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I read The Other C Word in one sitting and after much laughter, tears and serious swooning, Rick, Marley and Marley’s crazy and lovable family well and truly had me under their spell.

What started out as such a fun and funny read, soon became one of heartbreak, pain and healing. This really was a tale of two books.

The innuendos, the cheeky flirting, the double- entendre’s which introduced this book certainly had the makings of a fun, frivolous and entertaining escape and there were times I really did laugh out loud. My husband thought I’d gone nuts (nothing new there!) The airport scene had me in stitches and this book had, hands down, some of the funniest sexually tense scenes I’ve ever read. Loved it!

“Your eyes are distracting.” – Marley
He grinned. “I kind of need them” Rick

When Marley heads off to the airport to pick up a Consultant who has been brought in to revitalise the ailing company she works for, little did commitment-phobe Marley realise what was in store for her the day her paths would cross with the divine Mr Richard Randy.

“Maybe I could somehow alleviate the danger by inviting him into my fantasies – the ones I had at night when I was alone with my vibrator. I would have to drop one of my other regulars though to fit him in.” – Marley

Mr Richard Randy (no…he doesn’t moonlight as a porn star!) makes quite the impression on Marley, as does Marley on him….though I’m pretty sure, as entertaining and hysterical as her first impression was on Rick, I think it’s one she’d rather forget.

The idealistic, successful, charming and oooooh so gorgeous Mr Randy and the funny, sexy and commitment-shy Marley have an instant flirty attraction with sexual chemistry off the charts that will have you fanning yourself and giggling in equal measures.  Marley doesn’t do relationships.  Richard doesn’t do one night stands. Hmmm how do they approach this when it’s very obvious the air is tangible with sexual chemistry between the two.

‘Sex was real – tangible, visceral and primitive. Love was mystical, elusive, vague and obscure. Sex was atmospheric, but love was ethereal. I chose sex every time.’ Marley

As Richard is only in town for a short time and Marley doesn’t want a relationship so they decide to compromise and see where this intense passion they feel for one another will take them, but each has rules. For Marley, her rules are simple.  Well, simple to her anyways.
No dinners, no dating, no personal questions and the most important one of all……she will never spend the night with him.  Easy enough right? Hmmm well, maybe.

I silently cursed Rick for turning me on so much with a simple word. Not even a smutty word, but a scientifically correct word.  How did he do that? I f I said fellatio, would it turn him on?’ Marley

For Richard, he only has one and it’s non-negotiable. Rick will agree to her terms on one condition.  Marley must agree to exclusivity for the whole time they are together.  This means Marley must give up the 3 guys she has been seeing for casual hook-ups.  Marley must be exclusively his and visa versa.  Once again, easy enough right?

“Marley, there are a lot of men who can make you feel good for an hour, or a night, or a week. There’s very few that can make you feel cherished all the time.  – Rick

Both agree and so sets the scene for some very funny tense, sexually frustrated times and some very, very hot times between the sheets, on the couch, the balcony, the shower, the floor….well, you get my drift. These two really did steam things up!

“Don’t worry about me, cowboy. I’ve been doing Kegels and eating lots of carrots this week.” – Marley

Now I was intrigued by Marley’s rules. I wondered why she instigated them and as the story progressed, the reader, along with Rick, would soon unravel the mystery surrounding the thought process of this sharp, witty, sexy, gorgeous girl and what we found out saddened me and broke my heart.

“…..he had the uncanny ability to look straight through me to the deepest, darkest places that I’d never revealed to anyone.’ Marley

I didn’t see a lot of it coming and when it did come it kind of knocked me for six. It was indeed sad, but it was dealt with in a beautifully sensitive manner and one that really did make me feel so much for Marley….and Rick for that matter.

“You like to help broken things. That’s your job isn’t it? To swoop in and fix what doesn’t work.. I’m not fucking broken’. – Marley

The Other C Word was such an all-around captivating, humorous and endearing read. It made me laugh out loud at times, it was punctuated with heartbreak here and there, it had some of the warmest, kookiest and lovable characters you could ever come across and I was enamoured with them all..  I loved Emmy, Marley’s mother and her vague wonderful personality, and I adored the unique way she had of weaving music into the lives of her children.  The music!!! Wow! What a fantastic array of music we got to enjoy throughout this story! I know I was constantly updating my playlist! Loved it!

“My mom was not an innocent. She was a child of the sixties. Unfortunately, she wasn’t born until the seventies….’

I loved Marley’s best friend Dillon for his loyalty and his quirkiness, the hilariously warm interactions between Marley and her sisters, Stevie and Billie stole my heart, and I loved the input of Adam, Stevie’s fiancé. Each was so relatable, so witty and oh so wonderful. They never judged Marley – they loved her implicitly and this family unit was so tight and so strong, you couldn’t help but experience the bond between them.

The Other C Word is about not letting your past define you. It’s about facing your fears, dealing with them, trusting in your heart and letting love in.  It shows us the importance of surrounding ourselves with the ones who will love us unconditionally and reaching out for help when it’s needed. In life we need to feel the pain, see the ugly, experience the worst, to enable us to move on, see the beauty and enjoy the best life has to offer.

….we all need tragedy in our lives.”
“Why do you think we need tragedy?” 

“Because it makes us the people we are. It makes us more real. You can’t experience the power of healing if you’ve never been broken, right?” 

Beautiful words and so true. The ending felt a little rushed as I would have preferred to have ‘experienced’ some of the final scenes rather than be told about them after the effect, but was a very minor issue in what was a truly enjoyable, beautiful, fun read that I didn’t want to end! Every character in this story deserves their own book and I hope they get it.  Loved it!  A definite “must add” to those TBR’s!


Can she overcome her consuming desire for him? Can he make her comfortable with the other C-word…commitment? 
Marley Mason is dreading the arrival of the new business consultant. After all, this man will most likely outsource her job to China. The last thing she would expect is a case of mistaken identity, leading to false accusations of kidnapping when she attempts to pick up the wrong man at the airport, or worse…that she would have such a visceral reaction to the right man.

Rick Randy is super sexy, scandalously flirty and perfect masturbation material, but a relationship is out of the question. Rick is contracted on a temporary basis to fix Marley’s ailing company, then pull out, although as he expresses to Marley, pulling out is difficult for him, in more ways than one! Marley’s feelings range from utter confusion to intense contemplation as Rick charms his way into her life. All of those C-words Marley can control, but it’s the other C-word she fears—commitment.

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  1. susan sunderlin said:

    I read this book over the weekend and really loved the story! The characters were unique and well developed.


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