My whole life, I did everything right.
Went to church. Chased the bad guys. Followed the rules.
Until I met her.With looks as classic as a red rose and a mind as sharp as its thorns,
Nina Gardner went from dalliance to obsession in a single night.
I’d stop at nothing to find her again, to make her mine.Then I find out:She’s the daughter of the wealthiest family in New York.
Property of the scum of the earth.
And the subject of my next investigation…is her husband.Which makes me…the other man.
Well, I don’t think I can live with that.
Because now, I don’t think I can live without her.
4 Pinkies Up…aka 4 Stars!
The Other Man by Nicole French is the first book in the Rose Gold trilogy that examines the relationship of two strangers that shared one forbidden night, Matthew Zola and Nina Astor de Vries Gardner.
Matthew is a chronic bachelor with a bad habit of attracting taken women. He’s also an ADA working on the case of his career to take down a big time crime boss. But, Matthew has become borderline obsessed with the one thing he can’t have: the married Nina.
Nina is an unhappy heiress used to wearing a mask for the public. Her family is often in the spotlight, but the kidnapping of her cousin’s wife has everyone looking over their shoulder until her captor is brought to justice. But as a loyal wife, she fights her feelings as best she can to keep herself away from the one thing she truly desires: the other man, Matthew.
I have so many mixed emotions about this book. If you’re looking for a quick read, this is not it. This book is a long one, almost painfully so at times.
I liked the clear pictures this author was able to paint. I liked that this story was more complex than just a love story. I liked the characters. Their dynamic was intense. I could feel their pain, their desire, their sorrow, their connection…everything that this couple experienced. But, the cat and mouse game dragged on a little too long for me. The characters even referenced it at one point…how they couldn’t keep going back and forth and back and forth. The chase was exciting, but it became too repetitive for me.
This book ends on a little cliffhanger, and I feel invested enough at this point that I really want to see a conclusion to this story. But, I can only hope the next two books are not as long and drawn out as this one felt. At the core, this is an interesting story; and I’m not mad that I read it.