- Author C. L. Parker
- Release Date September 20, 2016
- Publisher Bantam
- ISBN/ASIN 978-1101882986
- Our Rating
- Reviewed by AngelaG
In C.L. Parker’s COMING CLEAN, Shaw Matthews and Cassidy Whalen are back for the third and final installment in the Monkey Business Trio series, and they are back with a vengeance. Having a child might not have been what Shaw and Cassidy thought would happen, but that’s what fate had in store for them. Now a stay-at-home mom, Cassidy is feeling very unwanted by her husband, and those feelings are starting to break her. She may not have always loved Shaw, but he was the one person who was able to make it past all her barriers. Now he seems to be a million miles away.
Shaw was determined to never have children after the way he was raised, or not raised, by his parents. Now that he has a son and a partner, he wants to make sure they will never have to worry about anything, so he dives into working and building his carrier to make sure that he can provide for his family. What he didn’t expect was that his drive to provide for his family would start to make Cassidy feel unloved and unwanted. But he doesn’t believe that counseling is what is needed until Cassidy makes an ultimatum: counseling or she takes their son Abe and moves back to Stonington.
Shaw is willing to do whatever he has to too make sure that Cassidy and Abe stay with him. But things come out during counseling that, while cathartic, hurt the person they’re in relation to. Both Cassidy and Shaw unload their concerns, but their counselor believes that their issues stem from jealousy and their (lately) mediocre sex life. Shaw and Cassidy decide to try to work through his suggestions while still working on their personal issues. Will they be able to finally come to terms with things that they have been suppressing? And will they be able to find the passion that has burned between them, or will the revelations to come drive them further part and destroy the love that should have lasted a lifetime?
COMING CLEAN was an absolutely amazing read. I had a hard time liking the main characters in the first book, but both of the characters were very real for me in this story. The pain and angst they feel, and the uncertainty that is prevalent throughout the book, caused me to cry my eyes out while I was reading. I found myself cheering when things started to look up and feeling joy by the end of the book. I am happy to say that the heat level of this book was jacked up to the max as well. Not only is this an emotional roller-coaster, but it is a sexually-charged thrill ride. I would recommend reading the stories in order, but you will be floored with this final installment.
RJ RECOMMENDED READ