Sleeping With the Opposition by J.K. Coi

Posted in Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Reviews/ Sports 3rd May 2016
Sleeping With the Opposition by J.K. CoiSleeping With the Opposition (Bad Boy Bosses, #3) by J.K. Coi
Series: Bad Boy Bosses #3
Published by Entangled Publishing on May 2nd 2016
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four-stars

Leo Markham has everything a man could want. Money. Power. Respect. But there's only one thing he needs—Bria. The trouble is, she's determined to move on, despite the breathtaking passion still between them. Sure, he's made mistakes, but he'll make her forgive him. He has to.
Shocked to find herself facing her devastatingly gorgeous ex as opposing counsel in the courtroom, Bria knows she can't let Leo hurt her again. He's the only man she'll ever love, but he wasn’t there when she needed him most. She's just going to have to learn to resist the pull of his lethal magnetism.
Leo is determined to win Bria back no matter what it takes. He isn’t about to lose the only woman who’s ever had his heart.

Contrary to what the very salacious title and cover suggest (and shame on EP for this), ‘Sleeping with the Opposition’ is a very difficult and intensely emotional story of love lost and regained when the sheen of the ubiquitous HEA seems to fade from a marriage blackened by tragedy. Like a story told backwards with sub-plots that carry shades of the setback that tore Leo and Bria apart, Coi’s book is an absolute standout among the usual romance narratives: from pain and brokenness, to resolution and finally to moving on again, all within the confines of a marriage.

Coi’s characters are multifaceted enough to mirror gritty reality and for that reason, they brought out a range of emotions as I tore through the pages, gobbling up the domestic conflicts from both the legal and emotional perspectives. I was drawn into Bria’s grief and her frustration at a stoic husband who didn’t know what to say, but was left frustrated when all she did was to reject his silent strength and unwavering (but wordless) support. At the same time, I admired Leo’s tenacity in everything he did, including saving his relationship with his wife, then felt raw and gutted when he finally decided to give up the fight for his own marriage in the boxing ring as he took his punishment in the only way he knew how.

While the resolution came a little too late and perhaps too easily, I did appreciate the path of arbitration and mediation that Bria championed (perhaps an authorial stance as well) and thought the epilogue a nice touch to wrap up a conflict that I couldn’t initially see a way out of.

four-stars

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