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I Belong


Review: Sharing You by Molly McAdams

Sharing YouTitle: Sharing You

Author: Molly McAdams

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: Sharing You (Book #1)

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062299409 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062299406 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Twenty-three year old, Kamryn Cunningham has left all she’s ever known and moved to a small town where no one knows her name, who her parents are, or her social status in the horseracing world. Months after opening her own bakery and evading attempts of being set up by her new best friend, she meets Brody. Kamryn fights the instant pull between them because there’s a detail she can’t dismiss. Brody’s married.

To say that twenty-six year old, Brody Saco has had a rough marriage would be an understatement. After marrying his pregnant girlfriend, he spends the next six years in a relationship filled with hatred, manipulation and guilt involving a tragedy that happened five years earlier. When he keeps running into his sister-in-law’s best friend, Kamryn, he can’t ignore that she makes him feel more with just one look than his wife ever has; and soon he can’t continue fight his feelings for her.

When staying apart proves to be too difficult, Brody and Kamryn enter a relationship full of stolen moments and nights that end too soon while they wait for Brody to file for divorce. But the guilt that comes with their relationship may prove to be too much for Kamryn, and Brody might not be strong enough to face the tragedy from his past in order to leave his conniving wife.

Quick & Dirty: I really wanted to like this book, but when you can’t respect the characters it is really hard to build any kind of connections with them. While I love Molly McAdams other books this one just wasn’t for me.

Opening Sentence: The sound of three familiar, masculine laughs stopped my retreat to my room, and I quietly tiptoed back toward the study.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Kamyrn Cunningham grew up in a very privileged family.  Her parents come from old money and the Cunningham’s are known as royalty in the horseracing world.  For most of her life Kamyrn played the part of the perfect daughter, but she never felt like she fit into her world.  When she finds out that her longtime, parent approved boyfriend is going to purpose she decides that it is time to leave.  The only way to truly leave behind her world is to completely disappear and start over.  She moves to a small town in Oregon and opens her own little bakery. She goes by the name of KC and she can never remember a time in her life when she has been happier.  So far she has avoided dating, but that all changes when she meets Brody, a sexy cop that she is instantly drawn too, but there is the slight problem that he is married.

Brody Saco has been stuck in a loveless marriage for years now.  Six years ago he got his girlfriend pregnant and because he is a good person he did the right thing and married her.  After a horrible tragedy struck, the couple was left devastated and Brody has felt at fault ever since.  He knows that his wife needs help and he feels that it is his responsibility to give it to her even though she is a manipulative, terrible person. Brody has always been faithful to his wife, but when he meets Kamyrn he can’t seem to stay away.

At first I really loved Kamyrn.  She fled her old life to start over new which is not an easy thing to do.  She is a very strong woman that was easy to like, but as her story went on I started to like her less and less.  After meeting Brody she becomes a completely different person. Instead of being independent and strong she turns into someone pathetic and weak.  She lets a man control everything she does which is exactly what she ran away from. I get that she thinks she loves this man, but the way he treated her was far less than she or anyone deserves. The foundation of their relationship was based on secrets and lies, which is just a recipe for disaster.  Also, it wasn’t just Brody’s secrets that were weighing them down, Kamyrn also has a whole closet full of things she didn’t tell him.  I wanted so much to like KC but in the end I really didn’t.

Brody was in an impossible situation and I get that he feels responsible for his wife. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and guilt he must have felt. In that aspect of his story I could really sympathize with him. I have seen first hand what manipulative people can do to your confidence and how you can become a totally different person because of it. So I understand why he cheated, I just didn’t find the circumstances believable at all.  I get having an instant connection, but talking about forever after saying 5 words to each other is not realistic.  Brody spent years being faithful to Olivia and after knowing KC for a matter of days they are already having sex.  It just felt extremely rushed and that kind of connection is lust not love.  I’m not saying it can’t turn into love, but what they did and how they acted is not what I would call love.  Because of this it was really hard for me to respect Brody, which in turn made it really hard for me to like him.  I ended up not enjoying their romance at all and every time they were together I would just cringe.  I really wanted to love these characters but I just couldn’t, which made my connection with them nonexistent.

Sharing You was just not a book for me.  Going into the story I was very nervous because of the things that were being covered and it ended up really not working for me. I respect that McAdams decided to cover such a tender subject and from reading the author notes it was obvious that this story was very dear to her heart, so I understand why she wrote it. But for reasons I have explained throughout this review it’s obvious that I really wasn’t a fan.  I do want to say that I absolutely love and adore Molly McAdams.  Everything else I have read by her has been amazing and rest assured I will still be reading everything else she writes because I love her that much.  I feel like I can’t personally recommend this book to anyone, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy it if you give it a try. Either way, do not let this review deter you from reading other books by McAdams because honestly she is a fantastic author!

Notable Scene:

I’d just rounded the corner leading out of the living room when I ran into a brick wall. The wall’s hands shot out and grabbed my upper arms to steady me at the same time I reached out and grabbed broad shoulders in an attempt to keep myself upright and looked up. I inhaled audibly, and his grey eyes widened as his lips separated. My chest was rising and falling quicker than normal, and it had absolutely nothing to do with running away from Jace or running into the most incredible-looking man I’d ever seen, but damn if it didn’t have everything to do with the man himself.

Sharing You Series:

0.5 Capturing Peace

1. Sharing You

FTC Advisory: William Morrow/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Sharing You.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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