Today we have the first of four books that I will be reviewing as part of this hop, two today and two tomorrow. Be sure to check out the Bottom Drawer Publishing page to see who and what else is in store on this tour.
In addition – you can enter this Rafflecopter to be entered to win one of several prizes:
2 winners will receive all 4 books featured for this tour, 2 winners will receive 2 of the 4 books featured on the tour, and 5 winners will be chosen to make a choice for one of the books from the collection. In addition – throughout the length of the tour, you can take an additional 25% off the regular price of the books when you purchase from Bottom Drawer Publications website only and be sure to enter this code at checkout. bdpvdtiaiall01
And now – for the book
Mason Jackson knows his marriage to Bridget is in trouble. He’s been putting in exhausting hours for months to try to make partner in his accounting firm. He knows that it is putting a strain on his marriage, but he has trouble escaping the memory of the poverty of his childhood. He never wants his wife, or the children they yearn for, to know the struggle that he endured when he can provide a better life for them. But things are reaching breaking point; he and Bridget are more like roommates than a married couple. He needs to think of a way to get their marriage back on track and what better way than to make Valentine’s Day, Bridget’s favorite holiday of the year, a new start for their marriage? Mason puts in place plans for an elaborate evening designed to surprise Bridget.
Bridget is miserable in her marriage, and often longs for the days when they were dirt poor. They may have struggled financially, but at least she had her husband around. Mason is always working, and Bridget feels that he has chosen his work over her. She’s tried to talk to him about the way she feels, but he doesn’t seem to hear her. He just keeps telling her that once he makes partner then everything will be all right. But Bridget is sick of Mason forgetting the things that are important to her … like their anniversary a few months ago. She is at the end of her tether and decides that if he forgets Valentine’s Day, her favorite day of the year, then divorce just might be on the cards.
At the end of the day, this couple has only one decision to make: Time or Money?
In every relationship, there is a point where distance comes into play. Sometimes people just let life interfere, put the relationship on the back burner as they attend to day-to-day matters, or they are growing in different directions. While these stories are easy to relate to for most readers, the solutions always are somehow tied to communication.
In this short, Mason and Bridget are caught in the opposing forces of their love for each other, and their efforts to be successful and meet their goals at their jobs. Mason remembers the struggles of his younger life, when there wasn’t ‘enough’, yet he is unable to find a stop point for that enough. Bridget is successful, but not as concerned with the monetary things she could have, only wanting the security and surety of the love from her husband. On Valentine’s Day, a series of missed communications and hurt feelings climax in a showdown: where the lines are drawn and Mason must choose between his desire to ‘have enough’ versus his desire for his love, Bridget.
Emotionally raw and powerful, the resentments and insecurities are well defined, and the argument is one that feels oh so familiar when goals are drastically different. This was a Valentine’s day chock full of ups and downs, highs and lows – truly defining the love sucks, until it doesn’t theme.
I was provided an eBook ARC from the publisher for purpose of honest review as part of the Love Sucks Until it Doesn’t blog tour. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Carly Fall is a wife, a mother and a slave to Nicky the dog.
She loves to laugh, and thinks chocolate and wine should be considered their own food group. She also wishes Christmas happened twice a year.
Three years ago, she decided to take a break from writing business material and dip her toe in the fiction pond, and has loved watching her imagination come to life on the page. She is the author of contemporary and fantasy romance.
Website Link: www.CarlyFall.com