Tuesday, 13 November 2018

REVIEW - Fireworks (True North #6) by Sarina Bowen

The Book
Release Date: 13 November 2018
Goodreads Link

Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a wiener on the traffic map.

Let that sink in. Like it’s her fault the traffic pattern created a perfect schlong? 

Skye isn’t laughing. She needs this job. And that’s the only reason she’s willing to chase down a story in her least favorite place—that hell on earth known as Vermont.

A quick trip. In and out. Much like - never mind. She can sneak into the town that once tried to break her, get the story and slide back into the good graces of her producer. Easy peasy.

But things go sideways the moment she steps over the county line. Her stepsister is running from a violent drug dealer. And the cop on the case is none other than Benito Rossi, the man who broke Skye’s teenage heart.

His dark brown eyes still tear her apart. And even as she steels herself to finally tell him off after twelve years, the old fireworks are still there.

Things are about to go boom.

My Review  5 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

I really liked this book.  Twelve year has past since Skylar lived in Vermont and she is only going back because one, she has been made to take 2 weeks paid holiday and second, her step sister has kinda forced her to come down to help her out.

Benito has been in previous books and i have liked him as a character and now we get to see why he was a bit grumpy before. 

The main story seems to revolve around a big drugs bust along with bringing down a mutual enemy from their pasts along with reconnecting and finding out that Skylar only left because of mis-information and heartbreak.  Skylar soon learns how to open up a little bit and how much can change in twelve years.

Monday, 12 November 2018

REVIEW - Chasing Shadows (First Wives #3) by Catherine Bybee

The Book
Release Date: 13 November 2018
Goodreads Link
Falling in love can come with the most unexpected risks in this First Wives novel from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.
Avery Grant doesn’t date. Her first marriage was a mutually beneficial contract that gave her the financial freedom she needed to step away from her controlling parents. Wealthy and single, the last thing she’s looking for is love sneaking in to mess up her life plans. And after a brutal attack, she’s determined to never be vulnerable again, even if the new man in her life helps her feel safe.
Mesmerized from the moment he sets his eyes on Avery, Liam is driven to learn everything about this tough, sexy, challenging woman. Breaking down her defenses won’t be easy, but Liam refuses to be pushed away. All he needs is a tiny crack in Avery’s armor to wiggle his way into her heart.
But when a terrifying lie about her attacker’s fate comes to light, Avery’s past returns to haunt her. Now she’s willing to put herself in danger to get the answers she needs. That means jeopardizing the best thing that’s ever happened to her: Liam.
My Review  5 STARS
**Copy Provided by Netgalley and Montlake Romance for an honest review**

This is the third book in the series and can be read as a stand alone book, however you do miss a lot of the friendship and a little of the plot if you do not read the other books first.

The third book follows Avery a year after the previous book finishes and the brutal attack that landed Avery in the ICU.

A slightly changed Avery is forging on with her life and gets an interruption when Liam steps into her life and decides that she is the woman for him.  Avery also starts to remember things from her attack that had been missing and starts out her one woman mission for find out more.

The friends all band together when needed, Trina gets married to Wade and Liam proves to Avery that she can count on him when she needs him and that he is not going anywhere.

Really looking to the next book in regards to Shannon and the fact that she has mentioned that she wants kids soon.

Another brilliantly written book that had me finishing the book within a day.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

REVIEW - Total Control (11th Hour #2) by Jackie Ashenden

The Book
Release Date: 26 June 2018
Goodreads Link

Once they were soldiers. Now they answer only to honor . . . 
The 11th Hour is made up of men and women who are no longer deemed fit to serve their country, but still need to fight a war. They work in shadows, keep their secrets—and follow their hearts . . .
Helicopter pilot Kellan Blake has always hated being told what to do, so being discharged from the army for insubordination doesn't come as much of a surprise. What does surprise him is that when he joins up with the elite, underground 11th Hour squad instead, they send him straight home. The nest of vipers that calls itself his family is the next target for the team’s tech unit, so he’ll either have to brave their traps and deceptions himself—or watch his sweet, shy friend Sabrina walk into them alone . . .
Sabrina’s no femme fatale, but since there's no one else with the tech skills to get the info they need, she’ll put on a party dress and take one for the team. But whoever decided she should pretend to be Kellan’s new fiancée hit a little too close to home. How can she concentrate on a dangerous mission when she's worried about giving away what she really feels for her loyal, passionate, smoking hot partner? At least she isn’t likely to blow their cover. Until she’s in the line of fire, and neither Kellan's demons nor his heart are hers to tame . . .
Praise for Jackie Ashenden’s Dirty for Me
“An intense scorcher of a story that is sure to delight fans and win her a legion of new devotees. . . . Unforgettable.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

“Tension and heat pervade the frequent sex scenes . . . Readers will eagerly anticipate future installments in the series.” —Publishers Weekly 

“Explosively sexy.”  —Heroes & Heartbreakers

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Although i liked this book, it was not as good as the previous one. Kellan lost his way a little too much after discovering that he was seeing his best friend Sabrina as more than just his friend.

Sabrina was a good strong character and did not back down from either getting her task down or from Kellan's sudden change with the way he was treating her.  She just had a little wobble at the end where Kellan had to 'man-up' and chase for what he really wanted from Sabrina.

There are certainly a few twists and turns in the story, but nothing that i had not already seen coming but we did get a good HEA.

Can't wait to see what happens next, but i am guessing that the next story in the series goes to Jacob Night and Faith.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

REVIEW - Snowed in for Christmas (Holiday Acres #2 (Stranded in the Snow) by Noelle Adams, Zoe York, Samantha Chase

The Book
Release Date: 23 October 2018
Goodreads Link

Three all-new holiday novellas about couples finding love while trapped together in the snow.

Stranded in the Snow (Holiday Acres, Book 2) by Noelle Adams

Olivia Holiday doesn't expect to spend the weekend stranded in a romantic cottage during a snowstorm with the one man she dislikes the most. Scott is a player and holds a grudge against her family, and she's determined not to give in to the deep feelings for him she's been hiding.

A Christmas Rescue (Silver Bell Falls, Book 4) by Samantha Chase

Saving a litter of puppies right before Christmas was incredibly rewarding for Bailey Walsh. But getting snowed in with her sexy-yet-grinchy veterinarian boss turns out to be rewarding in a whole other way.

Love on the Edge of Reason (Pine Harbour, Book 8) by Zoe York

Tom Minelli doesn't know why Chloe Davis has fled Pine Harbour, but she's pregnant with his baby and he wants her back. But a winter storm rolls in just as he finds her, trapping them together in a cabin on the lake.

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Stranded in the Snow - This book can be read as a stand alone and follows Olivia and Scott as they are stranded together in a cottage.  Having grown up together as family friends until four years ago with the family rift, the pair that want to hate each other find that actually there is more beneath the surface than hate.  Hate and love have a fine line and this weekend and Scott overcomes his past to forge a future with Olivia.

A Christmas Rescue - Bailey and Gavin have been tormenting each other for the last year when Gavin bought the vet's practice.  Super friendly Bailey and grumpy Gavin have been working together until things come to a head at Christmas when a decision from Gavin makes Bailey leave her job.  Before she can leave they need to rescue a dog in labour and when they get back, discover they are stranded for the weekend.  Bailey gets Gavin to open up and both leave a lasting impression on the other, however it is Gavin that overcomes his past to open up even further and to reach for what he wants, Bailey.

Love on the Edge of Reason - Although this is a novella and you can read it as a stand alone, i very much felt that i had missed a lot by not having read any of the other books.  Chloe has already disappeared and Tom is already feeling guilty and wanting to find her and tell her the truth.  The novella moves fast and you kinda feel left out in places, more so if you have not read the series, but we do get a christmas HEA that makes you believe that the couple will make it.

Friday, 2 November 2018

REVIEW - Stranded in the Woods (Holiday Acres #3) by Noelle Adams

The Book
Release Date: 13 November 2018
Goodreads Link

A surprise snowstorm. A grumpy recluse. One very hot night.

When Penny Holiday gets stranded during a snowstorm, she has to seek refuge with Kent Matheson, a childhood friend who lives like a hermit and has never forgiven her family. Kent is everything she shouldn't want, but feelings are awakened in his cabin in the woods that don't disappear when the snow finally melts.

The Holiday Acres series

Stranded on the Beach (Book 1, Rebecca and Phil)
Stranded in the Snow (Book 2, Olivia and Scott, published in the Snowed in for Christmas anthology)
Stranded in the Woods (Book 3, Penny and Kent)
Stranded for Christmas (Book 4, Laura and Russ)

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

So far this is the best book in the series.  I really loved Penny and Kent's story, the friends to lovers where Kent has all but become a hermit living out in the woods in his small cabin.

Penny is the kind of person you want as a friend.  She's warm, bubbly, very artistic, but a little scatterbrained.  Penny can be a little shy, but growing up as close as she did with Kent gives them that little bit more of an edge into helping the other out where needed.

Again it is Kent, one of the brothers that needs to overcome his troubled past to make the big gesture and get the girl, but it is a good HEA and the story just pulls you along.  

Really looking forward to reading the last novella in the series.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

REVIEW - Puck Buddies (Bad Motherpuckers #6) by Lili Valente

The Book
Release Date: 2 November 2018
Goodreads Link

Bree Marks is my best friend... My secret crush… 

And—wait for it—cursed with a deadly allergy to erecto-plasm. As in she’ll seriously swell up and die if seminal fluid even touches her. Which means finding the perfect guy to punch her V card is literally a matter of life and death. 

She wants a no-strings summer fling, but she needs someone she can trust. A puck buddy who isn’t going to get overly emotional. Someone who’s as savvy in the sack as he is on the ice. 

That’s where I come in. It’s a simple request, really—and one I would be happy to honor. 
If it weren’t for the whole life-and-death thing. 

If I hadn’t just been traded to a team thousands of miles away from this girl who makes me think not all relationships are a losing game. 

If I wasn’t already crazy in love with her. 

This arrangement is a disaster waiting to happen, but the heart wants what it wants, and mine wants Bree, danger and all. 
PUCK BUDDIES is a sexy, standalone romantic comedy from USA Today bestseller Lili Valente.

My Review  5 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This book like the other books in the series can be read as a stand alone and is just as brilliant in every way as the previous books.  I really don't know how the author manages to crank out so many awesome books.

Bree has an allergy to sperm, only found out when messing around when she was 15, therefore punching her v-card has been kind of a challenge.  It is only when she has a few drinks at a friends wedding that she finally asks her friend Shane is he can help her sort the situation out.

Shane has recently found out he is going to another team, so he and Bree only have a month together before he leaves.  A small road trip leads to them becoming more than friends with bennies and the pair really do suit each other.

I was routing for this pair from the moment i saw their chemistry when they went to the antiques fair and wanted to see how their lives would change and how they would eventually find their happy ever after.

Shane is a big ol' teddy bear and you can see how seriously he takes the threat to Bree's life and how careful he is.  I think i found myself yet another book crush lol.

Really looking forward to seeing who gets a happy ending in the next book in the series.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

REVIEW - Stranded on the Beach (Holiday Acres #1) by Noelle Adams

The Book
Release Date: 16 September 2018
Goodreads Link

A forced vacation on the beach. The man who broke her heart. A second chance at love.

Rebecca Holiday's sisters force her to take a two-week vacation on the beach for some much needed rest, but then she runs into the man who broke her heart, the only man she's ever loved. When they decide to spend time together, it's supposed to be closure, but what they discover is a second chance at love.

The Holiday Acres series

Stranded on the Beach (Book 1, Rebecca and Phil)
Stranded in the Snow (Book 2, Olivia and Scott, published in the Snowed in for Christmas anthology)
Stranded in the Woods (Book 3, Penny and Kent)
Stranded for Christmas (Book 4, Laura and Russ)

My Review  3 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is a second chance at love novella that happens when the couple meet up four years after they split up.

Rebecca has lost her father and six months ago she lost her mother, however she and her three sisters have been heading up the business, but the sisters felt that Rebecca needed a break and stand her in a house on the beach, only the sisters have something else planned too.

Phil left home four years a go as an angry boy and has been living a shell of a life until Rebecca turns up on the pier that he fishes on.  

A chance at closure for the pair has them spending time together again, however they get more than they bargained for.

The novella is everything i have come to expect from this author, sweet, sexy and with an optimistic HEA with the start of getting to know at least two other the other sisters who will also get their own HEA.

REVIEW - Systematic Siege #1 (Siege Serial #1) by N. Isabelle Blanco

The Book
Release Date: 31 October 2018 (First released 15 July 2015)
Goodreads Link

Includes the first ten chapters of Mortal Siege, the conclusion to the Siege Series! 

Life separated us.
Destiny tied me to her.
Obsession drove me mad.
I knew they all hurt her. What I didn’t understand is how deep . . . 

Seven years ago, they ripped her from me—my father. The friends I made at school. Jealousy drove all of those bastards into conspiring against us. 

And they won. 

I almost killed myself after losing her. 

Now I live for only three things:

I will destroy everyone who hurt her.
I will find her.
I’ll become the biggest monster ever known to accomplish those things. 

I’m at the head of my father’s empire now. A corporate king. I’m ready to finally put in place the plan I’ve been working on for years. 

I’m ready to find my Lexi. 

What I didn’t realize is that she had already found me. 

Warning: this series is not for everyone. As the story progresses, dark themes are explored that might be a trigger for some. Please read at your own discretion. Definitely 18+.

My Review  4 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Andrew and Lexi have a past, one that was taken from them by Andrews rather nasty father.  Now after the death of his father, Andrew is looking for Lexi only to find her working for him.

The chemistry between Lexi and Andrew is off the charts and there certainly is a very dark theme running through this novella that may be a trigger and upset some people (rape).

The author really got both perspective down well so we really feel the emotions of both characters and how damaged they both are as a result of their pasts.  

I really enjoyed this novella and look forward to reading the next revised book.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

REVIEW - Shameless by Cherrie Lynn

The Book
Release Date: 23 September 2013
Goodreads Link

This title originally appeared in the SOME LIKE IT HOT anthology.

It's a vacation Meredith Taylor will never forget. A sunny beach, good friends and good times. But when she overhears a couple having a passionate interlude on the balcony above her one night, she can't get the man's sultry voice out of her mind. Especially when she figures out exactly who that man is... 

Cameron Moore always had an eye on his best friend's little sister but considered her strictly off limits, choosing to satisfy his lust elsewhere. Now Meri seems to want to annihilate every wall Cam's put up against her. The beach is hot, the drinks are cold, Meredith is irresistible, and something has to give. Will it only be the walls between them, or their hearts as well? 

My Review  4 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is a very sweet friends to lovers book.  Although Meredith and Cameron are friends, Cameron is Meredith's older brothers best friend.  But they have been apart of each others lives for many, many years, both fighting attraction to the other until a catalyst brings the pair together whilst on vacation.

Meredith make the first move, however it is Cameron making sure that ta relations hip is what she really wants as he has always struggled to keep his hands to himself.  

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author.

REVIEW - The Baller by Vi Keeland

The Book
Release Date: 17 January 2016
Goodreads Link

From New York Times & USA Today Bestseller, Vi Keeland, comes a sexy new standalone novel.

The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men's locker room.
It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster.
The famed quarterback decided to bare all.
And by all, I don't mean he told me any of his secrets.
No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question. On camera.
The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby--screwing with me.
When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.
But I don't date players.
And it's not because I'm one of the few women working in the world of professional football.
I'd date an athlete.
It's the other kind of player I don't date. 
You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid. 

Brody Easton was the ultimate player. 
Every woman wanted to be the one to change him. 
But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for. 
Turned out, I was that girl. 
Simple right? Let's face it. It never is. 
There's a story between once upon a time and happily ever after...
And this one is ours. 

Author's note - The Baller is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18

My Review  4 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Brody Easton is your typical hot ball player with the ego to go with it.  He is very sure of himself, cocky and built like you would expect a pro athlete   However the man has a heart of gold and is fiercely loyal to those he cares about.

Delilah Maddox is a reporter, sports fan and her father was a pro player.  Her first initiation into the after game locker rooms heats up when Brody tests her by dropping his towel in front of her, however the pair soon hot up and with Brody chasing, the pair soon heat up the sheets.

Working in a mans world Delilah keeps up and after finding out that both have a problem in their past to overcome, it is Brody that manages to breach the  gap and push the pair into their HEA.

I really enjoyed this book and that Brody was sweeter than the cocky man that he first appeared to be.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

REVIEW - The Librarian's Vampire Assistant, Book 2 by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

The Book
Release Date: 23 October 2018
Goodreads Link

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a humorous, standalone mystery, The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant, Book 2. (Yep! It’s a standalone. The boring title is just to mess with you!) 


Michael Vanderhorst has always been a lone wolf. Or lone vampire? Whatever. Point is, this ancient gentleman vampire is obsessed. She’s quirky, a horrible dresser, and the cutest librarian he’s ever seen. The question is, why her? In four hundred years, no one has ever captured his attention like this. He must find out, which is why he just signed on as her new assistant. 

The problem is, she has no idea vampires exist or that she’s just broken one of their laws. As the leader of his territory, Michael has been ordered by his council to turn her or kill her. “Over my dead body!” 

To overturn the ruling, Michael needs the council on his side, and right now they’re asking him to hunt down and execute five hundred vampires no one can seem to locate. Unfortunately, his assassin days are long over, and he’s not so sure he can go back to killing. 

But with Miriam’s life on the line and their unusual bond growing stronger each day, will he dust off the old sword or give her the bite that will make her his forever? 

My Review  5 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Every time i read a book by this author i am reminded why she is up there on my one click, must read purchases.

This author has a quirky style of writing that combined with her humour has you devouring the pages as you just HAVE to know what happens next.  You are so entertained with the story that the pages just fly past sucking you in and spitting you back out at the end.

This book is a stand alone, but you would get more benefit by reading the previous book and watch as questions pop up and are solved, or more questions arise and we have to wait for the next book, in this series case, to see what is going to happen next and how our questions are going to be answered.

This book was just as awesome as the rest of her books and i am just a little sad that i am such a fast reader as the book just finished far too quickly .  If only i have the patience to read a little slower or a chapter at a time to prolong my joy of the book.

I seriously recommend not only this book, but this author.

Monday, 22 October 2018

REVIEW - Trailer Park Heart by Rachel Higginson

The Book
Release Date: 23 October 2018
Goodreads Link

Trailer park born and raised. It’s my legacy. That’s how my mama lived. And that’s how her mama lived. It’s the life I was born into and it’s the life I swore I would leave the second I was old enough to make it out. 

Only legacies have a funny way of sneaking up on you. An innocent decision the night of high school graduation led to a series of complications in my plans to escape. 
Seven years later, I’ve resigned myself to this small town and the roots I’m tied to. Nothing could make me leave. And nothing could make me spill the secrets that keep me here. 
Until he walks back into town with a chip on his shoulder and a stupid hunch nobody else in town has been smart enough to follow. 
Levi Cole is my opposite. Born on the right side of the tracks with family money to spare, he’s the kind of black sheep that can afford to be rebellious—because his family will always pay for his mistakes. He’s also the only living heir to Cole Family Farms, after his brother Logan was killed in duty seven years ago. 
He sees something in my life that he thinks he has a right to. But he’s wrong. And obnoxious. And he needs to take his stubborn good looks and that intense way he looks at me and go back to wherever it was he came from. 
I know better than to trust men like him. I was born and raised in a trailer park, I know nothing good happens to girls like me—girls with trailer park lives and trailer park hearts. Especially from gorgeous, kind, pigheaded men like him. 

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He stared at me, unspeaking, unmoving. The hurt in his eyes and the frown on his face devastated my already broken spirit. 
“And I don’t even know what to tell you,” I cried some more. “Because my mistake led me to Max and for that reason I can never really regret it. But I hate how I hurt you. I hate that my mistakes meant pushing you away. I hate that I finally know how I feel about you and it’s too late.” 
His eyes flashed with something so intense I gasped for breath. “How do you feel about me?” How could he ask me that now? How did he not know? How had he not always known? “Don’t make me say it,” I whispered, my voice dragged over gravel. “It hurts too much.” “Ruby,” he pleaded, his voice just as fragmented. “Say it. Please.” 
I didn’t bother brushing away the tears, there were too many of them, my grief was too heavy. “I love you,” I whispered. “I’ve always loved you. I’ve just been too afraid to say it.” 
To admit it.

My Review  5 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

Holy Cannoli, this book was epic, and has left me with a book hangover!

The chemistry between Levi and Ruby is certainly juvenile during high school, but when Levi comes back into town and finds Ruby still there and single, the game is on and the secrets that have been hidden come out.

Ruby is a very hard working woman like her mother, but because she was raised in a trailer park, she never believes that she is worth much and fences herself off from those that could have been her friends.  She becomes blind to  what others could have really wanted if only she put herself out there and took a risk.

Levi is a strong character and challenges Ruby from the moment he see's her in high school. When he comes back to town he is the only one that makes a connection that known else has about her son and forces Ruby to open not only her mind but her heart to new possibilities and the fact that she is worth more than what she has settled for and believed she could have.

This book was honestly one of the best books that i have read this year and certainly had me in tears at one point.

I would certainly recommend this author and cannot wait to see what she comes out with next.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

REVIEW - Going Down on One Knee by Christina Hovland

The Book
Release Date: 19 October 2018
Goodreads Link

Number-crunching Velma Johnson’s perfectly planned life is right on course.

That’s a lie. Sure, she’s got the lucrative job. She’s got the posh apartment. But her sister nabbed Velma’s Mr. Right. There has to be a man out there for Velma. Hopefully, one who’s hunky, wears pressed suits, and has a diversified financial portfolio. He’ll be exactly like, well… her sister’s new fiancé.

Badass biker Brek Montgomery blazes a trail across the country, managing Dimefront, one of the biggest rock bands of his generation. With the band on hiatus, Brek rolls into Denver to pay a quick visit to his family and friends. But when Brek’s sister suddenly gets put on bed rest, she convinces Brek to take over her wedding planning business for the duration of her pregnancy.

Staying in Denver and dealing with bridezillas was not what Brek had in mind when he passed through town, but there is one particular maid-of-honor who might make his stay worthwhile.

Velma finds herself strangely attracted to the man planning her sister’s wedding. Problem is, he ticks none of the boxes on her well-crafted list. Brek is rough around the edges, he cusses, and doesn’t even have a 401(k). But trying something crazy might get her out of the rut of her dating life—so long as she lays down boundaries up front and sticks to her plan…

My Review  4 STARS
**My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review**

This is an opposites attract story.  Velma is an investment portfolio manager and Brek is a band manager who is there for his sister and looks after her wedding planning business while she is on vert pregnant bed rest.

Velma is a 'good' girl who does not like swearing and has a five year plan, along with a crush on her sisters now fiance.  It is only when Brek arrives on the scene that things change for the better for Velma.

Brek is a bad boy.  Swearing, covered in tattoos, however he has a heart of gold, this their for his sister and gets Velma to branch out and try things out of her comfort zone.  Like wise Velma is there to help him organise a few weddings to help out his sister.

Both characters change their lives and take a new direction when they finally discover that they want each other more than they want to stay as they were.