Series: Abandon #1
Published by Jeannine Colette on July 14th 2015
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KATHRYN GRAYSON has it all—a beautiful husband, new baby, and a life most women would dream of. But after putting her career on hold for her family, Kathryn sets out to reclaim the woman she once was.
When Kathryn meets her new boss, ALEXANDER ASHER, Manhattan playboy and heir to his family’s fortune, their relationship is heated… and not in a good way. The two are at odds, playing a cat-and-mouse game that has Kathryn pouncing.
Kathryn seeks the comfort of her husband, GABRIEL MONROE, an up-and-coming attorney who seems to have less and less time for his wife as his career takes flight, leaving her dreaming about the days when their love story was a fairy tale.
After a heated argument, a box of Twinkies and a very elaborate display of white roses, Kathryn and Asher call a truce. She unravels a deeper side of him, and they develop a fierce connection that leaves Kathryn wondering what is appropriate… and what is not.
When Kathryn becomes suspicious of Gabriel’s activities, she finds herself alone and far away from home with the charismatic Asher. After a night of drama, honesty, and pure eroticism, Kathryn’s will to stay away from Asher is tempted like never before.
In a battle of self-discovery, Kathryn must choose between them. Both men are devastatingly broken by her actions—and she can only fix one of them. But when she makes her choice, will he even want her after all that’s happened?
Pure Abandon is Jeaninne Colette’s debut novel and I totally loved it. I will definitely read more of her stuff. I loved this book, I really did. I couldn’t put it down. It’s a real story, it’s something that happens all the time in real life. If you don’t like love triangles and cheating, then this is not the book for you. If you want to read a real story about a woman’s road to self discovery and redemption, then give this book a chance.
I love a well written forbidden romance. For me it’s like reading fantasy, it puts me on a situation that I’ve never been in and hopefully never will and it also makes me think. What would you do if you were in that situation?
“Listen. The world isn’t all black and white. Sometimes it’s… grey, Gray.”
There are many things I loved about the book. I loved the writing. I loved Kat, she was strong and naive at the same time, and he also didn’t make excuses for her behavior. I loved Asher, oh Asher, you are amazing. I loved Kat and Asher together. I loved their friendship and their chemistry and when they were together sparks flew! Yep, I have no shame, I was rooting for the lover.
“My mind knows this is wrong, but my body can’t resist. I want this man. Hell, I need this man. I’ve never craved anything more in my life.”
And how can you not love this man:
“And I don’t care if you’re married or if you have a kid or if I have to give up everything I have to make this right. You make my life make sense.”
I also loved the secondary characters, especially Gwen and Trish. I love how the story delves into the struggles of long term relationships and marriages and how not everything in life is black or white. Kat and Gabriel’s love story is told through flashbacks and you can see how the relationship has just shifted. People change, relationships change, priorities shift and marriage is work, hard work. Is there redemption after big mistakes?
I guess in the end, Kat chose for herself and I’m ok with her decision. I totally get her.View Spoiler »I definitely think the affair made Kat and Gabriel’s relationship stronger. Asher changed her life and made her realize how much she loved Gabriel as crazy as that might sound. Like Kat told Asher: “You have been an amazing friend to me. You showed me there is more to my life, that I don’t need to settle. You make my life make sense. For me that means I needed to meet you to know exactly what I want.” My heart broke for Asher though, this man needs his own book and his HEA. « Hide Spoiler
Why not 5 stars?
Gabriel. This character in my opinion was a bit underdeveloped. As a reader I felt nothing for him, nothing. He was portrayed as beautiful and what not, the backstory sounded beautiful but present day Gabriel was portrayed as cold and odd. Or maybe I just loved Asher too much 😉
Regardless, it was an awesome book. I totally recommend it to everyone!