By: Tonya Thomas
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: March 2011
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: September 10, 2013
"Honey, you're blocking the set." Jennifer had said yes to the dress, but the ring and the romance somehow ended up missing. Eloping to Aruba only to find Mike more enamored with the NBA playoffs than making love to her was enough to make her want to drown herself in the Caribbean. Jenn knew going into the relationship that he was a sports nut, but to prefer basketball over sex on their honeymoon? Football, basketball, hockey, soccer ... it looked like Mrs. Michael Joseph Palmer had some competition. A lot of competition.
Jenn had studied up in an effort to get Mike's attention and it had worked. Perhaps a bartender in a sport's bar wasn't a great catch, but neither was she unless you counted her trust fund, something that Mike didn't know about. Not many guys would exactly line up to catch a shrinking violet so Jenn had to take what she could get. "Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time." No, Jenn's life wasn't going to be anything like Casablanca. Nada. Soon she discovered that Mike's interests strayed far beyond sports in unexpected ways. Just what were the meaning of those "phone calls at odd hours?" Who was this man she'd married?
This short story nicely captures the dilemma of a woman reexamining her marriage. The writing is strong and expertly weaves the tale of the excitement and downfall of a marriage made in haste. Obviously given the length of the tale, one cannot expect in-depth character development, but intuitively we quickly understand how Jenn feels, her angst at the situation she has found herself in. I liked how the author makes Mike a blip on the radar as he is someone, or could be anyone, that a woman might "accidentally" fall for. I read this story in The Edge and I, a collection of short stories that is well worth looking into.
Quill says: If you are looking for an amazing author, this short story is one of many from a collection of short stories that shows a lot of promise!