Love and Happiness by Ben Burgess Jr. Review & Giveaway

Love and Happiness by Ben Burgess Jr.

Love and Happiness by Ben Burgess Jr.

Karen has it all: a handsome husband, beautiful twin daughters, a lovely home and a great job. Karen also has a secret; she’s cheating on her husband, with not one man, but two. On the outside her life seems perfect, but on the inside Karen feels neglected, bored and unappreciated. Yearning for affection and excitement, she falls into the arms of first Raheem and then Tyrell. Out of fear of losing her husband and breaking up her family, Karen ends the affairs but things don’t turn out how she planned. When Karen’s dirty secrets are revealed she must fight to keep her family together. Chris is doing all he can to hold his marriage together. He loves Karen but she grows more distant every day. When she starts coming home later and later, he suspects she is being unfaithful. When Chris accidentally takes her cell phone what he finds changes their lives forever. When tragedy strikes, Karen must decide if she should sacrifice her happiness for her husband’s love, and Chris wonders if he should stay with Karen because he still loves her despite her infidelity. But if they do stay together, will they ever find love and happiness again? Sexy and relatable, insightful and inspiring, Love and Happiness shows us both sides of Chris and Karen’s story, and reminds us that sometimes to have it all, you must first lose it all.

“Goodbye, Raheem.”
“Don’t go like this,” he pleaded.
“We can’t do this anymore.”
I walked out of the room. I got in my car and cried the entire ride home. When I pulled into the driveway, I dried my eyes and gathered my composure. Chris was sitting in the living room watching the news. I walked up to him and kissed him passionately. I started to take off his clothes.
“Damn babe, what’s got you hot like this?”
“I need you… Now.”
The girls were already in bed, so I fucked him right there in the living room. I needed to be penetrated by Chris. Every stroke felt like I was letting go, releasing the hold and feelings Tyrell and Raheem had on my heart. I kept picturing Tyrell and Raheem instead of Chris. I felt ashamed of myself for thinking of other men when my husband was making love to me. Chris was swelling inside me. I knew he was close. As much as I enjoyed having raw sex with him, we couldn’t risk having more kids. I pulled him out of me, maneuvering myself, so his manhood was directly in front of my face. I palmed his ass and pushed his hips forward taking him in my mouth. I sucked and sucked and sucked. His orgasm spewed into my mouth. I milked his dick and swallowed every drop. I felt guilty; my eyes filled with tears. Chris noticed.
“You okay, babe?”
Chris looked concerned.
“Yeah… It was just so intense.”
“I loved it.”
I forced myself to smile and rushed upstairs to shower. I turned the hot water on until the steam fogged up all of the mirrors. I didn’t want to see myself. I adjusted the water temperature, took off my clothes and stepped inside.
In the shower, I cried until my throat was sore. I felt disgusting. I felt horrible. All the guilt from cheating crashed down on me all at once. I had no one to talk to. I always showed my friends my strength. I never let them see me during troubled times because I tried to portray myself as a strong woman that had her shit together. But I was falling apart at the seams.

“Pops, I need this. Between stress from bills and problems with Karen, if I don’t do something, I’m going to fall apart.”

“Stop sounding soft. I didn’t raise no punk. I raised you to be stronger than that. If you have bills, then you work to pay them. You’re a man. If you’re having problems with your wife, you fix it. End of story.”

Love and Happiness could very well be a snapshot into today’s marriages and what goes on behind people’s closed doors. Karen and Chris are at a crossroads in their marriage and Chris’ dad isn’t much help. Not only is their marriage having financial difficulties, Karen is also having many affairs and instead of giving up Chris wants to try to fix everything.

As with his previous books, Burgess has a gift when it comes to exploring relationships and expressing human emotions. I read Love and Happiness while on a flight to Atlanta. It was full of twists, turns, and everything in between. If there weren’t a few grammatical errors, it would easily be a 5. Overall, Burgess is a very talented storyteller and I look forward to see what he has in store for us next!!!


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  1. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    Thank you for the wonderful review and for participating in the Tour. Victoria at My Family’s Heart.

  2. emmjaepenniman says:

    Nice post. This book seems really good. ☺

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