Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on its publication day for What I Did For Love by Mickey J Corrigan. Happy publication day Mickey!
The Last Wife by Nicola Marsh
Release Date: 11th of October
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 332 pages
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
What happens when a teacher falls for her student?
After her seventeen-year-old student fails to live up to his potential in class, Cathriona O’Hale conducts a parent teacher meeting with the boy’s widowed father.
He is attractive, intelligent, and exceedingly wealthy, everything an unmarried middle-aged woman would normally find appealing.
But O’Hale is not your average forty-something. She’s a wild card who has a crush on the man’s teenage son.
As the relationship between O’Hale and the man blossoms, she finds herself juggling father and son while battling the true source of her lust and forbidden love.
So when the father proposes, O’Hale has a choice to make –
Love or crime?
And when her decision is made, the consequences might just be deadly…
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There is something about these types of stories that just have me so intrigued. They are like a car crash where you don’t want to look, but find that you can not tear yourself away. Having not long ago watched a fascinating documentary on the infamous Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau, this book got my attention right away when I was offered an advanced copy. I was hooked right from the start and read this in one sitting. It is confronting, but not in a sexual explicit way and is completely addictive.
Mickey has created a well put together taboo plot told from the perspective of main character Cathriona O’Hale, told cleverly in the form of a memoir. She forms a relationship with the father of one of her students who she refers to as Mr Mojito and Mojito respectively, so she can get close to him. When the line is crossed and a sexual relationship between teacher and student begins, things become complicated when she is proposed to and marries “Mr. Mojito”. As her obsession for “Mojito” grows, so does her need for eliminating “Mr Mojito”!
Cathriona is a predator of the worse kind, but one who I also found morbidly interesting. As a forty something woman obsessed with teenage boys, Mickey does a great job in taking you into Cathriona’s mind. She is a master manipulator who may have just found her match in the cocky Mojito. Not as innocent as Cathriona may have thought he was, she doesn’t really have to work hard in seducing him and you at once start second guessing as to who is really playing with who.
I really enjoyed Mickey’s writing style. It is fluid, engaging, flows at the right pace and has you on the edge of your seat as you hold your breath throughout waiting to see how it all is going to unfold. It does so with a twist that even though I saw coming did not hinder my enjoyment of the book. Mickey has taken what for some may be an uncomfortable topic and has created a very believable story that lets face it really does happen out there.
While What I Did for Love may not be for everyone, it is an intriguing read that will be enjoyed by readers that are also curious on this subject. It is not overly explicit in any way and I think Mojito being 17 does make it a bit easier for readers to comprehend than if he was 12 like when Mary Kay Letourneau seduced Vili Fualaau. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review What I Did for Love which I highly recommend.
Thank-you to Heather Fitt for for the copy of the What I Did For Love ebook which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
About Mickey J Corrigan
Originally from Boston, Mickey J. Corrigan hides out in the lush ruins of South Florida. She writes pulp fiction, literary crime, and psychological thrillers. Her stories have been called “gritty realism,” “oh so compulsive” reads, and “bizarre but believable.” Her novellas and novels have been released by publishers in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.
Poetry chapbooks include The Art of Bars (Finishing Line Press, 2016), Days’ End (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2017), and Final Arrangements (Prolific Press, 2019). Her short fiction has appeared in Akashic Books, ELJ Publications, Big Pulp, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Deep Water Literary, Shoe Music Press, Red Fez, Bull & Cross, A Million Ways, and elsewhere. Salt Publishing in the UK released her satirical crime novel about a school shooting in 2017. Visit at her website or on Tumblr
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