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- Print Length: 329 pages
- Publisher: Paper Gold Publishing; 1 edition (November 15, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076KPCB2V
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Life Without You Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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In the husband's POV, his thoughts go on about how perfect his mistress is. How much fun she is, how she likes to party, and how boring his wife was. He brags about how driven his mistress is while his wife has no career ambition. It's basically just all about how wonderful the mistress is and how the wife is a bore to him. He says the mistress is IT for him He is in love with her.
The wife goes home and with her friend's help she finds out through Facebook that he is in a relationship. She see's the pics of them in Maui, and she sees how they are telling each other that they love each other. She starts having cramps and end up losing the baby. It was an etopic pregnancy.
After a month, he comes over and serves her with divorce papers. She asks him why? he asks if she honestly wants to know? Alex (the husband) tells her that it was a huge mistake to marry her. That he never really loved her that way. He tells her how his mistress is the exact opposite of her - That his mistress turn him on just by looking at him, where it was a chore to try and stay aroused by his wife. The wife begins to cry so he says, 'I love you, I'm just not in love with you". As he is leaving, she asks him what the mistress is to him, and he replies - "She is the love of my life." Of course the wife is crushed, who wouldn't be. She finds a great lawyer who helps women like Summer ( the wife) because she was once in the position. They don't have any children or property, so its a basic 6 month wait divorce. This is where the book should have ended.
The 2nd half of the book was supposed to be his fall and redemption. It takes up 6 months later. The husband has lost everything. His job and his girlfriend (the mistress). Yep, when he got fired she dropped him like a hot potato. Turns out he wasn't the only co worker she was having sex with. She kicked him out and moved her other playmate in during the same week. So the husband moves into some nasty apartment where he stays high and drunk 24/7. It's during this time that he realizes that he made a mistake. He can now see that the mistress was only after his money. Imagine that! Now all of a sudden he sees that he really did love his wife and never really did love the mistress. Yeah I call BS. He wont talk to his best friend or mother who want to help him. He only wants to talk to the wife. She doesn't want to talk to him because it hurts too much. He spends his days drinking beer and scotch. He stays so drunk, he finally hits rock bottom. He goes weeks without showering or washing his clothes. He wants to kill himself. He meets Joe, a man who has been in his shoes years ago. Joe manages talks the husband away from the edge and helps the him get clean and back on track. He gets him in NA. They barely talk about drugs in this story..His butt should have been in AA. He was in a drunken stupor for a long, long time.
The author is now has the HUGE task of trying to redeem this worthless vile man. There is no way possible. The story jump 3 years ahead. The husband is now clean and sober. He runs everyday and has a job. He is back in good with his friend and his mother. All is good except his is still pining for his ex-ife, you know the one he cheated on and hurt beyond measure for the office slut.
The problem is the author him to be so horrible, there is nothing he can do to fix any of the terrible things he has done. So the author has to do something drastic, something to bring the wife around. So she creates a tragedy. She has the husband and his best friend get in an accident. The best friend who was ans awesome guy and going to be a father any day....she kills him off. While it was tearful to read, I still hated the husband. The wife comes and stays by his sleeping side but leaves when he wakes. She finally comes to say goodbye while he is awake. He tells her how sorry he is. He says he ALWAYS loves her. That he now sees that it was lust and not love he felt for the mistress, He wishes he could take it all back. He wants another chance to prove to her he can be the kind of man she deserves.. Oh yeah.. what a laugh. The only reason he wants her back is because his mistress dumped him. If the mistress hadn't cheated and still wanted him, he would still be with the mistress. The wife is, and always will be second choice. When the wife reminds him of all the crap he did to her, and he says he has no excuses. He doesn't know why he did them. That is ALL the reasoning we ever get. The author never explained WHY. She just skipped over it.. They share a kiss but then she leaves. As weeks go by, they start texting...the texts turn flirty and eventually sexual. He starts sending her presents. He flies out to surprise her with a special date - but the big surprise is on him. She went from no ambition to owning her own company! She no longer turns him off, he gets aroused just looking ather! She no longer is boring in bed, she is now the best sex he ever had!! I have to laugh at this. It's so pitiful its funny.
Another HUGE eye rolling moment - his ex wife says - lets get drunk and the recovering alcoholic says - Lets's do it! What crap!
Of course they were so drunk they forgot to use a condom. She gets pregnant and he finds a job where she lives and moves there and they get married and live happily ever after.
The editing in the story needs work, and someone get this author a thesaurus. She consistently used the same descriptions . There was no shock value when she would try to describe the changes in the husband appearance because she had used the exact same description 3 chapters before. Normally I would not be so critical, but I had to check to make sure I didn't reread a chapter because it was basically the same thing over and over. I wish I read Goodreads reviews instead of Amazon reviews, because they are not censored over there. That alone would have saved me time and money.
Alex is that stupid man who commits the worse sin by breaking his marriage vows and cheated on his beautiful wife Summer. Summer was everything to Alex but when he starts to feel like they both want different things he commits the ultimate betrayal. Instead of communicating to Summer his fears he excuses his behaviour of cheating as acceptable in his mind. He lies to his sweet Summer repeatedly, becomes cold, and distant not acknowledging his actions as he hurts Summer again and again, not realising till later that breaking Summer would lead him down a road full of regrets and a dark path of self-destruction.
I absolutely loved this book because the author captured such deep raw emotions in her words. My heart ached and my feelings were all over the place from; love to tears to anger to thinking words of; “serves you right Alex” because omg he was a complete and utter douche in how he broke Summer’s heart. This is why the story was so easy to connect to because it felt real to life, and mainly because she made the heroine; Summer total kickass! She was such an amazing strong character and I felt every ounce of pain she went through as she discovered Alex’s cheating. I could not wait for Alex to feel the consequences of his cheating, to revel in his redemption and his fight for a second chance at reconciliation with Summer, because the author really makes the reader hate him with a passion but she also makes his journey to redemption so worth it.
I highly recommend this book, it’s not an easy read to digest due to the subject of cheating, but if you love angst, second chances rekindled between married couples then hit one click! My reasons for rating it four stars was because I wanted more for Summer and Alex at the end instead of reading about it through other characters, even though it was cute it didn’t quench my hea for them. I also felt the whole Violet and Seth thing was left with no closure if this book was supposed to be a standalone, and left unanswered if they would get their own book, and lastly grammatical mistakes due to poor editing so it needs re-editing/proofreading again. Story is told in dual pov of Summer and Alex and is told in two parts.
The book is written in two parts, a relationship disintegration, and its reinvention, with dual POV. I absolutely enjoyed this novel. Alex, the H is very hard to like - he is a cold, distant, selfish jerk, who got bored in his marriage, felt trapped, and instead of communicating with his wife started an affair with a co worker. His wife was blindsided by everything, and kept believing the best in the H (or refusing to believe her intuition), till accidentally forced to confront his infidelity. The second part of the novel takes place about 3 or so years later - after the dust has settled so to speak. It is about them rebuilding their lives both separately, and eventually, together. I gave this book 4 stars because I think it resolved a bit to smoothly, as every other aspect of the story is rich with detail, but I'm a bit ambivalent about their reconnection. I feel she forgave him to easily. (when you read it you'll find he does some really horrible stuff), I would have liked to have read a bit more details of their joint counselling sessions, or self introspection from Alex after learning what else happened to Summer. I felt that part was skimmed over, and I also wish she had more relationships (or at least one) with someone else, so that the H had competition, or thought he had- as I kinda wonder, if the "love of his life" girlfriend hadn't dumped him, would he have had a change of heart?? Would reconciliation with his ex wife even been a blip on his radar? But, for all that, it is well worth reading, and I will definitely read more from this author.