ROMANCE

Love Her or Lose Her

Avon. Jan. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780062872852. pap. $15.99; . ;. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Rosie and Dominic Vega were high school sweethearts who had a happy and fulfilling marriage until Dominic returned from active duty. Though the sex is still mind-blowing, they barely talk and never joke around anymore. With the encouragement of her friends, Rosie pursues her lifelong dream of opening an Argentinian restaurant and decides it’s time to demand more from her husband. If Dominic wants to make their relationship work, he has to join her in therapy with the most “woo-woo-sounding marriage counselor on Long Island.” The unconventional therapist helps them discover their “love languages” and how they each desire to express and receive affection. Rosie is hopeful, but Dominic fears that revealing a secret he’s been keeping could end the relationship. This steamy book is downright raunchy at times, even while the couple abstain from sex per the therapist’s rules.
VERDICT The story is strongest when delving into communication and vulnerability but occasionally gets bogged down by repetitive writing and a too-predictable plot. Still, fans of Lyssa Kay Adams’s The Bromance Book Club or Farrah Rochon’s Cherish Me will be glad to discover another contemporary marriage-in-trouble romance.

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