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To believe one person can change your destiny sounds absurd. But it happened to me… twice.
Ten years ago I had no idea what I wanted out of life, until I met Hannah Michaels. She was a computer-engineering student ready to conquer the social media world, and I was smitten. Even though I knew she was taken, I had to have her.
Being the big shot that I was, I didn’t let her status stand in my way. It wasn’t long before my hands were on her thighs and my name a whisper on her lips. This smart, sexy girl inspired me to greatness, helped me grow into the kind of man I never knew I wanted to be. The man I am today.
Too bad I hadn’t grown fast enough to keep her.
Moving on wasn’t easy, but I knew I had to let her go. Eventually, I found someone to share my days and nights with, and together we had a daughter. My life was nearly perfect until my world turned upside down.
A single father has challenges, and one of those is learning how to calmly deal with your child coming home in tears. I had no idea the day I pounded on my daughter’s classmate’s door, Hannah would be the one standing on the other side.
The wild, burning desire that rushed through my veins was unwanted, and yet impossible to ignore. Letting her in meant so much more this time around. Guilt hit me like a hammer. I hated myself. I hated her. The problem was I really didn’t hate her—I wanted her more than ever.
But this time around, I can’t have her.
This time it’s my status that stands in our way—and going up against myself just might be the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
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Jace Bennett and Hannah Michaels’ complicated relationship started over 10 years ago as college students, and their passionate connection sent them down a dangerous path – one that involved a three person in their physical relationship, even when he wasn’t around them to participate. But, as electrifying as Jace and Hannah’s bond seemed, harsh words, concealed information, and a failure to fight for each other destroyed both of them, leading their lives in very different directions and forcing them to move forward with severely broken hearts.
In present day, Jace is just as broken as he was after Hannah turned her back on him all those years ago, but this time, it’s due to the passing of the love of his life: his wife and the mother of his daughter. His wife helped Jace to become whole again, but with her loss, he’s back to merely existing and trying to find his way as a single dad and a successful business owner.
Kim Karr does a great job of illustrating just how conflicted and guilty Jace is when Hannah comes back into his life, and his hot and cold, up and down demeanor and actions perfectly depict a man who doesn’t know how to let go of his wife and move on, especially with someone who he loved before her.
To understand the precarious position Jace finds himself in when he knocks on the door of his daughter’s bully’s house, it’s essential to have knowledge of his and Hannah’s shared past. Most of their history is told through Hannah’s perspective, and as readers, we gain insights into the complexity of her feelings for Ethan as well as Jace, understanding, back then, that the only way Jace can remain in her life is if they continue to walk the fine line between cheating and exploring the kinkier side of sex, even though it’s quite obvious which one of the men Hannah belongs with then and even 10 years later.
Hannah may have thought that Jace was a “Big Shot” in college due to one encounter with Jace’s family, but the Jace of present day is actually a bigger “Big Shot” and he did it all on his own, building his own company from the ground up and building a family with his wife who he thought he’d have forever with, even though that’s not how it ended up.
I like how Kim Karr exposes Hannah and Jace’s past but doesn’t use it as the reason they are struggling to have any kind of current relationship…the past might not have been able to stay there, but it’s not the dividing line it used to be, and both Hannah and Jace seem to understand that even if they can’t seem to figure out how to move forward now that they’re back in each other’s lives.
Big Shot is a story that deals with a lot of life changing events and issues that could destroy any person who had to endure them; they’re realistic situations and they’re ones that would make people question their actions and second guess every word and every move they make. But in the end, Jace and Hannah’s narrative is one that shows two people finding each other again after a plethora of highs and lows and attempting to figure out what a forever could look like if they were able to deal with the events that happened and find a new version of their happily ever after.
4.5 Poison Apples
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Kim Karr is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.
She grew up in Rochester, NY and now lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and recently decided to embrace one of her biggest passions–writing.
Kim wears a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of her family. However, she always finds time to read. One of her favorite family outings was taking her kids when they were little to the bookstore or the library. Today, Kim’s oldest child is seventeen and no longer goes with her on these, now rare and infrequent, outings. She finds that she doesn’t need to go on them anymore because she has the greatest device ever invented–a Kindle.
Kim likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.
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