Heather M. Orgeron
Release Date: July 14, 2016
Like a cancer, it festers, slowly stealing your life bit by painful bit.
What do you do when you have betrayed the love of your life but he is no longer there to grant you forgiveness? How do you carry the weight of your gravest mistake knowing there is no way to atone for it?
I’ve made a terrible choice–one that can’t be undone.
Hiding this secret is eating me alive.
But if it ever came out?
If it were ever discovered?
It would destroy everything.
They say you always want what you can’t have.
From the moment I laid eyes on Vivienne Parker, I knew I was fighting a losing battle. I want to believe that I’m better than this–that I wouldn’t cross that line–but deep down, I know if I were ever given a chance, there’s no way in hell I’d refuse.
She’s my uncle’s wife, so why does it feel as if she is mine?
***For ages 18+ due to adult language and sexual content***
I rarely start writing a review before I’ve finished the book. But I’m reading Vivienne’s Guilt and I’m torn. I’m hella curious to see where the story goes but I’m not sure I like the direction. It doesn’t feel right – not because of the taboo nature of this possible coupling but because she isn’t feeling the passion for Reid. It’s her memories that are propelling Vivienne forward.
And I’m just not sure how I feel about that.
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Ok. I’m back and I’ve finished the book. I’m going to review carefully… I don’t want to give anything away because Vivienne’s journey is one that needs to be experienced, not told. Just know that she lives in the grey. Nothing about her story is black and white.
Honestly, I’m still not sure what I think about this story. A lot happens between the first page and the last but hands down, it is one of the most gripping and emotional books I’ve read in a while.
Vivienne experiences a horrible tragedy and her life as she know it ends. Her friends and family try to support her but she struggles every day just to breathe. Her pain is real. It has a pulse and you feel every beat. Every moment of her heartache. It makes you hurt; especially when you re-live her memories.
So when Reid enters Vivienne and her daughter’s Tillie’s lives it becomes both a curse and a blessing. However, even though he helps, Reid is a constant reminder of all that they lost. It makes rebuilding Vivienne’s life beyond confusing and the chaos alters her feelings for Reid.
That’s why it all gets muddled up and that’s when that I wrote the first paragraph to my review.
And I really don’t want to say too much more. Just know that when I thought this book couldn’t get any more dramatic for Vivienne, it does. (I seriously almost fell off my treadmill) Heather M. Orgeron put my jaw on the ground and I think I’m just now picking it up because this story just kept unfolding and giving me more.
It all left me feeling like I have been on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Ultimately, it left me asking myself, do I recommend Vivienne’s Guilt? Yes, I would. It was nothing like I expected and it really made me think as well as feel. I definitely will not forget about Vivienne and Reid. That to me makes it a must read recommendation.