All That Mullarkey – Sue Moorcroft

All That Mullarkey

“Revenge and love: it’s a thin line …

The writing’s on the wall for Cleo and Gav. The bedroom wall, to be precise. And it says ‘This marriage is over.’ 

Wounded and furious, Cleo embarks on a night out with the girls, which turns into a glorious one night stand with… 
Justin, centrefold material and irrepressibly irresponsible. He loves a little wildness in a woman – and he’s in the right place at the right time to enjoy Cleo’s. 

But it’s Cleo who has to pick up the pieces – of a marriage based on a lie and the lasting repercussions of that night. Torn between laid-back Justin and control freak Gav, she’s a free spirit that life is trying to tie down. But the rewards are worth it!”

I got this eBook when it was available as a free download from Amazon (current price £1.99).

The prologue indicated major problems in Cleo and Gav’s marriage, the argument was fierce and I could easily see where the story was headed at this point.  What followed was an impulsive mistake from Cleo, I couldn’t condone her behaviour but I certainly understood it.  I thought I had Justin all figured out so when it switched to his point of view I was surprised to find an unexpected reaction from him.

Cleo was a very stubborn character and there was a definite hint of rebellion in her actions – she seemed to know what she should have been doing but after remembering the result of her argument with Gav she decided to do the opposite.  To begin with I felt a real sense of regret from Gav and I found it difficult to read the book from his perspective because I knew what Cleo was doing (how did I manage to feel guilty on the character’s behalf?).

The aftermath was filled with guilt, anger and worry but I have to admit that I found it really interesting to read, I was just so curious as to how, or if, Cleo’s marriage would be affected and what she would do if the worst happened.  I didn’t have to wait long to find out and this was when it got even more exciting!

There were a couple of moments that stick out in my mind as being particularly enjoyable: the jet skiing was brilliant because I really liked seeing the crazy/carefree side of Cleo.  There was also an awkward training session that Cleo found very uncomfortable and had me cringing for her but laughing at the same time.

After a succession of unexpected revelations the storyline moved forward by about a year and things had changed dramatically.  I was completely captivated by all the character’s lives and when things took a sinister turn I felt sure that I knew who was responsible.  Towards the end it was slightly predictable but that didn’t affect my enjoyment at all because it went the way I had hoped it would.  The epilogue left me smiling – it was the perfect ending in my opinion.

The book was clearly written and comfortable to read, I found myself reading well past midnight just because I didn’t want to stop reading it – I needed to know what was going to happen next!

This was an intriguing tale of betrayal and new beginnings, I will definitely be reading more from this author.

To find out more about Sue Moorcroft visit her website.