Review: One Week by Roya Carmen (One Week #1)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions.

I enjoyed Roya Carmen's Ground Rules series, so I didn't hesitate to read and review her newest release, which I think is the first in a series of standalones. Just like the aforementioned trilogy, One Week is an erotic romance that pushes the boundaries. It's the story of thirty-five-year-old Gabriella Moore, wife to John and mother to Emma and Theo. She's living the life many others envy--the perfect marriage, fulfilling motherhood, and the ideal home. But if she's honest with herself, Gabbie is restless. She wonders what awaits beyond the white picket fence dream. When she begins a correspondence with Eli Kelly, an artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Younger than her by a year, Gabbie finds herself enamored by Eli, but she tries to convince herself that it's nothing more than a harmless crush. After all, she's very much married and she would never do anything to risk the safe haven her life has been. But all it takes is one particular discovery to make her contemplate what would happen if she gave in to her feelings for a man she's technically never met face to face. John gives her one week to find out. Will it be enough?

Sigh. I'm really torn about this one. I've read many a book that had the element of cheating in it, and I've enjoyed my fair share while also not clicking with others. You see, I need to, at the very least, empathize with the person doing the cheating, and when it came to Gabbie, I didn't feel any sort of connection, what more empathy. She justified what she was about to do with Eli with the actions of her husband. However, I'm one of those people who believe that cheating isn't just about the physical acts. Nope, Gabbie was already cheating on John because she was no longer content--if she ever had been--with the life they had together, and so she obsessed over Eli. You know the saying "Two wrongs don't make a right"? Well, Gabbie getting cheated on did not give her permission to cheat either, hall pass or not. What kills me is that I liked the author's writing in terms of the idea behind her story and the manner in which she told it. However, I'm just one of those readers that needs to actually like the people she reads about, and Gabbie? Well, I didn't. So, One Week snags three stars thanks to the great quality of writing. ♥

Date Read: 01 July 2018

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