Title: Risk and Reward
Author: Rachael Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2017
Grass isn't always greener...
I never dreamed this would become my reality.
But it is.
After feeling neglected and alone for far too long, I end it,
Blindsiding my husband in the process.
He's hurt, torn, and confused,
Never expecting me to leave.
His pain tears at my heart, begs me to stay.
And I almost do.
Moving on isn't as easy as it seems.
The memories tap at my conscience,
Reminding me of what I'm missing,
What I used to have.
But, I walked away,
From the man I promised forever,
Possibly making the worst mistake of my life.
I've let go, given myself a promise of a new life, new hope.
But does the other side have more risk than reward?
Well, you’re kind of a man-eater. I was wondering if you’d found another guy to sink your claws into since you ditched the last one… Don’t act offended. You know you go through men faster than I change my underwear.
Picking at my nails to avoid their unrelenting stares, I feel like an animal in a zoo exhibit right now.
She’s one of those women that must have a pact with the devil. There’s just no other explanation for how amazing she looks.
He told me I remind him of his big toe because he’s going to bang me on every piece of furniture in his house.
I like watching you sleep… Yep. With your hair scattered everywhere, mouth hanging open, and drool coming out it, you’re the definition of beauty.
Risk and Reward is my third Rachael Duncan experience, which if you are unfamiliar with her work, is like eating cheesecake, it’s an extremely pleasurable and addicting treat that disappears all too quickly yet leaves only happiness in its wake. I was conflicted throughout the initial chapters of the book as to whether Charlotte was being hasty or making good choices. Ms. Duncan weaves an excellent tale and lured me in quickly and held my attention and heart throughout. Her plot was relatable, intriguing, and well constructed. Written in first person POV, the story was well-paced, entertaining, cleverly amusing, sensual, and extremely engaging. I adored Nate, although - not at first. I did not have a full appreciation of married Nate due to his benign neglect, but I adored the sweetness of dating Nate and the care and attentiveness of the new and improved Nate. He was perfection. I enjoyed these interesting and appealing characters and look forward to next one in the series.
It’s easy to recognize the bad when you’re in the moment. All the good is erased and you’re blinded by the negative. Each fight, every moment of hurt starts as a small scab. If taken care of, it’ll heal. But the more you pick, the worse it gets until it festers and infects everything. Is that what I let happen to my marriage? What if I had tried to fix my initial hurt instead of internalizing and letting it fester?
Rachael Duncan is an Army wife and mother to two beautiful girls. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. After a short time, she realized it wasn't for her and began pursuing other careers until she started writing. She's the author of Tackled by Love, The Lies and Truth Series, and Hopeless Vows.