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Time or Money [NOOK Book]


Mason & Bridget's dream of a future may come crashing down because of missed calls, a broken cell and a Valentine's surprise that didn't quite work.

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Mason & Bridget's dream of a future may come crashing down because of missed calls, a broken cell and a Valentine's surprise that didn't quite work.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044310131
  • Publisher: Bottom Drawer Publications
  • Publication date: 2/11/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 608,978
  • File size: 508 KB

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I am a wife, a mother and a slave to Nicky the dog.I think chocolate and wine should be considered their own food group, and I wish Christmas happened twice a year.I love the hot summer nights here in Arizona when my family and I play in our pool until late at night, and I hate 99.8% of politicians.
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  • Posted February 24, 2014

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    Review: Time or Money

    Time or Money by Carly Fall is a stand alone novella length romance perfect for the Valentine's Holiday.

    Mason and Bridget are as in love as two people can be. They have just forgotten this fact due to busy schedules, high ambitions, and sheer exhaustion. Mason is constantly striving for advancement in his career and wants to eventually make partner. The long work days and weekend social maneuverings have taken him away from his wife and things are at the bursting point between them. He grew up dirt poor and NEVER wants to risk being poor again, so he works and works and works. Thing is, they're beyond well-off as they stand right now and the constant attempt to gain more is bordering on greed. They were happier living in a tiny apartment together than they are now in their large home.

    Bridget is working long hours now too, if only to keep herself from getting bored and being stuck home alone. Mason already forgot their wedding anniversary and as it stands now, her favorite holiday, Valentine's Day, is likely to go the same way. She's at her wits end and is willing to pack it in versus suffering in an unhappy marriage.

    Mason knows V Day is Bridget's favorite holiday and he's got the perfect evening planned. Except, things go wrong as they are prone to do in life and things come to a very heated confrontation where they lay everything on the table. Can they both make the right decisions not only for themselves but also for their marriage.

    A beautiful tale of how life really does just get in the way of love and how the same routine is okay until the moment it isn't and then someone snaps. This author is now on my list of "Must read more...".

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  • Posted February 9, 2014

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    An emotional journey many will identify with

    Married for five years, Mason and Bridget are at a turning point in their marriage. His desire to make partner at his firm has had Mason working long hours for far too long, and it’s taken its toll on their relationship. Driven to escape the poverty of his childhood, all Mason wants to do is provide a secure future for them. But what kind of future can they have if he’s never there?

    Bridget is sick of waiting. Waiting for things to get better, waiting for their financial status to be enough, waiting for her husband to act like he’s interested in anything other than his career. She misses the days when they had nothing but boxed dinners, a shabby futon, and each other, and their beautiful but empty home isn’t enough to keep their marriage going anymore.

    Mason’s planned the perfect Valentine’s getaway for them both, determined to rekindle their marriage, to save it before it’s too late. But a series of mishaps and one neglected wife may just lay those plans to waste.

    The Verdict...
    The saddest ends to marriages are those in which the couple did nothing wrong, when they still love each other, when they can’t quite figure out how things got so bad or how they can get the good back. Time or Money describes it perfectly, that short window in which everyone’s feelings are on high while their relationship seems to be falling apart. It’s a desperate, lonely, defeated feeling, and it’s so clearly portrayed with Mason and Bridget.

    Mason’s goodness shines through, even though one could easily blame him for putting his career ambitions ahead of his marriage. While the story is too short to give any in-depth insight into his background, it’s clear that he’s not chasing partner for selfish reasons, and the last thing he wants to do is lose his wife in the process. Bridget, on the other hand, is the epitome of the neglected wife. Torn between demanding that her husband give up career aspirations obviously important to him and simply giving up on what seems to be their doomed marriage, she’s falling apart inside.

    But despite the angsty premise, Time or Money is not about a failing marriage; it’s about saving it. It’s an emotional journey but one that anyone who’s been in a long-term relationship will readily recognize, and the well-earned sweet ending is worth the short but angsty ride.

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    This was a refreshing read.  Most romance novels revolve around

    This was a refreshing read.  Most romance novels revolve around falling in love, but this was about a couple that fell in love, got married, and then got lost somewhere along the way in their marriage.  Being in my seventh year of marriage, I found it highly relatable.  The emotional turmoil that comes with that feeling like your marriage might be over for one reason or another is portrayed very well – so much so it nearly brought me to tears.

    However, while that’s most of the book, the last quarter fell short for me.  I lost the connection due to a few elements.  While the first love scene was fine in terms of placement – lord knows it was certainly sexy – the rest of the story after that started feeling a little rushed and filled with holes.  He went from angry and resentful to being fine after suddenly thinking of the perfect solution (why didn’t that come up before?) that magically solved everything making them both feel completely better immediately.  I can tell you, problems of that degree are not solved in a single night and nobody feels wholly better for a while.  Plus, marriage is compromise, and I feel like she forced all the changes to be made by her husband.  

    So while I thought it was authentic in the beginning, it kind of broke down and felt too easy by the ending.  That being said, I still enjoyed reading this book. 

    Time or Money is a story that takes you on an emotional ride through a marriage on the verge of ending.  It’s a good example of how key communication is in a relationship and what is truly important.  Check it out!

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    This was a really sweet story about a married couple, Mason and

    This was a really sweet story about a married couple, Mason and Bridget Jackson. Both Mason and Bridget realize that their marriage is in trouble. Although they are still very much in love and committed to each other their work is taking away a lot of their time together. Mason is working hard and trying to provide a good life for his wife. He thinks that when he makes partner he will be able to dedicate more time to Bridget. But can their marriage survive? This is the question that Mason is facing. Bridget also realizes that their marriage is in trouble. They are both working too much and spending little time with each other. When they are together their conversations are either tension driven or non-existent. Valentine’s Day is coming up and it is a pivotal point in their marriage. This is Bridget’s favorite holiday but she is not sure that Mason will remember since he forgot their anniversary.

    Although this is a very short story, it is really engaging. The author clearly shows how much these two people love each other and how badly they want their marriage to work. I won’t give away too much but I will say that Mason does remember Valentine’s Day BUT it is not the result that they both want. This was a really great read. I thought the author was able to make me care for the characters even though it was a short story. I also thought that she was able to clearly show how much Bridget and Mason care about each other. Mason and Bridget have a high end lifestyle but when they were newlyweds they struggled financially. This is the reason that Mason wants to make partner and be able to take care of his wife. At the end they both realize that they need to make some changes. Can their marriage survive? It is definitely worth finding out! Short but perfect treat for the Valentine’s Day season. Do Mason and Bridget get their Happily Ever After?

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