Our Options Have Changed – Julia Kent & Elisa Reed

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Our Options Have Changed

Julia Kent & Elisa Reed

Genre: Contemporary

Publish Date: October 5, 2016

Publisher: Prosaic Press, Inc.

Seller: Prosaic Press, Inc.


Having it all is a fantasy, right? Chloe Browne knows all about fantasy. Fantasy is her job. And she’s very, very good at what she does. As director of design for the O Spa chain, a sophisticated women’s club that is trending its way into being the Next Big Thing, Chloe’s ready to take on the world. One baby at a time. Her home study’s done, and she’s about to adopt, a thirty-something single mother by choice. Who needs to put her life on hold for the right guy when the right baby is waiting for her? Besides, talk about fantasy. The right guy? Pfft. Right . And then in walks Nick Grafton, with those commanding sapphire eyes and wavy blonde hair and a sophisticated mouth that only smiles for her. He’s perfect. But the last thing Nick wants is to start fresh with a new baby as his college-age kids fly the coop. A single father for more than fifteen years after his wife walked out on her family, Nick finally tastes freedom. But he likes the taste of Chloe more. * * * Our Options Have Changed is a full-length standalone contemporary romance, the first in the On Hold series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent and journalist-turned-fiction-writer Elisa Reed. It is a loose spinoff from Julia Kent’s Shopping for a Billionaire series, with cameo appearances from favorite characters. Praise for the On Hold series: "Heartwarming and intensely emotional, Our Options Have Changed is witty, sexy and hilarious with a heroine you admire and a hero you can't help falling in love with." –  Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author "Reading a Julia Kent book is like taking a vacation with your best friends. They'll make you laugh, tug on your heartstrings, and leave you wanting more." –  New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster "Kent and Reed create rom com magic in this friends to lovers romance. Laughter, tears, and all the swoons." –  USA Today Best Selling author Daisy Prescott "Witty, sexy, funny and delightfully delicious–love it from beginning to end."–  USA Today bestselling author T Gephart "An utterly charming celebration of the messiness of love, life, and motherhood… every woman deserves a Nick." –  Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author Reader and Blogger reviews: "Move over Sophie Kinsella and make way for Julia Kent.  I haven't laughed so much  since the Shopaholic series." –   Reader review "Shannon reminds me of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum character…" –  Reader review "Another best seller by the  Queen of romantic comedy ." –  Reader review "Kent  took this fun, sexy tale and gave it a depth  that made it so darn easy to read." –  Glass Paper Ink Bookblog " Nothing has made me laugh out loud this much  since I read Bridget Jones' Diary many, many years ago." –  Reader review "This book is a MUST READ and I can't WAIT for the next one!!!" –  Reader review "…Julia Kent has once again  brought the laugh until you cry scenes , but has added a new aspect to her writing…" –  Avid Reader Book Reviews "The characters in this book are  absolutely magnetic  and you can't help but be drawn into their lives." –  Reader review " This book is  bursting at the seams with all the fun and witty banter !" –  Eargasms Audiobook Reviews Biographies: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three children in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down. She loves to hear from her readers by email at jkentauthor@gmail.com, on Twitter @jkentauthor, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jkentauthor . Visit her at http://jkentauthor.com Elisa Reed is a journalist-turned-fiction-writer whose snappy, irreverent prose combines with an irrepressible zest for the simpler, and often intimate, pleasures of life to produce fun(ny) contemporary romance with a focus on second chances. New England born and bred, Elisa Reed now lives, writes, and plays in New Orleans and along the sugar sands of the Gulf Coast. You can find her on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/elisareedauthor

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Finding out your spouse cheated can be devastating. It can shatter your life, it can make you angrier than you ever thought you could be, it can cause gut-wrenching sadness and worst of all, make you feel like the trust you thought you had meant nothing.

There are basically two options for men and women when it comes to deciding what to do after the cheating: forgive or divorce. Many men and women get help, learn to communicate better and end up reconciling and happy (sometimes happier) as they face their future. Others can’t forgive a cheating spouse and ultimately end up divorced.

There are countless factors to consider in deciding which avenue to take, so I’m going to offer both the case for forgiving and the case for divorce:

The case for forgiving:

Assuming there is no physical or mental abuse, no addiction problems and no other cases of cheating, I think a couple has a good chance of working it out, especially if the cheater is showing overwhelming signs of remorse, and that he or she really wants to work it out. I think with therapy and good, honest communication moving forward, a couple can recover from a cheating setback. There is no doubt that defenses are high and the cheatee is deeply, deeply hurt and afraid that the cheater will cheat again. But, through therapy and talking to each other (and time, of course) I think two people can learn to trust again. I’ve seen it in couples. It is possible. The case for forgiving also includes children. That goes without saying. While staying for the kids is not always the best thing, keeping the family together is always worth fighting for.

The case for divorce:

Once a cheater, always a cheater? Is your spouse going to cheat again if you go through a tough patch in your marriage again? Maybe he or she will, maybe they won’t. It is a fear that I know, personally, I would have for the rest of my life. That doesn’t automatically mean a couple should get divorced because of cheating, it just means they should consider that the cheatee might be on edge about it forever. Therefore, if the couple stays together, it is up to the cheater to bend over backwards to let his or her spouse know it isn’t happening again. Another big thing is, the cheater has to be willing to go to therapy. This will do wonders for the marriage. If he or she is adamantly against it and thinks the two of you can fix things on your own, without professional help, that’s a problem.

In closing, the decision of forgiving or divorcing is yours, and believe me, it isn’t easy. I always tell people to trust your gut. Try to think of your future. Then, think about your past-the happy times (before the cheating). Do you want to try to recapture that? Also, think about how worth it it is to save the marriage. Divorce isn’t easy. It is devastating and involves a long process of healing. But, you can’t stay with someone in a bad situation because you are afraid of divorce. Because divorced people end up happy, too. It just takes a lot of time and hard work.

So, Forgive or divorce? Tough call. Be honest with yourself and have the courage to feel confident with whatever choice you make, even if it’s the more difficult one-whether that is staying or leaving.

Jackie Pilossoph is the author of her blog, Divorced Girl Smiling, and the comedic divorce novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase. She also writes feature stories, along with the weekly dating and relationships column, Love Essentially” for Chicago Tribune Media Group local publications. Pilossoph lives in Chicago. Oh, and she’s divorced.

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I have been on Match.com a few times. About two years ago, I decided I was ready to date. After meeting several new friends, people I hope I never have to have coffee again, and some people that clearly just weren’t meant for me, I found a wonderful man. Little did I know everything about him was a lie. I am a woman who got the old “Bait and Switch”.

In three months on Match.com, I received over 300 emails. Some from men who just “winked” and never returned, some men who wrote one email and never returned, some turned in to dates, some into dates I wish I had not wasted my makeup on, and one turned into more — for a short period of time. But again, after a few months he realized he wasn’t what he said he was. Turns out even with all of those choices, I got hurt again.

It gets me thinking about all of these experiences and choices vs. what if I had experts who concluded that I was a perfect match for someone. Would I marry someone based on those tests? My answer is easy and a clear shouting: yes.

While I have never been on Tinder, I am aware of the “swipe right” technology and how easy it is to look at a picture and say nope… not the one for me! I also know that as soon as I signed up for Match.com there were literally thousands of profiles of men to choose from. So how do you narrow that down? Which box do you check for “important” keeping in mind the deception factor that always exists on the Internet?

With the technology advancing, the communication ability decreases tenfold. People don’t feel comfortable approaching each other because of what society has labeled them. If a woman approaches a man she’s desperate or horny. If a man approaches a woman he’s just a creeper or someone to fear. No one trusts each other, but yet there is a special section on Craigslist in every city called “missed connections” specifically for people who didn’t talk to each other in person but feel okay trying to connect through the internet.

Relationships are never easy. Those who marry end up sacrificed to the divorce gods in upwards of 50 percent of first time marriages and the number of people in subsequent marriages who end up divorced is even higher. Why is that? What happened to vows?

On Married at First Sight, out of the three couples, two decided to stay married. The third couple, the man wasn’t who he told the experts he was. He had them believing he was ready for marriage and open to certain things when in actuality they were deal breakers. He just wasn’t invested and didn’t want to do the work to find out if it could really work. In turn, the woman involved felt as though she had done something wrong and was tremendously hurt.

I almost feel like that last couple encompassed my entire dating/love history in six short weeks. Married to a man that couldn’t come home because work was more important. The woman sleeping alone even though she’s in a relationship. The woman opening herself up and continually trying to move the relationship forward, while the man is making plans to just stay in his old life, in his old house, with his old familiar job and lets her go instead of doing the work to keep her.

Take away the “grass is always greener” option and instead show me truth. How about these experts find someone who is equally dedicated to a relationship, loyal, kind, independent and self-sufficient, yet wanting to share their life with someone? Someone who is open to both receiving and giving love, who will debate and get passionate over something they truly care about. Then have the experts tell me where to meet him, and yes. I would absolutely do it. Why? Because I am overwhelmed by the choices and clearly no good and making the partner choice for myself; maybe an expert or old fashioned arranged marriage without the option of divorce, is exactly what more people need to teach them the meaning of fix it, don’t throw it away.

I think everyone out there currently married or not has been hurt and has been thrown back to the dating wolves. Am I saying arranged marriages need to make a comeback over all? No. But everyone needs to stop and really think about who they are and what they want. What are non-negotiables for you in a partner? Don’t get wrapped up in feel good of the butterflies in the stomach moment and let go all of what you think is important.

But also, don’t throw away something beautiful that may be ugly today, just for the hopes of finding something better tomorrow. Stay. Fix it. Make it work and don’t give up. If you are like me and don’t have that partner yet… they’re coming. They may just need a better road map with less distractions and fewer choices.

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