Monday, March 31, 2014

Blog Tour: 8 Weeks by Bethany Lopez


Is eight weeks enough time to earn back the love of someone you've betrayed...the only one you've ever loved?

Shelly has been in love with Cal since they started dating in eleventh grade. Despite everyone saying that the odds were against them, they got married after graduation and built a life together. Now, six years later, she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. Devastated, her first instinct is to call it quits…

After a drunken binge at his best friends’ bachelor party, Cal betrays the one person who has always been there for him, his wife, Shelly. Terrified and realizing she might divorce him, Cal must come up with a way to prove to her that his love is true…

Cal asks Shelly for eight weeks. Eight weeks to convince her that their marriage is worth the fight. Will Shelly be able to trust him again, or will their marriage end the way many others do when faced with opposition…
In divorce?

8 Weeks is book 1 in the Time for Love series, but can be read as a stand alone.

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Cal's POV
“I’m sorry, I don’t want to make it harder, and I don’t want to fight with you,” I implored. “But I will fight for you, Shelly. Give me a chance to.”
           She was shaking her head again, and a plan formulated in my mind.
           “Give me eight weeks,” I said desperately.
           “I’m not going to live with you for eight weeks, Cal.”
           “No, I get that,” I responded. “Give me eight Saturdays. Eight dates where it’s just the two of us. Give me time to show you why we're so good together, and that I’m willing to bend and compromise to make our marriage work.”
           Shelly looked at me thoughtfully.
           “Why eight?”
           “One week for each year that we’ve been together.”

About the Author:

Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. Since then she has published various YA and NA books. She is a lover of romance, family, and friends, and enjoys incorporating those things in what she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible.

Meagan's Review:

Okay so this book could hit home for a lot of people. Every marriage has some struggle at some point and I would say that a fair amount of them follow Cal and Shelly's predicament. Now my biggest thing personally is that I trust people super easily. My motto is you have my trust until you lose it or break it. With the stunt that Cal pulled I'd question whether I could ever trust that person again. For me it's not a matter of forgiving them, but can I ever trust another word that comes out of their mouth? And how is that a healthy marriage? Do I really want to be with someone that I'll never fully trust again for the rest of my life? And sadly it's not that you don't love that person anymore. It's not whether you can forgive them or's can I ever trust a word you tell me again? Am I going to have to check everything you tell me, because I can't trust you, because one night of stupidity ruined 8 years of an amazing relationship. There's a country song that I love that kind of sums up Cal and Shelly. Let it Rain by David Nail.

Okay so now that that's out of the way onto the story. So Cal heads to Vegas for his friends bachelor party and wakes up the next morning in bed with another woman, who isn't his wife. When he get's home he tells Shelly about his mistake and she ends up leaving. Wanting to file for divorce, Cal talks her into waiting 8 weeks to try and earn her trust and love again. However, with that said I did find Cal's whole in bed with another woman thing kind of off, I feel like I just needed a little more information or background or something.

So then the books turns a little more interesting. I think the difficult thing to judge in this type of situation is what someone would truly do. You can write or say what someone might do, but everyone is different and handles things different. Be it good or bad, it's hard to truly say what one might do. One thing I would be fairly sure of is that emotions would run high along with the betrayal, and even though Shelly and Cal have been together for a long time I get why she didn't want to hear him out. I mean I know if my husband came home from Vegas, told me he woke up with some random girl there I wouldn't want to hear anymore. Now with that said, if I truly agreed to the 8 weeks I don't know that I'd play up a few of the dates. But, again you just never know what some people are thinking.

Now with all of that said I really liked Cal. I loved his character and his truly heart felt sincerity in the effort he was putting forth to try and save his marriage. All of the little things and detail and I just felt bad for the guy. And I really grew to not like Shelly and I just kinda wanted Cal to find happiness with someone else. She really just kind of annoyed me. And again I know emotions would be high, BUT COME ON.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It really made me think about what I might do in this situation. It was a short read, I read it in one sitting, and I love this book because it was something different. I would def recommend this for people to read.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the review. I'm so happy that you were able to have a strong reaction to their story!