Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Cityscape Affair Trilogy by Jessica Hawkins-Review

Olivia Germaine has already found love. Devoted wife, loyal friend, determined career woman—she’s created the life she always envisioned…until she locks eyes with a handsome stranger across a crowded room.

David Dylan, alleged playboy and Chicago’s most eligible bachelor, awakens a passion in Olivia she buried long ago. He’ll do anything to prove to her that despite his playboy ways, he’s worth leaving behind the stable future her husband can offer her.

But in order to accept a love she never thought possible, with a man who could be her soulmate, Olivia will have to let go of deeply rooted fears that could ruin everything.

Everything is what David wants to give her, and it’s what he demands in return. But even as an alpha male who always gets what he wants...this time, David may be fighting for something unattainable.

The Cityscape Affair trilogy box set includes three full-length novels: Come Undone, Come Alive, and Come Together.


***Each book in the trilogy reviewed separately below***

Come Undone #1
5 Stars

I loved this book the first time I read it, and I loved it more this time. It does feel different, although the central question remains, and it could be that I am in a different place this time when I read it (life will do that, although nothing bad, just 2020 and all the fun it brings) so this one caught me on a deeper level than it did the 1st time I read it.

The central theme of this book is, absolutely, an affair. It's not safe. It's not neat and tidy. The characters aren't given an "out" because one of them is awful, or an addict who refuses to be in recovery, or is abusive. Nope. Bill is fine. Olivia is married, and she is attracted to David.

It's mutual. It's reciprocated, and they both know it's wrong.

But they also want to be together.

I love the complexities of the characters, of their actions, of their reactions, of the reactions of the people around them as they try to figure out what they want...and how to respond to the things that they have each done.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

Come Alive #2
5 Stars

This, first off, is not a standalone. You have to know where David and Olivia (and, honestly, for this one Bill) have been in order to understand the depth of where they are going.

It's in this one that the affair really is explored, not just the idea of the affair while it's happening, but the after. What do you do after? Do you destroy your life for the man you are attracted to who isn't your husband? m Why did you marry your husband? Is he your future; or is the other man (who wants you to pick him) really the one you should be with?

How do you handle this? How do you decide? Is there ever an easy way to decide? Do you tell people? Your husband? Should you tell?

It's all in there. This one, in my opinion, is the toughest of the 3 books emotionally, as you really face the consequences, the doubts, and the questions with Olivia...but also to a certain extent through the eyes of David and of Bill.

I can't really say more without spoilers, but this is complex and heart wrenching, and emotional and angsty. And there are scenes that are absolutely beautiful. My favorite scene in the series is in this book...but I am not going to tell you what it is.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.

Come Together #3
5 Stars

This is the final book in the trilogy, definitely not a standalone, and it's really the one where you get to see the relationship between David and Olivia develop.

Yes, it's always been there, but it was also fighting with other things in her life, her choices and her emotions. In a lot of ways, this is the book where you get the work of them as a couple, and not the work of them fighting to become a couple...if that makes sense.

And, the extended epilogue at the end was an absolute treat. The series never felt unfinished before, but now it feels like it was finished to perfection.

If you have gotten to this point in the series, you don't need me to tell you to read this one. If you are wondering if you should take a chance on a "cheating" should. You will be so glad you did.

You can't ask for better than this series.


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