Review: Revenge of the Mistress

Revenge of the Mistress Revenge of the Mistress by Cydney Rax
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Between spilling secrets, hiring hit men, and reformed philanders doing the perp walk down the wedding aisle, Rax rewrites the age-old adultery script. If Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850s novel was published today, the scorned female protagonist would start a TwitHub, with the hashtag #SideChicksMatter.

In the Revenge of the Mistress, the idyllic matrimonial union goes left, with a swiftness. If the next 36 days is any indication, Nicole Greene no longer remembers what is means to be a side chick. With her devious, yet magnificently scrupulous, ways, she pledges never become the “modern-day” slacker wife.

March 12 - the day only seen in fairytales - is the beginning of the end for the new Mrs. Rashad Eason. Having schemed and seduced her way into his arms, she cannot live up to what Rashad ultimately desires. Realizing this after several emotional disasters, he turns to the former Mrs. Eason, leaving Nicole to fall into the lovingly fatal arms of Ajalon. Sealing her fate, Nicole fails to understand that certain memories should serve as a warning of what should be left alone. With vivid flashbacks of her past, she devises a plan to make sure no one can have what she had.

Written with compelling power, this book speaks to the sanctity and covenant of marriage. Moreover, as the story unfolds, the delicate nature of marriage and its inevitable susceptibility to the machinations of “side chicks” jumps off the page. Furthermore, Rax emphasizes the slippery slope of love and the revolving intensity existing between love and hate. The message is clear - purloined desires, even those acquired through illegal means, have the power to kill.

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