Excited about Reading: Married ’til Monday by Denise Hunter

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With a big anniversary party in the works for her parents, Ryan will pretend to be Abby’s husband for just one last weekend.

The Cover Story~ 
Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby. He’s sulked, he’s gotten angry, and ultimately he bought her dream house. Big mistake. Living alone in the massive 2-story has only made him miss her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan believes God has dropped a golden opportunity straight in his lap.

Abby McKinley never exactly told her parents about the divorce. A strained relationship with her dad has culminated in a distant relationship with her parents, but she’s finally succumbed to her mom’s pressure to make the drive for their 35th-anniversary party.

Then Ryan shows up on her doorstep, looking as devastatingly handsome as ever. When he insists he’s going to Seabrook, with or without her, Abby knows she can’t say no. Her parents still think they’re married and now Ryan knows it too. Besides, he only wants to check in with his best friend from college—her cousin Beau, who just lost his dad. It’s just a one-week road-trip with the man who broke her heart. What could possibly go wrong?

My takeaway~
Yeah. What could go wrong? lol.

“There’s no if. I’ll be back next Monday, and everything will be exactly like it is now. You’ll see.”

I was soooo looking forward to Ryan’s story after reading all the other books in the Chapel Springs series. The poor guy has been pining for his ex-wife, Abby, and I couldn’t wait to hear their story. This restoration romance didn’t disappoint!

Full of angst, the remnants of a emotionally and physically abusive childhood:

It’s not true. Nothing he said is true. I’m not stupid. I’m not worthless. I’m not unlovable.

A faith thread that asks some tough questions:
 Thank You, God, he’d said. Where was God now? And how come He only got credit for the good stuff?

Sprinkled with light, playful moments like this:

She suddenly realized it had been quiet a moment. Her eyes shot up to find him watching her, gun lowered. She wiped the appreciation from her face. “Not bad,” she said, stepping up to take her turn.
He smirked. “My aim or…?”
“Your aim, smart aleck.” She reloaded the gun, her face heating.
“If I didn’t know any better, Abby McKinley, I’d think you were checking out my form.”

Sigh…
Married ’til Monday has all the components that a romance lover craves, including a hero that digs deeper than the exterior to reveal a soft, hurting woman underneath the tough, you-don’t-want-to-love-me, I’ve-got-too-much-baggage facade. Save a chunk of time because you won’t want to put this gem down!

Disclaimer: Sending a big thanks to NetGalley, Thomas Nelson Fiction and Denise Hunter for the privilege of reviewing Married ’til Monday. I was provided a free copy of the book in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.

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