Thanks to Gallery Books for the free copies in exchange for our honest reviews.
MINE – Courtney Cole (Releasing May 28th, 2019)
I’ve read books under Courtney’s pseudonym, Courtney Evan Tate, and you can see our reviews for I’LL BE WATCHING YOU here!
Chandra’s Thoughts: 5/5 stars
I absolutely adored Cole’s Saving Beck last year and when I saw she came out with this Domestic/Psychological Thriller, I was beyond excited to receive a surprise copy. SCORE! We get your typical premise when it comes to wife/mistress/husband… but Cole does it with such finesse that I literally opened this book to page one and three hours later turned the last page and finally put it down. Yes, ladies and gents, it’s THAT compulsive of a read!
What happens when you make your bed and then your husband and his mistress sleeps in it? You think you have a solid and loving marriage and then one tragic moment when you open his iPad and see his sexts to his mistress and your whole world implodes while the outside world explodes in a hurricane. How apropos. Lure said mistress to your house and let the crazy begin! When a woman feels disrespected and betrayed, on either side, anything can happen. Your first thought is revenge on the woman and then potentially the man who caused the whole situation to begin with.
Listen, shit gets real. Everything contained in this book is plausible, bat shit or not. I could not put this book down. Then, when I read the afterword and found that Cole wrote this based on her own experiences with infidelity – wow, just wow honestly. Some couples can make it through, some can’t. But what’s true through and through is the rage that is felt. Even for the woman who knew what she was walking into – does she really though? Love is blind but so is rage.
Absolutely recommend this for a quick, fast paced ride to crazy town – population: EVERYONE
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars
I don’t even know where to start with this. I read this in an evening – I just could not put it down! I started at home before we ran errands and continued in our hour drive to our destination. MINE is the definition of a binge-read. Make sure you clear out some time in your schedule when you pick this one up!
Tessa seems to have it all – a successful make up company, 3 teenage kids, and a loving husband of over 2 decades. After dropping her kids off at her parents’ house for the weekend, she gets home to spend the time alone with her husband. Plans change when his flight is delayed from New York and a hurricane starts up. Planning on getting some work done, she comes across some explicit texts and photos on her husband’s iPad from another woman. What do you do in a blind rage when you find out your husband is being unfaithful? Well, you lure the mistress to your home for some answers, right?
I don’t want to go into anymore detail because this book is CRAZY! Tessa and Lindsey have a night they’ll probably never forget as we’re brought through the details of Ethan’s infidelity. Going from Tessa’s perspective (present day) and Lindsey’s perspective (from when she meets Ethan to this night), we get a glimpse into how the events culminated into one insane evening. The emotions felt throughout this book are so real and this is an entirely plausible premise. I definitely recommend reading the Acknowledgments at the end – knowing this is based on Cole’s experiences with infidelity made it even more authentic and real.
I recommend this to everyone and anyone that wants a thrill-ride and a good dose of crazy. Plenty of action and intensity to keep you sucked in from page one. Like they say – hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.