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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Waiting For Wednesday by Mari Carr

Waiting For Wednesday by Mari Carr
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Short Story (144 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Sex/Play, Attempted Forcible Sex/Rape
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Holly

Tristan Collins knows Lane Bryce is strictly hands-off. She’s smart, funny, kind…and married. But he still looks forward to her once-a-week visits to the family pub where he tends bar. When she fails to arrive one Wednesday, Tris is concerned. When he learns she’s in the hospital, brutally beaten after attempting to leave her unhappy marriage, he’s enraged. Tris vows to protect her, but doesn’t get the chance—Lane checks out of the hospital and disappears without a trace.

A year later, newly divorced Lane is back, and enjoying her independence too much to embark on a relationship. Tris intends to prove she can have freedom and love, and he’s not above using seduction to do it. The more she resists, the more he sets her body ablaze with pleasure the likes of which she’s never known.

After a lifetime of disappointment, trust doesn’t come easily for Lane. But when her ex-husband reenters her life, threatening her independence, her happiness, she could discover too late that Tristan is the one man worthy of not only her trust, but also her love.

From the heart-breaking opening pages to the passionate conclusion, Waiting for Wednesday is a superb tale of love lost and found, betrayal and danger, and lots of steamy scenes along the way. This is the story of Tristan Collins and Lane Bryce, a couple who are only friends, in the beginning.

Tris works in the family bar, and knows Lane from her regular Wednesday evening visits. Until she leaves her husband and ends up in the hospital, seriously hurt. She disappears for a year, but just when Tris decides he needs to get on with life without Lane, she returns to Baltimore, and the bar. Can Tris continue to be “just friends” with Lane on her return? Will Lane discover that she can have her freedom and still be with Tris? Can they fight their attraction when Mr. Collins has a stroke, and Lane is the live in nurse the family wants? What about Lane’s possessive ex-husband-will he cause trouble for the couple?

Waiting for Wednesday is the third book in Mari Carr’s marvelous Wild Irish series. It is a story of sweet beginnings, hot sexy nights and harrowing danger. I felt like the characters were real, like they are people I have met and liked, and want to get together with again.

There is a passion in Ms. Carr’s story that is hot beyond words, but she also shows the softer side of the newly forming relationship with Lane and Tris. Lane is a strong woman, determined to stand on her own two feet and not be controlled ever again. I loved the fact that Lane was attracted to Tris, but didn’t realize that her feelings were returned. I think we have all been there at one time in our lives.

I also found myself falling for Tris along with Lane; he is certainly a sweetie. Tall, strong and handsome, he is sensitive to all that Lane has been through, and determined to be patient with her.

I have found few authors who can bring my emotions boiling to the surface like Mari Carr did with this story, and that is definitely a tribute to her skill as a storyteller. This is so much more than just a boy meets girl and they live happily ever after tale. This is real and brutal and strong, and worth reading time and time again. To Ms. Carr, I say Bravo, and bring on the rest of the week. I recommend this one for all who love their romance real and hot and on the edge of your seat.


Debra Glass said...

Fabulous review!!!!!

Lise Fuller said...

Way to go, Mari!


Belle Scarlett said...

Love this book! A must buy!