Welcome to my review of the first in the Time for Love series from Bethany Lopez. This title does tackle the issue of infidelity, and much of the story is focused on the attempts to move forward after a betrayal.
Let me start with some kudos for the author: infidelity always creates a visceral reaction for readers, and Lopez does manage to present the story with scenarios that are plausible, and all the more unsettling for that fact. For eight years, since high school in fact, Shelly and Cal have been “a couple”, and they married right out of high school. A group of closely knit friends, all see Shelly and Cal as “the perfect couple”, and their love for one another is clear.
But a weekend bachelor party in Vegas leaves Cal naked and alone with a strange woman: he returns to ‘tell all’ to Shelly, even though he has no memory of any infidelity. She, understandably, leaves him and runs home to her father. This is the compromise: she will agree to 8 dates, one a week, with Cal, as he tries to atone.
Concept is clever, emotional attraction is evident: but I had several issues with the construct. No relationship is “perfect’, yet the cracks and fissures one would expect are non-existent. Shelly is immature and pouty, and she felt more interested in punishing than forgiving. For his part – Cal bounced between hair-shirted penitent and foolish – not knowing if there was a “moment” in Vegas – his first stop should have been to the clinic for a health exam. He didn’t. It was never an issue. Their interactions were honest in a limited and surface way: it was as if in eight years they NEVER had an issue or problem, and neither knew how to function.
Perfect people are boring, perfect relationships are unrealistic. And, with the friends: everyone is still in the same town, still friends – despite the passage of time? People grow and move forward…. Friendly yes, best friends always…yeah, not so much. But perhaps I pick too much: the brevity of the story missed those integral moments of tension and growth from both that I wanted. It’s clever, it’s just one step down from ‘light’, entertaining and unique. But, like candy floss, it’s tasty but ultimately something is missing…
Narration is provided by Beth Stewart, and she does a wonderful job presenting each character with a unique sound and delivery – but there were accents that I didn’t expect given the history of this particular group, and I was wondering about that choice. Yes, it did delineate characters, but in a way that was not indicated in the book. She did, however, bring that petulant and pouty tone to Shelly: somehow a key to her behavior throughout
Stars: Overall: 3 Narration: 3 Story: 3
Title: 8 Weeks
Author: Bethany Lopez
Series: A Time for Love #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Beth Stewart
Published by: Self-Produced
Published on: 25 February, 2015
Source: AudioBook Blast
Audio Length: 4 Hours, 26 minutes
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Is eight weeks enough time to earn back the love of someone you've betrayed...the only one you've ever loved?
Shelly has been in love with Cal since they started dating in eleventh grade. Despite everyone saying that the odds were against them, they got married after graduation and built a life together. Now, six years later, she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. Devastated, her first instinct is to call it quits…
After a drunken binge at his best friends’ bachelor party, Cal betrays the one person who has always been there for him, his wife, Shelly. Terrified and realizing she might divorce him, Cal must come up with a way to prove to her that his love is true…
Cal asks Shelly for eight weeks. Eight weeks to convince her that their marriage is worth the fight. Will Shelly be able to trust him again, or will their marriage end the way many others do when faced with opposition… In divorce?
8 Weeks is book 1 in the Time for Love series, but can be read as a stand alone.
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A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Blast for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.