Single mother Roz has reached her breaking point. After the dissolution of her marriage, Roz's business has gone under, debts are racking up, the rent is late, and she's struggling to provide for her son, who is misbehaving in school. When Roz gets an eviction notice, she knows it's time for action - she has two weeks to find a solution, or they will be kicked out of their home.
Increasingly desperate, Roz doesn't know where to turn. At her sister's fortieth birthday party, Roz meets Scott Elias - wealthy, powerful, and very married. But the impression Roz leaves on him is indelible. He tracks her down and makes Roz an offer to spend the night with him - for money. He wants no-strings-attached intimacy and can guarantee total discretion. With that kind of cash, Roz is forced to do things she never thought herself capable of.
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Can't get past the contradictions
I wanted to like this book. The narrator was good, the premise was interesting. The problem is that the main character is not just unlikable, but impossible to understand. It's not that I disagree with what she did - she seemed to have no thought or guilt. I've read books with characters that were terrible people, but at least I could understand the motivation, and their behavior was rather consistent. In this, the mother is horrified that her son would steal from school, yet she doesn't seem to have any problems stealing from work. There was no guilt or shame shown, and yet previously she acted like she had a strong moral compass. For her to then explain how difficult it was that her husband had an affair, and then become a mistress herself - there was no real explanation of how she could get to that point. The character development wasn't there. Things that should have been a huge red flag she didn't give a passing thought. I guess, bottom line: her character was more unbelievable to me than something out of a sci-fi book. Too many problems to look past.
Everyone let Roz down
- Dinosaur Mommy