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I should have been diligent about checking out RRM after having so many feelings about The Bridge back when I ead it literally years ago but while I was mooning through my Kindle looking estlessly for something to ead on lockdown I discovered I d also purchased TanyaThis is a semi follow up The Bridge and I would ecommend eading The Bridge first because otherwise seeing Henry and Christa preparing for a wedding won t melt you to goo uite so effectively packing a similar degree of intensity into a similar slight page countTanya is about well Tanya Christa s alcoholic sister who abandoned her midway through her first ound of chemo and Henry s brother Jack ecently turned from doing something or other with the Peace Corps I will say it slightly weirded me out that this was a omance between the siblings of each of the leads in the previous book like I can t imagine anything worse than one my sibling s dating my one of partner s siblings But it wasn t exactly intentional on the part of the any of the character s Tanya and Jack have an anonymous one night stand on the way to the wedding and WHOOPS so I guess weird shit like that just happens sometimesAnyway Tanya is a few years down the oad to ecover and has ecently supported through Christa another ound of chemo For people who The Bridge which ended with Christa and Henry essentially committing not to die and be together despite the fact he s still suicidally depressed and her breast cancer has just come back CHRISTA IS OKAY CHRISTA IS OKAY I can t believe how much joy I felt over that even though I sort of believed it anyway at the end The Bridge Anyway Tanya is still a self loathing wreck because she s a substance abuser because both see and Christa have an intensely complicated elationship with their damaged now deceased mother and because she an out on Christa the first time ound Part of her coping strategy is selfish ough very satisfying sex with men she doesn t have to care aboutAlthough naturally this plan ather goes out the window when she meets last night s selfish ough very satisfying sex partner again at the wedding I feel the book packs a lot in forgiveness self forgiveness edemption hope choice despite the length but much like The Bridge it has a faintly ephemeral uality These are moments in people s lives It s not a full story It s nothing like a full a story But it s enough to let you care for them and hope for them and believe in a better future for all of them I eally do love that and it s such a uniue and powerful talent this capacity RRM has to tell you everything you need in a collection of careful scenes and delicate gapsAlso what happened to her Why isn t she writing any She s so idiculously brilliantI adored Tanya she s a messy complicated heroine who has done some ugly things and fears her own ugliness There s also an edge of femdom to her sexual interactions with Jack which was unexpected and eally ather delightful I didn t uite warm to Jack like I did to Tanya although it s interesting to see how the same set of circumstances shaped both him and Henry I suppose in the same way the same set of circumstances shaped Christa and Tanya But whereas both Christa and Henry felt fully ealised in The Bridge Jack seemed to exist to be the sort of man Tanya might needWhich y know That s cool Tanya does indeed deserve a good man who gets her I know you have a story you e telling yourself about this weekend Tanya That you screwed it up that you screw everything up But what if it s a different story What if it s just two people who met under strange circumstances but who like each other She shakes her head automatically I told you I m not the kind of woman who What is it that you think I want exactly Someone to look pretty and clean my socks It s the twenty first century You don t have to be nice You can be smart and funny and sexy as hell and believe me that will be than enough Indeed This joint eview was originally published at The Book PushersMeka I discovered Rebecca Rogers Maher s writings when I eviewed The Bridge After giving it high praise and feeling as though the book had trounced all over my emotions I could hardly wait to get my hands on Tanya I went in to this story with very high expectations Perhaps that was unfair of me but I can t always help the way that I feel I wanted this story to wow me to emotionally lay me open the way that The Bridge did In some espects it succeeded but somewhere it fell flat for meMarlene I also found Rebecca Rogers Maher. Tanya a ecovering alcoholic meets Jack at a oadside stop on the way to her sister’s wedding Hoping to drown her sorrows in the company of a stranger she brings him back to her motel oom The next day shaken by the intensity of the
Through eviewing The Bridge In fact in the promo copy they used to get us to pick the book the eview they are uoting is mine Which is weird but awesome The Bridge was heart ending and gut wrenching and kept my emotions set on puree long after I finished it I was hoping for a similar kind of book hangover after eading Tanya but instead I ended with of a meh eactionMeka The last line of the book dedication set the tone You see I am firmly entrenched in camp Nice Girl and when the heroine isn t a nice person it bugs me I don t expect them to be perfect paragons of virtue but I do have to believe that there is something edeemable about them I don t even mind a snit or being snippy these are human emotions and we all have them I ecognize it s not fair but I doubt I m changing in that either I didn t ealize that Tanya and Jack were the siblings of Christa and Henry espectively This made it eually difficult for me to connect to Tanya because she is presented as an alcoholic in the previous book She couldn t help her sister when she needed it the most and so there s all these preconceived ideas that I had concerning the kind of person that she was and it bothered me a lotMarlene Tanya s introduction in The Bridge made her out to be an unrecovering and unrecoverable alcoholic She thinks of herself as a terrible person and she acts like one She hasn t healed or forgiven herself and acts like dirt and expects to be treated like dirt It s hard to sympathize with a character who starts out hating herself and stays that way That she is turning her life around is overwhelmed by her constant assertion that she kind of isn tMeka The book picks up about six months where The Bridge ends Henry and Christa are getting married and it s two days before the wedding Tanya uses men for sex in order to cope with her own demons and that is how she meets Jack She doesn t ealize that he is Henry s brother at first and they have a hookup in the hotel The next day she ealizes that it s Jack and the wind is knocked out of her sailsI eally wanted to connect with Tanya I truly did I think that it is easier for me to connect with depression as that is something I deal with and understand as a struggle I have a lot of baggage involving the destructiveness of alcoholism and what that can do to a family It is clear that Tanya is trying to get her life back on track It s also very obvious that this is no walk in the park and the author does not hold back on the struggles that she s faced or is currently dealing with in her lifeMarlene Tanya was the weak point in the story for me too and for some of the same easons Although the author does an excellent job of portraying Tanya s struggle with alcoholism it felt like it was because she does an excellent job of portraying people in deep trouble whether it s depression cancer or alcoholism She s good at getting inside her characters travails and making the eader feel how difficult things are for that character But I couldn t get inside Tanya s head the way that I did with Henry and Christa and that may be partly because it s easy to sympathize with Christa s plight and I understood of Henry s struggle from the insideTanya does too much to punish herself long after everyone else has stopped even wanting to punish herMeka I found it easier to get in to the head of Jack Henry s brother He s just eturned from a stint in the Peace Corps and is now trying to figure out what to do with his future He s done so much in his past but where does he fit in now He does not know but in Tanya he sees something that could spring open and bloomTheir scenes together were charged with emotion but I couldn t help but feel a little hollow as well It seemed they could only eally connect in bed when what I wanted for them was to connect omantically as wellMarlene I ve known a few people who have served in the Peace Corps and it can be a very hard e entry Jack s temporary lack of direction made sense Admittedly some people probably don t ever figure out what happens next after an experience like his but Jack s not there yet He needs to find a new purpose in his life and part of that purpose turns out to be figuring Tanya outThere is an element of insta lust turning into insta love awfully damn fast I couldn t see why Jack fell for Tanya unless helping her keep stable was another purpose There were moments when this story felt like a tragedy plot bolted onto an erotic story I didn t feel the loveMeka Unfortunately I was not convinced that Tanya and. Xperience Tanya joins her sister’s bridal party at an upscale mountain lodge There she meets the groom’s family for the first time including his brother Jack just home from the Peace Corps and eeling from his night with the bold be.
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Jack s happily for now was something that would stick Maybe I was supposed to feel that way Both of them had such tumultuous lives and it felt as though they were not given enough time to breach the maelstrom of emotion and issues that stood between them I felt as though Jack was capable of doing that than Tanya and toward the end while she d made some progress I simply was not convinced that she could meet Jack halfway I felt as though her progression was the weakest part of the book for meI found myself invested in Henry and Christa s progression than the main characters There were some moments when I got teary eyed such as when Jack and Henry had a good talk and Tanya s gesture toward her sister but it was not enough I wanted to know about how Henry and Christa were doing what their struggles had been and how they d managed While this was talked about somewhat in the story I wanted This made me sad because I felt as though I should be invested in Jack and TanyaMarlene I loved seeing Henry and Christa again Their story in The Bridge was intensely beautiful and it is so sweet to see that their happy for now is getting a longer now I only call their story happy for now because it s unfortunate but obvious that Christa s cancer means that they are living on borrowed timeTanya and Jack s story seemed to be about the sex than the omance where Christa and Henry s story felt completely omantic Sad but very omantic Jack and Tanya don t seem as solid together He s not just moving than halfway but he s also found a purpose in his life Tanya although she makes positive progress at the end still has so much negative self talk that she needs to work through You do have to love yourself at least a bit in order to be able to eally partner with another person Tanya s still beating herself upMeka Rebecca Rogers Maher s writing is sharp and finely honed Her voice is efreshingly honest when it comes to difficult issues and tangled emotions She never skims the surface or writes about an issue with anything less than blunt truth and that can be a tough pill to swallow as a eader Her writing is nuanced and she can keep me in the story so I wish the book would have worked better for me overallI give Tanya a CMarlene The author does a fantastic job of letting eaders into the hearts and lives of people who are facing intense problems She s great at making you understand just how difficult a struggle her characters are facing without turning everything into a downbeat However to make a story work as a omance it helps to understand why the couple would fall for each other and Tanya wasn t there for meI also give Tanya a C Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book ReviewsSometimes it s just easier to be screwed up than allow yourself to try to be happy to try to be normal What is normal when your whole life has been anything butTanya is the daughter of a drug addict who overdosed and died She is the sister of a two time cancer survivor Tanya is a ecovering alcoholic who uses meaningless sex with men as a way to punish herself for not being a better daughter and sisterJack is privileged from a wealthy yet distant family He has just spent the last two years in Guyana working for the Peace Corps He s the brother of a clinically depressed man who almost died in an explosion Jack is lost in a world he no longer understands or feels he fits intoTanya is told in first person through the eyes of both Tanya and Jack This is a mesmerizing story of two siblings who feel guilty for the way they treated their siblings in the past They are both lost souls What is so wonderful about this story is that these two have gone as low as they can go but are trying to better themselves Unfortunately they don t see how far they have come or the way those who love them see themTanya is a story about going to the dark side and fighting your way back into the light It s about ealizing that what may be normal for other people isn t normal for you and it s okay It s about ealizing that we all make mistakes and that we have to own them It s about ealizing that our past is our past and it doesn t define who we are Tanya is about ealizing who you are and discovering the person you want to beSource Author VERY good I eally loved the writing too so I ll b one clicking all of the author s books Dark and gritty just how I like my books except the speech at the end Blah I can never eadwatch those I would love to ead a full length novel from Maher Seemed like a long epilogue than its own stor. Autiful woman he thought he’d never see againBoth at a crossroads in their lives Tanya and Jack collide for one explosive weekend Will they choose the safety of past egrets or will they be brave enough to embrace the present together.
Rebecca Rogers Maher writes gritty realistic stories that push the boundaries of contemporary romance Publishers Weekly describes her writing as “gripping and touching” Library Journal calls it “gut wrenching” and USA TODAY declares it “very well done romanceso satisfying”