The Man I Can’t Have (The Ward Duet #1) by Shanora Williams
Release Date: May 9th
Photographer: Wong Sim
Model: Mitchell Wick
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It started as a simple search for a landscape designer… I wanted a beautiful backyard for my new home and my neighbors suggested I look into Ward Landscaping & Design.
The owner had no pictures of himself on his website, just a portfolio of nice outdoor sitting areas, pools, and vibrant gardens that I’d always dreamed of having.
Of course I hired him.
I expected to meet an average guy, but Mr. Marcel Ward is far from your average man. He’s handsome, and well-built, and his smile—though a rare trait—is truly infectious. He’s every woman’s dream—a handsome, older man who doesn’t mind getting down and dirty to create something beautiful all because of his passion for it.
Unfortunately that lucky woman can’t be me. Although Mr. Ward tests my limits, quickens my breath, and makes my heart skip a beat when he’s around, I’ve promised to devote myself to my husband. So why am I falling for a man I know I can’t have?
What can you expect? - An Alpha Hero (who is a bit of an asshole ;) ) - Super Steamy Scenes - An Adorable Beagle Puppy - SOOO MUCH ANGST
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This was the first book I have read by Shanora Williams. I really enjoyed this book! I do like books that have cheating in them — I like the anxiety and suspense they provide. That’s the beauty of the world of fiction, let’s not take it so seriously that we can’t enjoy things that are forbidden or illicit. :) I mean, we watch movies that have that and worse, right? Anyway, I digress...
I definitely would recommend this book and I can’t wait for book two! I love the slow build and chemistry between the two main characters. Their connection to each other is palpable and feels so right. On the other hand, the suspicions and tension between the married couple have me guessing and wondering what is going on with the husband when he’s away... their interactions are so strained and uncomfortable. Even so, I could not have guessed what would happen at the end of this book! I’m on the edge of this cliff with bleeding fingertips. Someone get me the next book STAT!
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Do you ever feel guilty about a book? Do you ever feel like you are betraying someone for reading said book?
I read the blurb for this book and I was so intrigued I had to have it. But as time wore on, I started to feel guilty. Irrational, yes but legitimate. I was worried about my emotions. What if?
What if I fall for the other man? What if I try to rationalize "bad behavior" ? What if...I don't? What if I love it so much? Does it make me a bad person?
I can't answer any of those questions for you but for me. I fell. I fell hard. Rationalizing doesn't help/work or change anything. And for the most part, I'm not a bad person. The Man I Can't Have is definitely going to keep my on edge. The ending left me twisting in the wind and raging out. I was contemplating Hulk Smashing stuff but since I'm on an airplane I figured I should reign it in.
I can't fully "verbalize" how this book has effected me. I know I should continue to feel guilty for being a bystander but I just want to kick some ass. I want to call Ricky ( and maybe shake him too!).
I'm the end, I'm stuck in limbo waiting. I need to know what happens.
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Call me superficial but the moment I saw this cover I knew it was a book I wanted to read and title and synopsis intrigued me further.
I truly believe that this is a book that's best to go in blind. Shanora has given her readers a multi layered story that at first looks like your typical bored housewife book. Gabby newly married and in a new home hires Marcel to redesign her garden and the lines between them become blurred.
I found Gabby a fascinating character to read about. On the outside she comes across as young and naive but you get glimpses of her strength of character. Marcel as you find out in the prologue is a man who has endured unimaginable pain in his past. The man we meet comes across as gruff, rude and unapproachable.
This is a rollercoaster of a book emotionally, it's sexy, it's poignant and the angst is off the charts. I read this book twice the second time I was looking for little clues I was sure I missed. As it's a duet I knew we had to be building to something but no way did I predict that cliffhanger ending. Honestly book two can't come soon enough.
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“Let me know if you need anything, Marcel.”
“Sure will, Gabby.”
I grab the door handle, but not without noticing the smirk on his face.
When I close the doors, I can’t help sneaking a peek as I put my tea back in the fridge. Mr. Ward—Marcel—is standing with a shovel in hand. He stabs it into the ground, leaving it standing upright, and then he crosses one arm over the other, reaches down for the hem of his shirt, and pulls it up, right over his head.
With the sun beaming directly on him, of course he stands out. His tan skin is unmarked minus one long scar right below his right rib. He’s sculpted but not bulky, almost like he does just as much cardio as lifting to get his lean, toned appearance. His abs lead down to a sharp vee that disappears beneath his belt buckle and jeans. A few hairs jump out from beneath the buckle as he grabs the handle of the shovel.
As he snatches the shovel out, he pauses midway. My eyes travel up to find his, and it’s then I realize I’ve been staring. He narrows his eyes a bit, but a smug smile lightly tugs at the corners of his lips.
I back away, bumping into the nearest counter edge. When I hear one of the men yell something, I look again, glad Marcel has moved away from the windows of the doors to tend to the person. I hurry back upstairs, and this time I don’t look back, even though a small part of me is dying to see those abs one more time.
About the Author:
Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn't have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after.She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive husband, and is a sister to eleven.
When she isn't writing, she's spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down chocolate chip cookies.
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