August 10, 2016

Loved It: Results May Vary by Bethany Chase

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: General Fiction

She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can’t get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.

So what would you do if your husband cheated on you with another man? 

I'd totally go ape shit! It would be similar to crossing the street then you got hit by a friggin' truck because you were looking at the wrong direction. 

Disbelief, devastation, denial and the rest of the stages of grief are explored in Bethany Chase's marriage-in-crisis themed novel, RESULTS MAY VARY. Aside from the damage that infidelity causes in a relationship, the book also explores other aspects of what goes into growing a marriage. Caroline and Adam have been high school sweethearts and have never really known or loved anybody besides each other. So the concept of growth and friendship are at the forefront with offshoot themes like sibling relationships and finding love after such a loss are also highlighted.

The reason why I loved RESULTS MAY VARY is how it's so matter-of-fact versus something that's so emotionally heavy which is what you'd expect from a story like this. I love how Caroline managed to remain rational for the most part throughout her ordeal. Sure she lashed out and waffled between saving her marriage out of loyalty and comfort and ending it because of the loss of trust not to mention Adam swings both ways. Caroline handled the situation very well and as gracefully as she possibly can given the circumstances. It's very idyllic really and probably even impossible to swing in real life, but as I've mentioned, the tale's rational tone won me over.

As the title suggests RESULTS MAY VARY is quite an unconventional story given the premise. It's very simplistic in terms of presentation yet it's provocative and did a good job at putting the reader in Caroline's shoes. I know a lot of you aren't keen on reading a book like this, but worry not because RESULTS MAY VARY isn't just a story about cheating, it's a story about love, life, and second chances. Definitely worth checking out.

Writer of love stories, designer, and eternally hopeful A-cup. Author of USA Today bestseller THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY and the upcoming RESULTS MAY VARY. Welcome to my page... can I get you a drink?

“A warm, witty, and wise novel, The One That Got Away announces the arrival of a great new voice in fiction.” — Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The One and Only

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  1. I'd be sad, ANGRY, and devastated, but then lol, weird, but it would hurt less than with a woman ;)

  2. Sounds like it's handled really well. It makes me so happy when a character behaves rationally in situations like this.

  3. I have heard her being compared to Taylor Jenkins Reid so I really want to pick up this one and her debut book. I love that it's such a straightforward yet powerful book. I hope I love it too!
    Fabulous review!

  4. It's true that it's not an easy topic but it looks quite well done

  5. I think I would rather loose my man to another man than another woman. I mean, I can't compete with a man. I'm not one and will never be one (I know there is surgery, but that is not who I am and I'm not going to do that to make another person happy). If it were another woman, I would always wonder what I did wrong. How could I have been better. Yes, I would prefer that my man not cheat on me at all, but I think I would rather it be a man than a woman. Sounds like an interesting story. DH's aunt went through this.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  6. Such a great review! I can honestly say, I don't know what I'd do. I have a feeling, the marriage would be over. Forgiving, I don't know. Probably would be hard no matter if they cheated with another woman or with a man.

  7. At first I was like noooo but I think I would like it because you said it's handled in a more rational way.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  8. Wow. I guess if it were me I'd be confused AF and then obviously we'd be getting a divorce.

  9. Okay, I'm sold. I wasn't sure at first.

  10. It would be divorce time for sure.

  11. I don't think I'd be able to trust him again!

  12. Sounds like a thought provoking book, I am glad it isn't all about cheating and that there is love and second chances.

  13. I would definitely like to read this particularly the way you describe how the fall out from the discovery leads to a journey for this woman. Nice review, Braine!

  14. Wow pretty much says it all Braine.
    Sorry I've been MIA but I fell down the basement steps the other day and It's been rather painful to sit down. Luckily nothing is broken just bruised tailbone and ego

  15. Devastating can't even come close to how I would feel. Bah. Unimaginable heartache.

  16. Fascinating premise! I think I'd really like this one. I'm not sure I could get over a spouse cheating with ANYONE. I wouldn't care if they were bisexual, but cheating with a man or woman? Not cool.


  17. That's interesting the style of this one was so matter of fact for such an emotional topic. And I like the sound of how it's about more than just cheating and deals with some other topics as well. Glad you enjoyed this one, great review!

  18. This isn't my normal style read. But if that was my husband, I don't care if it was with a man or a woman, that just does not happen. Not happy and want to go else where, go! LOL!


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