Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR.
Candace Knoebel isn't a new-to-me author, and I'm happy to say that I've read a couple of her books and enjoyed them both. So, when her new book was announced, I knew reading it was going to be a no-brainer. Ten Reasons to Stay is the first in Knoebel's new Risky Hearts duet. It's the story of a woman who loves her husband of nine years, but is now learning to live within her new normal--that of having an open marriage. For one day a week, Corinne and Jack could be whomever they chose to be with. No-strings-attached hook-ups and must-have protection were the all part of it, and in order to make her husband happy, Corinne went along. She never expected to meet Cole Blackwater. Theirs was supposed to be nothing more than a completely temporary thing. Except there was nothing temporary about what they shared and soon enough, they were completely falling for each other. While Corinne's relationship with Cole has changed, as has her own with Jack, one thing hasn't: Corinne and Jack are still married. So what's a girl to do when she loves two very different men? Does Corinne stay or does she go...and with whom?
For the most part, I quite liked Ten Reasons to Stay. I get it, not everyone is going to want to read a book that's about infidelity, whether it's done so with the full knowledge--albeit begrudgingly given consent--of one's partner. But remember: you get to choose the books you read, and I'm glad I got the opportunity to read this one. Corinne was a main character who went from the proverbial doormat who agreed to an open marriage in order to please her husband to a woman who finally stood up for herself and fought for what she wanted with the man she wanted to be with. I liked Cole a lot, and it was easy to see why Corinne was as taken by him as she was. Now, as far as Jack is concerned, well, while the guy had his far more selfish moments and he did have a terrible tendency to take his life with Corinne for granted, I didn't hate the guy. There's far more to him than you'd think. Theirs was a complicated three-sided scenario, and with the way things ended in this first book, I'm curious to see if book two is going to be about whoever's left out (especially given the different models on the two book covers). Four stars! ♥
Date Read: 30 August 2018
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