Title: Open House
Author: TC Matson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 7, 2017
He was all I knew before I didn’t know him anymore…
For eleven years, Riley Stallings remained completely devoted to her longtime boyfriend, Brian Shepard. In the beginning, nothing could put a strain on the newly loves—not even an unplanned pregnancy or her parents disowning her for it. But as time goes on, work absorbs Brian, leaving Riley at home, lonely and empty, to handle everything on her own.
But then she meets him—a man who causes a gravitational pull and prompts the earth to disappear from under her feet. A man who makes her struggle to remember her name—her son’s new teacher.
Knowing all relationships face difficult obstacles, she turns a blind eye and blames the lure on the lack of attention and fights even harder to fix her broken relationship. And then it happens… Brian presents an inconceivable challenge, derailing Riley and forcing new beginnings for everyone. Will their love be enough to weather the storm?
Open House by T.C. Matson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Warning – this book will make you ugly cry so make sure you have plenty of tissues handy and are not out in public. I wasn’t sure if I would like this book as the blurb hints that there may be infidelity in it and that this would make me dislike the heroine. I won’t tell you whether there was or wasn’t but I will say that I don’t regret reading this as I enjoyed it so much.
This book starts with Riley in a dark place and what unfolds will, at times, break your heart. This goes on for a significant chunk of the book, and whilst it was agonizing it was also enthralling and incredibly emotional.
The whole story is extremely well written and entirely believable, as are the characters in it. You feel Riley’s pain and frustration that Brian doesn’t seem to want to really talk to her but you also get that Brian feels burdened. And then there is Lucas’ new teacher, Mr B. (Trenton) who Riley is attracted to.
There was NOTHING about this book that seemed to fit the usually formula of a contemporary romance and I never had any idea of what was going to happen next. It doesn’t fill itself with the usual clichés but relies instead on the quality of its plot, the likability of its characters and its undeniable ability to keep you gripped and turning pages.
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“Dreaming in Reality…You dream in reality when you pick up a book and get lost in it. In my writing, I strive to take you to a place where reality and fantasy become a blurry line. Everything should be relatable. It could happen…couldn’t it?” ~ TC Matson
TC Matson loves to let her character’s voices be heard. With a head full of stories, she puts her keyboard through a beating daily. With an understanding that love isn’t always instant and full of flowers—her writing mirrors it.
She’s a romance junkie at heart and an avid reader. Add those two together and she will devour books within hours, getting lost in the world the author creates.
Matson resides in the peaceful Piedmont area of NC with her husband and three boys, where staying hopped up on caffeine is the key to her sanity. Chaos is indefinite and a sense of humor is an absolute must.