my writing. I’m a writey person who loves to write. Always wanderlusting, twitterpating, kinking, and geeking. There’s time for hockey and cupcakes, too. But mostly, I just love to write.