I wanted to give this book a four star, but I just can’t. I just can’t get over cheating – and this entire book is about a cheater. The writing is good and I really like how it was written. Dual perspective is nothing new to me. But, the way that the author writes each chapter, it’s like the characters are thinking the same thing. So, the end of the chapter and the start of the next, follow either the same sentence or the same thought process. This is a really interesting way of writing. I felt more in-tuned to the characters and their chemistry, and these characters have major chemistry.
I get that when you find that one person, you do anything you can to hold on to them. But, when you are currently in a relationship, you do what you have to do to end it. It’s not like you have anything to lose, you’re moving onto a new, exciting relationship. I know how it feels to be cheated on. I even know how it feels to be dumped for someone else. But, I can tell you I have more respect for him for letting me know the reason he is breaking up with me instead of finding out he cheated.
Blake meets Casey at a bar when she goes to her best friend’s graduation. Casey is her friend’s boyfriend’s twin brother. Instantly attracted to him, they strike up a conversation and end up dancing the night away. That night they do the unthinkable and have sex with each other. Casey did not know that she had a boyfriend – almost fiance. But he continued to pursue Blake anyways. Blake didn’t feel one ounce of guilt that night or even the next morning.
As the book continues, they meet up several times, even though they are in different cities. Because of their jobs, they both have to travel a lot, but they made plans each time to meet up. The story is actually quite emotional despite the cheating aspect of the book. You get both perspectives from Blake and Casey. As the cheater and “the other man”, you get to see what drives them to do what they do and how they deal with guilt, and the suffering of not being able to be with each other.
I was really surprised with the ending, I didn’t expect it to end the way it did. Thinking that it was going to go in a totally different direction, I am interested to see how the second book, Sail, is going to play out. It’s hard to say if I recommend this book, because of the whole cheating aspect. Some people are into that thing and I get that it’s just fiction. But, it’s hard to read about it like it’s no big deal, and it could also be a trigger for some people. Despite all that, I say that it’s a good book. It’s emotional, it’s funny and the characters are well written. It’s definitely not for young readers. This is a New Adult/Adult novel. It has language, touchy subject matter and lots of sex.