on October 4th 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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Source: Provided by NetGalley
Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.Which four letter word will change their lives forever?
Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words 'wrong number' in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend's heart, but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.
Brian Savage is living a life he's quickly come to hate - until Sydney's wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .
Wow! This book came out of nowhere and surprised the daylights out of me. Here I thought I was going to reading a quick, steamy, and lighthearted romance, and instead I got THIS. Four-Letter Word was anything but lighthearted. This is a romance filled with so much angst that your heart hurts for a great portion of the book.
Brian and Sydney have an unlikely romance in the fact that they meet after Sydney accidentally calls the wrong number. Her intent is to unleash her fury on her best friend’s ex-boyfriend who has just broken her friend’s heart. She dials the number and when “he” answers, she does just that. Unfortunately, or in this case luckily, she misdials and actually unleashes on Brian, whom she has never met. This strange phone call begins an unlikely friendship that becomes vital to both of them. However, many barriers stand in the way of this couple actually meeting face to face, and they don’t officially meet until almost the halfway point of the book. Strangely, this makes for the development of a true friendship and the beginnings of true love. Thankfully, the scene in which they finally come face to face is worth the read in and of itself, and sets up some very steamy pages!!
Brian will break your heart. He lives with such self-hatred and guilt. His actions are understandable and yet are very self-sacrificing. His shame permeates the decisions that he makes and almost costs him his relationship with Sydney.
I went through so many emotions while reading this book, but mostly, I finished it just feeling thankful. I was thankful that Brian and Sydney found one another. Brian was on a path to total self-destruction and the destined entry of Sydney into his life was exactly what he needed to get honest with himself about his past and present, and the decisions that defined both.
This is a beautiful story of redemption, forgiveness, and new beginnings. I only marked off one star because of the way that Sydney initially reacts to Brian’s secret. Maybe it was because of how invested I was in Brian, but I wished that she could’ve handled the truth with more listening and trying to understand the reasons behind it.
Overall, Four-Letter Word is a very beautiful love story.