Monday, May 12, 2014

The Betrayal by Erin McCauley

Title:  The Betrayal
Author:  Erin McCauley  
Published:  February 3rd 2014 by Crimson Romance
Length:  171pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Deceived by her husband in the most humiliating way possible, Marissa Neil discovers nothing in her life was as it seemed. She’s asked to pick up not only the pieces of her life, but to clean up the mess he left behind as well.

Luckily, her friend and old high school sweetheart, police officer Jordan Wayne, has remained a steady part of her life, and she can count on him for help. In fact, he’s willing to do more—he’d like a second chance at showing her what real love is like.

But the courts grant custody of Marissa’s adopted daughter to another, and she finds herself tangled in still more deception and lies in the fight to bring her daughter home. When love reignites, will betrayal prevent her from having the family she’s always dreamed of?

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This is definitely a novel that lives up to its name. Lies and betrayal permeate every aspect of this story. As a reader you definitely come to understand how perception is key and how honesty will get you everything.

McCauley’s descriptions are articulate and approachable, giving her readers a sense of the main character’s inner turmoil. Emotions run high in this tale. McCauley has the ability to shift from emotional scenes to racy ones smoothly, keeping you fully immersed in the story. She had me laughing and crying throughout. It was fantastic.

OMG! The characters in this novel were great. The female lead was strong and weak at the same time. It was an amazing balance that made her seem so real and realistic. The male lead was a blockhead who couldn’t get himself out of the sticky situation he was in. It was intriguing watching him proceed knowing both what he was up against and what the female lead was perceiving. And even don’t get me started on the supporting cast. It may not have been large but those who were there were brilliant. You can’t help but love the sister/best friend. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. And she was just so much fun to get to know.

Overall? This book was emotionally draining, but in that good way. It was one of those stories you have to read all the way through, hoping against hope. I’d definitely recommend it to those who enjoy seeing the good come out of the ashes. It may have been my first read by this author but it definitely won’t be my last.

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