The Other Women by Erin Zak

I think this is one of those times where a good book just missed the mark with a certain reader, me. It is by no means a bad book, you wont’ see me review those. I am not here to annihilate someone’s work. I know that a writer pours their heart and soul into their art, some books resonate, some don’t. Sure there are issues sometimes, but no one needs me to dissect their book. I am by no means qualified. If I review it and post it, its a good book worthy of your time. You can decide if you love it, like it or go WTF Tiff.

The background of The Other Women is that Cecily Yates loves her husband, but loves him as a friend, not as a partner or a lover. She loves her mistress, Willow Carmichael. Willow has moved to Las Vegas and when the book begins Cecily has a work meeting that she must travel out to Sin City. This is her chance to meet up with the woman she has been pining for. Willow and Cecily don’t rekindle their love, something is missing. Confused and frustrated Cecily, by chance befriends Willow’s former lover (no one knows that yet though), bartender, Francesca Lopez.

There is a lot going on here and it moves fast. No one is really over the other person. It’s messy as life is sometimes. Francesca and Cecily have chemistry, there is no doubt about it. When they first meet and have long soulful talks, to me that is the best part of the book. Where it derails, is the immaturity of the characters. Francesca is cool, but Cecily and Willow are not. They both were less than impressive. That is where the problem lies, as a reader I did not like a main character. You are supposed to not like Willow, but to have a main that is less that redeemable that is an issue. It’s not that she is a cheater, you know that going in, its that she is pretty much an immature jerk.

Like I said earlier, I think this one is going to come down to this not being the book for me. It could totally be the one for you. Erin Zak writes good books, The Road Home is an absolutely stunning read. So if you are intrigued give it a chance. Let me know what you think.

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books https://www.boldstrokesbooks.com/authors/erin-zak-276

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