Black Swan Affair
I had been seeing early excitement over the release of this book, and when I finally looked it up and read the synopsis, I was THRILLED! It gave me and ultimate “blurb-jolt”. Promising pure intense marital (and family!!) drama. OMG that blurb says it all! Plus a potential love triangle to end all love triangles. That, coupled with the reader reactions and skimming LIGHTLY over reviews (I’m always afraid of spoilers), and I knew that I had to read it right away!
Maryse: OH YESSSSSSS!!! JUST WENT LIVE & I ONE-CLICKED IT SO HARD!!!!! This is that crazy sounding one that I posted about a few days ago. So you can bet this is what I’m reading now!!!
“He was always meant to be mine.
He came back, all right. But instead of smelling of promises, he stunk of betrayal. And he destroyed me—us—the day he married my sister instead of me.
So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do.
I got my revenge.
I married his brother, Kael.
Now we’re one big happy f*cking family.”
Sarah: I just finished and it was excellent. Actually left me speechless
Amy: Black Swan Affair? If the prologue and first chapter are any indication, this one is gonna be all kinds of tummy-twisting fun.
Cristina: I’m about 53% into Black Swan Affair and loving it!! But I’m biting my nails wondering how this is going to end? Right now, this story has the potential to be predictable or completely mind-blowing!! I’m wondering where the author is going to take this story?! Oh the angst and anxiety!! I’d be done with it by now if my stinking job would quit getting in the way!!
Jean: Black Swan Affair! Finished it last night and freaking loved it!
marina: Just finished Black Swan Affair. Loved it. Definitely hard to put down.
Cheryl: Just had to comment about Black Swan Affair. I loved it, such a good story; Not the typical “cookie-cutter” story. Wasn’t sure where it was going and had some twists I didn’t see coming and I was on the edge of my angst-ridden seat waiting for what the h was going to decide.
This was TOTALLY what I was in the mood for.
The writing was awesome, the concept, exciting! I mean come on… you’ve been in love with the person you believed to be the love of your life, ALL of your life, and expect to marry him, and then… he marries your sister instead?!!! *gasp*!!!!! WHAT?!!!
I begged him to choose me. Love me. Marry me.
But he butchered me, marrying her instead.
So as revenge you marry your best friend… which just so happens to be HIS brother. GAH!!!!! I was so excited at where this was going to go! I was imagining all sorts of delightfully crazy stuff.
I will marry a man I genuinely respect the hell out of and love… but just as my very best friend.
Who does that?
A destructive, selfish bitch. That’s who.
Though, in the grand scheme of things, I was expecting even more drama, more jaw-dropping moments, and more angst than what I personally experienced, in this one.
Amy: Yep, Black Swan Affair is as fun as I thought it would be!! It doesn’t have the level of angst I was hoping for, but there is enough tummy twisting and emotional turmoil to keep me coming back to it. Obviously, because I’m already at 70% and started it less than 24 hours ago.
Maryse: And I too, am enjoying Black Swan Affair so far…
In fact, there were a few details from the “past” that seemed to be foreshadowing an upcoming, possibly clever revelation (for me, anyway) that never came to fruition at all. That’s okay. Apparently I was inventing my own story and “reveal” as I was journeying with these characters. LOL! I dunno. It was good, no doubt! And plenty emotional (in sweet and sad ways)…
I don’t get it. I don’t understand how we got here… to this very moment. I don’t know where the wheels fell off, changing our course or why he won’t just admit he made a mistake marrying someone who treats him like a worthless pile of sh!t.
Killian Shepard loves me.
but I suppose what I was envisioning in my head, was more ostentatious behavior, backstabbing, affairs, secrets and a maybe a twist to blow my mind!
Though I should be running as far away as possible, I can’t seem to do anything but run in the direction of the one man I’ve loved my entire life: his brother.
The only man I truly want even though he betrayed me in the worst possible way.
Oh… don’t get me wrong. There was a secret alright. A BIG one.
But I feel as if this journey was more gentle on me than I was anticipating, and therefore, by the time the reveal came along, it didn’t have that much of an impact. Also, I just had my doubts, overall, because the twist was so “out there” that… it felt a little thin, in the long run.
It could also be the timeline thing. While the writing was great, and wonderfully detailed enough to make these characters come to life, I struggled with the frequent timeline, and POV switches.
It went from present to past, chapter by chapter, but when it would go in the “past” it could be years ago, or it could be months ago, or it could be weeks ago, and back again, in no particular order. So having to concentrate at the beginning of each chapter on “who’s head we were in” along with what timeframe we were in, was a bit of work. Let alone, if you put the book down for a few hours (or for the night), in the middle of a chapter, picking it back up could get confusing for a few pages, while you worked “where you were” again, in the story.
And I think it was because of that, that I had been putting it down easily without the urgent need to pick it back up.
Well… not really.
BUT!!! This is a quick general analysis by Amy and I regarding our “issues” with the story, so for those wanting to go in blind, SKIP THIS QUOTE BELOW. LOOK AWAY. It’s not a spoiler but it does give some insight (maybe too much, for some readers) as to how we experienced this one:
Amy: Black Swan Affair wasn’t all that I hoped it would be…3.5 stars for me. Maybe I was just misled by the title and blurb. Instead of being a love triangle, it was more a story of her trying to move on. So much focus was put on Kael and her trying to fall for him after she married him, and Killian was continually framed as being the a$$hole who married her sister (but still wouldn’t let Maverick go), so I never really fell for Killian and never really had that torn feeling. BUT! It was a fun ride, and I would recommend it for people who only like to dip their toes in the angsty pool.
Maryse: Amy… I am right there with you on Black Swan Affair. It’s been good, but slow going and kind of drama-free considering it was gonna be all out drama-y (sounding). Still, the writing is REALLY good, so I knew I’d finish it absolutely just to see if something crazy happens. I’m in the last 20% and poop is hitting the fan right now. But up until then, I’ve been able to put it down.
That said, it was the very real-feel of the main character, and the range of emotions they were experiencing, that kept me connected, and wanting to know more. Why? What happened? What would happen? I was absolutely going to find out (and I was highlighting my heart out, through it!) So much heartfelt detail, in this story… just a different “feel” than what I was expecting.
“I’m just not sure how to fix this mess I’ve made.” My eyes sting. I blink the feeling away. If I let one tear go, a whole waterfall will gush. It might not stop.
“Maybe it doesn’t need fixing at all, Mavricky,” she replies just as softly. “Maybe it just needs nurturing.”
If only it were that easy.
Good read, great writing, and an intriguing premise to explore with enough depth to have us connecting and sympathizing with (or maybe even falling for) certain characters,
When we’re alone, just the two of us, we can almost pretend that we both entered into this marriage with honorable intentions, when we both know we didn’t. I wanted someone else. He wanted me, regardless.
…while keeping us guessing as to where this love triangle would actually go. I think I’m happy with where it ended. I’m still mulling it over.
3.75 stars <— In fact, I keep fluctuating between 3.5 stars (due to the fact I kept putting it down, my complaint with the timeline/POV structure, and the lack of “angsty-oomph” level that I was anticipating) and 4 stars (because I loved the writing, the premise, and the heroine’s voice, PLUS I highlighted SO much of this book, so I was into it)… *sigh* I may come back to this rating in a few days.