Thursday, November 7, 2019

REVIEW: Tell Me Everything by Amy Hatvany

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As thought-provoking as it is white hot sexy!” - Stephanie Evanovich, New York Times bestselling author

Tell Me Everything, a “steamy and enthralling” novel from author Amy Hatvany, is available now!



Tell Me Everything was an interesting exploration of what marriage can be like a decade or more into it. The characters, Jessica and Jake, are a successful, busy couple dealing with an ex, children, less than ideal parents, and a having sex less problem. This last thing is the thing that I think will resonate with so many readers, especially readers who are in a long term committed relationship and they've found themselves living more as roommates than as lovers.  The thing that makes this couple different and interesting is how they chose to try to remedy their problem--adding a third person into the mix but not always in the way we might assume. Their excitement and enjoyment of this new scenario was fun to read but even more so was that the writer allowed us to see what happens years down the road, when things seemed to have reverted back to the mundane...and then what happens when they try to spice it up and it all goes so terribly wrong.

The last 15% of the novel was cringe-y and painful and real. There was no easy solution or quick fix--the writer stayed true to her characters and the story she'd built by having them suffer through some things, the way real couples would. This wasn't so much of an HEA as it was a Happy For Now--another way this novel felt right--nothing was forced for the sake of a pretty little ending, it was written in a way that was right for Jessica and Jake.

With subplots nicely tied into the main plot line, sex positive conversations, and the challenging relationships these characters had with their parents, Tell Me Everything wasn't just a novel about a couple who introduces a third person into their sex life, it was a novel about all the things that go with having a full life.

While there were moments when seemingly too many details bogged down my reading pace, overall I enjoyed reading something different and trying a new to me author. I look forward to seeing what she writes next.

A happily married couple. A dance with a stranger at a bar.
One night—one seemingly insignificant choice—can change everything.
Jessica and Jake Snyder love each other, and their life together. Successful in their chosen careers, they reside in the picturesque, though at times stifling, Seattle suburb of Queens Ridge as they parent teenagers Ella and Tucker.
As so often happens in marriage, their romantic life falls casualty to busy schedules and repetitive routine, until one night, a stranger asks Jessica to dance. On a whim, Jake urges her to say yes, saying that he wants to watch this other man touch her, something that surprises Jessica by arousing her like never before. A door opens for them then, into a realm of exploration neither of them knew existed.
They create rules to protect their marriage, and are thrilled when their relationship is strengthened and enriched by deeper levels of communication and trust brought about by this exciting, but taboo behavior. That is, until Jessica keeps a secret from Jake and embarks on a tryst with an intriguing man from her past, who, when she tries to end things between them, decides to seek revenge.
What happens after that will threaten to destroy their world—and them.
A juicy and insightful look into the shifting definition of modern marriage and the limits placed upon female sexuality, TELL ME EVERYTHING will make you question everything you thought you knew about what constitutes marital bliss, and keep you turning pages into the night.
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The first thing you should know about me is that I love my husband. The second is that I occasionally have sex with other men. Here I am, on a Saturday night, in the arms of a man we found together. He is smart, funny. He understands our need for discretion. He knows that he is only a visitor. I kiss this man. I undress for him and let him touch my body. He teases me, as I do, him. We fall into bed, and I memorize the taste of his skin, how it feels when he pushes inside me. THe number of times he makes me come. I etch every one of his movements into my memory, filing them away, like dreams. Knowing that what happens between us is everything. And, yet, at the same time, nothing at all. When we finish, I leave, almost immediately, and go home to the man who cherishes me. I find him waiting for me, always, knowing exactly where I’ve been. I hurry toward him, my flesh still scented by another mans’ caress, my body aching from the pleasure of what we’ve just done. My eyes lock on my husband’s. Our desire for each other pulses like a heart that has just been brought back to life. When I reach him--when I am finally, truly home--he pulls me to his chest, his lips pressed against my ear. “Tell me everything,” he says. “Don’t leave anything out.”
About Amy Hatvany
Amy Hatvany graduated with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs – some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist.
In 1998, Amy finally decided to sell her car, quit her job, and take a chance on her passion: writing books.
Her background in sociology inspires and informs much of her work as she tackles timely and controversial issues in her novels including mental illness, domestic abuse, and alcoholism. She is published by Washington Square Press/Atria Books, and has been both a Target Book Club and Costco Pennie's Pick.
Amy spends most of her time today with her kids and her second and final husband, Stephan. (Seriously, if this one doesn’t work out, she’s done, kaput, no more husbands!) When Amy’s not with friends or family, she is most likely reading, cooking, or zoning out on certain reality television shows. She eagerly awaits Bravo auditions for the cast of “Top Author.” (“Quick Edit” instead of “Quick Fire” Challenge? C’mon, producers! That’s gripping television!)
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