We sealed it with a kiss, and with the kiss, we sealed what would eventually become an engagement, a marriage, a Cape Cod, a dog, grilled cheese sandwiches on Mondays, and everything in between.
Married life isn’t easy.
At twenty-seven, Jenna Landsen has a seemingly perfect life. Rational, beautiful, and smart, she’s a successful businesswoman married to the sexy construction worker, Camden Landsen. After five long years with the man who stole her heart over a cup of coffee, there’s one major problem: the spark in their marriage has fizzled, and it might be gone for good.
After turmoil with Camden explodes, Jenna leaves for an extended business trip to New York and decides to explore who she really wants to be. However, a major surprise makes her question everything she thought she knew about what she wants.
Dreams require sacrifice.
After college, the fearless Violet Streiff chased her dream of opening a bakery. Her career goals required sacrifice, especially when it came to love. Heartbroken after losing Liam Coffman, the charming finance major with dreams of his own, Violet’s not sure she’ll ever find love. With only her eighteen-pound cat, Bob, to keep her warm at night, she’s desperate to find Mr. Right and avoid being forever alone.
Rules aren’t always meant to be broken.
When a gorgeous yet heartbroken hunk named Camden wanders into the bakery, Vi’s convinced fate has delivered her Mr. Right—until she discovers that Camden’s married. As their friendship threatens to turn into something more, will Violet and Camden be able to ignore the spark between them, or will temptation lead them down a road of regrets?
Two raw, realistic perspectives on love remind us that married or single, matters of the heart are never simple.
This standalone romance is light on heat and heavy on angst. It features a love triangle with an HEA for both protagonists.
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About the Author
Lindsay Detwiler is a high school English teacher and the published author of eleven romance titles. All of her works fall on the sweeter side of the genre. Her first novel, Voice of Innocence, released in February of 2015 with Melange Books. Inked Hearts, book one in her Lines in the Sand Series with Hot Tree Publishing, was named a Top Pick by Romance Times.
Lindsay’s goal with her romance is to shine a spotlight on the realistic, everyday kind of romances so many modern women live. She seeks to write characters that women can relate to and connect with. Her stories focus on the emotional side of romance instead of the physical. Her eleven novels range from romantic drama to romantic comedy.
Lindsay is married to her junior high sweetheart, Chad. They live in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, with their five cats and their mastiff, Henry. Henry appears in every single one of Lindsay’s published works.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My Rating: 4.5 Favorite Quotes: Things have irrevocably changed. There is no going back. I hadn’t planned on the night going this way. I hadn’t planned on having a relationship-altering fight tonight. I hadn’t planned on burning truths to explode to the surface, honest assessments of our failing relationship shining through. But I guess that’s the thing about life. It doesn’t always follow our plans. Wasn’t that the natural progression of life? Don’t we all, married or single, sometimes lose ourselves in the day to day routine? Don’t lots of people wake up, suddenly wondering if they’re living life right, if they’re getting the most out of it? The feeling during our kiss may have been wonderful, but the feeling now is awful. Rejection is never fun, even if it’s for a logical, moral reason. It’s funny how it takes a woman I hate to make me understand my love for Camden is unconditional, unequivocal, and unbroken. No matter what anyone says, no matter what the love stories and movies try to sell you, the truth is marriage is hard. Just plain hard. My Review: Missing You was a highly introspective and emotive read. It was also highly relevant, well written, insightful, and despite the angsty subject manner - easy to follow. I saw myself in this story, maybe a bit too much. Like the last quote, 'marriage is hard,' and we all get busy and tired at times. But Jenna and Camden had slid into a rut which proved to be unsettling and unsatisfying for Jenna, whom I would label as being more than a bit of diva with a prickly personality. The writing was observant and full of feels as Jenna appears to process her early mid-life crisis - she is only in her late twenties. She views her marriage as stale and wonders if it is worth continuing. Most of us have experienced similar pivotal life points and wondered, "Is this all there is?" I know I've been there more than once, and not just in reference to marriage. Ms. Detwiler approached this process with a fresh angle and interesting style, and I was quickly drawn into the story. I enjoyed the welcome hits of humor, which helped to offset the angst and also provided some of the cringe-worthy self-revelations made by both women. This was my first experience with Ms. Detwiler, but her entire listing has just been added to my TBR.
This is without a doubt a book that everyone can relate to. Weather you have been married or in a long relationship this is something you have thought about. I fell hard for this book, the characters are so easily one of your friends that you are pulled into this story and what happens that you will be talking to the book no kidding. However the ending blew me away!! Can't tell you why you have to read the book!!
This review is based on an ARC provided by the author and /or publisher via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest opinion. This contemporary romance was full of angst. If angst isn't your thing then you should probably move along. I wasn't real happy with it, but then I think that is me and my personality issues coming out to play, too. I didn't care for the main female character here, not at all. I want to connect and like my heroines.
I received a complimentary copy of Without You in exchange for an honest review. I'll be honest when I first started reading this book I didn't like it as I felt Jenna was being whinny but I gave it another chance and am really glad I did. I think I really stopped reading it because it was hitting a little close to home. Jenna and Camden has been married for 5 years and Jenna thinks they are falling out of love and losing each other. I think the author protrays a 'real' marriage and the stages it goes through. It really made me think about my 20 years of marriage. When was the last time we held hands...lost time we spent an evening together being together instead of one of going off to the den to watch tv and the other one being in the other room doing their own thing. I think I would have a really hard time if my husband has a close friendship with another woman. But this book also made me see the other side of that. Vi helps Camden see the other side of his relationship with Jenna and Camden helps Vi see the other side of her relationship with Liam. This books also brings home the #1 important factor in any relationship is communication. Thank you, Lindsay for writing a book that really makes a person (me) take a look at their marriage/relationship.