Sebastian Mills never imagines that his sweet, young bride, Rebecca, is anything other than what she has presented to him. They dated for six months before deciding to tie the knot. It was a beautiful ceremony, surrounded by friends and family. At the wedding dinner, everyone was impressed with his beautiful young bride. Everyone except his best friend, Christine, who apparently knew something about his wife that he didn't, but he was so in love he paid her no mind and left for his honeymoon. The night of the honeymoon, while they were checking into the hotel, his sweet, young wife disappeared into the night.
Now five years later, still reeling from her betrayal and enraged by her deceitful nature, he runs into her while on a job, only now she's no longer the sweet, young woman he married.
Trying to get at the truth, of why she left him reawakens their explosive passion... and now, it burns hotter than ever. But with five years of separation between them, Sebastian and Rebecca must trust each other in order to get to the root of the matter. Can they do this and still maintain the passion and love they once shared?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Once again I was impressed by the writing of Ju Ephraime and the way she always brings interesting topics into her stories, so they are so relatable. I love Sebastian and Rebecca’s story. At the beginning of the story, I was totally against Rebecca, but when the author finally reveals why she had walked away from Sebastian on their wedding night, my heart went out to her. Imagine having to deal with this and keep it from the man you love. The pressure! The confusion! The self-doubt! This story is epic. I wanted to celebrate alongside Sebastian when he finally gets what he'd wanted all along, the woman he love, and he sure celebrated. The sex scenes are scorching! Bravo!
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite To Have & To Keep is a contemporary romance novel written by Ju Ephraime. Rebecca was now a junior partner in the architecture firm that had hired her after her internship with them, and she felt good about what she had accomplished so far. When she was given the responsibility for handling Peter Argil's project, she knew she'd be able to work with him and his assistant, even if he did seem to have a propensity for adding complications, such as an over-sized Jacuzzi tub and a large fish tank. Those problems would be handled for the most part by the structural engineer. While CTR had structural engineers on their team, Argil had already selected the man for the job, and he was expected at any moment. Rebecca was busy examining architectural plans when he arrived, so it wasn't until she looked up to meet him that she was stunned at recognizing him. It didn't seem possible, but Rebecca was sure it was her husband, whom she had left precipitously, right after their wedding, five long years ago. She began to feel a bit faint and dizzy, and grabbed the table in an attempt to stabilize herself. When she looked up again, Sebastian was gone. Peter was annoyed by the disruption and had his assistant call the departed engineer, but they weren’t able to get him to return that day. But Rebecca knew this assignment was her chance to finally get through to the man she so dearly loved and explain why she had left him. It wouldn't be easy, and his outright rejection would be devastating, but she had to try. Ju Ephraime's contemporary romance novel, To Have & To Keep, follows the turmoil that ensues when a husband and his runaway bride meet by chance five years after she left him abandoned with no explanation on their way to their honeymoon. Ephraime deftly paints the emotional states of each of her main characters, and that of Sebastian, whose life was totally upturned after his abandonment, is particularly moving. Will the couple ever be able to reconcile their differences and revive the marriage neither of them had ever even considered having dissolved, even after five years? The author skillfully keeps her readers as off-balance and uncertain as her two main characters as they attempt to work through old pain and find themselves moving forward. To Have & To Keep is beautifully written, and while there are some steamy interludes in the story, they are respectful, loving and intricately involved with the plot. I found myself frequently cheering on these compelling and believable characters as they attempt to find a way back into each other's arms. To Have & To Keep is most highly recommended.
After dating only six months, Rebecca and Sebastian get married. He was blinded by love for his young bride but soon is faced with being abandoned. Five years later they meet again, and Sebastian cannot deny the heat and passion for Rebecca is still there. He needs to find out why she left. This author always writes intriguing tales. This romantic suspense story will draw you in and keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by this talented writer.