Friday, May 24, 2019

Julie's Review: Mine

Author: Courtney Cole
Series: None
Publication Date: May 28, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 304
Obtained: publisher via NetGalley
Genre:  Psychological Thriller
Rating: 4/5
Bottom Line: Interesting twist on the cheating husband storyline
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Summary: Tessa was prepared for the hurricane. Lindsey was the storm she didn’t see coming. When Tessa Taylor unlocked her husband Ethan’s iPad to discover nude photos from a twenty-six-year-old bombshell named Lindsey, her seemingly perfect life came to a screeching halt. With a hurricane barreling toward Florida and Ethan stuck on a business trip, Tessa finds herself imprisoned in her own home with a choice to make: Does she ride out the storm until she can confront Ethan in person, or does she take matters into her own hands? Increasingly restless and desperate for revenge, Tessa resolves to act. And when she lures Lindsey over a few hours later, there’s no turning back. What ensues is a battle of wills between two well-matched opponents, blinded by love for the same man but driven by demons of their own. Like storm-ravaged Florida, neither woman will be the same when the skies clear. He’s mine. Both wife and mistress would stake their lives on it. But only one of them can be right. 

Review: While in many way, Mine is your typical husband cheats novel it's atypical in the way that it works through the issue. This isn't a wife exacting revenge on her husband but it's her taking the situation into her own hand and dealing with the mistress. It's not often a book dealing with cheating pits woman vs. woman. The fights were as much psychological as they were physical.

As a reader you immediately know that something is a bit "off" with Lindsey and that she's not exactly trustworthy in her view of her relationship with Ethan. She's desperate for a man to take care of her and will use her looks to hook him. She's definitely a hard worker, working full-time and going to nursing school at night. She's also sacrificing time with her family to obtain her goals. She is smart but is letting herself get wrapped up in finding the perfect man. 

Tessa, on the other hand, is pulled together, successful and already has what see needs in life. Her family and her job are her priority. It wasn't until the realization of Lindsey that she though her marriage was in trouble. She knew things weren't great but they weren't bad either. When she finds out she loses all control and sets a plan in motion that she can't slow down on, even if she wanted to.

The whole novel takes place over the course of an evening with a swing of emotions. The ending isn't something I imagined when starting this book but it was worth it in the end. 

Definitely a book to soak in while you are lounging somewhere this holiday weekend. 



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