on Nov. 12th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Where most stories end, this one begins. Nina and Shane are already married and have a special needs baby. Life isnÔÇÖt the fairy tale she imagined. Their happily ever after has never seemed so far away. Then one October, everything falls apart. Years of addiction result in Shane having a complete breakdown. Nina must decide whether to keep the family together, or keep Kylie safe. The choice isnÔÇÖt simple. The results are unexpected. The journey to happiness is long and difficult.
See, the truth about love is that itÔÇÖs messy, challenging, exhilarating, exhausting, and scary. Most of all, real love never ends.
Ever the romantic IÔÇÖm always rooting for a couple to reconcile. This second chance story about true love took my emotions for a chaotic ride. For once, I couldnÔÇÖt want that, right? But darn it all if the author didnÔÇÖt sway me, she made me go there and IÔÇÖm still not sure if I should find that frightening or comforting.
Centered around the marriage of Nina and Shane, we join the story as Nina is reflecting about how they fell in love. But she also recalls some of the early rocky moments in their relationship. ItÔÇÖs standard stuff; the fear of giving one’s heart away, the possibilities of betrayal and the ensuing broken heart and that much needed leap of faith needed to enter into a relationship. This nostalgia draws us in and when the story line comes to the present time, 5+ years on, we see two people at odds and a family in tatters. It’s not far into the story before we understand WHY. Nichols writes a profoundly moving story depicting the of disintegration of marriage, maybe not all due chemical addiction and mental illness, but certainly this is the primary cause.
I spent the entirety of my reading experience in a heightened state of anxiety. At near the 50% mark, I questioned ÔÇ£How would it be possible for this couple to come back from this?ÔÇØ Nichols keeps the story incredibly real with the details of what Nina is going through; in everything from practical matters such as having a cell phone, to the larger picture of care for their special needs daughter. ItÔÇÖs this big picture concern that compels Nina to recognize what sheÔÇÖs known for a long while; as the wife of an addict sheÔÇÖll never know peace living with this man.
Shane is nothing near the loving man we meet in NinaÔÇÖs memories. Addiction has a strong hold on him as he lies to Nina and friends to manipulate the situation. ItÔÇÖs clear that his mixed cocktail of self prescribed medications contributes to his state of delusion. You canÔÇÖt escape the sense of foreboding when more than once, and in happier times, Shane says to Nina ÔÇ£Now youÔÇÖre trapped…completely stuck until I let go of you,…ÔÇØ. It’s pure torture to be in NinaÔÇÖs head as she deals with ShaneÔÇÖs threats and with the love she still feels for him.
I had that sinking feeling through 90% of the story that his antics, his plays were purely to set Nina up. HeÔÇÖs been so good at lying and failing to keep his promises that I didnÔÇÖt feel like we could expect anything more than the same. And Nina is smart, so when sheÔÇÖs expressing her conflicting feelings and starts playing the game of ÔÇ£maybeÔÇªÔÇØ , I started muttering curses, of course that was when I was not holding my breathe. I soo wanted to believe that heÔÇÖs being honest and itÔÇÖs maddening to want that, but not be able to trust it. Which is exactly the point.
I have to believe Nichols is a romantic as she clearly believes in third and fourth chances. For Nina and Shane, that may not even be enough. She does a beautiful job depicting a family picking up their broken pieces (a.k.a. shards) and working towards healing themselves as well as their relationship. Nina is an incredibly strong woman and not the fool I was a bit afraid she might become. The Truth About Love is an amazing read with the fast pace of a woman in survival mode all while nursing her disappointment and broken heart. Dare she try to trust again? This is the first of any of books that IÔÇÖve read – you can believe it wonÔÇÖt be the last.
5 Stars and my recommendation!!
~Review by Cyndi
About Emma Nichols
What made her decide to be an erotica author?
How else was she going to parlay her two favorite past times into a career?
Emma is single and loving it. Like her first character, Alysin, Sin for short, she doesn’t believe in settling or in settling down. She loves to indulge in her passions whenever the mood strikes and enjoys keeping all of life’s clich├® moments spicy.
Known for her sense of humor, Emma surrounds herself with friends whose antics often become the source of book fodder. Her ideal situation would be to explore the Caribbean while writing. She pursues that dream daily.
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