Book Review: The Affair by Beth Kery

Title: The Affair The Complete Novel (Weeks 1-7)
Author: Beth Kery
Publisher: Intermix/Berkley
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 544
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

When unconventional hospice nurse Emma Shore secured a new position at the Breakers, the sprawling mansion of enigmatic and dangerously handsome race car billionaire Michael Montand, she had no idea how soon she’d be drawn into his darker sexual games—or that it would be her own fantasies that would hold her captive.
Michael knew he shouldn’t have engaged such an innocent woman to share in his desires. But strong sexual appetites and selfishness run in his blood.
From Michael’s luxurious lakeside home to the sun-drenched, sensual shores of the French Riviera, Emma submits again and again to his intoxicating power. But she knows there is only one way to protect her heart.
The affair will continue, but under her conditions: Only she can end it, and when it’s over, they will part and never speak again of the things they dared to do behind locked doors.
This book is a bind up of several shorter novellas that were previously written. Seven to be exact, for the seven weeks it takes to tell the story of Emma and Michael.

Seven weeks is what I especially loved about this story, because there was not instalove. Kery gave as an accurate account of seven weeks out of these character's lives, and didn't skimp on the details. This was both a blessing and a curse. A curse because I just wanted to get to the heart of the story already, but such a blessing because Beth gave such a genuine story, a true story in every sense of the word, leaving no details out. There was no "they meet, they are instantly attracted to each other, they have sex, they fall in love, the end." No, no, no. We get all the trials and tribulations that any "normal" relationship would go through. Though, to be honest, how many of us have millionaire or billionaire significant others! So of course there are some take me away and swoon elements.

I loved Emma from the start. She was a well rounded character with a good head on her shoulders and lots of common sense. I really loved that her approach to being with Montand was realistic in the sense that she didn't have any expectations about where they were going to end up. She went into being with him with her eyes wide open, expecting the sexual relationship to end, because how could the two of them possibly have anything more than that? Emma is a realist.

I loved Michael just as equally, he was your typical gorgeous millionaire, but the twists and turns that were his history is what made him unique. Of course he is 100% alpha male, which I always appreciate, but, since we get his POV in the story along with Emma's, his motivations and feelings and thoughts are known to us, so we can see that he is not an asshole, but indeed a good man, although hurt from his past still mars him.

So, may fave part of the book, it's a little superficial #sorrynotsorry , but it is the fact that my nickname is in the book. Even spelled the exact same way I spell it! Vanni...

And that's all I will say about that because I don't want to reveal anything!


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