Book Review: Five Reasons to Go by Candace Knoebel

As soon as I was approved for an ARC of this novel, we picked up the previous novel in the series: Ten Reasons to Stay. When I finished reading Corrine’s story, I was not looking forward to reading Jack’s story. Jack was a complete tool. I’m glad I read both novels. Reading the first book gave me a better understanding about Jack–who he is where he comes from. It makes it easier in his novel to understand why he wants to change and never wants to be that guy again. In Jack’s story: Five Reasons to Go, I had more sympathy for Jack because of everything he went through before with Corrine and after. Jack is flawed but still relatable. 

Jack’s story begins at the same point Corrine’s story begins–with both of them together. But unlike Corrine’s story, the reader is moved through those last few years with Corrine fairly quickly. I’m not sure if I would have understood everything that happened with Corrine had I not bought the previous novel. This part of the novel still paints Jack in a negative light even in his own story. 

Jack Swanson has been married to Corrine since shortly after graduating college. The harder he works to appease her the worse their marriage gets. He has the brilliant idea of an open marriage. Every Thursday–home by midnight. No staying over and protection is a must! This concept blows up in his face when his wife falls in love with Cole (All of this in in the previous novel). Jack is a complete wreck after Corrine divorces him. He realizes how terrific his life really was with Corrine. He also realized how horrible of a person he was to Corrine and Jessica. How his actions have hurt both women. 

BOOK REVIEW: Bourbon and Bonfires by Andrea Johnson

Addison Sinclair has been a single mother for the last four years when her ex-Dan decided he didn’t love her anymore. Dan has been extremely hands off when it comes to helping with Mason even when Mason gets in trouble with the law and is suspended from school. Addy decides to move to Lexington where her little brother owns the bar Country Road. She spends her first New Years at his bar mesmerized by the handsome Landon who dances and kisses her at midnight. It is a magical night. Thank God she came to her senses before she was too caught up in the fantasy especially since Landon is so much younger than her. He is a few years younger than her brother! There is no way that she can start a relationship with someone that much younger than her. I mean, it is eight years! Landon makes it really hard to resist him when he’s so caring to her son. He fulfills the role of father without a second thought. Is she really ready to start a new family with Landon and Mason? Mason even calls Landon her boyfriend…why can’t she catch up to how her two men feel about her and each other?