I’ve loved him as long as I can remember.
The gangly boy with big brown eyes and unruly hair who grew up into an intoxicating man. He wears scruff like he invented it and ambles with a swagger that makes panties drop.
We grew up together. We played Ghost in the Graveyard. Had our own rock band. It didn’t matter that he was five years older than me. It didn’t matter that he looked at me as a kid sister even as I grew into a woman. It didn’t even matter when he left me behind to go to college and start his adult life.
He’d be back.
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 fucking family.
*NO CHEATING STANDALONE*
You fall in love with someone and they do the unthinkable, marry someone else…your sister. That’s what happens in Black Swan Affair. But there’s a twist, Maverick (the main character) doesn’t only marry someone else, she marries his brother! You’re introduced to Maverick on her wedding day to Kael, one of the Shepard boys. The other brother is Killian, who Maverick has loved for as long as she can remember.
I had my doubts when I started reading this book. How is this all going to play out? Really, she marries his BROTHER?? But it does work. First of all, the story takes place in a small town in Iowa, where everyone knows everyone and your best friend is the boy on the farm next door (15 acres next door) whom she’s known since a little girl. That’s Maverick and Kael…best friends since the beginning. Kael loves Mavs, but to her he’s her best friend only. Her heart belongs to Killian.
The story is told from the past from Mavs and Kael’s point of views. Instead of being about the drama of being married to the brother, it’s about the love story between Maverick and Kael, and her truly learning to love her husband. There are twists and turns that took me by surprise, but they tie everything together. When I was first introduced to Mavs, I didn’t like her. I didn’t like that she was still consumed by Killian while married to Kael. And, I really didn’t like Killian for continuing to pursue Mavs. But, I end up liking both of them, especially after understanding what happened.
There are a lot of steamy scenes between Maverick and Kael, maybe even too many. I understand the purpose of them, but I found myself just skimming past to get the meat of the story.
Overall, a read that took me surprise and ended up liking more than I thought I would.
***Thank you to Give Me Books Blog for the Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.***