The Life not Lived by Michelle Houston
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (21 pgs)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint
We all have those moments in our lives we wish we could take back. Natasha has come to regret the choices she has made in her life, the biggest one being turning away from the one woman she had ever loved. But thanks to a late night visit from a succubus and a magical diary that found its way into her life, she can have a second chance. If she's willing to take a leap of faith..
Natasha never forgot about her one true love, Lydia. After she finalized her divorce it was one of the things she could not stop thinking about. When a strange diary shows up claiming to grant a wish, Natasha thinks it cannot be real, but that diary may be the only thing to give her Lydia back.
Natasha was an extremely likable character. Even when faced with her ex-husband and his new girlfriend she maintained her composure. Everything she was faced with within this story she analyzed and tried to come up with the most logical approach. You could tell she was really not a person to make emotion-based decisions, which is why it was so hard for her to accept the diary. I am always analyzing each situation I am presented so I could appreciate that quality in Natasha.
The one thing I would like to have seen in this story was a sexual encounter between Natasha and Lydia. The story was based on Natasha having her happily ever after with Lydia so it would have just made more sense to include a romantic sex scene between the two. There is a sexual encounter in this book, but it is questionable whether or not it included Lydia. For me it felt more as if it showed Natasha what she was missing by not being with Lydia.
This was a nice, sweet short story. Natasha had lived her life for others. She did what was expected of her by getting a degree in Science and marrying Andrew. Although she tried to play the good wife, her marriage was doomed to fail eventually since she would always love her college sweetheart, Lydia. So many people do this on a daily basis. Marry who they are expected to be with and not necessarily what their heart tells them, because this is so common it made the story seem plausible. With a nice sweet story about true love this author did not go wrong and I give it four cherries.