Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Author: Jodi Cardin
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Review Source: Author
★ ☆★ – 3 Stars
What will be the consequences when a thirty-eight-year-old wife and mother of three seeks to fulfill her secret sexual desires in the arms of a man she’d had a crush on twenty years ago? The Magenta Man explores the consequences of Katie Duncan’s ultimate betrayal during the year she spent on the planning committee for her high school reunion with hunky Mark Sabatino. Although happily married to Glen for 15 years, she struggles with her intimate relations with him-at least in comparison to the ideal lover her co-workers have dubbed The Magenta Man. Reunited at the out-of-town planning committee meetings, Katie and Mark soon realize these getaway weekends have much more to offer than merely planning a reunion as they selfishly indulge in a variety of guilty pleasures, unleashing and feeding their hidden desires. Yet, in the end, the devastating fallout causes tempers to flare, strains relationships to the near breaking point, and tests tender psyches, resulting in a denouement of infinite compassion and divine forgiveness.
While reading The Magenta Man I was drawn into Jodi’s words. It is a book you can sit down and read in one day. I did lack with getting to know Katie on a deeper level. However, you follow through the affair, and eventually realize why everything happens the way it does. It shows us, even in everyday life, that we have to be open with communication. People, even husbands, can not read our minds, we should constantly explain what we need, even if it is “pleasing” one another.
The main thing I didn’t like was the lack of emotions they had for their families. It was like they was living in another “world” that only involved them. They would even go off in public like they was a couple, it just seemed not realistic. On another note, I was constantly on my toes wondering if they was ever going to get caught. I guess that is what had me flipping the pages so quick.
About the Author:
Jodi Cardin received an A.A. in Liberal Arts and General Studies, both with honors from Oakland Community College. She enjoys daily exercise, reading, creative writing, fine arts and world travel. In 2009, her first children s book, Bernice’s Bad Hair Days, was published. Her story entitled “Words to Live By” was a runner-up for the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs edition (2007). This is her first novel. She currently lives in her hometown state of Michigan with her husband and two children, after having spent some time in California, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.