Mine by Courtney Cole, 4 Stars

Why is the spouse the last person to ever suspect cheating? Although I suppose it’s one of those glass-shattered moments. Where you don’t see it at all until you know that cheating has occurred, then looking back you can TOTALLY see it. It’s one of those hindsight is 20/20 types of things.

There are a ton of people who cheat for–I don’t want to say valid reasons, but reasons that make some sense. But then there are those special kinds of cheaters–who appear on the surface to be desperately in love with their partner, and yet are screwing around all the time. Those are the ones that really go beyond cheating to complete narcissistic psychopaths. Okay, maybe that’s a little strong, but there are serious character flaws present.

Anyhow, I’m not giving away anything when I say that Mine–its right there in the flap copy–focuses on what happens when one women finds out her husband is a cheat. And the husband isn’t the only one with a couple screws loose. It’s a wild ride!

From the Publisher:

When Tessa Taylor unlocked her husband Ethan’s iPad to discover nude photos from a twenty-six-year-old bombshell named Lindsey, her seemingly perfect life came to a screeching halt.

With a hurricane barreling toward Florida and Ethan stuck on a business trip, Tessa finds herself imprisoned in her own home with a choice to make: Does she ride out the storm until she can confront Ethan in person, or does she take matters into her own hands?

Increasingly restless and desperate for revenge, Tessa resolves to act. And when she lures Lindsey over a few hours later, there’s no turning back.

What ensues is a battle of wills between two well-matched opponents, blinded by love for the same man but driven by demons of their own. Like storm-ravaged Florida, neither woman will be the same when the skies clear.

He’s mine. Both wife and mistress would stake their lives on it. But only one of them can be right.

My Review:

Tessa is a bad-ass. She’s an attractive, fit, self-made success. She’s the owner of a multi-million organic make-up company that she started as a stay-at-home mom as a side-job. She has it all, a huge house, more money than she could ever need and a successful and hot husband on top of it all. Don’t you just hate people like that?

Tessa doesn’t need a man. At the beginning of the book, she climbs up a ladder 45 times to shutter her mansion’s windows before a hurricane. I think that proves it. But still, she has an amazing marriage to Ethan that truly appears to be a partnership. They both work hard, and sometimes don’t make quite enough time for each other. But with jobs and kids, that’s life, right?

Tessa is so confident in her life and her marriage that she is completely blindsided to find naked pictures of her husband’s younger mistress on his iPad. Can you imagine? I mean, it’s one thing to find out your husband is cheating when you had no clue, it’s totally another to discover tacky nude pictures of his mistress. Ewww.

She’s unhinged. And she can’t think straight. She finds herself luring her husband’s mistress to her house, pretending to be Ethan. And things go a little crazy. Secrets are revealed and confessions are made.

Cole switches back and forth between the present day, madness and the evolution of Ethan and Lindsay’s affair. Also revealing interesting hints that Tessa never picked up on. Because why would she? She thought her husband loved her.

This book was a super-fast read, I read it in under 3 hours. And I’m always surprised by writers who are able to keep my attention and keep the story moving with a book that mostly occurs over the course of one night. But Cole does just that, keeping the story moving with flashbacks and surprising twists.

Special thanks to Gallery Books and Netgalley for an e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one comes out May 28, just in time for pool season. For those that like their beach reads with a bit of suspense.

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