If you were to pass me on the street, you probably wouldn’t even look twice. I’m that normal. I’m just like you, only wealthier. I have it all. The kids, the family, the dog, a house on the hill. Hell—I’m so cliché, I even have a white picket fence. I guess you could say that I’ve dotted my I’s and crossed my T’s. But what I also have—what no one sees in yoga, or at Nieman Marcus, or during the dreadful Ladies Who Lunch charity events I attend (because only God knows why), and perhaps most importantly, in the school pick up line—are secrets.
Deep, dark, deadly secrets.We all keep secrets, don’t we? We all have thoughts in our heads, things we do, things about us that if people knew, they’d be shocked…right? Well, what if one day we just decided to let the cat out of the bag, so to speak. What if we decided to let the whole world in on our dirty little secrets? And what if along the way, as we were spilling those secrets, we realized that things aren’t always what they seem and with that knowledge, it changed the whole story? In this book, I’m laying it all out there. The unraveling of my life. My coming undone. What one might’ve seen had they been paying attention. What I’ve found in life is people often believe lies before they’ll believe the truth. Well, here it is, in a nutshell. I’ll let you decide which is which.
Myles didn’t wait for a response. He simply grinned, grabbed her arm just above the elbow, and led her out of the bar, and back to his room. Pain was a given, she’d just realized. And sometimes, you just needed to give into it—no matter what form it showed up in.
Jessica watched him go as she dug her toes further into the wet sand and squeezed them, watching as the muddy water poured over her feet and enveloped them. She let him get a ways ahead before she allowed herself to smile—just a little. All along she’d let him think he was breaking her, but maybe, just maybe, they’d actually been breaking each other.
4 stars! (slight spoilers)
I really love this cover.
Wow, what this book did to me. It took me on a roller coaster of emotions. Money does not bring happiness. After a severe accident Jessica Clemens mother of two, wife, and socialite spirals to the lowest point possible. She can't take care of her children, she is absent in her marriage and doesn't go about her daily routines anymore. She hits pills and bottles and becomes numb to it all. After her husband (Spencer) packs up and takes an extended trip to Africa it's time Jessica clean up.
Myles a navy seal is hired to watch over Jessica. Both Myles and Jessica have their demons, Myles wants to put his aside and "fix" Jessica. After an "agreement" Myles conjures up Jessica decides if she wants to keep her children she needs to get clean so with Myles help that's what they set out to do. Sparks fly and they form an intense relationship, which I felt in the reading.
I don't want to write too much more because there is so much to this story and I fear I'll ruin some shocking revelations if I continue.
Like I said this book did some things to me emotionally that I wasn't prepared for. At first I didn't like Jessica but the more the story continued I did and I really felt for her. Myles was great, yeah he had his issues and I wanted to set him straight a time or two but he really had the best of intentions. I loved the bond he formed with Jessica's children. Spencer well I really have nothing to say about him. I thought Jessica was such a big person to forgive the way she did.
This was a solid 4 star read for me "I really liked it" but for reasons I can't say I didn't love it.
*if want spoilers check my Goodreads.*
I would definitely recommend, the writing is great and the story is too.
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For those of you who prefer it straight up, no chaser: Mama to five. Writer. Juggler extraordinaire. That just about covers it...
The extended version and in third person no less ;): Britney is married to a man she adores (when he isn't driving her crazy) and is the mother of FIVE pretty amazing kids, who (surprise!) also have a habit of driving her crazy. Her best guess is that it's genetic. She is the author of two novels, Bedrock and Breaking Bedrock, with plans to release a third and fourth in 2014. In addition, she founded a local network for women in 2012, which has grown to over 1200 members. Currently, she occupies a job she enjoys--serving and running Austin Women's Network. To further prove that she may in fact be certifiably insane, she decided to pursue her dreams and published her debut novel in May of 2013. Then and only then, could she consider her training to be an expert (life) juggler complete.