Title: Slip of the Tongue
Author: Jessica Hawkins @jess_hawk
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 334 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Sadie Hunt isn’t perfect—but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be. Lonely in her marriage.
When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair. But while Sadie’s marriage runs colder by the day, she and Finn burn hotter.
Her husband doesn’t want her anymore.
The man next door would give up everything to have her.
There are two things I thought when I heard about this book. First, I loved the cover. Second, I thought, isn’t this just like the author’s Cityscape series?
To answer that question, while both stories feature the theme of cheating, they are very different, but without spoiling it, I can’t tell you why.
I think one common theme about books that include cheating, is that the readers develop a dislike for the heroine. It is bad enough that they are cheating, but then, the heroine can’t seem to decide which man she wants to be with, and begins to drive the reader crazy. I know I felt this way with the author’s last series, but I was very conflicted with this heroine.
Nathan knows me inside out. He’s my other half. But these last two months, I’ve been on my own. Emotionally. Physically. He just isn’t present in our life.
Initially I felt sorry for Sadie, and the way her husband, Nathan, was treating her. His behavior didn’t make sense and I felt like we weren’t getting the full picture. I didn’t suspect Sadie to be the perfect wife. Nathan hinted at several things that seemed selfish on her part. But only given part of the story, I quickly developed a dislike for Nathan. He’s not the perfect guy everyone paints him to be. Especially with comments like this about his nickname for her, which is Pea:
“A shriveled green ball that people pretend to like but actually hate?” I stuck out my bottom lip.
He laughed and laughed. “Yeah. That’s exactly it. That’s you.”
Cheating is inherently a selfish act. One person consciously chooses to put their needs above their spouse’s. Some may think cheating is ok if that spouse is abusive, physically or mentally. And that’s the struggle with the cheating in this book, as Nathan’s behavior would hurt any woman. Watching the interactions between Nathan and Sadie was like watching a train wreck. Their lack of communication with each other is embarrassingly bad. How they expected everything to work out when they put such walls around themselves, is shocking.
Then there is Finn. I’m not sure to think about him. Every chapter felt like a new discovery. You know that one moment in the book where the character wants to confess something, and the other stops them, yet, you there are sitting yelling at your kindle for the answer? That was me. And that confession changes everything in this book. Without giving anything away, it made the cheating that much bigger.
Finn looks at me, is looking at me, the way Nathan does – or did. As if I’m the sun in his universe.
As the book progressed, I had more and more issues with Sadie. So she had a couple bad months with her husband. She felt bad about herself, then another attractive man gives her the attention she craves and she falls into bed with him? How dependent is she?! Apparently a lot. And while you may not like her, she does go thru a personal evaluation and realize her mistakes. But even as she tries to understand the changes in her relationship with Nathan, she doesn’t fight hard enough to fix things. Not until it is almost too late.
I don’t want to reveal what happens, but it did surprise me. A LOT. Both Nathan and Finn care deeply for Sadie. However, only one can have her. I wish there wasn’t heartache for the other, that is the most difficult part about cheating books. Especially when both offer something special for the heroine.
While we get a HEA of sorts, the end felt a bit abrupt. I would have liked an epilogue that showed the couple several years down the road. I also would have liked the “other” man to get his HEA. Maybe in another book . . . .?
*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.