on March 6th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Grass isn't always greener...
I never dreamed this would become my reality.
But it is.
After feeling neglected and alone for far too long, I end it,
Blindsiding my husband in the process.
He's hurt, torn, and confused,
Never expecting me to leave.
His pain tears at my heart, begs me to stay.
And I almost do.
Moving on isn't as easy as it seems.
The memories tap at my conscience,
Reminding me of what I'm missing,
What I used to have.
But, I walked away,
From the man I promised forever,
Possibly making the worst mistake of my life.
I've let go, given myself a promise of a new life, new hope.
But does the other side have more risk than reward?
Risk and Reward is the first book by Rachael Duncan that I’ve read and one I won’t soon forget. The story is about a marriage in trouble, and a situation that is always certain to raise my blood pressure. So I went into this read with trepidation. I expected to feel the pang of sympathy for this couple and Duncan managed meet all my expectations.
From beginning to end, I was filled with a heavy heart and much anxiety. While I understood the state of Charlotte and Nates’ marriage, the distance and apathy, Charlotte’s approach to the situation is just a bit short sighted and I found myself frustrated with her. But it’s exactly as I would expect. Marriages fall apart due to lesser issues. In the case of the Stewart’s, career priorities contribute to their slow disintegration. We are brought into to the story as Charlotte makes a major decision without much discussion with Nate. We then follow Charlotte as she explores life sans Nate; with a job and new home. But it’s not easy to forget one’s first love, to compare to him. and so Charlotte begins questioning her new path and wondering if she really gave it the chance she should have.
Duncan does a wonderful job with plot devices, placing a suitor into her life giving Charlotte some motivation to stretch and reflect. The story is told entirely from Charlotte’s viewpoint and also through flashbacks that recall good times and the connection that she and Nate have. I struggled with how Charlotte treats Nate because as we get to know him, their past, he proves to be a true sweetheart and I felt great heartache for them. Duncan also introduces a bit of suspense to the story that prompting Charlotte to learns to trust her instincts.
Risk and Reward was a one sitting read. It’s fast paced as Charlotte moves through this new phase of her life and I just couldn’t allow myself to put the story down when Charlotte was in such distress. I’m so happy to have finally read a Rachael Duncan story. 5 Stars and recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi┬á
ItÔÇÖs easy to recognize the bad when youÔÇÖre in the moment. All the good is erased and youÔÇÖre blinded by the negative. Each fight, every moment of hurt starts as a small scab. If taken care of, itÔÇÖll heal. But the more you pick, the worse it gets until it festers and infects everything. Is that what I let happen to my marriage? What if I had tried to fix my initial hurt instead of internalizing and letting it fester?