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by Rebecca Rogers Maher

Tanya—a recovering alcoholic—meets Jack at a roadside stop on the way to her sister’s wedding. Hoping to drown her sorrows in the company of a stranger, she brings him back to her motel room.

The next day, shaken by the intensity of the experience, Tanya joins her sister’s bridal party at an upscale mountain lodge. There, she meets the

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Tanya—a recovering alcoholic—meets Jack at a roadside stop on the way to her sister’s wedding. Hoping to drown her sorrows in the company of a stranger, she brings him back to her motel room.

The next day, shaken by the intensity of the experience, Tanya joins her sister’s bridal party at an upscale mountain lodge. There, she meets the groom’s family for the first time, including his brother, Jack—just home from the Peace Corps and reeling from his night with the bold, beautiful woman he thought he’d never see again.

Both at a crossroads in their lives, Tanya and Jack collide for one explosive weekend. Will they choose the safety of past regrets, or will they be brave enough to embrace the present—together?

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Publishers Weekly
Jack has just returned from a stint in the Peace Corps in Guyana to attend brother Henry's wedding. At a roadside stop, on the night before the ceremony, he meets a mysterious woman with whom he shares a night of passion. The next day, he meets her again and learns she is the bride's sister, Tanya. But Tanya is full of self-loathing about her past and relationship with sister Christa—and this threatens her burgeoning relationship with Jack. This sequel to The Bridge and final installment in Maher's Class Acts Trilogy reunites readers with Henry and Christa (the protagonists of the previous volume), with Jack and Tanya's story serving as a clever follow-up and an entertaining tale in its own right. Tanya's feelings of self-revulsion drive the narrative and readers with experience of addiction will recognize her complex emotions. And while Jack's character is less well developed, readers (particularly those of Maher's previous work) will enjoy watching these two fall in love, almost in spite of themselves.
Library Journal
Jack, a returning Peace Corps volunteer, and Tanya, a recovering alcoholic, catch each other's eye across a dive restaurant and consummate their brief encounter with lots of sex and little conversation in a seedy hotel room. Much to their surprise, the pair meet again the next day at a luxurious Catskills, NY, lodge where Tanya's sister is marrying Jack's brother. What they both thought was a fierce, spontaneous fling is now a family affair. VERDICT The author presses plenty of emotional history into the story of a weekend wedding. [Xpress Reviews, 4/25/14.]—Joyce Sparrow, Kenneth City, FL

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Tanya 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Sometimes it's just easier to be screwed up than allow yourself to try to be happy, to try to "be normal". What is normal when your whole life has been anything but? Tanya is the daughter of a drug addict who overdosed and died. She is the sister of a two time cancer survivor. Tanya is a recovering alcoholic who uses meaningless sex with men as a way to punish herself for not being a better daughter and sister. Jack is privileged from a wealthy yet distant family. He has just spent the last two years in Guyana working for the Peace Corps. He’s the brother of a clinically depressed man, who almost died in an explosion. Jack is lost in a world he no longer understands or feels he fits into. Tanya is told in first person through the eyes of both Tanya and Jack. This is a mesmerizing story of two siblings who feel guilty for the way they treated their siblings in the past. They are both lost souls. What is so wonderful about this story is that these two have gone as low as they can go, but are trying to better themselves. Unfortunately, they don’t see how far they have come or the way those who love them see them. Tanya is a story about going to the dark side and fighting your way back into the light. It’s about realizing that what may be “normal” for other people isn’t “normal” for you, and it’s okay. It’s about realizing that we all make mistakes and that we have to own them. It’s about realizing that our past is our past and it doesn’t define who we are. Tanya is about realizing who you are and discovering the person you want to be. Source: Author
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
If you ever wanted to know what became of The Bridge's Henry and Christa (and how could you not?) this is the story for you. If you were curious about Christa's troubled sister Tanya, this is a must-read. If you want another beautifully-written story from Rebecca Rogers-Maher that will completely consume you, you will want to read Tanya. In The Bridge, Rebecca Rogers-Maher created an insightful, painful, and enlightening look at depression and suicide. In Tanya, we have one lead who is a recovering alcoholic. Every day Tanya must make the choice not to drink. Sometimes, though, the dark places inside her require fulfillment, which often results in dirty, anonymous sex. One such encounter results in a one night stand with her sister's soon-to-be brother-in-law, Jack. Jack was portrayed as vibrant and happy in The Bridge, and we quickly learn that Henry's perception of Jack is not quite how Jack sees himself. He feels a lot of guilt over his brother's struggles with depression. He also feels anxiety over the direction of his life. Over the course of a few days, this quiet, loving, smitten man and the woman who finds herself too dark, too dangerous, uncover each other, and possibly find exactly what they need. If you're a "well-adjusted", healthy person, you might not understand those who are self-destructive, how deep the inner turmoil roots and drive to do things that aren't reasonable or healthy from the outside looking in. Tanya is a character who will challenge readers. She is not a nice girl, easy to like like her sister. She has harsh edges, she's smart, and she can be selfish. She's two years sober, and still struggling with guilt and regret. She is a character who reminded me that all heroines- all women -are not sweet, easy to love, or even likeable. As women, we are often taught to smile, even when we don't feel like it. To fake the niceties that make others comfortable. Never let anyone know you're unhappy. For some reason, maybe because she is not inherently sweet and soft, Tanya reminded me that it is okay to simply be. Even if you have the sharper edges or aren't quick with a smile, there is still another out there who will love you exactly as you are. The dark secrets don't scare them away, the hard-won smiles mean even more. Jack was that man for Tanya. He seems like the quintessential rich boy do-gooder. A man constantly in motion, always searching. Jack, though not as bleak as his brother Henry, is just as introspective, questioning, insightful. While Tanya assumes her darkness will scare Jack away, he loves what she gives him. She stills him. Rogers-Maher offers a thorough story of a recovering addict, and I'm continually amazed how she can create such fulfilling, deeply-driven, insightful stories with so few pages. Of course, I would love more- her writing is gorgeous- but I never felt cheated or that the story is lacking. Tanya was a rewarding experience. Surprisingly, I think I cried more with this story than The Bridge. Tanya spoke to the parts of me that struggle. Jack's acceptance and love, his need for her, reaffirmed my belief that we all need love. Tanya reminded me that we all have a story to tell. Favorite Quotes She doesn't want to know why I'm here. She doesn't want to know who I am, or what I want to do with my life, or why there is so much waste and excess and emptiness in the country I though was my home, or how infuriatingly helpless I feel, or why after two years in Guyana, I'm pretty sure I won't ever belong anywhere. What this woman wants is a quick tryst with a stranger in a roadside motel room. And despite all good sense and caution, I want to give her that. I want to take it, for myself, too. I want to obliterate from my brain every particle of restlessness and doubt. I don't know who I was before this. I don't know what will be left of me when it's done. I am a single atom dying to be split in two. Begging to be obliterated by her, to obliterate everything around me. It's love that's slicing into me, I know that. There's no stopping it even if I wanted to. I'm walking right into its clean blade with my eyes open. I kiss her. I know there is something wrong. Many things wrong. She won't talk about it with me, not yet. Not now. Now, she is asking for something else. She wants what I gave to her that first night--escape, a lightning rod to pour her pain into. It's something I can give freely. That I want to give. She pours that feeling into me and makes me alive, too. Electrified. I would do anything she asked.
Luvmyhootie More than 1 year ago
Another thought provoking and amazing story from Maher! My Review: Tanya is a book that was everything I hoped for and not at all what I expected. After reading Hurricane Lily and The Bridge, the latter of the two remains one of my favorite love stories, I have become a fan of Rogers Maher. I had no idea that all these books were connected until a dear friend brought it to my attention. Tanya was a character I learned about while reading The Bridge. The story of her sister Christa was macabre and beautiful in her attempt to kill herself but one day she meets the love of her life who ends up saving it. I found myself hoping against all hope that I would get a story about the alcoholic sister who was never there for her when she needed her most and blessedly my wish was fulfilled. Alcoholism is something I'm all too familiar with. How it takes over a life and consumes whatever is in it's path leaving nothing but heartache in it's wake. My father's absence in my own life can be blamed on this very subject. But this wasn't the main reason why I connected with Tanya's story.  Tanya was a force of nature. She was fierce and consumed everything in her wake and I loved her for it. Yes she grew up with a mother who struggled to raise two kids while being trashed on pills and booze but her inner demons of self loathing and low self esteem grabbed me by the heart strings. You always read about the damaged broken guys but it's rare to meet a woman who is equally as damaged and runs the same parallel as the men in certain stories. She was introduced to the drink at a young age thanks to her first boyfriend and hadn't slowed down until everything happened with Christa. (Wanna know what happens? Then you HAVE TO read The Bridge!) Tanya has struggled to stay sober for two years but she still fights against the turmoil that rages inside her. As a child Christa cared for her no matter what and was always there for her with no questions asked but Tanya couldn't handle the kindness. She tries to be what she thinks everyone wants her to be and punishes herself constantly for her failures and embraces the shame with one night stands that leave her raw on the inside. Thankfully Jack comes along when he's needed most. Fresh off a stint with the Peace Corps, Jack is floundering back in the states not really sure of what to do with himself. He's struggling to find his purpose in life as well and being back home with all the creature comforts and wealth he didn't see while in Guyana serving, blows his mind. Being in a place where there are no choices but you take what you can get has really changed his entire outlook. Attending his brother Henry's wedding is causing him to analyze their relationship which hasn't always been the best. While Henry was struggling with a crippling depression Jack was off in another country doing what he thought would distract from the fact that Henry was miserable. Jack was one of those guys that I would actually want to end up with in real life. He was incredibly sweet, understanding and passionate. His thirst for something more in life made me take stock of my own but his growing attraction to the hot mess that is Tanya was so fantastic. His character was a wonderful anchor point for someone like Tanya who was drowning. It's funny how someone who grows up with all the wealth and privilege that Jack had could be struggling with the same types of issues and feelings as a woman like Tanya who grew up without those things. But that's what makes them work so well together. After their electric one night stand turned awkward meeting at the wedding they discover they aren't that much different from each other. Maher has a way of bringing her flawed and tortured characters around full circle that leaves me a complete weepy mess. Tanya had an amazing support group and her connection with Joe, her AA sponsor was a nice touch in showcasing her recovery process even two years later. Jack having Henry to lean on after all he's been through and bringing the two brothers closer together melted my heart into S'mores goo.  Not to mention how freaking HOT these two were together. The intense chemistry they had was something I felt from my head to my toes. From one hot encounter to the next I couldn't catch my breath with them. It was like two horny teenagers and I loved every second. As I said I had no idea all three books were connected but seeing how all the characters were involved was exciting for me. Each story is unique to that specific couple and draws you into their world flawlessly. Henry and Christa will probably always be my favorite couple but Jack and Tanya are a close second. Poor Cliff and Lily are probably still trapped in her Cape Cod home, LOL. (It's an inside joke, just go with it...or read Hurricane Lily!) Tanya was not just a story about fighting addiction but finding your way back from your own self doubts and self imposed obstacles. Tanya was flawed and selfish and self centered but her journey to finding herself in such a short time was a miracle. Jack being the strong sweet and sexy guy he is was the perfect match for someone like Tanya. They both needed the other person in different ways that opened them up to new experiences. By the time I finished absorbing every word in this book I was a teary eyed mess with a heart full of laughter and joy. That's the kind feeling you should get when you read a good book. One that leaves you with a brand on your heart that you never forget, even ten years down the road. Tanya will remain in my heart for a long time to come. If you love to experience an array of emotions during a book but ultimately leaves you satisfied then you have to give Mahers books a try. All of them possess a heartfelt quality with amazing characters you can relate to and fall in love with.