“Just because you can live without someone doesn’t mean you want to.” – 4.5/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: parking spots, lemons, golden retrievers, notes, email drafts, Greek food and second chances.
When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.
Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?
Another great book from an amazing author! I got into it without knowing too much, and I was surprised with how strongly the story hit me and how it made me reflect about relationships.
Being in a long-term relationship myself, there were scenes in this book I personally related to. After being with someone for so long, it is normal that the relationship dynamics change with time. It requires effort from both sides to make the relationship work long term! It was very interesting to watch closely a very realistic development of a relationship over the years.
The only thing I would change in this book is that I wish it was a two POV story. Sure, there are small moments when you know what the husband is thinking, but the story focuses on the wife’s POV. At some point it felt like the story was only around the female character instead of being about the couple. It didn’t bother me too much, but being a book about a relationship, I thought it would be nice to get the husband’s POV on a deeper level.
The writing was exactly what you would expect from a TJR’s book. She has an amazing talent to grab the reader’s attention, so naturally I was very curious to see their final decision. Would they stick together or would they part ways? With that said, I am very satisfied with the way the story ended, and I applaud the author once again for writing an amazing, compelling story.
I’m not a huge fan of second chance romances, but it didn’t bother me in this book! So far I haven’t found a single disappointing book from TJR. Highly recommend this one!