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Mackenzie Steele assumed she’d be with her husband forever. He's still her best friend and the father of her children. But when weeks turn into months without intimacy, she realizes she's too young to feel so old. She wants to feel desirable again, to find the woman Ryker fell in love with twenty years ago. And there's only one way to do that… by asking him to move out.

Ryker's blindsided when his wife tells him she wants to separate. He knew they’d hit a rough patch, but he’d never allowed himself to imagine his life without her. Now he has no choice. She seems happy without him, living life on her own terms, and he knows if he doesn’t find a place for himself in her new life, it will be too late to save his marriage.

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    so real

    I love how real this book is – it’s the story of two people who love each other but just lost touch with one another. Mac and Ryker have been together for 20 years, built up a multi-million dollar business and raised two kids. However, they somehow have lost the passion and connection that they thought would be there forever. This is a problem that so many people experience and I dig how well Douglas brings it to life. There is no big drama, no infidelity, nothing but two people who just have to decide if they can fall in love with each other again or if it is best to go their separate ways. Ryker is fantastic. He’s pulled himself up from nothing to an amazingly successful businessman. He loves his wife and sons, loves being a family man, and is proud that he’s the father and husband that his own father never was. He’s supportive of everyone, including his brothers and his mother-in-law. The only thing that he’s not that good at is confronting the growing distance between him and Mac – he’s afraid that he’s not going to like her answer. When she finally asks him to leave, he’s devastated but convinced he’s going to do whatever it takes to win her back. After being a wife and mother, supporting her husband as he followed his dreams and raising two sons, Mac has lost her sense of self. She’s reached a point where things have to change and it starts with asking Ryker to leave. She’s spent the following 6 months focusing on herself, but now she’s at the point that she needs to try to get to know her husband again or let him go. It’s so great to see Mac take control and do what she has to do for herself. It is so easy to just let things go so it’s refreshing to see someone realize that something is wrong and take the steps to fix it. Together, Ryker and Mac try to learn from their mistakes and work on going forward – hopefully together. Unfortunately since we get both of their perspectives, you know when things are going to go bad … which makes you cringe because you love both of them so much, but it is that kind of connection that has you frantically turning pages to find out what happens. Ryker is an amazingly realistic look at a couple who have been together for so long that they’ve fallen into a rut and stopped actively trying to connect. And it’s caused me to look at my own life and make changes to ensure this doesn’t happen in my house. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)


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