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August 11, 2013

Braine Reviews: Love Square by Jessica Ingro

Series: Love Square 1
Format: Digital ARC
Release Date: July 18, 2013
Publisher: Self-published
Source: Author
Genre: Romantica
A love triangle gone bad...

He was the one guy I couldn't get enough of. One look from him would make me melt. He was the one I always wanted to love me, but always seemed so far away. Now he stands before me and he's turning my world upside down.

At one time I would have done anything to be close to him. But will that anything include betraying the man I pledged myself to and that loves me faithfully?

Samantha Monroe had it all. Or at least everyone thought she did. A career on the rise, a gorgeous husband, great friends and a beautiful home. So why does she feel so alone and empty? When she reconnects with an old flame, lines are tested and compromises made in a quest for happiness.

Jacob Matthews always wondered what happened to Sam Monroe. When fate brings them together after all these years, he can't help but wonder if it’s meant to be. But when he meets his perfect woman, there is no doubt in his mind she's his soul mate.

Will the search for happiness cost them everything or will their love square show them what really matters?

SUPE WARNING:
Before you proceed any further, let me just say that LOVE SQUARE by Jessica Ingro is about marital infidelity coupled with lots of graphic sex. So if the theme of cheating is a deal breaker for you then I suggest you skip this book. If you are 18 and below, come back when you're of age.

LOVE SQUARE and it's theme of marital infidelity is one controversial topic to pick for a book let alone your debut novel. So, Jessica Ingro, you're very brave in writing a story that will surely push us readers out of our comfort zone and test our boundaries. I for one had a hard time going through the book because of the theme and the heroine villain that's named, Samantha Monroe. Let me start with the plot.

Sam Monroe is going through a hump in her marriage with, Aiden. For 6 months things have been tense between the two and intimacy has been reduced to roommate level. On a book convention, Sam saw her old flame, Jacob Matthews. The two met up for drinks to catch up and one goodbye kiss led to a steamy affair. In the middle of Sam and Jacob's fiery romance, things with Aiden started getting better. And just when Sam was ready to break things off with Jacob, Aiden discovers that she's been cheating on him. Sam packed up and left after being confronted and after much thought and sulking, she decided she'll leave Aiden for her lover. Off to Jacob, Sam went only to discover that her paramour is already involved with someone else. In a fit of jealous rage, Sam set-up Jacob by crashing his apartment and seducing him, timing it perfectly for Jacob's new girlfriend, Brooke, to catch them. Things naturally unraveled between the two. Sam went back to Aiden and the two carried on like nothing major happened. 

There's so much more that transpired but that's the gist of the story so I'm sure you can understand my frustration with Samantha Monroe. I know what I was getting myself into when I agreed to review LOVE SQUARE. I like to read offbeat novels with controversial plot lines because I'm very eager to see how writers, like JIngro, are going to sell sensitive topics like cheating and make it believable, tolerable and maybe even acceptable to an extent. 

THE GRIPING BEGINS HERE

As far as LOVE SQUARE the book is concerned, I'm torn. The last time I read something similar to this was Jennifer Schmidt's Risking It All, and I remember Debbie and I were really discombobulated by the whole thing. Still I persevered reading despite my personal opinion about the topic because of the writing. It's a lot like reality TV, you know it's bad but it's so addictive you can't look away. Plus I'm curious about the whole LOVE SQUARE thing and the final outcome of these entangled relationships. 

I consider Sam as the villain in this story. I know it's a little harsh but it's hard to be empathetic and sympathetic to her. Her impulsive decision to carry on an extra-marital affair with Jacob was foolish and very unfair to Aiden. I'd probably would've given her leeway if Aiden was cheating on her or abusing her in any way but he wasn't. The worst thing Aiden did was neglect Sam because of the demands of his work. Now I know neglecting your partner is also unacceptable but Sam and Aiden never actively tried to work out their issues. They did the passive-aggressive dance and because Aiden isn't screwing her enough, Sam saw it as a plausible excuse to cheat. ~cue Santa's laugh~

Not only that, when Aiden found out Sam was cheating and tried working things out with her, she was still playing both guys even after she decided she's going to pick Jacob. When Jacob rejected her, Sam went on a bender, hitting rock-bottom by hooking up with some random dude in Vegas in an elevator. ~cue Santa's laugh~ And since Sam can't really live without a dick, she came running back to Aiden and the fool welcomed her with open arms like nothing happened!

WTH?!

I have yet to meet a guy who'll be all forgiving and nonchalant after catching his wife having an affair. Even guys who cheat and who get cheated back won't take that sitting down. Aiden really made me grip my Kindle so tight I thought I'm going to break the thing! Given that he turned out to be a calculating mofo in the end, still he was so blase and lukewarm I wanted to shake him so I can get a more believable reaction! I mean you wife frickin' CHEATED, and you go and wine and dine her, acting like it's your fault?! Dude, grow some frickin' balls! Is your system pumped full of Botox?! Get mad and throw a fit for chrissakes!

Bah!

Jacob and Brooke are the only "genuine" personalities in this story. Jacob getting clingy with Sam is understandable because he was getting attached and Sam was stringing him along while she plays eeny-meeny. Jacob picking Brooke is also commendable because he deserves better (maybe not Brooke exactly). Now I don't know how this LOVE SQUARE is going to turn out because at the end, JIngro threw a little plot twist paving the way for book 2. Looks like there's hope yet for Sam and Jacob. 

To close this off, I'm not a fan of Sam or Aiden. These two have some serious issues to work out and I hope they won't brush this "hiccup" under the rug. As for JIngro... THANK YOU for riling me up and giving me a story that evoked such a strong reaction from me. Whether or not I support the plot of LOVE SQUARE is immaterial at this point. We both know the topic is going to be a controversial one. In any case, you did a good job in getting this reader emotionally and mentally engaged, I may not like Sam but my gripes are a testament to your skill with the keyboard. Keep pushing! 



The picnic is in full swing when we get there. Everyone is in good spirits as we mingle, saying hello to familiar faces. Aiden is attentive throughout most of the day. He always seems to have a hand either on the small of my back or holding mine. It’s almost as if he’s afraid to let me get too far away from him. Numerous times throughout the day, he’s kissed me when we made eye contact. I can’t help but be confused by this turn of events.

Part of me is angry with him. Why couldn’t he have shown me this much affection over the last year? Things might not have gotten so out of control if he had. Not that I can totally blame my indiscretions on him, but it was certainly the driving force behind my affair.

Another part of me wants to soak up all this attention and keep it locked away forever. I’ve been craving his touch and I’ve missed our connection. The feelings I have for him still run deep.

And yet another part of me feels guilty for enjoying the way we’re acting today. If Jacob knew how Aiden was making me feel, he’d lose it. I can just imagine the anger in his eyes, the hard set of his jaw, his hands fisted at his sides. Most of all, I can picture all too clearly the hurt and disappointment on his face.

Shaking those thoughts off, I head towards the building that houses the bathrooms. As I walk by a shed, I yelp when someone grabs my arm and pulls me to the side of the building. A strong arm wraps around my waist pulling me against a solid chest. I’m about to scream bloody murder when I realize its Aiden.

Before I can ask him what he’s up to, his mouth crashes down on mine. Our tongues tangle, our hands explore, and our bodies strain to get closer to each other. I’m so lost in the moment, it completely escapes my attention that we could be caught at any point in time.

Aiden breaks the kiss, his voice husky as he says, “Sam, I want to lift this skirt and sink deep into your body and stay there for days.”


“What’s stopping you?” I ask with a shaky voice. I would drop my panties right now if he asked me to.

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Jessica grew up in Central New York. She spends her days as a Security Analyst at an IT consulting company. She spends her free time reading books and developing ideas for her own stories. Writing is her secret passion that she’s been fostering since elementary school, when she wrote her first book about a puppy. Writing has always been one of her secret dreams and she can't wait to share her stories with the world.

She currently lives in New York with her husband and three dogs.


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16 comments:

  1. Braine, I don't think I've ever seen you react so strongly to a book before, so although I'm not a fan of cheating, I'll add this to my tbr and see if I'm brave enough to read it one day! (:

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    1. Oh man! You have no idea! I think my "anger" over Sam fueled my reading. Made me read faster LOL.

      You should read this, it's one of those things that will make your heart beat fast because of the steam factor and how foolish the characters are.

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    2. Lol well that's not exactly a bad thing.

      I'm on it, hopefully I can find this soon (: it's current from the usual love triangles so often found in books.

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  2. um, uh wow...gotta agree w/Neyra. I've never seen you get so riled up in a review, I loved it though :) hmmmm, I can read a book about couples cheating on each other, but to be in blatant disregard of what you're doing to your spouse & then for you spouse to just let it go?! nah...I can't, but damn if this can bring such emotions out of you, I might have to give this one a try.

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    1. Oh man! I'm sure you'll hate the entire situation but it's one of those things, you know. It's one of those things! It's like watching your bestfriend have a meltdown and though you know she's being stupid, you can't help but be there for her.

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  3. Great review Braine! i can understand why you're so riled up though...Sam and Aiden's character sounds like they will do my head in! I'm not a big fan of selfish characters but this definitely made me curious about the book! Maybe I'll wait for book 2 and just read them back to back ;)

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    1. Book two is in Jacob's character. And as if things aren't bad enough, it looks like things are about to get worse!

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    2. P.S. Don't read it back to back, you might want start tearing your hair out.

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  4. Wow, intense! Sam sounds awful, and the story sounds sorta great. Sometimes when I think characters are acting unbelievably, I think about the giant clusterf*ck that is Facebook, and then everything seems more plausible.
    Greeeeaaaat review, Braine. Seriously.

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    1. ROFL I love that analogy! Yeah that's why I deactivated my personal FB account and created one for rafflecopter use.

      Thanks, Andrea!

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  5. This def is a hot button topic and glad she was brave enough to taclke.

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  6. I can't handle cheating and I'm currently vag deep in Thoughtless and it's pissing me off. I would pass on this but your review is awesome!

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    1. Hahaha I know Debbie was irritated with the heroine of that book too.

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  7. Hmmm, this sounds like one I would get a bit grrr over. I am still writing my Thoughtless review, ha! Loved the book but the girl didn't do much for me. You have me intrigued but I feel my levels of grrrr going up and I haven't read this book. But , hey, what isn't one persons cup of tea is a pile of others coffee addiction :D

    Mich

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  8. People must resort to counseling by a well known therapist Familientherapie

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