on June 21st, 2018
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.
A new forbidden arrangement standalone novel from Roya Carmen, author of The Ground Rules Trilogy.
A troubled marriage. A one week hall pass.
Gabriella Moore has it all; a beautiful husband, two adorable children, and a dream home. Yet, when, by chance, she befriends Eli online, she falls fast. And hard.
She knows she must let him go, and saying goodbye is one of the hardest things she’s ever done, but she resolves to move on and forget about her beautiful stranger.
But then… she makes an unexpected discovery, and it shakes her perfect world to its core. Rules don’t apply anymore. An arrangement is made, and her husband gives her just one week with Eli.
The rules are clear: One week. Sex only. No contact thereafter. Seems simple enough, but it’s never simple when it comes to love.
I’ll admit I was hesitant going into this read. I’ve not let myself Roya Carmen Ground Rules series for fear I’d throw my kindle against the wall. But after reading One Week, I may think I’ve steeled myself for it. I’m not a stranger to HIGH ANGST, but there was something making me anxious – good and bad anxiety that is. I’ve read another book by RC and I liked the story I simply never warmed up to the heroine Loving Amber. With One Week, I had a mixed reaction.
The situation is bad for sure, the blurb hinting at a “big event” that will change the course of a marriage. I love that the story shows us that everyone has flaws, and that self-preservation motivates us through some of the larger life issues. You know, the top ones that cause the most stress, marriage, children, divorce, etc….good or bad. Gabbie’s and John’s marriage is facing one of these moments – the make or break kind, and when Gabbie proposes a way to propel them towards reconciliation, the writing is on the wall.
I had a few problems with Gabbie and her reasoning skills. Gabbie is hurt, angry and bitter. I get that but I wasn’t her biggest fan in the first read through. I didn’t want to not like her so I tried again. I understand the circumstances, but she didn’t endear herself to me with her treatment of Eli. She inserts herself into his life expecting he’s good to be part of her plan to save her marriage. She wants one week to be with him and all the while she’s thinking “this will save my marriage” – “I’ll go back to my husband and all with be even”. But “even” does not make for well, for a good marriage. And while Eli “accepts the terms” she never really considers his feelings and she doesn’t seem to consider either one of them would ever feel more for each other. Huh? Even with the history that have, the connection through Instagram, the flirting, etc? She just doesn’t handle things well, returning home and resuming life with John and her kids and dreaming of another entirely different life.
My problem with Gabbie’s treatment of Eli aside, this is a sexy story. Their chemistry is pretty off the charts and they have much more in common with each other than Gabbie and John. One Week solidifies Roya Carmens’ ability to write a forbidden love story and appreciate that she doesn’t shy away from all the icky feelings that go with it. The conflict of wanting to see a character happy but not necessarily onboard with all that they do. Hmmm, just like real life.
~Review by Cyndi
About the Author
When I’m not writing, I can usually be found hanging with my family, reading, camping and travelling, painting, yoga-ing (very ungracefully), shooting pool, or at my favourite bookstore café with my book friends.
A Northern French-Canadian gal, I now live just near Toronto where it’s much, much warmer!