I am totally impressed with this book and author. I haven’t read anything by Lisa DeJong before, but this is definitely not going to be my last. From the first sentence I was sucked right in. Seriously, I felt like I was reading a Colleen Hoover book (who is my favourite author) It has all the right emotion from angst, love, heartbreak. It’s sexy and funny, it has characters with great chemistry and a plotline that kept me invested the entire time. The writing is so well written that I didn’t find any part of it boring, there were no grammar or spelling mistakes and everything just fell right into place. I couldn’t be any happier with this book.
Marley and Cole are both lawyers and have been married for eleven years. The last year of their marriage hasn’t been so great, and a lack of communication, love and passion has grown over the months. Cole is always out-of-town for client meetings and when he is home, he is distant and withdrawn. Despite having a great job, a house and everything she wants, she is lonely and just wants her marriage to be like it was before.
River Holtz is a new client who requested Marley. He’s cocky, self-absorbed and doesn’t like to be told what to do. He owns a few businesses and wants to turn an old warehouse into a nightclub, but needs Marley’s help with getting the zoning permits changed. Marley doesn’t care for River at first but after spending more time with him working, he isn’t as bad as she thought he was. He seems to like her and treats her better than Cole does. It brings up bad feelings because she has a better relationship with River than she does with her own husband.
Cole continues to disappoint Marley while River only wants to please her. When Marley’s birthday comes around and Cole promises to be home, he once again lets her down and she ends up going out with River. One thing leads to another and lines are crossed. What we don’t expect is what happens later on. Where everything is messed up and not what it seems, I had a feeling that something worse was going to happen.
That’s where the author’s great writing skills come in because as I knew something bad was going to happen. I had no idea what it was going to be. There was a bit of mystery as well as all the tension and drama of a cheaters novel. When it’s all said and done and the book is coming to an end, everything falls into place and it all makes sense again. I’m really happy with how the book ended. I’m glad that it was just a standalone and I didn’t need to read anymore books that could have turned it sour. I highly recommend this book to a mature reader as It’s not suitable for younger readers with descriptive sexual content.