Black Swan Affair by K.L. Kreig
Published by K.L. Kreig on October 17th 2016
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I’ve loved him as long as I can remember.
The gangly boy with big brown eyes and unruly hair who grew up into an intoxicating man. He wears scruff like he invented it and ambles with a swagger that makes panties drop.
We grew up together. We played Ghost in the Graveyard. Had our own rock band. It didn’t matter that he was five years older than me. It didn’t matter that he looked at me as a kid sister even as I grew into woman. It didn’t even matter when he left me behind to go to college and start his adult life.
He’d be back. He was always meant to be mine.
He came back, all right. But instead of smelling of promises, he stunk of betrayal. And he destroyed me—us—the day he married my sister instead of me.
So I did the only thing a girl like me in my position could do.
I got my revenge. I married his brother, Kael. Now we’re one big happy f*cking family.
***mature content appropriate for 18+
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!
The synopsis and the title of Black Swan Affair provides a good overview of the story, but it turned out to be different from what I imagined. Why Killian married her sister haunted me and there was no way I was going to sleep before I found out the reason. It was 1:30 am when I closed my Kindle, and the next day my head was still buzzing with the story. There were twists in the plot I didn’t see coming, each one causing me to reconsider my thoughts on the characters and the roles they played.
Two brothers have grown up with and developed deep feelings for Maverick DeSoto. She crushed on one brother and friend-zoned the other. Her anger after Killian married her sister out of the blue leaves her gutted and she marries Kael, the brother she had friend-zoned. The romance triangle is pivotal. Maverick’s relationship is hot and steamy but complicated. The angst is tangible and unavoidable social/family occasions had them all walking on egg shells.
Getting out of the friend zone is tricky. Push at the wrong time, you lose your best friend for good.
The past and present storytelling helps shed light on their friendships and explains why their feelings for each other are so strong. I find going back and forth in time frustrating every time I encounter it. The benefit of depicting the backstory in this fashion is a deeper understanding and a stronger connection to the characters and their situations. Whenever it happens the same feeling overwhelms me, and I just want to remain in either the present or the present. At times I struggled to identify which brother she was with during the flashbacks. Whether reading into the early hours of the morning or the similarities in the brothers was the cause of confusion. The other alternative was the assumption of it being the other brother in particular flashback scenes.
Either brother would have had people considering Maverick a lucky woman. My preference swayed as the plot evolved. Both guys had endearing qualities but Maverick stood out as the character who won my heart. She was a woman caught in the middle but what impressed me was the way she went about moving on with her life. There was no way that there wasn’t going to be a scenario where at one or both of the brothers would have their heart crushed. They were both broody and their presence always dominated a situation.
Black Swan Affair was as dark as it was sweet. Cleverly balanced and succinctly told. Reading this story was a treat. The explanation of the meaning behind the Black Swan was interesting and kept me thinking throughout the chapters. Each chapter has a gorgeous introduction of a penned swan surrounded by calligraphy scrolls. It’s the little extra touches like this that make me smile. It’s an indulgence that adds an air of opulence, reinforcing the care in the presentation of the story.
Another extra I look for in books are the references to songs, food and references to places. Maverick’s reference to the recipe she was experimenting with for her bakery caught my attention. So I checked out what religieuse is and found the recipe for an impressive and yummy dessert. Now this is the sweet I can handle. Discovering new food to share with the family is a way to justify my reading time. Ah, the benefits of reading are endless:)
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