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"Fool Me Once" by Catherine Bybee
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Keep in mind that this book all takes place in less than a week. Trauma on a Saturday and marriage talk by Wednesday.
I just could not get past the fact that this book is only 214 pages and 40% of it Hagen is sleeping with Ash. Which would be fine if there was more time to build the relationship with Mitch back up. It felt too slow in the beginning half and too fast in the end. Then to get to the half way point and realize that the drama with Hagen and Ash isn't even over yet and to read another 15-20% of story with them again was disappointing.
The few fleeting parts that were about Hagen and Mitch were great and I loved them as characters but there was just so little time left for them once you added all the Ash storyline in. The two boys were adorable to read about and they added a cuteness to the story you don't always see but again it was all so quick and rushed.
I would love to just see a second book that was all about Mitch and Hagen. Something that would just focus on their love and their future instead of what this book did with a lot of the focus being on the past and separating from a FWB relationship. I really at this point just want more Mitch and Hagen. I just feel so ripped off and disappointed to be honest. I've never really read a book before like this that had so much focus on someone who wasn't a main character and didn't end up involved with one of the main characters. Also to have it be a book by an author like Mary Calmes who I've read amazing amazing things from in the past makes the experience suck even more.
But this story....Hagen was a sweet truthful character who spoke from his heart. His friends, and he had many in his hometown, we're a little pushy, always telling him he still belonged to Mitch Thayer even after 17 years of desertion. Their predictions did turn out to be true but I cannot get around to liking or forgiving Mitch for what he did to Hage all those years ago. His youth as the excuse just didn't wash with me. He actually married a woman and had two children with her and while married to her apparently sang the praises of his "undying love" for Hagen! But, and this is another sticking point for my ambivalence with this story, in all those 17 years apart, he never once contacted Hagen. Never once tried to explain or apologize for his desertion of Hagen. He came across as arrogant, self centered and thoughtless.
Even though, in the end, he and Hagen got back together I just didn't like him. You can't break someone's heart like he did and expect them to sweep 17 years of heartbreak under the rug when you Finally decide you can fit them back into your life again. Mitch's arrogance was mind boggling.
That it all worked out for them in the end was a little too white washed for me. Not enough explanation or heartfelt apology for the pain he caused. Just showed up after 17 years with two kids, snapped his fingers and expected things to pick where they left off. Unbelievable. I don't really care how charming, handsome or viral he was, I cannot condone his self centered behavior. The only characters I actually did like in this story are Hagen and the two little boys.
I reread Mary Calmes' stories when I want the comfort of reading a story I'm familiar with and love. This one won't be one of them.
Hagen and Ash were seeming to really fall in love. That was very confusing. As was Mitch just adoring his ex-wife. Hagen just accepted and swooned over anything Mitch said. Ugh!
Oh well, waiting for the next Mary C., still love her.
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