There are things that women want, and things that women need.
I know deep down, with every fiber in my body, that I need Mr. Ward.
He started out as my landscape designer, but became so much more.
Now, my life is on the line while living with the devil himself. I have been torn down and broken, and I don’t think I can take anymore.
The man I need was never the one I married.
No, the man I need is the one I was never supposed to have. He’s the one who showed me gentleness, kindness, and true love.
Ward would put up a fight for me at any cost.
I know for a fact, I could be so much happier with him…
But when I come face-to-face with reality, I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to risk it all for someone I’ve just met, even if it seems like Mr. Ward and I are a match made in heaven.
Series: Ward Duet #2
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
“Maybe we aren’t meant for each other, but were placed in each other’s lives as a means to save one another.”
I have been waiting for this book with bated breath the minute I finished The Man I Can’t Have on that freaking cliff-hanger. This is book two of the Ward Duet so it’s an absolute must that you read book one first to get Gabby and Marcel’s full story. We last left Gabby in a bit of a pickle following a weekend of her life with the great Marcel. So you know as soon as that ARC hit my kindle I was all over it like white on rice. This is the kind of book you read in one sitting; which I did. If you read my review of The Man I Can’t Have, you’ll remember that I suggested that I felt a bit bad for rooting for Marcel and Gabby considering her situation. Yeah, fuck that shit. I am well and truly over that guilt. And yes, I still want to strangle Kyle; no changes there except maybe I might add his mother to the list this time. I am 1000% in Gabby and Marcel’s corner. There was some heavy emotional shit in this book.
“Where does a person like me go from here?”
Friends, you remember we left Gabby on the floor after she comes home to unexpectedly find her husband home. I mean at this point, she is still committed to being the loving doting wife, but when Kyle reminds her of who he is, she realizes that she needs run fast and far away. Unfortunately her lovely husband has her well and truly trapped. Her options are to either save herself and screw her family over in the process or stay and hope like hell she lives to tell the story. She loves her family- so she stays. As it happens, Kyle has prepared and planned for the day Gabby decides she’s had enough of his shit. It’s fucked up that this shit happens in real life. Anyway, I digress. When Kyle’s behavior escalates, she decides her family is just going to have to learn to swim against Kyle’s wrath; she’s leaving.
“I don’t know what it is, but deep in my bones, it feels like something isn’t right.”
Thank God for Marcel. Just when Gabby is debating her predicament, our boy shows up like superman. Following their weekend get-away after Gabby runs off, Marcel still can’t shake her off. Worse still he can’t shake the feeling that something is really wrong. When curiously finally gets the best of him, he decides to find out what gives. The last thing he expected is the scene that greets him in Venice Heights. It is at this point that she decides that come what may, he is keeping Gabby.
“He’s everything I never knew I wanted, mainly because I’d been blinded by abuse, neglect, and demands for months”
Spending time with Marcel introduced Gabby to a new species of man; the loving, kind, gentle and protective kind. He gives her the strength to recognize her own value and to want a better life for herself. With Marcel by her side, she finally has the strength to kick Kyle in the balls; literally.
I love that the story and the characters were relatable although I must admit; this book wasn’t as gripping as the first book. It really was a continuation of the last book; the aftermath of Kyle’s behavior really- although there was that bomb-shell about Marcel’s past. After Kyle was out of the picture, the story started to feel a bit rushed. Making it seem like without him, there is no story. There were too many details and scenes that I wish were elaborated a bit more. As a result, the conclusion felt too “happily ever after”. Is that even possible? Everybody got out of the situation unscathed. But considering Gabby had to endure a lot to protect her family, I would have thought some damage might have occurred to said family. Nonetheless, I loved the message, the book and the characters.
I am so glad all the questions I had in book one were answered in this book. This is a tale of a modern day arranged marriage, abuse, strength and resilience and a forbidden yet so right love.
“He wasn’t a person I should have wanted, but none of that matters now, because he is here, and he is what I need.”