Book Review: Ten Reasons to Stay by Candace Knoebel

41A-QeqW9HL This is book 1 of a duet series–Five Reasons to Go  has been previously reviewed.  I’m going back through my archives to review books that read. I didn’t start writing book reviews until this summer so I have hundreds of books that I have read for my own enjoyment. Some are ones I’ve borrowed from my Amazon Prime account or my Kindle Unlimited membership, and a select few I actually bought. I have a lull in my reading review calendar, so I figured why not promote some books I’ve already read. Or just spread the word on the ones I’ve enjoyed.  Maybe enjoyed might be a bit of a stretch, but if I didn’t like it at least a little bit, you won’t see a review from me about it. If I can’t give it at least three stars, I will remain quiet. After all the authors put a lot of work and effort into these books. 

I received notification that I would read the second book of this duet. I figured I should find the first one to enlighten me on the characters. When I read that this book contains an open marriage, I was hesitant. I detest cheaters even in novels. Most of the time, open marriages lead to the cheating from one person in the marriage. Something changes–rules are broken. But the manner that this was approached made me think. Don’t get me wrong, I was still ticked off at the characters at various points within the novel. In the beginning, I wanted to kick Jack’s ass for the things he did and said. I also hated Corinne for being such a pushover and doormat. The progression of her character within the open marriage addressed things within a marriage that few authors tackle. The difficulties of maintaining a marriage and the pressures of it. Sometimes even how to deal with each other.

I will say how much I hated Jack throughout the novel. So so many times, I wanted to physically harm him.   Jack was the villain of the novel for me while Cole was the hero but giving Corinne the space to grow as a person. Not beating her down to the point she is a mere shell of a woman.

This book should be read with Five Reasons to Go which is told from Jack’s perspective. It does shed light on the pressures we and others put on us to maintain a successful life and marriage. We need to remember not to live for other people but for our spouse and the love that is shared between two loving individuals.

 

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