on October 17, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I’ve loved him as long as I can remember.
The gangly boy with big brown eyes and unruly hair who grew up into an intoxicating man. He wears scruff like he invented it and ambles with a swagger that makes panties drop.
We grew up together. We played Ghost in the Graveyard. Had our own rock band. It didn’t matter that he was five years older than me. It didn’t matter that he looked at me as a kid sister even as I grew into a woman. It didn’t even matter when he left me behind to go to college and start his adult life.
He’d be back.
He was always meant to be mine.
He came back, all right. But instead of smelling of promises, he stunk of betrayal. And he destroyed me—us—the day he married my sister instead of me.
So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do.
I got my revenge.
I married his brother, Kael.
Now we’re one big happy fucking family.
*NO CHEATING STANDALONE*
I love a good love triangle, so I was deliriously happy to dive into this one. A woman marrying the brother of the man she loves? Talk about an angst fest. This had all the elements of a fantastic story, and it delivered on every level. With raw and honest emotion, I was taken on a journey of growing up, and discovering what true love means.
“I married a good, honest man while I’m still in love with another.”
Maverick, or Swan, as her husband likes to call her, is in a mess of her own making. She married her best friend in an act of revenge against the man she loves, Killian. Ridden with guilt, and desperate to rid herself of these feelings for a man who has never put her first, she sets out to open her heart to a man that has wanted her all along, her husband and best friend, Kael.
“He’s the one who has always walked beside me. Selflessly. Silently. Steadfastly. Without exception. Without expectations.”
Through flashbacks, we get Kael’s POV and discover how his feelings for Maverick grew from friendship to more. I adored the way the story unfolded piece by piece, giving us more of the bigger picture with every chapter. Kael and Killian have been intertwined in Maverick’s life for as long as she can remember, both loving her in different ways. By holding on so tight to her love for Killian, she has never given Kael a chance to win her heart. Will she be able to now that they are married?
This story captivated me from page one. Flowing effortlessly from past to present, with stellar writing, and dynamic characters, I couldn’t get enough. There were twists and discoveries, and the intensity of emotion never ceased to enthrall me. The author wrote Maverick, and her internal struggles, in a way that was empathetic; despite her selfish actions, I felt her desperation. I was happy to go on the journey of soul-searching and self-discover with her; watching her character grow and mature. Black Swan Affair delivered a compelling story of what true love means, and the actions we take in the name of that love, whether good or bad.
“It’s not grand gestures but the small things that seem so mundane and inconsequential that slot themselves inside our memories forever. When everything else fades with time, those are what shine bright, undying.”