Blurb: Marriage isn’t easy—especially without honesty. In this exploration of love, intimacy, guilt, and infidelity, two people learn what happens when their feelings get in the way of the truth.
For Sydney Holmes and Brandon Carter, love is losing its strength. Infidelity is the side effect of both of their broken marriages. Now, struggling to pick up the pieces, each is clinging to the hope that lasting love still waits for them, inside—or outside—of marriage.
Sydney’s not happy. Ever since marrying the wrong man, she’s regretted her decision to marry for the ring—not for her husband. Now, nearly seven years and two kids later, it’s not so easy to walk away. When a man drops into her life who gives her the oomph she’s been missing, she may be on the verge of making another wrong decision.
Brandon’s hurt. The death of his son was painful enough, but now he’s faced with losing the love of his life. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t make his wife love him. But soon the attention of another woman begins to mend his shattered ego. He moves out, and just as his new life grows comfortable, the reason his wife pushed him away surfaces, and Brandon must decide if the love they once shared is worth holding on to.
Love is the muscle of marriage. Both partners have to work to keep it strong and healthy, and without it, a marriage has no chance of survival. In The Last Exhale, Sydney and Brandon uncover the truth of what it really means to love—for better or for worse.
Review: Ugly is the best word to describe this book. I’m not talking the writing being bad, but the subject and characters of the story. This is not a pretty romance with an HEA. It is about all the ways that love can go wrong.
The reason I didn’t like this wasn’t because it was badly written. I didn’t like it because there wasn’t a single character that I liked in this book. Every single character had not one single redeeming quality. Even in books with darker, uglier story lines I want to be able to connect and find some worth in the characters. There is nothing here.
Sydney is a spineless doormat that keeps making horrible decisions and throws away her life in the process. Sure she finally makes a decent one in the end, but there is so much that took so long that it really kind of screams too little too late. Eric is really kind of a scummy, heartless, hypocritical bastard. You’d think a woman dying of cancer and who’d lost her son would tug the heartstrings, but she is so incredibly selfish it wipes out any desire to feel compassion. Brandon came the closest to having something to recommend, but he is just as guilty as being stupid as the rest. I won’t even get into how utterly terrible the secondary friend characters are.
Everyone makes mistakes, makes bad decisions and has to live with the consequences. I get it takes time sometimes to realize what needs to be done to make things better in your life and move on from those mistakes. Some people never get to that point. But we are talking a book here and when I read, I want to find something positive in it, even in the ugly stuff.
I came so close many times throughout this entire book to just putting it down, but I kept thinking that it had to have a more positive end. Nope, it ended pretty much just as ugly as it started so I really wish I would have listened to my instincts and put it down the first time I didn’t think it was worth my time.