Title: When Forever Ends
Author: Mariah Kingsley
Published Date: October 23rd 2013
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Does everyone have an happily ever after? What happens when life gets in the way? This story takes you through the love and drama of two couples… Casey and Mason; and Charles and Vivian. To the outside world they have the perfect, but when the doors closed they are actually strangers.Can they find the love that once held him together.
In an effort to fix her dying relationship Cassie leaves her husband and small town. She relocates to Dallas for a temporary job and clarity on how to repair their marriage.
Charles is successful and powerful in his world but after his fight with cancer he finds that his wife is no longer attractive to him. trying to hold it together he finds a friend in Cassie.
After finding a friend in each other how do they stay away when they find everything they were needing in each other.
This is a story of the decline of two marriages and finding second chances. I liked the idea of the storyline but the implementation didn’t work for me.
I found the story flat and unfocused. I would have liked more realistic dialogue to break up the narrative. The secondary characters didn’t add much to the story; at least one could have been left out without impacting the story. The storyline itself was all over the map. It did not read like the author had a clear vision of her tale. While I can fathom Cassie’s and Mason’s marital problems, Charles’ and Vivian’s problem seemed contrived and overplayed. The introduction of dirty talk and kinky sex in the middle of the book was unnecessary, and it was a distraction from the main storyline. There were too many implausible points for me to suspend disbelief and enjoy the story. For example, I could not buy that an employee of the Department of Education could afford to routinely purchased Louboutin shoes for his wife or that he would be able to afford La Perla and Fleur’t lingerie.
The main characters were clearly represented, but I found them to be one dimensional. They were either good or they were bad. I would have found the characters more interesting if they had been more balanced. I did appreciate the author telling the story from all the main characters’ point of view. I thought it was interesting that Vivian’s and Mason’s thoughts were completely mismatched with their actions. Both Vivian and Mason would think positive, reconciliatory thoughts, but they would immediately do something that completely contradict those thoughts.
There were other small choices in how the story was presented that I didn’t care for: the choice of lied instead of lay and a monologue in all capitals to demonstrate that the speaker was angry and shouting. While small things, they did impact my impression and enjoyment of Ms. Kingsley’s book.
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