“I don’t just want right now. I want you forever.”
I know you should never judge a book by it’s cover… but one look at The Man I Can’t Have by Shanora Williams and I was done for. Definite cover love with this one. The story inside this spectacular cover was just as amazing; it was angsty, it was addictive, it was forbidden and oh so sexy. This is my first story ever by Shanora Williams and wow, what a story to start with, I know she now has a fan for life. I became fully immersed into the story from the start and I literally could not put it down until the final word was read.
Gabrielle (Gabby) is a newly married woman who is definitely unsure of herself, lonely and missing a certain something in her life. She married Kyle a few months earlier and perhaps she never should have married him in the first instance. He proposed to her in the front of the Empire State Building on New Years Eve in front of many onlookers just waiting for her to say the magical “YES.” Your reason for marring someone should never be because you don’t want to embarrass them in front of people, but it should be because you want to spend the rest of your life with them and you can’t imagine living your life another day without them by your side. Kyle was happy though; he won his winning prize.
When Gabby hires Mr Marcel Ward to landscape her new home, she had no idea that perhaps everything she had been searching for her entire life, that spark that had been missing, would finally be discovered. Marcel, who has been through a lot in his life and shrouded by guilt and remorse, is still a positively spectacular man who is sweet, kind and very charming. His attraction towards Gabby is palpable, instantaneous and I just thrived on the angst and anticipation of these two finally giving into their powerful and intense longing for one another.
“But the more I’m around him, the more I realize that my life may not ever be the same again. I’m starting to fall for this man – a man I know I can’t have.”
Gabby and Marcel were ablaze with passion, lust and so much deep-seated desire and yearning that I just could not get enough of. I adore books that are littered with an abundance of angst and anticipation, where I am literally sitting on the edge of my seat, unsure of what to expect next. Gabby and Marcel had such a profound and fierce attraction and the chemistry between the two was truly electrifying. The one thing I truly loved about their relationship was the slow burning nature and the comfort they found within each other as friends first before discovering there was so much more to divulge.
There was not one thing I did not enjoy about this read; the writing was impeccable, the characters were well thought out and intriguing, the slow burning nature of the relationship plus the build up was written to perfection and the intense and powerful chemistry kept me captivated through-out. I’m never one to condone cheating, but I don’t mind it in stories if it’s necessary to the plot and the development. I was rooting for Marcel all the way. I can’t wait to see what happens in part two of the duet and I wait with baited breath. All fans of forbidden love stories should absolutely one click this as I’m sure Marcel will own a piece of your heart too.
What a roll coaster ride this story was, it was just so deeply emotional! Gabby Moore is a newlywed, just moved to a new town and starting a new life. She’s moved away from everything she knows and loves to have a life with her husband Kyle. But Kyle still works away, so Gabby is living in a brand new home alone for days and nights. When she hires a landscape designer to do some work at their new property she changes the course of her life when she meets Marcel Ward. Something draws these two together, something stronger than attraction, it’s something deeper and entirely different than they’ve previously felt. She knows there is a problem when suddenly she’s thinking about him more than she thinks about her own husband, and she’s deeply confused. Her “perfect” marriage is crumbling - her new husband is a complete dick and he’s struggling to keep that hidden from her. She briefly finds solace in Marcel’s arms, but once doesn’t seem enough for either of them. They both want what they shouldn’t want, and he’s definitely the man she can’t have.
What an ending!!! I need book 2 now so that I can find out what is going on. Luckily there is not long to wait. I am dying to know what is going on! This book I read rather quickly and I just really enjoyed it. I have SO many questions about what is happening but I think they will all be answered within book 2, I am just so impatient and want to read it now! Marcel just tore at my heart. I feel so much for that man! His past is tragic and you can just feel his pain. Gabby is young, not all that much younger than our hero. She is newly married to a man that I took a dislike to instantly.
This is an age gap romance, and there is cheating involved but seriously it is definitely worth the read. There is so much to the story that you don't know just by reading the blurb. I can't wait to get my hands on book 2.
This book is everything. The twist are amazing and not what I saw coming at all. The emotions in this story buried me it was so heartfelf and captivating! Every page had me sunk I needed more I craved it. Marcel was hot, hot, hot. This story was full of hotness and fire. The passion was off the charts keeping me wided eyed. A forbidden romance that keeps you guessing and wanting. I can not wait for book 2! Shanora delivers yet another older man/ younger woman, forbiddon romance that is off the charts! The chemisty between Marcel and Gabby is amazing I cant wait to see where it goes.
Wow, okay first of all this book finishes in a cliff hanger, but it's not too long before the second part of the duet is out...phew. This book hooked its class into me straight away, the build relationship build up between Marcel and Gabby was real and raw. Two people who through different reasons feel alone and gravitate towards each other. Go into this book knowing nothing about what direction its going to go and you will not be disappointed.