On the surface, Chelsea Greer has it all:
A loving husband.
A nice house.
A good job.
In reality, she works hard to maintain the illusion that is her life. She’s also missing the most important thing:
One night could change her life. One night could give her the strength to rediscover what’s important. In one night, she could find love when she most needs it and least expects it.
All Chelsea has to do is follow her heart after One Chance Night.
There were many things I liked about this book and many things I didn’t like about this book.
What I liked:
Lets be honest, I’m a sucker for a good cover and Boyd has a really lovely cover.
The book held a nice and consistent pace. It never really lagged or had too long a pause between significant events. Boyd has done well to keep her readers attention.
The writing itself was also a highlight of this book for me. It was very well written which is a small pleasure that is sometimes forgotten about in a good story, when you’re so into it that you forget how much time and effort went into making sure you don’t even notice it’s there. Does that make sense?
One other nice aspect to this book was the slow build of confidence within our protagonist. She starts thinking she is only worth the life she has at the moment but as the story progresses the growth within her is very pleasing to see.
What I didn’t like: Our protagonist. Chelsea.
She, maybe unfairly, annoyed the crap out of me and was the one thing that made it difficult to keep reading.
I understand, I do. Shes stuck in an emotionally abusive (and once physically) marriage. I know that this is a very real, very delicate subject matter to delve into and hard to do it correctly. But for me, Chelsea was just…a very frustrating character.
She has the means to leave her loveless marriage, she had her own job and her own secret bank account and can afford to shell out for drinks all night at a bar for crying out loud. There is this constant running commentary of her saying how much NOT in love she is with her husband and how horrible and disgusting and mean he is, she blames everything wrong in her live on him, and granted some of it is his fault by proxy, but it gets a lot ‘oh woe is me’. I mean she even slams him on him wanting to buy her a beautiful wedding ring!
The thing however that really solidified my dislike over our protagonist is that it takes another MAN in order for her to finally do what shes been wanting to do for basically most of their marriage, which is leave.
It takes another man to make her even entertain the idea of leaving.
It takes another MAN.
See what i’m saying here? And of course its the first man she comes across, who she instantly is able to tell everything to and who is, of course, handsome and kind and woefully understanding and wise and of course thinks shes the most beautiful creature ever (which she can’t see why). Basically we have the exact opposite of her husband. Like literally. I mean who even is this guy? Because we don’t really get to know him. Why does he want to get involved in someone else’s marriage? And why the hell would he ask her so ‘spend the night’ with him AFTER he found out she was married!?
I just couldn’t get past Chelsea to enjoy the otherwise well written book about such important subject matter. It was a real shame because I really did want to enjoy this book.