Half Empty by Catherine Bybee Release Date: July 31, 2018 Publisher: Montlake Romance Book #2 in the First Wives series Number of Pages: 348 Kindle Edition Source: ARC from Net Galley Romantic Suspense M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 7/10/18 to 7/14/18
This series started of strong with Fool Me Once. I’m incredibly happy to find it got even stronger with this story. I absolutely adore Wade and Jeb and think they are a fantastic addition to this group of friends.
Just as Trina’s friends have worried over her for the past year, the author also makes the reader worry over her. She’s been through so much and carries so much of what happened to others on her own shoulders. Of course, her friends aren’t going to allow her to hide away forever. Especially Avery.
Wade is instantly intrigued by the woman who doesn’t know who he is the night they meet. Although Wade is a great guy, he isn’t a saint. He’s used to women pretty much throwing themselves at his feet. To be able to flirt with a woman but not have her say and do anything to get him in bed, that’s a new one on him. There’s an instant attraction and heat, but it just grows as they remain platonic in the beginning.
I’ll be honest and say this one could potentially be a bit confusing if you haven’t read the first in the series. I think you could read it as a standalone, but it just would be missing something and you wouldn’t get the full experience of the story. Not to mention, the link these women share is amazing and best explored from the beginning.
That being said, I’ll proceed with this review as if you read the first book. I don’t think there any real spoilers, but what I say may not make sense if you don’t know some back story.
The threat Ruslan posed wasn’t over after the first story, we knew that as readers and the characters are aware. And he came back with a vengeance. But so did Sasha. We see quite a bit more of her in this story and she’s quite fascinating. I’m sure we still haven’t seen the last of her…at least I hope we haven’t.
I love the way Wade jumps right in to help with all that is going on in Trina’s life although they barely know each other. Even better is the way Jeb just fits right in with Reed, Rick, and all the other “protectors” of this group. He didn’t miss a beat. What was terrible was Wade’s mom. She was a character that I thought I’d like but ended up not being who I thought she would be. In some ways I could understand her protective nature, but not her being disrespectful. Oddly, I like the way the author handled her (even though I still don’t like the character) because in the end, it was realistic. No sunshine and rainbows there. But a mutual acknowledgment from Trina and Wade’s mom that he loves them both and they would have to get along.
As much heartache there is in this story, there is a lot of healing that happens. At least for Trina. Now poor Avery is going to have a long road to travel after things that she has to endure in this story. As much as I’m chomping at the bit for Shannon’s story, my heart just weeps for Avery and I hope she gets her HEA next.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**