Emons and that is how she meets Jack She doesn t realize that he is Henry s brother at first and they have a hookup in the hotel The next day she realizes that it s Jack and the wind is knocked out of her sailsI really wanted to connect with Tanya I truly did I think that it is easier for me to connect with depression as that is something I deal with and understand as a struggle I have a lot of baggage involving the destructiveness of alcoholism and what that can do to a family It is clear that Tanya is trying to get her life back on track It s also very obvious that this is no walk in the park and the author does not hold back on the struggles that she s faced or is currently dealing with in her lifeMarlene Tanya was the weak point in the story for me too and for some of the same reasons Although the author does an excellent ob of portraying Tanya s struggle with alcoholism it felt like it was because she does an excellent Im Not Millie! job of portraying people in deep trouble whether it s depression cancer or alcoholism She s good at getting inside her characters travails and making the reader feel how difficult things are for that character But I couldn t get inside Tanya s head the way that I did with Henry and Christa and that may be partly because it s easy to sympathize with Christa s plight and I understood of Henry s struggle from the insideTanya does too much to punish herself long after everyone else has stopped even wanting to punish herMeka I found it easier to get in to the head of Jack Henry s brother He sust returned from a stint in the Peace Corps and is now trying to figure out what to do with his future He s done so much in his past but where does he fit in now He does not know but in Tanya he sees something that could spring open and bloomTheir scenes together were charged with emotion but I couldn t help but feel a little hollow as well It seemed they could only really connect in bed when what I wanted for them was to connect romantically as wellMarlene I ve known a few people who have served in the Peace Corps and it can be a very hard re entry Jack s temporary lack of direction made sense Admittedly some people probably don t ever figure out what happens next after an experience like his but Jack s not there yet He needs to find a new purpose in his life and part of that purpose turns out to be figuring Tanya outThere is an element of insta lust turning into insta love awfully damn fast I couldn t see why Jack fell for Tanya unless helping her keep stable was another purpose There were moments when this story felt like a tragedy plot bolted onto an erotic story I didn t feel the loveMeka Unfortunately I was not convinced that Tanya and Jack s happily for now was something that would stick Maybe I was supposed to feel that way Both of them had such tumultuous lives and it felt as though they were not given enough time to breach the maelstrom of emotion and issues that stood between them I felt as though Jack was capable of doing that than Tanya and toward the end while she d though Jack was capable of doing that than Tanya and toward the end while she d some progress I simply was not convinced that she could meet Jack halfway I felt as though her progression was the weakest part of the book for meI found myself invested in Henry and Christa s progression than the main characters There were some moments when I got teary eyed such as when Jack and Henry had a good talk and Tanya s gesture toward her sister but it was not enough I wanted to know about how Henry and Christa were doing what their struggles had been and how they d managed While this was talked about somewhat in the story I wanted This made me sad because I felt as though I should be invested in Jack and TanyaMarlene I loved seeing Henry and Christa again Their story in The Bridge was intensely beautiful and it is so sweet to see that their happy for now is getting a longer now I only call their story happy for now because it s unfortunate but obvious that Christa s cancer means that they are living on borrowed timeTanya and Jack s story seemed to be about the sex than the romance where Christa and Henry s story felt completely romantic Sad but very romantic Jack and Tanya don t seem as solid together He s not ust moving than halfway but he s also found a purpose in his life Tanya although she makes positive progress at the end still has so much negative self talk that she needs to work through You do have to love yourself at least a bit in order to be able to really partner with another person Tanya s still beating herself at least a bit in order to be able to really partner with another person Tanya s still beating herself Rebecca Rogers Maher s writing is sharp and finely honed Her voice is refreshingly honest when it comes to difficult issues and tangled emotions She never skims the surface or writes about an issue with anything less than blunt truth and that can be a tough pill to swallow as a reader Her writing is nuanced and she can keep me in the story so I wish the book would have worked better for me overallI give Tanya a CMarlene The author does a fantastic ob of letting readers into the hearts and lives of people who are facing intense problems She s great at making you understand ust how difficult a struggle her characters are facing without turning everything into a downbeat However to make a story work as a romance it helps to understand why the couple would fall for each other and Tanya wasn t there for I should have been diligent about checking out RRM after having so many feelings about The Bridge back when I read it literally years ago but while I was mooning through my Kindle looking restlessly for something to read on lockdown I discovered Autiful woman he thought he’d never see againBoth at a crossroads in their lives Tanya and Jack collide for one explosive weekend Will they choose the safety of past regrets or will they be brave enough to embrace the present 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Not a breezy easy light hearted read A bit dark twisted and angsty But its original and interesting 45 stars Great read short and sweet I somehow managed not to realize until I started it that it connected to Hurric Maher has a knack for writing highly damaged characters and yet somehow making me believe in their happy ending She should probably see about bottling this talent she d be a millionaire within minutesTanya is a continuation of the author s earlier novella The Bridge It does stand alone fairly well but the past romantic couple is directly tied to this story featuring the past heroine s sister and the past hero s brother For that reason I felt like they sometimes overshadowed this new romance And while I think Maher does an excellent ob writing in a shorter format with this particular story I found myself Transnasal Endoscopic Skull Base and Brain Surgery just flat out wanting of Tanya and Jack Still it s a very good story and Maher is easily one of my favorite writers currently working today She writes challenging different stories that you might not necessarily be in love with but that you can t help appreciate all the same On my personal rating scale I gave this story a B I think it s fairly easy to give a character a disorderillness to explain their actions and create drama whether it be depression substance abuse PTSD etc I think it s much harder to pay the subject matter the proper respect and weave a believable romance into the mix This is a pet peeve of mine and Rebecca Rogers Maher never lets me downIn Tanya Rogers Maher crafts a gorgeous unflinching story of recovery guilt and redemption that never takes the easy way out but also never drowns in a sea unnecessary angst I m always floored when I pick up her books expecting a depressing tale but instead find realistic flawed yet inspiring characters and a story that leaves me filled withoy and hope I feel like I learn things reading her books How to live life fully how to appreciate the things and people I have in my lifeI can t say about Tanya that isn t already in the summary other than read it Read everything she writes You won t be disappointed My friend Andrea wrote a detailed review if you would like to check it outWe first hear about both Tanya and Jack as the siblings of the troubled Christa and Henry in The Bridge While you don t need to have read that book first it will increase your enjoyment of Tanya immensely leave you weeping with oy at the end It s beautiful to see how Tanya and Jack who aren t portrayed in the most flattering light in The Bridge come full circle both as a couple and as a family unit There is also a cameo with a character from Fault Lines Again it s not necessary to have read it first but it s nice to catch up and revisit old favorites You can read my review of The Bridge here It was on my Top Reads list for 2013Rebecca Rogers Maher has a lot of great posts on her blog this week as part of the TANYA Blog Tour Right Here at Home about realistic romance explicit sex scenes recovery happy endings and If you re not sure about picking up this book yet I encourage you to check it outReview originally posted on For What It s Worth on 5114 Last year I read The Bridge by Rebecca Rogers Maher a very powerful novella about two people who meet when they are on a bridge ready to "commit suicide As you can probably guess these two end up leaving "suicide As you can probably guess these two end up leaving bridge and falling in love In those short pages Maher really excelled at giving us a very dark emotional love storyTanya takes place during the wedding of Henry and Christa from The Bridge Tanya is Christa s sister a recovering alcoholic who comes into town late one night for the weeding weekend celebrations and heads straight to the bar to stare at the liuor she only drinks seltzer water she likes to punish with feeling guilty Growing up with a drug dependent mother Tanya was raised by her sister and always feels like she is the selfish one When their mother became sick with addiction Tanya turned to the bottle When she gets the phone call that their mother died of an overdose Tanya turns to the bottle It isn t until Christa is diagnosed with breast cancer that Tanya decided to get help But even two years later she feels like she isn t worthy to live a life that will give her happiness So she turns to anonymous sex When he sat down across from me all six feet of him I figured shit it s my lucky day A good looking guy when I would have taken anything with a pulse I m not choosy when I get like that Sometimes the dirtier they are the better It s the filth of it I m after the vague sense of self punishment of eating something bad for me I like when they re mean or sexist or stupid I like taking what I want from these men and then shoving them out the doorBut this guy His restlessness is what got to me the fact that he couldn t keep still I wanted to push him down onto a bed and force him to stop moving To lie there and be good and take itAnd he did He did thatJack is the hero s brother from The Bridge Jack has ust returned from the Peace Corps in Guyana and has no idea what to do with his life Growing up extremely privileged then working in a very poor area that past two years and now thrust back into New York City Jack feels lost When Tanya makes eyes at him from across the bar and propositions him his legs are following her before he can even think straightJack may come across as of the one in control of his life and his self but Tanya kind of forces this side of Jack to the front that shocks even him But he is happy for it I flip her over to her back I feel her. Tanya a recovering alcoholic meets Jack at a roadside stop on the way to her sister’s wedding Hoping to drown her sorrows in the company of a stranger she brings him back to her motel room The next day shaken by the intensity of the .
Breath on my neck gasping She bites me and I fall against her and then move faster Give it to me I grab the back of her knees and push going deeper Give it I have no idea where these words come from They re like nothing I ve ever heard myself say They rise up from some deep underground place in me that I m not even sure I want to knowThis book has some really good intense love scenes Just sayin I love this author s voice An erotic novella that uses sex to show the vulnerabilities these two are facing They both feel lost in life and I think they both feel like they don t deserve to be happy They are so happy for their siblings who have gone through so much and have found such love but they don t know how to embrace this feeling They speak through their physical actions in the bedroom and then we have a very nice romantic endingWhat I think this author excels at in a short setting is giving us very broken characters who are not magically healed because they fall in love Tanya will always struggle with being an alcoholic It will take Jack time to find his purpose in life Christa and Henry from The Bridge are still dealing with battling depression These characters have heavy issuesand they also fall in loveVery much looking forward to another book Seemed like a long epilogue than its own story VERY good I really loved the writing too so I ll b one clicking all of the author s books Dark and gritty Mes recettes veggie au robot-cuiseur - 150 ides faciles et rapides ! just how I like my books except the speech at the end Blah I can never readwatch those I would love to read a full length novel from Maher Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book ReviewsSometimes it sust easier to be screwed up than allow yourself to try to be happy to try to be normal What is normal when your whole life has been anything butTanya is the daughter of a drug addict who overdosed and died She is the sister of a two time cancer survivor Tanya is a recovering alcoholic who uses meaningless sex with men as a way to punish herself for not being a better daughter and sisterJack is privileged from a wealthy yet distant family He has Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary just spent the last two years in Guyana working for the Peace Corps He s the brother of a clinically depressed man who almost died in an explosion Jack is lost in a world he no longer understands or feels he fits intoTanya is told in first person through the eyes of both Tanya and Jack This is a mesmerizing story of two siblings who feel guilty for the way they treated their siblings in the past They are both lost souls What is so wonderful about this story is that these two have gone as low as they can go but are trying to better themselves Unfortunately they don t see how far they have come or the way those who love them see themTanya is a story about going to the dark side and fighting your way back into the light It s about realizing that what may be normal for other people isn t normal for you and it s okay It s about realizing that we all make mistakes and that we have to own them It s about realizing that our past is our past and it doesn t define who we are Tanya is about realizing who you are and discovering the person you want to beSource Author Thisoint review was originally published
AT THE BOOK PUSHERSMEKA I DISCOVERED REBECCA ROGERS MAHERThe Book PushersMeka I discovered Rebecca Rogers Maher writings when I reviewed The Bridge After giving it high praise and feeling as though the book had trounced all over my emotions I could hardly wait to get my hands on Tanya I went in to this story with Very High Expectations Perhaps That high expectations Perhaps that unfair of me but I can t always help the way that I feel I wanted this story to wow me to emotionally lay me open the way that The Bridge did In some respects it succeeded but somewhere it fell flat for meMarlene I also found Rebecca Rogers Maher through reviewing The Bridge In fact in the promo copy they used to get us to pick the book the review they are uoting is mine Which is weird but awesome The Bridge was heart rending and gut wrenching and kept my emotions set on puree long after I finished it I was hoping for a similar kind of book hangover after reading Tanya but instead I ended with of a meh reactionMeka The last line of the book dedication set the tone You see I am firmly entrenched in camp Nice Girl and when the heroine isn t a nice person it bugs me I don t expect them to be perfect paragons of virtue but I do have to believe that there is something redeemable about them I don t even mind a snit or being snippy these are human emotions "And We All Have Them "we all have them recognize it s not fair but I doubt I m changing in that either I didn t realize that Tanya and Jack were the siblings of Christa and Henry respectively This made it eually difficult for me to connect to Tanya because she is presented as an alcoholic in the previous book She couldn t help her sister when she needed it the most and so there s all these preconceived ideas that I had concerning the kind of person that she was and it bothered me a lotMarlene Tanya s introduction in The Bridge made her out to be an unrecovering and unrecoverable alcoholic She thinks of herself as a terrible person and she acts like one She hasn t healed or forgiven herself and acts like dirt and expects to be treated like dirt It s hard to sympathize with a character who starts out hating herself and stays that way That she is turning her life around is overwhelmed by her constant assertion that she kind of isn tMeka The book picks up about six months where The Bridge ends Henry and Christa are getting married and it s two days before the wedding Tanya uses men for sex in order to cope with her own Xperience Tanya Sherman Tank Manual joins her sister’s bridal party at an upscale mountain lodge There she meets the groom’s family for the first time including his brother Jackust home from the Peace Corps and reeling from his night with the bold be.