Book Title: Degrees of Love: A Novel by Lisa Slabach
Category: Adult Fiction, 344 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release date: Dec 1, 2017
Tour dates: Jan 3 to 31, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Adult themes including infidelity, occasional F-word, non-explicit sex scenes)
At thirty-six, Susan Sinclair has it all. She’s just been promoted to Senior Vice President of Mobile Banking at her firm, a prestigious position bringing fresh creative challenges and a hefty salary increase. Like the shiny new BMW in the driveway of the Silicon Valley home she shares with her husband, Matt, and their two beautiful boys, Susan exudes confidence and style.
Yet despite her success in juggling the roles of wife, mother, and businesswoman, Susan struggles with a secret dissatisfaction. Matt’s work in cutting-edge computer research pays less than her job, and with each advance in her career, he has grown more distant. But Matt refuses to admit there is a problem, and Susan forces herself to play along, determined to give her boys the close-knit family life she never had.
Then she meets her new boss, Reese Kirkpatrick. Working and traveling together, she and Reese become a crackerjack team, but little by little, pleasure mixes with business. For the first time in a long time—maybe ever—Susan feels seen and appreciated for who she is. Certain she would never allow their friendship to cross the line, Susan lets herself stray dangerously close to the edge.
A moment of weakness changes everything. Now, unable to stomach the façade her marriage has become yet unwilling to decimate her family by moving forward with Reese, Susan faces a choice that could cost her everything—including her children . . . but possibly bring her more than she can dream.
I rated this book 5 *****’s
What a wide opening book to learn
This is my favorite book that I read this month and maybe for a very long time. I really loved reading this book so much.
I do not have a problem if a person commits adultery. It is their life and as long as it is not my husband they fool around and am good. This story blew my mind. I so loved what Reese did to this forbidden relationship. I wish that all men are liked him.
For me marriage will have ups and downs but the key to a successful marriage is communication. We have to communicate to one another and resolve any marital problems. Any partner will look somebody to love if they could not find that something they needed the most.
This book is a wide opening for married couple or lovers to read. I know this book is only fiction but deals with problems that typical couple will encounter sometime in their relationship. This book is a must read.
Communication, trust, and honesty is very important for any relationship. Temptation will occurs in our lives but as long as you can fight the urge. I think we will do fine.
Praise for Degrees of Love:
“Slabach crafts a relatable, heartbreakingly real story that will no doubt resonate with those at a similar station in life: women who love their families yet yearn for just a little more—to feel wanted rather than needed, to feel passion rather than complacency. In engaging prose and through skillful storytelling, Slabach captivates with an all-too-familiar story that raises questions with no easy answers.”
– Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
“This does not read like a debut author’s book. Slabach shows herself to be adept at portraying the complex emotions of the human condition. Her characters live and breathe on the page in a way that every author strives for, but few actually manage. Susan’s struggles ring true, and the way she handles everything makes her a very likable and relatable character.”
– Sarah Perry, San Francisco Book Review, 5 Stars
“Profound, heart wrenching and very emotional, it is hard to believe that Degrees of Love is a debut novel by Lisa Slabach. This is one of the best novels I have read this year.”
– Rabia Tanveer, Readers’ Favorite
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Degrees of Love is Lisa Slabach’s debut novel. She is currently working on her third full-length manuscript and a collection of short stories inspired by her experiences growing up in a small farm community in Washington’s Yakima Valley. In addition to writing, Lisa works for a Fortune 500 Company, leading a sales team in the financial industry. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and has two daughters, who are both pursuing careers in film. In her free time, she enjoys drinking wine with friends and cooking in her pink kitchen.
Tell us about your latest book.
Degrees of Love: A Novel is about a modern, working mother who goes through a life-changing awakening after becoming intimately involved with her new boss. I think of it as an exploration of love, which includes love of family and self as well as variations of desire.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Being a writer didn’t really occur to me until about nine years ago. I was a theater major in college and went on to earn an MFA in acting. I also designed costumes for about thirty productions and directed a few shows when I lived in Chicago. I thought about trying to write a play on occasions, but always lost my nerve before I did it. I wrote a good chunk of the first draft of Degrees before I told anyone what I was doing. Now that I am writing I can’t imagine stopping.
How has your theater background influenced your writing?
Certainly, studying plays and dramatic form has given me a solid background in understanding story structure and dialogue. When I write, I tend to write a scene as if it were a play with all of the dialogue first and then go back and fill in background, action, and interior thoughts. In addition, plays by necessity have to be tightly written. I try to do the same and strive to eliminate details that don’t loop back to move or inform the story in a meaningful way.
Do you write in the quiet or do you prefer background noise?
I often find listening to music gets me in the mood and mind frame to write, but once I’m in the groove, I prefer quiet. For example, I listened to a lot of OAR and Matt Nathanson when I was writing the first draft of Degrees.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
Yes, I wear many hats. I’ve worked in the financial industry for about nineteen years and currently am a Regional Sales Director for a Fortune 500 Company. I took a three year hiatus from corporate life a few years ago and did a lot of writing and launched an on-line book business, which is still in operation, but I plan to close it down in order to give myself more time to write, sleep, and spend time with my hubby.
Who is your favorite Romance Writer?
Hands down, Rachel Gibson. Her books are always well written and have a lot of humor without being silly. I love that her leading ladies are always strong women and far from helpless, and the leading men are realistic.