Friday, 9 May 2014

Review ~ Sick Day by Morgan Parker

Hope and Cameron made a five-year promise before college. Years pass and they never see each other again. But then one month before his planned wedding to Riley, Cameron looks outside and sees Hope in the pouring rain, watching him.

Now, three years later, Cam has one day – a sick day on this last Friday of summer – to convince the one woman whose very existence breaths life into his lungs, that sometimes love like theirs actually does exist, and it’s that kind of love that lives forever, no matter how hard you fight to forget about it and move on.

From the author of non friction and Hope, Sick Day follows one man’s day-long attempt to persuade the love of his life that sometimes it’s okay to break promises if it means keeping the ones that count.

Excerpt . . .

 “Don’t make me go home tonight,” I begged.
When her eyes found mine again, she nodded. I didn’t know what it meant, though. Was she nodding because I had to go home, or did she want me to stick around?
“Talk to me,” I begged.
“I can’t,” she whispered. “If I talk, I’ll lose everything I came here for.”
When I opened my mouth and started to speak, she placed a finger over my lips to silence me.
Leaning forward, she brought her mouth to my ear, and in a broken whisper, she asked, “Take me back to the hotel. Love me. Remember me. And then tell me whether or not you exist for me.”
“I don’t need to make love to you to know that, Hope. All I need is to take a breath of you.”
“Then breathe me, all of me,” she begged. “In my hotel room.”

Author Bio:

Morgan Parker is the pen name of the shy and introverted banker that wrote Non Friction, the novel that fans and readers voted as the #1 Funniest, Sexiest Book of 2014 at goodreads. When he's not writing, Morgan likes to do lots of fun stuff. Like sleep and eat. He jogs every day, usually to Starbucks for his daily fix at the end of his lunch hour.

Ramblings . . .

We were honoured to receive a copy of Sick Day in exchange for our honest opinion, so thank-you.

          Morgan Parker has  ~ Goodreadsit, again. We read Non Friction and he smashed it, we read Hope and he won us over again . . . when we heard there was another story on the way, we said, fine bring it and boy did he BRING IT.

          I am a big fan of Morgan Parker. I don’t know quite what it is but his stories are just something else. Real and gritty. Happy endings are not always possible and this is what Morgan brings us. The harsh truths. The up’s and downs of true romance, an unstoppable force that is inevitable but surely comes at the wrong time. Now, I know that may sound depressing BUT his stories are anything but. 

The characters connect with the reader so we empathise with their every emotion but not too deeply that we are blind to reality. His characters aren’t dumb. They know and we know, you can’t always get what you want. It’s just not that simple sometimes.

          There are some beautiful moments in Sick Day that squeezed at my heart. Words that will stick with you even after you have finished reading.

"Life without him was a silent film."

"I believe that if someone says he loves you more than air, he's lying to you."

“i believe that “love” is not about forgiveness, it’s about acceptance, and acceptance keeps relationships alive.” 

          I always say it but I love how Morgan’s stories intertwine. It works so wonderfully and it feels like catching up with old friends even if it is just a small snippet into other character’s lives.

“I wanted you to fight for me,” she said, her scowl stern enough that there was no misunderstanding as to which one of us dominated this conversation. “You said you’d fight for the rest of your life, that you’d always fight for me. For our love.” The bulging vein on her neck suggested anger. “But you didn’t.” 

“i believe that in your heart, you have blood not love, and that blood is to the heart what ideas (not love) are to the mind.” 

          If you haven’t already then go catch up with the rest of his beautifully brutal love tales and grab yourself a copy of Sick Day. 

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