Thursday, 3 March 2016

Blog Tour: Jessica Hawkins "Slip of the Tongue."

The Hopeless Romantics Book blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Jessica Hawkins "Slip of the Tongue."
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Sadie Hunt isn’t perfect—but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be. Lonely in her marriage.

When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair. But while Sadie’s marriage runs colder by the day, she and Finn burn hotter.

Her husband doesn’t want her anymore.
The man next door would give up everything to have her.

Review: Kirsty

It's been a few hours since I finished this book and I thought my anger may have dissipated, but it has not.. I am MAD. 

I'm in trouble, and I can't seem to put the brakes on.

For around the first 80-85% of this book I loved it. It was easily the best book I have read in a long time, I was enjoying it. The storyline is a little taboo, a happily married couple having troubles, resulting in an affair.. it's a massive hard limit for some people. I, however, was looking forward to seeing how the author could play it out. 

Sadie and Nathan have been married for 7 years, and that is 7 happily married years. They are the perfect couple, all of their friends are jealous and want what they have, but little do they know what goes on behind closed doors. Nathan is distant, he will barely even look at Sadie, let alone speak to her. But Sadie hasn't got a clue why, and neither does the reader. I loved that the reason for Nathan's absence was kept a secret until right at the end, it was a real guessing game for the reader. I had my own assumptions, but in the end I was way off. It was interesting to finally find out. 

 "Space. That's something I'll never give you too much of. Promise me the same."

In the midst of all of Sadie and Nathan's problems, they we a new neighbour in their block of flats, Finn. I absolutely adored Finn. And so did Sadie. What started off as little glances here, and the odd conversation there, soon turned in to something much more. Something with so much meaning and feeling, and most importantly.. love. Of course an affair is wrong and I don't condone it in the slightest, but I could not blame Sadie, or Finn. Finn too was married, but also had his fair share of problems. Sadie and Finn were my absolute favourite thing about this story. They just worked.. and I was hoping and praying for them to make it through because, for me, they were meant to be. They were both so unhappy in their marriages, they both deserved so much more, why shouldn't they be together and have some happiness?

I’m glad I stopped for my new neighbor, though. 
He’s chasing off the dark clouds that’ve been hanging around lately.

I won't say any more about the ending because it will be a huge spoiler, but it's safe to say, I was disappointed. It didn't play out how I felt was natural, or how I felt was right for the story. It made me mad, and really ruined the rest of the story for me. 

”…if I had your love I wouldn’t waste it like he does. He’s playing a game with you. 
He’ll regret pushing you away, though, when he realizes I’m here, waiting to catch you.” 

Aside from my complaints about the content of the story, I can't deny how well it was written. I was captivated from start to finish, constantly wondering how the author was going to have it play out. I may not have enjoyed this story come the end of it, but I certainly enjoyed the way in which she wrote it, and will be picking up more of her books in the future.

I rated "Slip of the Tongue" ❤️❤️❤️❤️


In his dimly-lit kitchen, Finn lays a comforting hand on my shoulder. “I have to tell you something.”

My hairline prickles. I can sense whatever he says will be heavy, and I’m not sure I want to hear it. I force a crooked smile that probably looks as awkward as I feel. Since I just fed Ginger, I joke, “What? I smell like dog food?”

“I want to kiss you,” he says without missing a beat. “I won’t, but I just thought you should know.”

My stomach drops as if I’m in free fall. I bite my lip involuntarily, then release it, afraid it’ll look like an invitation. Can he really come out and say that? Without prompting, without wavering? You can want to kiss someone and not say it. Should I be angry he confessed that? I’m not. I’m curious. Stirred, even. And because we’re being honest, I ask what I want to ask. “Why?”

“Why do I want to kiss you? Or why did I tell you?”

My heart rate picks up. I lose my nerve. “The second one. That’s not the kind of thing you just come out and say to a stranger. A married stranger.”

“I like you.” He absentmindedly caresses the nape of my neck with his fingertip. “So I want to be honest.”

I put my hand over his wrist, and he stops. Now, and for the last hour, it’s as if we’re the only two people on the planet. The Bad Wife and the Stranger. If I let him kiss me, nobody would ever know. After all, Nathan might be kissing someone else too. Why else would he have lipstick on his tie? Finn doesn’t wear lipstick. Neither do I. It would be our secret.

“You’re leaving, aren’t you?” he asks.

Am I? I have to. I don’t trust myself to stay, and I don’t trust myself to speak, so I nod. I don’t have to pull his hand away. He takes it back willingly. And he walks me to his door.

About the Author:

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that's what you'll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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