Series: 7 Year Itch #3
on November 23rd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Ten years ago I fell in love with a married woman. I walked away so she could be happy, moving across the country to make sure I put space between us. We severed ties, and I promised myself I wouldn't look back.
Since then I committed to someone else, and we have a child and a life many would wish for. Except, it's never been enough for me. There's always been something missing; something I never wanted to admit.
With my own marriage failing, I'm forced to go back to my hometown to bury the man who raised me. I never expected to see her there, and nothing could prepare me for what would happen the moment my arms wrapped around hers again.
The 7 Year Itch series by Jennifer Foor is quickly turning into one of my favorites this year. I knew it would be contentious at times because story lines involving infidelity can swing either way for me. Either they make stomach clench or IÔÇÖm perfectly fine with it. Belong is the 3rd book in the series and revisits 2 key characters from Bereft, Rachel and Chad. So you must read Bereft first.
Belong is a bit of a second chance romance as the budding relationship that was once between Rachel and Chad had swiftly ended. ┬áI had very conflicting emotions that carried┬áover from Bereft. I loved how Chad impacted RachelÔÇÖs life, but I liked very much how it ended. So the synopsis of Belong had me really curious. ┬áWould the now married Chad go after Rachel? And what exactly was Rachel’s situation? Foor has a way of creating characters that wear their hearts on their sleeves. Their emotions are raw and the draw between Rachel and Chad is stronger than ever and even 10 years on, ┬áthese two just ┬áÔÇ£getÔÇØ each other. ┬áIt’s a delicious and long overdue reunion. ThereÔÇÖs much back and forth, push and pull in their path forward. ┬áThings start and stop so often that I really felt emotional whiplash. They just couldnÔÇÖt catch a break and that achy feeling of desperation gave repeat performances. My only critique is that there were a few times where Chad and RachelÔÇÖs desperation for each other was almost too quickly followed by resignation, and then it was back on again. ┬áThis is probably all too real and if I were in Rachel’s head I think I would have started to doubt ChadÔÇÖs genuineness.
Foor also has a way ┬áof creating a storyline where you feel JUST enough sympathy for them to root on a relationship even if itÔÇÖs contrary to the normal rules of a marriage. ┬áBut this was one rocky ride and boy did I feel for these two.
Kudos to Foor for delivering a most surprising twist in the story line. WOW! I really never ever would have guessed where things would or could go. ┬áWith this event and all the changes that came from it I started to lose my patience with Chad a bit. HeÔÇÖs noble and wants to do the right thing but I couldnÔÇÖt help but feel how swiftly his feelings seem to change. Again, it’sÔÇÖ probably a more real reaction and itÔÇÖs likely had this slight shift not occurred, I would have found him to be a jerk. I have no idea whatÔÇÖs in store for this series but I hope thereÔÇÖs more to come. Belong was a great surprise as was my reaction to Rachel and Chad’s relationship. ┬á5┬ástars and my recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi
“You have every right to assume this can’t be anything more than a temporary affair. I don’t blame you for being cautious, but there is something I want you to know.”
She turned around, finally looking right at me with those hesitant eyes. “What?”
“I still love you.” I swallowed the lump in my throat as the words came out, silently praying she wouldn’t force me to leave. It wasn’t every day that I told someone other than my wife I loved them, but in this instance it was the truest statement I’d ever made. “I feel like I’ve loved you for a lifetime. ItÔÇÖs true. I have loved my wife, but itÔÇÖs not the same. ItÔÇÖs always been you, Rach. YouÔÇÖre the only woman I know IÔÇÖll never be able to let go of. Staying away was my only option. I did it to protect both of our lives, but thereÔÇÖs nothing standing in the way anymore. Please don’t deny us a second chance.” I paused one more time. “I need you, just as much as I think you need me.”
Her shoulders relaxed, and I watched her purse fall from her grip and hit the concrete ground. She shrugged while staring into my eyes. Her lips were trembling, allowing me to almost sense the connection between us. “I’m not strong enough to be with you again. I can’t handle anymore heartache. Being close to you scares me, because IÔÇÖm tired of the pain and suffering.”
I took two steps forward, breaking the distance between us. “I’m not capable of hurting you again, Rach. If you give me this chance I promise I won’t let you down. Let me be your friend again, and whatever comes with it will be determined by both of us.”
Jennifer Foor is an award winning Contemporary Romance Author.
She is married with She’s best known for the Mitchell Family Series, which includes ten books.two children and spends most of her time behind a keyboard, writing stories that come from her heart.