Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Man I Can't Have bu Shanora Williams

The Man I Can’t Have (The Ward Duet #1) by Shanora Williams
Release Date: May 9th
Photographer: Wong Sim
Model: Mitchell Wick
Cover Design by Cover It Designs

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It started as a simple search for a landscape designer…

I wanted a beautiful backyard for my new home and my neighbors suggested I look into Ward Landscaping & Design.
The owner had no pictures of himself on his website, just a portfolio of nice outdoor sitting areas, pools, and vibrant gardens that I’d always dreamed of having.
Of course I hired him.
I expected to meet an average guy, but Mr. Marcel Ward is far from your average man. He’s handsome, and well-built, and his smile—though a rare trait—is truly infectious.
He’s every woman’s dream—a handsome, older man who doesn’t mind getting down and dirty to create something beautiful all because of his passion for it.
Unfortunately that lucky woman can’t be me.
Although Mr. Ward tests my limits, quickens my breath, and makes my heart skip a beat when he’s around, I’ve promised to devote myself to my husband.

So why am I falling for a man I know I can’t have?

What can you expect?

- An Alpha Hero (who is a bit of an asshole ;) )
- Super Steamy Scenes
- An Adorable Beagle Puppy

4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

This is the first book that I have read by Shanora Williams.  When I read the blurb, I knew this was something that I had to read. A taboo subject for some, that looked to promise drama and angst and boy did it.

Gabby and her husband were recently married and have just moved into a beautiful house down south.  Her husband Kyle’s business is still in NY, so he travels a lot for work. Gabby hires a landscape designer to give their new backyard a makeover. When she meets the owner of the company who will be doing the work, he is nothing that she expected him to be.  Basically, that means that she never expected someone as hot and gorgeous as Marcel Ward to show up at her house. She was certainly attracted to him, and with her husband always away she was lonely.  But she knew that there would never be anything between them. He was here to do his job and that was all.  Or was it?  Marvel and Gabby have chemistry, there is no doubt about it.  And I think Gabby was more of herself when she was around him. But she loved her husband and would never do anything to ruin her marriage. Or would she?  Hmmm…..you have to read to find out what happens. 

I honestly had so many mixed feelings while reading this book and it had nothing to do with the fact that Gabby was lusting after a man that was not her husband. I did not like her husband at all and honestly, I didn’t trust.  I felt like there was a lot more going on with him.  But when it came to Marcel and Gabby, at first I really had a hard time feeling their connection.  Marcel can come off a bit abrasive at times but given his past I think he is still holding in so much pain that at times, he may be an ass and takes out that pain on someone else. But deep down he was a good guy and as time went on you begin to feel the connection that they have.  They shared so much with each at one point and I think that is where I truly felt like these two were connected and they need to explore what is between them because they just make sense together.  I think you see a vulnerable side to both of them and that is what really made me enjoy this story a little more towards the end. 

There is drama and definitely angst.  I felt like I kept trying to figure out what was really going on with her husband.  This does end with a cliffy and it is a shocker. It sort of came out of left field and I totally did not see that one coming. I am still very anxious to find out all there is know, because this story is far from over.  There is so much more to Gabby, Marcel and Kyle’s story and I am looking forward to finding out. 

I had trouble with this one in the beginning and kept going back and forth in my mind a far as what I would rate this one.  But regardless of how I felt in the beginning I couldn’t put this book down so that definitely says something.  I cannot wait to see how this all ends.  

“Let me know if you need anything, Marcel.”
“Sure will, Gabby.”
I grab the door handle, but not without noticing the smirk on his face.
When I close the doors, I can’t help sneaking a peek as I put my tea back in the fridge. Mr. Ward—Marcel—is standing with a shovel in hand. He stabs it into the ground, leaving it standing upright, and then he crosses one arm over the other, reaches down for the hem of his shirt, and pulls it up, right over his head.
With the sun beaming directly on him, of course he stands out. His tan skin is unmarked minus one long scar right below his right rib. He’s sculpted but not bulky, almost like he does just as much cardio as lifting to get his lean, toned appearance. His abs lead down to a sharp vee that disappears beneath his belt buckle and jeans. A few hairs jump out from beneath the buckle as he grabs the handle of the shovel.
As he snatches the shovel out, he pauses midway. My eyes travel up to find his, and it’s then I realize I’ve been staring. He narrows his eyes a bit, but a smug smile lightly tugs at the corners of his lips.
“Oh, shit!”
I back away, bumping into the nearest counter edge. When I hear one of the men yell something, I look again, glad Marcel has moved away from the windows of the doors to tend to the person. I hurry back upstairs, and this time I don’t look back, even though a small part of me is dying to see those abs one more time.

About the Author:
Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn't have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after.She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive husband, and is a sister to eleven.
When she isn't writing, she's spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down chocolate chip cookies.

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