Sunny Shelly’s Review: Fraud, by R.C. Stephens

Title: Fraud
Author: R.C. Stephens
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Forbidden, Suspense
Release Date: December 6, 2018

Eleven years together and today I find out . . .
I don’t know the first thing about the man I’m sleeping beside every night.
My marriage is built on a bed of lies . . . Nothing is real.
Each day I’m barely surviving, falling deeper into despair and loneliness.
Meeting Hayes Taylor is not in my plan.
Younger, beautiful and broken—just like me. I feel a connection with him I’ve never experienced before. But I am a married woman, and cheating isn’t in my DNA. I ignore the sexual tension between us and push him away.
And like most women, I stay in my marriage for my kids.
But my husband not only manipulates, he keeps secrets I’m not prepared for. 
Secrets that may destroy me . . .
This is not only my fight song, this is my journey to discover love.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

What do you do when you discover that your entire life was built on a lie?

When Natalia’s marriage hits a rough patch, she hopes that they will get through it. Even though she’s wildly attracted to her best friend’s younger cousin, she refuses to cheat on her husband. She may be miserable in her marriage, but her parents’ marriage fell apart because of infidelity, and Natalia never got over that. As for Hayes, even though there’s an attraction he can’t explain, he respects Natalia’s wishes…

This story unfolds over a span of a decade. We see the trouble Natalia is going through with Mark, and we see how Hayes tries to get over her. But he’s desperately in love with a woman he can’t have. He proves to be a solid friend for Natalia (even though they only see each other a handful of times over the years), and helps her see how strong of a woman she is. Finally, Natalia asks Mark for a divorce.

After that point, Fraud takes a turn that I wasn’t expecting. I honestly thought I had Mark’s secret life pegged, and I was completely wrong. This story was gripping, and I could not put it down. Throughout it all, Hayes keeps his promise to keep Natalia and her kids safe, and by the time the epilogue concludes, Natalia has gotten the HEA she deserved from the start.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

R.C. Stephens was born in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from York University with a master’s Degree in Political Science.
 
R.C. is an avid reader, so when she isn’t cooking for her clan or on her laptop writing, she’s snuggled tight with her Kindle devouring any romance novel she can. Okay, with the exception of Thursday nights. She makes time for Scandal and Vampire Diaries. She’s a fan of drama and suspense but she’s also a sucker for a happy ending.
 
Her husband was her first teenage love. They live together with their three children in Toronto. Loving Canadian winters she could never think of living anywhere else.
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