Author: Jessica Hawkins
Blurb: Sadie Hunt isn’t perfect—but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be. Lonely in her marriage.
When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair. But while Sadie’s marriage runs colder by the day, she and Finn burn hotter.
Her husband doesn’t want her anymore.
The man next door would give up everything to have her.
Thoughts: I love the way Jessica Hawkins pushes the boundaries of ‘romance’ – if you have never read one of her books before, I feel the need to warn you that her books might not be for everyone. Jessica’s characters tend find love outside the boundaries of their current relationships, and readers get a front seat to the angst and internal struggles of her characters as they fight their desires and feelings for someone else. While some readers may struggle with this, I tend to find Jessica’s writing very real and very realistic. I find it very refreshing to see an author not afraid to challenge her readers. After all, people stray outside their relationships everyday, and it is interesting to see an author brave enough to write about that very struggle.
I always love Jessica Hawkins. Her writing is really profound, and – I can honestly say – really memorable. When I reflect back on all the books I have read over the years, I can say Jessica’s would definitely be in my list of top reads ever. I have loved everything I have read by her. With that being said, I will say that this one just didn’t hit the mark that her Cityscape series set. While I liked this novel, it just didn’t come close to being on the same scale as any of the other books in her Cityscape series. Granted, the story was a little different, the characters a little different – it is not just a ‘cookie-cutter’ romance modeled after her other books. This one does stand on its own. For me, the characters just weren’t as powerful, the chemistry as irresistible, nor the story as enigmatic. Still loved it, but it misses being that epic love story that Cityscape was.