on January 1st 1970
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Women, Dating & Sex, Romance
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Jackson was off limits.
He was the mysterious stranger that my fiancé had invited to live with us only three months before our wedding. From the moment I tried to (accidentally) kill him, I knew I was in big trouble.
Just because his very presence aroused terrifying emotions within me, did not mean anything. I was engaged to get married. I was well on my way to being a happy wife and living a happy life.
Did I think that things would get out of hand? Absolutely not. It was just a little crush. Anyone would crush on that man. It was my own little secret that I kept hidden from everyone.
A harmless little crush never hurt anyone....right?
My Fiancé’s Brother is a two part story, where #1 ends in a cliffhanger but both parts are already out so no waiting, Bonus! Emily is living with and marrying Matt when his “brother” Jackson shows up one evening to stay with them for a few months. Matt, distant and always working, leaves Emily and Jackson form a bond that they try to keep platonic but the heart doesn’t work that way.
Emily is a bit (a lot) of a doormat. She is constantly catering to the mercurial whims of her fiancé and her self-doubt is a brutal taskmaster. Now, normally this is the type of character I have little tolerance for but there is something about the way Emily is written that allowed me to feel for and even like her. The character is one that is in transition from unsure girl to confident woman but who has no strong allies having lost her parents early and being surrounded by vultures. Emily just needed someone in her corner to push her towards the finish line. Jackson is that push. Jackson is a career soldier who is in town for therapy and is estranged from his “adoptive” family of Matt and Matt’s mother. He is the child of a drunk who was taken in by the cop that continuously saved him. Jackson is loyal to a fault and while he has found his place in life it is based on information processed through the mind of a child in a difficult place.
The first part of the story is the meeting of Emily and Jackson, their growing attraction and the demise of Emily’s relationship with Matt. While I admit that Emily is frustrating at times with her hesitancy in the face of Matt’s betrayals and abandonment, this part is a building of a strong bond between Jackson and Emily as Matt becomes more and more unstable. The second part of the revelation of secrets and lies, hidden damage and painful truths. Part two is where Jackson and Emily’s love is truly put to the test and their lives a pushed to the brink.
These are two very well written and lengthy books that are well worth the time. Emily and Jackson are very real to life characters, ordinary heroes facing life the best they can.