Release: January 10, 2017
Insta-love...it's a troupe used in romance books for generations. It's also one of my least favorite troupes ever. Call it the cynic in me, but I just don't believe two people meet, lock eyes and instantly fall in love. I do believe that moment is "lust at first sight" and only with hard work, determination and commitment love follows. With that said, I admit when "insta" is used in stories and is well done, I'm a goner. Kate Canterbary's THE SPIRE is the most recent example of a story that uses insta-love brilliantly. I can honestly say Noell Mosco's THE OTHER WOMAN is another wonderful example of using this troupe well!
The story of Cole and Ally. A rockstar on the road, stuck in a marriage with a woman who enjoys the benefits of being a famous man's wife, but has no interest in the marriage, and an introverted woman who typically works at home, surrounded by books. The unlikely chance meeting and Ally breaking free from her walls leads to a romance that never should have happened. Considered wrong by many, but it's truly the right relationship for them.
I'm not giving anything away here when I say infidelity is in the story. The title gives that away. What I will say, and have said numerous times since my review of "Author Anonymous", is that I can understand and appreciate stories of infidelity when it's clearly defined and demonstrated that the marriage is not only in extreme crisis, but over. While the paperwork is all that's left to be filed, the love that was once is no longer and there's no hope of it returning. Ms. Mosco has done an excellent job of this.
I know infidelity can be an upsetting plot point for many readers, and that's understandable. I found this story to be more of how someone moves on when the marriage has ended. While it can be difficult for many to move on, there are those who have been trapped in an unhappy situation for so long they grab firmly onto the first chance of happiness, regardless of when that happens. Cole is that man. A good guy who really deserves a happy ever after.