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Last Couple Standing Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.Jessica and Mitch wanted to make a change as they see all of their friends starting to get divorces They saw that the core of their friends issues were no sex, not enough sex or even the boredom of sex had lead to the demise of their marriages Jessica and Mitch came up with a plan to have an evolved marriage The story was easy to get lost in as it is an easy read and easily enough to relate in a relation Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.Jessica and Mitch wanted to make a change as they see all of their friends starting to get divorces They saw that the core of their friends issues were no sex, not enough sex or even the boredom of sex had lead to the demise of their marriages Jessica and Mitch came up with a plan to have an evolved marriage The story was easy to get lost in as it is an easy read and easily enough to relate in a relationship or marriage However, I find the characters were bland and their emotions no where near life like Everything seems to be skimming on top from the story to the characters never got any deeper as the story went on Even the ending left me without feelings, it was just there That s it, the end The characters and story never really developed There were actually no conflicts which I find extremely odd Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of Last Couple Standing Mitch and Jessica have been together since college, the last couple out of their Core Four of friends to remain married.As a way to prevent their marriage from going stagnant, they embark on a not so original, radical experiment to sow their oats without consequences.Yeah, like that ever works in books and real life.I did enjoy the writing, there was some jokes and humor, and I found myself drawn into Mitch and Jessica s life.Bu Thank you to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of Last Couple Standing Mitch and Jessica have been together since college, the last couple out of their Core Four of friends to remain married.As a way to prevent their marriage from going stagnant, they embark on a not so original, radical experiment to sow their oats without consequences.Yeah, like that ever works in books and real life.I did enjoy the writing, there was some jokes and humor, and I found myself drawn into Mitch and Jessica s life.But, the character development was poor, especially in regards to Jessica.Did she suggest a hall pass in the first place stem from a desire for new sexual partners Understandable, but her motivation was never clear.At times, she came across as selfish, shallow and one dimensional, especially when Mitch asked her what it was like to be intimate with someone else, her response was I felt alive Why Why did she feel alive I wanteddetails on that Why does sleeping with other people make someone feel like that Mitch wasn t a bad guy, but as I kept reading, it felt like the author was not so subtly making Jessica the bad guy here.There are a few subplots, including one that involves a client of Jessica s, silly rom com tropes, constant reminders about how stacked Jessica is as if I neededreminders that the author is male , and some family humor.This wasn t a bad read, but it could have been better if the characters had been fleshed out A Couple Determined Not To End Up Like Their Divorced Friends Try A Radical Experiment And Get In Way Over Their Heads In This Hilarious, Heartfelt Novel From The Author Of We Re All DamagedThe Core Four Have Been Friends Since College Four Men, Four Women, Four Couples They Got Married Around The Same Time, Had Kids Around The Same Time, And Now, Fifteen Years Later, They Ve Started Getting Divorced Around The Same Time, Too With Three Of The Core Four Unions Crumbling To Dust Around Them, Jessica And Mitch Butler Take A Long, Hard Look At Their Own Marriage Can It Be Saved Or Is Divorce, Like Some Fortysomething Zombie Virus, Simply Inescapable To Maximize Their Chance At Immunity, Jessica And Mitch Try Something Radical Their Friends Divorces Mostly Had To Do With Sex Having It, Not Having It, Wanting To Have It With Other People So They Decide To Relax A Few Things Terms Are Discussed, Conditions Are Made, And Together The Butlers Embark On The Great Experiment Of Taking Their Otherwise Happy, Functional Marriage And Breaking Some Very Serious RulesJessica And Mitch Are Convinced They Ve Hit Upon The Next Evolution Of Marriage But As Lines Are Crossed And Hot Bartenders Pursued, They Each Start To Wonder If They Ve Made A Huge Mistake What Follows Is Sexy, Fun, Painful, Messy, And Completely Surprising To Them Both Because Sometimes Doing Something Bad Is The Only Way To Get To The Heart Of What S Really Good While ultimately divorce is no laughing matter, this is one funny book The core four, a group of 4 couples that met in college and married shortly after graduating, have wound their lives around one another so much so they continue to live near each other and celebrate all holidays together and basic moments in life Twenty years later, three of the four couples divorce in quick succession What ensues is the sad and absurd antics of the divorced as followed by the remaining married couple, Jes While ultimately divorce is no laughing matter, this is one funny book The core four, a group of 4 couples that met in college and married shortly after graduating, have wound their lives around one another so much so they continue to live near each other and celebrate all holidays together and basic moments in life Twenty years later, three of the four couples divorce in quick succession What ensues is the sad and absurd antics of the divorced as followed by the remaining married couple, Jessica, a therapist, and Mitch, an English teacher The impact of Mitch Jessica s friends choices lead to some introspective moments between the couple and perhaps bad choices in the search for the answer to is this all there is Last couple standing also pokes around the devastation of the children and spouses left behind in the wake of divorce Interestingly enough, a fifth couple s divorce is featured Mitch and Jessica s next door neighbors are also divorcing with the father moving out while questioning his right to be happy Their teenage son, Luke, is in the throws of awkward pubescence and happens to also be a student of Mitch and their family babysitter The idea that the teenagers areable to process what s happening, is somewhat debunked when Luke stumbles upon parental activities both with his neighbor and his mother.Last Couple Standing had me laughing out loud a few times and smiling often Quite a feat given the subject matter Copy provided by Netgalley for review Unlike the other popular novels that were inspired by Ross mantra, We were on a break , I found someone to root for in Mitch Butler In the Last Coupling Standing , Mitch and Jessica decided that with all of the divorces swirling around them, their marriage needed a break spouse sanctioned infidelity in order for it to naturally evolve Will it save their marriage or ruin it The writing was a perfect balance of wit and humor, engaging the reader and offering up the chance for a little bit Unlike the other popular novels that were inspired by Ross mantra, We were on a break , I found someone to root for in Mitch Butler In the Last Coupling Standing , Mitch and Jessica decided that with all of the divorces swirling around them, their marriage needed a break spouse sanctioned infidelity in order for it to naturally evolve Will it save their marriage or ruin it The writing was a perfect balance of wit and humor, engaging the reader and offering up the chance for a little bit of introspection on marriage, contentment, and middle age I think the tale was wonderfully done, unfortunately, I did not necessarily enjoy the book For me, the premise of temporarily cheating just weighed the story down Regardless of the outcome, I found it all terribly depressing However, it was a worthwhile read and I will definitely seek outmaterial from this author I absolutely love his writing style Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group Ballantine, and Matthew Norman for an ARC of Last Couple Standing in exchange for an honest and voluntary review I received this book as a ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.I struggled with a rating for this book Although it kept my interest, some parts were not lacking substance to me I give this book 3.75 stars The Last Couple standing is about Jessica and Mitch who decide to loosen their marriage in order to remain alive and save their marriage They are the only couple of their closest friends who are not divorced Part One The Divorces was very confusing to me This is the part o I received this book as a ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.I struggled with a rating for this book Although it kept my interest, some parts were not lacking substance to me I give this book 3.75 stars The Last Couple standing is about Jessica and Mitch who decide to loosen their marriage in order to remain alive and save their marriage They are the only couple of their closest friends who are not divorced Part One The Divorces was very confusing to me This is the part of the book where the author introduces the characters and explains how they met and how their marriages ended With four couples, I found it hard to keep up with who was married to who I think the author could have separated the introductions better to lessen the confusion After the introductions are made, the plot does evolve and keep the readers interest There are parts of the book that are definitely page turners where you are eager to see how things unfold.However, the ending of the book was a little rushed to me I think there should have bedialogue with Jessica and Mitch when her love lover was exposed While reading this book, the old saying the grass may look greener on the other side is definitely displayed It is a good story that explains the grass may look greener on the other side but it isn t This book was compelling, and also incredibly depressing It s a book about the human condition, what it means to have and live through an adult relationship and it had many morose and dark moments But that s life, and for that I actually really enjoyed it The dynamics in the book are very real and relatable and the ending makes sense in the context, but I think that s the only part that felt forced It was as if the author forgot the entirety of the book he had been writing up until then, or This book was compelling, and also incredibly depressing It s a book about the human condition, what it means to have and live through an adult relationship and it had many morose and dark moments But that s life, and for that I actually really enjoyed it The dynamics in the book are very real and relatable and the ending makes sense in the context, but I think that s the only part that felt forced It was as if the author forgot the entirety of the book he had been writing up until then, or perhaps editor intervention and so the ending didn t quite fit to me The characters were well developed, except I felt there was a clear villain and that kind of drove me crazy A roaring this is all your fault, and you re terrible because it seemed it all stemmed not quite from passion but almost nonchalance and it seemed like this created this whole conflict and it could ve been avoided Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot, and having recently married gave me many moments to reflect upon life and the lives of those around me What an absolutely delightful guilty read If you are married or in a long term relationshipget on this book.It indulges the reader of the what if scenarios you ve certainly had.Jessica and Mitch married for 15 years, are the last of their circle of friends not yet divorced, and they want to keep it that way They devise a plan called the relaxed marriage which explores a taboo boundaries of an open marriage I couldn t put this book down I needed to know how it all played out Often, What an absolutely delightful guilty read If you are married or in a long term relationshipget on this book.It indulges the reader of the what if scenarios you ve certainly had.Jessica and Mitch married for 15 years, are the last of their circle of friends not yet divorced, and they want to keep it that way They devise a plan called the relaxed marriage which explores a taboo boundaries of an open marriage I couldn t put this book down I needed to know how it all played out Often, the romance I read are written by female authors so I liked that it was written from a male author perspective, it added a new layer of interest especially on this concept The writing was humorous, interesting and fast paced I wish it was a bit longer to flush out the details but overall, enjoyable read and recommended.Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group Ballantine for the ARC in exchange for my honest review Thank you to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review The book will be published on March 17th, 2020.Mitch and Jessica are the last couple standing When the other three couples in their set all divorce within a couple of years, suddenly their own previously happy marriage seems almost up for grabs With infidelity at the root of most of their friends problems, they decide to experiment with a temporarily open marriage to see if Thank you to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review The book will be published on March 17th, 2020.Mitch and Jessica are the last couple standing When the other three couples in their set all divorce within a couple of years, suddenly their own previously happy marriage seems almost up for grabs With infidelity at the root of most of their friends problems, they decide to experiment with a temporarily open marriage to see if they can forestall what feels like the inevitable Jessica a therapist points out Love is a feeling Monogamy is a rule One we came up with twelve thousand years ago when we started worrying about property rights While the first chapter is a kind of leaden background explaining how all four couples got together and what went wrong in the other three both writing and content picked up after that Lots of humorous and interesting dialogue and plenty of non gender conforming behavior In fact, I really appreciated the fact that each character was an individual with his her own ideas and standards none of which felt stereotypical to me Scarlett one of Mitch s wilder students and simultaneously Jessica s client they work out of the same high school really throws some good curveballs at them both with her own ideas about sex, love, and the metoo movement.I found the book increasingly insightful and relevant and enjoyed how it portrayed a wide variety of viewpoints.Some good quotes Like we used to before the kids sucked the life out of us like vampires For Mitch, being married to a therapist had some advantages and some disadvantages She was unfailingly reasonable She was incredibly smart But sometimes it felt like he was talking to a robot that had programmed to read WebMD pages aloud to him I haven t had sex with a guy once since my divorce who hasn t tried to come all over me Same, said Sarah Which is such a delight, because God knows that s exactly what we re hoping for How much easier would life be if, the moment you get married, you take a pill, and everyone else in the world turns plain and boring This a delicious and delightful book, written with a light yet vibrant style, about a serious subject The Core Four, as they call each other, are four couples who met in college at Johns Hopkins Originally the core eight, four woman friends and four men friends, when they all eventually meet, as they say, worlds collide, they pair up and eventually marry, and at the time of the story, all live in Maryland That s the backstory Moving forward about 20 years, they re all still living in Baltimo This a delicious and delightful book, written with a light yet vibrant style, about a serious subject The Core Four, as they call each other, are four couples who met in college at Johns Hopkins Originally the core eight, four woman friends and four men friends, when they all eventually meet, as they say, worlds collide, they pair up and eventually marry, and at the time of the story, all live in Maryland That s the backstory Moving forward about 20 years, they re all still living in Balti Two of the couples have children Everyone has a good job But as paint wears thin over twenty years, cracks start to appear in three of the marriages, and three couples rapidly divorce, leaving Mitch and Jessica Butler wondering if the grass is greener outside the constraints of life, and if their friends appear to be having a great time solo, what s wrong with them if they are not Thus the Relaxed Marriage for Mitch and Jessica Just as their divorced friends seem to having fun, both Mitch and Jessica think their partner is having fun But of course, not even a river always flows smoothly.I ve purposely omitted the details to avoid spoilers There s a lot to like about Mitch and Jessica, and their two children, Jude and Emily, are possibly the most hilarious children I ve ever read about, including their mutual and fear of ET and their ability to be in the right place at the wrong time and vice versa The two young people who play solid roles in dramas of their own, Scarlett and Luke, are also terrific To add to the deliciousness of this story of relationships and their inevitable bumps in the road, both Scarlett and Luke are students in Mitch s English class, and Scarlett is in therapy with Jessica One of the most memorable moments of the story is when Jessica and Scarlett are in the same place, in a compromising position I liked this book a lot, and look forward to readingby this author She s very talented I received this book as an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley

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