Series: Seven Year Itch , #4
on March 14th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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IÔÇÖve heard if you can make it through the first seven years of marriage youÔÇÖve made it past the tough part and itÔÇÖs smooth sailing.
Whoever said that was an idiot.
IÔÇÖve been married for seven years, and in that time IÔÇÖve waited for my immature husband to grow up and become a responsible man.
It still hasnÔÇÖt happened, and IÔÇÖm at the end of my rope. I need him to be a father to our child, not someone who needs his own toys to be content.
I want a partner, not a guy more concerned about his friends than his wife.
This is my marriage, and before I throw in the towel IÔÇÖve decided to do something drastic to make it happen.
IÔÇÖm Shayla Vincent and this is my story.
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IÔÇÖve had the pleasure of reading Jennifer FoorsÔÇÖ Seven Year Itch series as part of blog tour from the very first book. I thought the series ended with book #3 so I was pleasantly surprised to learn of an additional book in the series. In this fourth installment, we meet a couple that are clearly enduring the unraveling of their marriage. For Shayla and Brandon, itÔÇÖs been a long time coming.
The story set up is a that of a couple, married out of high school due to an unplanned pregnancy. Shayla is a mostly stay at home mom, while Brandon works long hours and tries desperately to stay away from home. When the story opens, itÔÇÖs clear just how broken this relationship is. Self esteem and trust issues drive anger, and anger drives need toÔÇªwell everyone handles anger in their own unique way. These two live it everyday and so all their emotions are tinged with a touch of anger. Foor makes you feel the disdain and disappointment eating away at their relationship.
Their path is really quite unremarkable but think thatÔÇÖs the point of the series. It takes ShaylaÔÇÖs recognition that she canÔÇÖt be in a marriage when she so clearly doesnÔÇÖt love herself for a healthy path forward, together or not. These two fight nonstop and I felt the desperation of ShaylaÔÇÖs unhappiness. A big part of the story is Foor getting Shayla from self hate to something else as she does start to like herself. As much as Brandon tries, he just doesn’t get it. While I didnÔÇÖt hate him, early on heÔÇÖs a real a$$hat to her and itÔÇÖs not easy to like him. It took a good portion of the book to make me see him in new light. But never does he redeem himself fully in my eyeÔÇÖs.
Foor writes reality, and the seven year itch series has been just that. With Because, itÔÇÖs easy to recognize how habits ( bad and good) and fear of change impacts marriage. People get comfortable dealing with each other in a certain way and the story is a great take on how the consequences of poor communication & complacency. I enjoyed how things play out for this couple and commend Foor for turning an unlikable individual ( Brandon) into someone I felt some sympathy for. I don’t think he earned it until almost too late and he is emotionally/verbally cruel to her. But again, it feels real. In the end she made a dreadful marriage seem salvageable and these two do seem to get an overhauled relationship.
~Review by Cyndi