“One day I’m going to touch you in a thousand different ways and show you how to touch me,” he said.
And he did.
Struggling with a tormented past, undergraduate Olivia Winter once led a practical but isolated life. Then she met Professor Dean West, a brilliant scholar of medieval history who melted Liv’s inhibitions and taught her the meaning of both love and erotic pleasure. But after three years of a blissful, lusty marriage, Liv and Dean now face a crisis that threatens everything they believe about each other…and sex might not be enough to save them.
I started this book because someone recommended it to me ( Thanks Tina). It’s been on my TBR for a while, but I kept putting it off for no reason.
I needed something different to read and this was the perfect choice. I read hundreds of romance books, but most of them are centered around the dating part of a relationship and not a marriage. It was nice for a change to read about two people who were already married to each other and not meeting for the first time.
Reading this book was an interesting experience for me. I got to love both Dean and Liv as part of a couple and not on their own. I learned more about relationships than in any other book, because let’s face it, in both books and real life everything is almost perfect before marriage. People date and they are very in love and then they get married (most of the time), but the marriage part is the hard part of a relationship. Everything changes and that is why most people cannot handle it. Marriage comes with a lot of responsibilities and struggles, but the good times make it worth it.
The book is realistic and shows us both the good and the bad in a marriage. No relationship is perfect. Liv and Dean are perfect for each other, but they still have their differences. We get to know them when they are at their best, but also at their worst. We see them experience happiness, but also heart ache. After all this is what a marriage is made of: a combination of contradictory emotions.
Real people have real problems, this is why I loved this book so much. We discover a side that is not often presented in books. This novel shows us that despite everything, if two people love each other, if they are meant for one another then they can get passed anything.
Both characters are down to Earth, they have a really mature relationship. In the beginning I was certain that there is no place for insecurities and jealousy in their relationship, but we are shown that even the most beautiful relationships have faults and they are sometimes challenged by common human problems and mistakes.
I was able to sympathize with Liv. She managed to move on from her horrifying childhood, she tries to live a normal life and be happy with the man she loves. I loved her in the role of a wife. I admire her for being able to move from one place to another to support her husband. It was obvious that she did not mind even for a second. For some people it is a bit hard to keep moving and never staying in one place more than just a few years.
I couldn’t stop myself and fall deeply in love with Dean. Smart, funny and really mature. He wasn’t overly bearing or controlling, he was normal and he knew exactly what his wife needed from him. Despite having a demanding job, he made sure to spend time with his wife. I am not saying that he is perfect because he’s not, but he surely is close to perfection. I believe that his few faults make him even more perfect and lovable. What I liked the most about him is that he truly loved Liv and there was no place in his heart for another woman. I loved that he did not look at another because he was aware of what he had waiting at home for him.
This books shows us the ups and downs of Liv and Dean’s relationship, but not even for one second I doubted how much they loved each other.
I recommend reading this book because you really don’t know what you are missing. The author perfectly combines love in its purest form with passion, drama with happiness and sadness. The book is very emotional, but extremely well written with a complex and well developed plot.
“Maybe this was meant to happen, this discovery of cracks where now a different, new light can shine through.”
“Since the day we met, I haven’t wanted anyone but you, never looked at another woman, never thought about one. It’s always been you Olivia.”
“I’ve given you all I have, all I am. You know that. Why didn’t you do the same for me?”