Published January 8th 2019
Rhys Powell and Derek Scott are divorcing. Mistakes have been made, lines have been crossed, and there’s no going back. Both men are exhausted and ready to move on.
But their daughter is getting married soon. In the name of not putting a damper on her wedding, Derek and Rhys agree to keep the divorce on the down-low and show up as the happy couple everyone still believes they are.
And between a roller coaster of a road trip and the love and joy surrounding the wedding… Derek and Rhys just might remember why they fell for each other in the first place. Are they only kidding themselves? Or can a rekindled spark really light the way to forgiveness?
This is a totally different concept to anything I’ve ever read before, but it’s a concept that had me hooked from the moment I read the blurb. Derek and Rhys have been together for nearly a decade, they’ve fallen in love and gotten married and helped to raise a child together, but we only get to join them once things have gone past rocky and into the disaster zone.
Rhys made a mistake, Derek retaliated, and all the trust they used to have has crumbled around them. They can barely stand to be in the same room together anymore, but circumstances force them to keep on living together. It’s tense and uncomfortable and they just want it to be over. And on top of that they can’t even make it public knowledge that they’re looking to divorce because they don’t want to ruin their daughter’s engagement and wedding. The world is conspiring against them. At least that’s the way they feel.
This is a romance novel, we know they have to make it to a happy ending, so it’s quite the rollercoaster watching these two dance around each other, question their decisions and butt heads and yet keep gravitating back towards each other. They’re stuck in that place of needing it to be over while wishing it didn’t have to be for the majority of the book, which I found I got just a little bit impatient with. That magical moment where they decide to try again came almost out the blue. Yes, I knew it was coming, but the turnaround in feelings almost gave me whiplash.
I still really enjoyed this book and experiencing this couple’s journey, it was something different and L. A. Witt handled an emotional situation very well. Two men who are hurting remembering why it was they were so in love? Yeah, it charmed me.