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The best thing between Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams is a fence. Ever since Oliver's new-neighbor gestures were met with unfriendly responses, he's decided to keep his distance. After all, he's in this seaside town to get his life on track again. That doesn't include working hard to get on Mackenzie's good side—no matter how intriguing she may be. His intentions ar The best thing between Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams is a fence. Ever since Oliver's new-neighbor gestures were met with unfriendly responses, he's decided to keep his distance. After all, he's in this seaside town to get his life on track again. That doesn't include working hard to get on Mackenzie's good side—no matter how intriguing she may be. His intentions are put to the test, however, when his dog becomes infatuated with hers. The two crafty canines do their best to break down the barriers between the properties. And where the dogs go…, well, the humans must follow! It doesn't take long for a powerful attraction to build between Oliver and Mackenzie. They soon discover that the worst of first impressions can lead to the best possible outcomes….


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The best thing between Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams is a fence. Ever since Oliver's new-neighbor gestures were met with unfriendly responses, he's decided to keep his distance. After all, he's in this seaside town to get his life on track again. That doesn't include working hard to get on Mackenzie's good side—no matter how intriguing she may be. His intentions ar The best thing between Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams is a fence. Ever since Oliver's new-neighbor gestures were met with unfriendly responses, he's decided to keep his distance. After all, he's in this seaside town to get his life on track again. That doesn't include working hard to get on Mackenzie's good side—no matter how intriguing she may be. His intentions are put to the test, however, when his dog becomes infatuated with hers. The two crafty canines do their best to break down the barriers between the properties. And where the dogs go…, well, the humans must follow! It doesn't take long for a powerful attraction to build between Oliver and Mackenzie. They soon discover that the worst of first impressions can lead to the best possible outcomes….

30 review for The Other Side of Us

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    3.5 stars... I have read a lot of Sarah MAYBERRY books over the years. Always set Down Under, a place I have never visited but would love to some day. There are a few authors that I buy automatically for a nice, romantic read with ordinary heros and heroines, no millionaires, no whips and paddles…. Just a good read with enough good sex to keep me interested. This was a freebie and I wonder how many of you out there download the freebies and NEVER read them. I must admit I do it a lot but with Sar 3.5 stars... I have read a lot of Sarah MAYBERRY books over the years. Always set Down Under, a place I have never visited but would love to some day. There are a few authors that I buy automatically for a nice, romantic read with ordinary heros and heroines, no millionaires, no whips and paddles…. Just a good read with enough good sex to keep me interested. This was a freebie and I wonder how many of you out there download the freebies and NEVER read them. I must admit I do it a lot but with Sarah, as I have read her stuff before I decided to give it a shot…. It did not disappoint. Good story about two damaged people who had to try and find their way in the world. Oliver… it is set in Australia so who better than the delectable Mr Jackman! Mackenzie …. OK, wanted her a little bit older but beggers can’t be choosers … I wanted someone with short hair. Two cute doggies ... an Australian beach in winter, where you have to wrap up and keep each other warm ...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Allison (The Allure of Books)

    I decided to read The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry because it seems like her name has been popping up everywhere lately. Some of my favorite blogs have read, reviewed and enjoyed her books. I decided to jump on the bandwagon and see what all the fuss was about. Unfortunately, this didn't work for me so much... You guys. This is going to be a tough review to write, because to be honest? I didn't enjoy much of anything about The Other Side of Us. The characterization, plot and writing all had I decided to read The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry because it seems like her name has been popping up everywhere lately. Some of my favorite blogs have read, reviewed and enjoyed her books. I decided to jump on the bandwagon and see what all the fuss was about. Unfortunately, this didn't work for me so much... You guys. This is going to be a tough review to write, because to be honest? I didn't enjoy much of anything about The Other Side of Us. The characterization, plot and writing all had glaring flaws that I couldn't get past. Let's start with characterization. Oliver and Mackenzie meet while both of them are trying to overcome unfortunate pasts. They both have divorce issues - Oliver more recently. Also, Mackenzie was in a horrible car accident that she is still trying to come back from physically. As I got to know them, I never felt like they were real people. When things about them were revealed - used to be a musician, loves dogs, TV producer, etc...it all just felt like a "Personality Trait Checklist" that was being listed, not like actual facets of someone's personality coming out. I mean, my lack of feeling for these characters got to the point that I couldn't even read the sexytime scenes. I skipped them because I felt almost voyeuristic or something, watching something happening between two people I cared absolutely nothing about. A couple of other things about the writing in The Other Side of Us bugged me as well. For one thing, EVERY SINGLE TIME THEY INTERACTED, one or both - usually both - of them waxed poetic about the other character's ass. I'm not kidding. Like every few pages: there it was. "That tight packed butt" or "well formed rear end" or something like it. Next was the way the scenes were written. Oliver and Mackenzie would interact, then once they went their separate ways we'd see each of them dissect the minutia of what just happened. Usually in the form of self-torture. "Could I be more of an ass-hat?" and "God, he must think I'm a harpy!" and so on and so forth. Not attractive at all. Also EXTREMELY repetitive to see basically the exact same things happening three times over. As for the plot...um, what plot? The Other Side of Us basically involves us getting to know the crap cards both Oliver and Mackenzie have been dealt in the past and then watch their fumbling attempts at socially interacting with each other. Then they fall into bed and bing bang boom. Things wrap up with minor "I don't know if I can do this!" drama that left me feeling distinctly unsatisfied. Basically, The Other Side of Us didn't work for me at all. I'm left wondering if maybe Sarah Mayberry's shorter novels are more successful? If I'm not mistaken, this is one of the first (if not the first) full-length story she has written. (Am I wrong? Feel free to let me know.) I'm not ruling out trying some of her shorter stories in the future, but I think I'll be letting the disappointment of this one fade for awhile first. To Sum it Up: -Cardboard characterization, the odd and repetitive writing style and the lack of central plot all left me extremely disappointed with this read. -I've heard so many positive things about Sarah Mayberry in the past, so I AM curious to see if this is a one-off or a real representation of her other writings. -I don't think I've ever actually felt so uncomfortable and weird about characters to the point that I had to skip the sexytime scenes - until now.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    I started this last night early-ish (thank heaven) and couldn't put it down until I'd finished (later than I'd like, but not devastatingly so). My huge crush on Oliver might have played a role. He's one of those humble almost-alphas who truly care about the people around him and love to care for and protect them. But I liked Mackenzie, too, as a take-charge woman working her way back from a recent devastating accident (with accompanying reevaluation of her life and goals). Their relationship was I started this last night early-ish (thank heaven) and couldn't put it down until I'd finished (later than I'd like, but not devastatingly so). My huge crush on Oliver might have played a role. He's one of those humble almost-alphas who truly care about the people around him and love to care for and protect them. But I liked Mackenzie, too, as a take-charge woman working her way back from a recent devastating accident (with accompanying reevaluation of her life and goals). Their relationship was sweet but with a depth to it that connected me to their story as surely as it connected them to each other. Oliver may be a weakness to the book, as he may be a touch too good to be true. He never felt unrealistic to me, though, and I've known enough truly noble, good men to find him just flawed enough to buy the fantasy. Indeed, it was only after I'd finished that I thought it might be over the top at all as I was never thrown out of the story thinking "there's no way this guy is real." And did I mention the matter of a crush? Finally, any book that brings literal, well-earned happy tears at the end deserves every kudo I can give it. What a great find and I'll definitely be looking up more by the author. A note about Steamy: On the high side, for me, but mostly due to length and intensity. There were only two, I think (though one had an intermission), though both were very hot and comprised pages.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    3 stars Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams want nothing to do with each other. They came to the town of Flinders to hide and recuperate. Mackenzie from an accident that scarred her and changer her life irreversibly, Oliver from the fact that his wife cheated from the time they returned from their honeymoon. [image error] So, it's safe to say that company is the last thing they need. But circumstances are such that they simply can't stay away. Mother Nature conspired against them, but so did t 3 stars Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams want nothing to do with each other. They came to the town of Flinders to hide and recuperate. Mackenzie from an accident that scarred her and changer her life irreversibly, Oliver from the fact that his wife cheated from the time they returned from their honeymoon. [image error] So, it's safe to say that company is the last thing they need. But circumstances are such that they simply can't stay away. Mother Nature conspired against them, but so did their loyal dogs. As they slowly start to get to know each other better, to learn about all the good and bad things that make the person, they come to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe they could make it work. A sweet read with two strong characters at its core. It's nice to finally get a heroine who is scarred by betrayal and life, and is grouchy as a result. Grouchy heroes are dimes a dozen, but such heroines are rarer. Oliver and Mac's relationship takes time to develop - they went from antagonism to reluctant friendship to love. And yet is seemed completely natural, no sudden changes in their behavior. Their banter was entertaining, and their talks about their lives definitely not uplifting. The dogs were pure delight. All the trouble they managed to get themselves in. They truly made me smile. :D The not so good thing is the fact that I had problems making myself read the book. It seems that the story dragged at times. I don't exactly like using the word boring, but it's applicable in this case. Not the entire book, mind you, but there were parts when it was really hard for me to keep my attention fixed on the book. All in all, a good read, with some bumps along the way. But I will still look out for Ms. Mayberry's next book, because I truly like the way she writes. ARC received from Harlequin via NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Good book. Oliver has come to clear out his late aunt's house and try to get himself back together after finding out about his wife's unfaithfulness. He tried a couple times to make friends with Mackenzie, especially since their dogs were certainly enamored of each other. Both times he'd gotten the door slammed in his face. Mackenzie was staying in the cottage next door as she recovered from a car accident that nearly killed her. She hadn't meant to be so rude to Oliver but he had caught her at Good book. Oliver has come to clear out his late aunt's house and try to get himself back together after finding out about his wife's unfaithfulness. He tried a couple times to make friends with Mackenzie, especially since their dogs were certainly enamored of each other. Both times he'd gotten the door slammed in his face. Mackenzie was staying in the cottage next door as she recovered from a car accident that nearly killed her. She hadn't meant to be so rude to Oliver but he had caught her at really bad times. When she made up her mind to make amends she discovered that they had a lot in common. As they spent time together their attraction grew. They also learned a lot about each other. Oliver has some real trust issues with other people and also his own feelings. He spends a fair amount of time in self reflection trying decide how he really feels about Mackenzie. Meanwhile Mackenzie is trying hard to recover from her accident so she can go back to her highpowered producer job. As she spends time with Oliver she also does some self reflection and realizes that she has some dreams that she had buried that might be worth dusting off. I really liked the fact that both were older and self aware enough to know what was happening between them. There were no major conflicts but a steady growing of their love. I liked the way that Mackenzie was able to go after what she wanted at the end. I also loved the two dogs and the parts they played in their owners' relationship. I thought they were pretty adorable and loved their ending also.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    4.5 SARAH MAYBERRY. Also, excellent dogs. Fulfills "Next Door Neighbor" for 2019 Ripped Bodice Bingo 4.5 SARAH MAYBERRY. <3 It's been too long since I've read one of her books. This was such a grown up romance. I loved it. Also, excellent dogs. Fulfills "Next Door Neighbor" for 2019 Ripped Bodice Bingo

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    The Other Side of Us Sarah Mayberry Series, Contemporary Harlequin Super Romance #1824 I know that many readers discount series books, thinking that they have very little to do with real life, with their princes and billionaires. Do not discount Sarah Mayberry and especially this book. Many books that I read have are filled with lust and longing, but have very little to do with love and caring but that is not the case with The Other Side of Us. Mackenzie Williams has been on long term disability for The Other Side of Us Sarah Mayberry Series, Contemporary Harlequin Super Romance #1824 I know that many readers discount series books, thinking that they have very little to do with real life, with their princes and billionaires. Do not discount Sarah Mayberry and especially this book. Many books that I read have are filled with lust and longing, but have very little to do with love and caring but that is not the case with The Other Side of Us. Mackenzie Williams has been on long term disability for almost a year. While driving to a location shoot for her serial drama, Time and Again, she hit a rock landside and her car flipped down a mountain side, resulting in traumatic injuries with her having a fractured skull, broken pelvis, hip, leg, ribs, arm along with a torn liver and lost spleen. While she was at the top of the game before she left, she has since been replaced, and the new producer is doing an excellent job. Now her e-mails to her boss are ignored, and her reputation and years of work are vanishing. In this business you are only famous as long as you are in the game. She is determined to come back as strong as she was before. But bending her broken body to her will is not a simple matter. No matter how hard she pushes to regain her strength, her body rebels with weakness and excruciating pain. But Mackenzie can’t accept that she won’t have the life back that she loved. Oliver Barrett life has been turned up-sided down after he discovers that his wife has been having affair for almost six years – the length of their marriage. He can’t quit thinking of what a fool he was to not see it. How could he miss something like that? Not only does he have to deal with the anger and grief, he is humiliated that he deceived for so long. Neither individual really wants to be around company now, but their two companions – Oliver’s Strudel, a miniature schnauzer and Mr. Smith, Mackenzie’s dachshund have different ideas. And even the fence between the property can’t keep them apart. Many authors can set up unique scenarios but the follow through is lacking with inherent problems either being glossed over or disregarded. But that is not the case here. Mackenzie attitude toward her recovery is compelling and realistic. How many people want to accept new physical limitations? We are taught that if we only work hard enough, and have enough determination, we can achieve anything. Work through the pain or no pain no gain. However, Mackenzie is faced with the prospect of either accepting who she is now or living with relentless discomfort, nausea, and weakness. Every time she pushes herself, she takes one step forward and two steps back. Oliver believes that he is recovering from his betrayal but how would he react if push came to shove? Can he believe that a scenario is innocent or will his history tell him otherwise? How long before he can truly trust another person? Oliver and Mackenzie are two unlikely candidates for a new romance. I will admit that I am one of those individuals that believe that a person needs to be happy with herself and also recovered from a break-up before embarking on a new love affair. However, Ms. Mayberry weaves a credible and authentic story of two individuals coming to grip with their demons with the help of the other. I read a lot of romances but very few incorporate the “in sickness and in health” aspect of it. I love the thoughtfulness and compassion that Oliver shows Mackenzie. In fact that aspect elevated the book beyond really liking to an outstanding read. As a dog lover, of course I found the plot involving the dogs charming. Even before this book, Ms. Mayberry had earned a spot on my auto buy list. But this book really touched me. This is one book you don’t want to miss.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    4.5* Sarah Mayberry has proven time and again that she is adept at stories in which both her main characters are struggling. Hot Island Nights and The Last Goodbye are good examples. In The Other Side of Us she does it again. Mackenzie Williams is recovering from a horrific auto accident and Oliver Barrett is trying to get past his wife's betrayal. After a rocky start, the two unhappy people slowly warm up to each other as friends, and then lovers. Most of the book is comprised of scenes and conv 4.5* Sarah Mayberry has proven time and again that she is adept at stories in which both her main characters are struggling. Hot Island Nights and The Last Goodbye are good examples. In The Other Side of Us she does it again. Mackenzie Williams is recovering from a horrific auto accident and Oliver Barrett is trying to get past his wife's betrayal. After a rocky start, the two unhappy people slowly warm up to each other as friends, and then lovers. Most of the book is comprised of scenes and conversations between Mackenzie and Oliver. This isn't an action-packed story. Instead, it's a character driven story about recovery and trust, and being willing to try again. This isn't a unique plot, but somehow Mayberry bring a freshness to the trope I've rarely encountered. Oliver and Mackenzie act like people I know. They are both likeable people with flaws and strengths. When either Mac or Oliver would think something like, "I should go explain why I acted that way, but I'm too tired." It felt so believable. I could identify with the whole feeling of emotional exhaustion both of them were dealing with. My quibble is that Ms. Mayberry either doesn't know much about dog mating, or she simply wanted her characters to appear ignorant, but the details given weren't accurate. Overall an excellent book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    This is not a review! Sarah Mayberry is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors and when I saw this pre-order freebie, I had to grab it! If you're a fan, or if you've never even heard of her but enjoy a well written romance with fantastic characters, don't wait! Get this one while it's still free! You won't be disappointed. Amazon: www.amazon.com/Other-Side-Try-Harlequ... The making of a good neighbor The best thing between Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams is a fence. Ever since Oliver' This is not a review! Sarah Mayberry is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors and when I saw this pre-order freebie, I had to grab it! If you're a fan, or if you've never even heard of her but enjoy a well written romance with fantastic characters, don't wait! Get this one while it's still free! You won't be disappointed. Amazon: www.amazon.com/Other-Side-Try-Harlequ... The making of a good neighbor The best thing between Oliver Barrett and Mackenzie Williams is a fence. Ever since Oliver's new-neighbor gestures were met with unfriendly responses, he's decided to keep his distance. After all, he's in this seaside town to get his life on track again. That doesn't include working hard to get on Mackenzie's good side—no matter how intriguing she may be. His intentions are put to the test, however, when his dog becomes infatuated with hers. The two crafty canines do their best to break down the barriers between the properties. And where the dogs go…well, the humans must follow! It doesn't take long for a powerful attraction to build between Oliver and Mackenzie. They soon discover that the worst of first impressions can lead to the best possible outcomes….

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Sweet, romantic and heartwarming. It starts with slamming doors, one promiscuous little dog and a hole riddled fence fence. This book was just one big feel good read. The characters are smart, articulate and carry some battle scars from the past that they are both trying to recover from. His are emotional hers are physical. They meet have good conversations, share comfort in each others company till something more starts to build. These adults act like adults and it is a very nice thing to read. Sweet, romantic and heartwarming. It starts with slamming doors, one promiscuous little dog and a hole riddled fence fence. This book was just one big feel good read. The characters are smart, articulate and carry some battle scars from the past that they are both trying to recover from. His are emotional hers are physical. They meet have good conversations, share comfort in each others company till something more starts to build. These adults act like adults and it is a very nice thing to read. There is sex, it is well written, realistic and very sexy. A great book for sitting under a tree drinking tea and enjoying the relaxing tempo of this story. Free right now on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Other-Side-Harl...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Lovely story. Nicely done romance. I really enjoyed the relationship - how the characters were dealing with their own issues and with each other. Oliver was hurt by his wife. It will be hard for him to trust again. He is separated and going through a divorce. Mackenzie has been going through rehab and is recovering from an auto accident. Their dogs were a fun addition to the story. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Kindle count length: 4,182 (448 KB) 304 pages. Swearing language: moderate including Lovely story. Nicely done romance. I really enjoyed the relationship - how the characters were dealing with their own issues and with each other. Oliver was hurt by his wife. It will be hard for him to trust again. He is separated and going through a divorce. Mackenzie has been going through rehab and is recovering from an auto accident. Their dogs were a fun addition to the story. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Kindle count length: 4,182 (448 KB) 304 pages. Swearing language: moderate including religious swear words but rarely used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 3. Setting: current day Australia. Copyright: 2013. Genre: contemporary romance, divorce.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry is about Oliver and Mackenzie, both of whom have been hurt and had the course of their life changed and are struggling to move past it. When the book begins, Oliver discovers that his wife of six years has been cheating on him their entire marriage and he didn't have a clue. He feels angry, betrayed and dismayed, so now in the middle of divorce proceedings, he takes a leave of absence from his work and moves next door to the heroine temporarily. The last th The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry is about Oliver and Mackenzie, both of whom have been hurt and had the course of their life changed and are struggling to move past it. When the book begins, Oliver discovers that his wife of six years has been cheating on him their entire marriage and he didn't have a clue. He feels angry, betrayed and dismayed, so now in the middle of divorce proceedings, he takes a leave of absence from his work and moves next door to the heroine temporarily. The last thing on his mind is romance but that is what he gets. The heroine Mackenzie too is struggling, both physically and emotionally. A year back she was an over-worked producer, who loved her life, then an accident changed all of that, she is now afraid that she will lose the career she gave up her time and marriage for and has almost become a recluse. Then Oliver and his dog walk into her life. At first Mackenzie is rude to Oliver but both of their dogs can't seem to stay away from each other, which keeps bringing them in contact. What I enjoyed about the book was that both Oliver and Mackenzie slowly start seeing that it is never too late to change your priorities. Oliver makes Mackenzie see that her job isn't everything while Oliver reflects back on his marriage, they become friends and Mackenzie starts noticing that her sex drive is back. Both of them were too damaged to get involved but they do, getting serious too fast but Oliver was just out of a marriage that shattered his trust and it took Mackenzie putting everything on the line for them to take a chance. All in all I enjoyed the book, it had depth yet this is not my favourite Sarah Mayberry. ARC provided by the publisher through Netgalley.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jae

    An absolutely beautiful and wispy read. With a lot of humorous ruckuses involving the dogs. This is a story of how two very recently wounded people came upon each other and became friends not by choice but because of their pet dogs. Oliver and Mackenzie's relationship turned from neighbours to friends to lovers was very realistic and believable. Their romance didn't happen as fast as the speed of light like in the other books, made it very pleasant to read. I didn't usually like reading narrativ An absolutely beautiful and wispy read. With a lot of humorous ruckuses involving the dogs. This is a story of how two very recently wounded people came upon each other and became friends not by choice but because of their pet dogs. Oliver and Mackenzie's relationship turned from neighbours to friends to lovers was very realistic and believable. Their romance didn't happen as fast as the speed of light like in the other books, made it very pleasant to read. I didn't usually like reading narratives with not many dialogues but SM's voice here was very engaging and soothing that it didn't bore me at all. Note to self: must read many more Sarah Mayberrys.

  14. 5 out of 5

    MBR

    Full review with quotes up on MBR's Realm of Romance Rating=5/5 Rated as an OUTSTANDING READ from the sunny side of life! Review goes live at 00:00 hours MVT on January 22, 2013 Full review with quotes up on MBR's Realm of Romance Rating=5/5 Rated as an OUTSTANDING READ from the sunny side of life! Review goes live at 00:00 hours MVT on January 22, 2013

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    I wonder if it's the story or that my taste has slightly changed -- Sarah Mayberry was one of my favorite Harlequin authors few years back. Loved her books. I had this one for years but didn't feel like reading it until now when I finally took it out of my virtual book shelf. I liked the beginning, the dogs were cute, and individually I thought both Oliver and Mackenzie -- with each of their background issues -- were good. Mackenzie had that determination. Oliver had that kindness. Unfortunately I wonder if it's the story or that my taste has slightly changed -- Sarah Mayberry was one of my favorite Harlequin authors few years back. Loved her books. I had this one for years but didn't feel like reading it until now when I finally took it out of my virtual book shelf. I liked the beginning, the dogs were cute, and individually I thought both Oliver and Mackenzie -- with each of their background issues -- were good. Mackenzie had that determination. Oliver had that kindness. Unfortunately, there were too many "thinking about the physical attractiveness" in this book for my taste. I liked it better when Oliver and Mackenzie talked about their dreams, rather than spending the pages thinking of their ass, their hair, their eyes, and so on and so forth. I got bored and skimmed a lot.

  16. 4 out of 5

    ⚜️Trea

    This is the second time I've read a book by this author, and the second time I was bored to tears with it! Granted, the setting was interesting and I really felt for Mackenzie, I had a hard time actually caring about her! The dogs were a clever ploy to keep the plot moving forward, but there were a lot of unanswered threads to my way of thinking. I doubt I will read this author's work again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    steph

    I really liked this. This is my second or third book by Sarah Mayberry and every time she blows me away by how well done and well fleshed out her characters are. I like how both these characters are older in this book, closer to forty, and they each are going through their own troubles and tribulations. Mackenzie is dealing with the aftermath of her horrific car accident, Oliver by discovering his wife had spent their whole marriage cheating on him. It was a slow start but I liked how they came t I really liked this. This is my second or third book by Sarah Mayberry and every time she blows me away by how well done and well fleshed out her characters are. I like how both these characters are older in this book, closer to forty, and they each are going through their own troubles and tribulations. Mackenzie is dealing with the aftermath of her horrific car accident, Oliver by discovering his wife had spent their whole marriage cheating on him. It was a slow start but I liked how they came together and fell into a natural rhythm as the book went on. It felt like a love story I could hear one of my friends telling me. This book has no mystery, no real drama, no subterfuge. No one yells or screams or doesn't talk to the other about things they should in this book so if you are looking for a book about that I would say go elsewhere. Instead you have a book about two people who are wounded in different ways and who, while picking up the pieces stumble into each other and fall in love. It makes you believe that nothing happens by chance and everything happens for a reason. I finished the last page with a light heart and a slight smile on my face. Also, there are dogs. My kind of love story. <3

  18. 5 out of 5

    LaFleurBleue

    My first and most probably not my last from this author. I really liked the overall contemporary tone of the story. I did not like much the female lead at first, though she managed to grow on me after a while, by showing her failings and frailties. The hero was almost too good to be true, but almost only. The story line, though quite classic with nothing outstanding or really new, was well paced and worked really well. The dogs' antics were limited enough not to become overwhelming in the story, b My first and most probably not my last from this author. I really liked the overall contemporary tone of the story. I did not like much the female lead at first, though she managed to grow on me after a while, by showing her failings and frailties. The hero was almost too good to be true, but almost only. The story line, though quite classic with nothing outstanding or really new, was well paced and worked really well. The dogs' antics were limited enough not to become overwhelming in the story, but added a funny unusual twist to the story (view spoiler)[ with the unplanned pregnancy of the young female dog owned by the hero (hide spoiler)] . A testament to the authors' talent is that I almost felt like compelled to buy the book for which the first 2 chapters were provided as a teaser at the end of this one, even if I really hate this trope: the best friend of a deceased woman hooking up with her widow and taking care of her kids.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I wanted to like this one more than I ultimately did. There's a lot to like; it has a heroine you don't see every day (i.e. one that is recovering from catastrophic injuries), it has a divorced hero that is still struggling with the failure of his marriage. It doesn't end in an engagement, and the inevitable epilogue is far enough down the road that I don't mind believing in the HEA. The dogs are cute. But the romance happens fast. Very fast. And I like slow romances. So while this is a good boo I wanted to like this one more than I ultimately did. There's a lot to like; it has a heroine you don't see every day (i.e. one that is recovering from catastrophic injuries), it has a divorced hero that is still struggling with the failure of his marriage. It doesn't end in an engagement, and the inevitable epilogue is far enough down the road that I don't mind believing in the HEA. The dogs are cute. But the romance happens fast. Very fast. And I like slow romances. So while this is a good book, it just wasn't a book that I was going to love.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Hmmm. There was nothing really wrong with this, except the progression of the relationship felt a little off. It wasn't just that everything went really fast (although my God, it did) but more how they got together as well that seemed a little weird and stunted to me. I suppose I never truly believed it. It was still an enjoyable read, though.

  21. 5 out of 5

    A. Bookzilla.

    Preorder the Kindle edition for FREE. (This link exactly. Don't search for it.) I won't say this is my favorite Mayberry novel, but it's definitely somewhere among them. It's a wonderful story about two people finding each other when everything else in their lives went wrong. Oliver just found out his wife cheated on him...repeatedly...ever since they got married. Tough luck, I seriously felt for him. To find out that six years of your life had been one constant lie, it must be awful. So naturally Preorder the Kindle edition for FREE. (This link exactly. Don't search for it.) I won't say this is my favorite Mayberry novel, but it's definitely somewhere among them. It's a wonderful story about two people finding each other when everything else in their lives went wrong. Oliver just found out his wife cheated on him...repeatedly...ever since they got married. Tough luck, I seriously felt for him. To find out that six years of your life had been one constant lie, it must be awful. So naturally, he's not rushing to trust anyone again like that, especially since his ex wife was able to lie to him for six years and he never even suspected a thing. Mackenzie's life has been put on hold by a car accident but she's determined to go back to her old self. Only, it's not so easy, her body - as much as she's trying, won't cooperate and while she was recovering the world moved on. Her job got snatched up by a hotshot producer, her ex-husband-sometimes-friend-with-benefits didn't even come and see her after the accident. By pure luck, they end up next-door neighbors with two dogs that take a liking to each other even if their owners don't feel exactly the same about each other. I loved how they went from this dislike to such an easy friendship, and how the author took her time to develop the unbearable sexual tension between the two. Most importantly, it's not meaningless by a long shot, because they both know what they have is something more than a casual fling at the beach house for both of them. Of course, she also makes the conflict very realistic, as well as all the small issues that arise on their journey to a HEA. This is what I like about Sarah Mayberry's novels the most, the problems and obstacles her characters face are always realistic, and the way they deal with them makes sense. Who in the world would think that after Edie's betrayal Oliver could ever trust another person again without a doubt? Or if a woman will ever be self-confident about her looks after being scarred and damaged beyond repair, especially in the world of perfection we live in today? Not to mention that denial that you can't go back to what you were before, after you came close to dying in such a terrible accident. Watching them both find exactly what they need in each other was wonderful and touching. I don't want to boast about writing, I love her style because it suits me. The characters are well developed, the conflict, as I mentioned, realistic, and the pace is perfect. I want to talk about the ending (another thing I love about her novels are endings, especially of her latest couple of books) - I loved it so much. It was what I would have expected any sane person to do, to fight for what feels right, despite being discouraged to do so. I don't think I even have to mention that there are graphic sex scenes in this. Overall, another great novel by Sarah Mayberry. I like to say I love my Mayberries, they're always a sure thing for me. She is one of the few authors that I completely trust to write something I will love, and The Other Side of Us is no exception. edit: I don't usually pay attention to HQN covers but I have to say that it bothers me that the girl in the cover has long hair when the heroine has short hair for the length of the book, and the hero actually has long hair - and it's something important and mentioned a few times. **Free copy of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    ***Detailed Review*** THE OTHER SIDE OF US was a really good book about first impressions, healing, and finding love when you least expect it I really enjoyed how the story started off. Everything wasn’t already in place. Instead we, the readers, find out alongside Oliver Barrett (Garrett? Back of book says Barrett, inside book says Garrett) as he discovered his wife’s infidelity. Needing to get away, he travels to his deceased aunt’s house to fix it up. There, he meets his unruly neighbor Mackenz ***Detailed Review*** THE OTHER SIDE OF US was a really good book about first impressions, healing, and finding love when you least expect it I really enjoyed how the story started off. Everything wasn’t already in place. Instead we, the readers, find out alongside Oliver Barrett (Garrett? Back of book says Barrett, inside book says Garrett) as he discovered his wife’s infidelity. Needing to get away, he travels to his deceased aunt’s house to fix it up. There, he meets his unruly neighbor Mackenzie Williams. He happens to catch her multiple times at the wrong moments, which only shines bad light on her social skills and attitude. To makes things worse, while he and Mackenzie get off on the wrong foot, their dogs take to one another instantly and find numerous ways to cross the fence. Mackenzie is trying to get her life back. After a brutal accident while driving to a site as a top producer, she’s spent the months following rehab to push herself back into her old life. Unfortunately, the extent of her injuries seems to be winning and her boss appears to be giving away her job. You really just ached for Mackenzie. She had nobody in her life that stood by her side during her accident and now she faces life with body scars and limitations. It’s well written how she struggles. As she tries to make up for her non to stellar friendliness to Oliver, they begin spending more and more time together, both noticing the attraction between them. One thing I liked, that I normally don’t, was their ages. Both nearing forty, they weren’t into any games. The moving of the attraction to more physical one was something they both looked forward too, but also feared as they both had demons to face. That doesn’t mean they didn’t mess it up a few times! Another thing was the Australian base for the story. For once, being out of the USA didn’t affect the story. The next hurdle they had to face was their quickly growing feelings. Oliver’s brother clearly calls out some important questions over whether his heart and brain was ready for a serious relationship. Although Oliver thought the answer was yes, he’s proven wrong when Mackenzie’s ex-husband, and well known actor, suddenly makes a visit just hours after they promise to give ‘them’ a try. Spending hours worrying about what was going on over at her house, Oliver realizes he’s not ready to blindly trust yet. Quickly packing and leaving a letter, he leaves in the night. Although Mackenzie could once say there was a pull towards Patrick before, now she’s positive of her love for Oliver. Coming off a good talk with Patrick over the ending of their marriage, she learns Oliver left. Where she didn’t fight for her first marriage, she isn’t letting Oliver go. Days of missing Mackenzie ends when she’s suddenly at his door. Promising to let him have all his fears and learn to trust again, Mackenzie isn’t losing him and he’s not strong enough to leave her twice. Two years later, they’ve weathers pretty dark times, but have come through strong. I really liked the story line with their dogs and the surprise at the end with the puppies!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Sarah Mayberry feels like a new discovery for me. A second wind that is sending me rushing through everything I love so much about a really good, solid contemporary romance. This is where character counts. Everything comes down to the two leads when you don't have car chases, epic quests or dragons. It all comes down to chemistry, growth, humor and the unfolding of a romance. It comes down to the story of two people and whether they're strong enough to carry it. Maybe not everyone thinks of all Sarah Mayberry feels like a new discovery for me. A second wind that is sending me rushing through everything I love so much about a really good, solid contemporary romance. This is where character counts. Everything comes down to the two leads when you don't have car chases, epic quests or dragons. It all comes down to chemistry, growth, humor and the unfolding of a romance. It comes down to the story of two people and whether they're strong enough to carry it. Maybe not everyone thinks of all those things when they think of the romance genre, but a really good writer will. Sarah Mayberry is a fantastic writer that knows her characters, this genre, and the magic that can happen when you write a really good, solid story about two people falling in love. Oliver is the grown up dude version of a Sad But Still Mad Taylor Swift song. But in a hot, gruff Gonna Get Away For Awhile kind of way. He was in a big band several lifetimes ago, and since then has been working as a sound engineer for others, and he'll shrug his shoulders with that small smile and say how he followed the predictable path of the washed up rock star. He just found out like a punch to the face that his wife of six years is having an affair. The wife who was once the singer in his big band. It's a nasty, shit place to be so he leaves to put to rights his dead aunt's beach house, where next door a tiny pixie of a woman is right off the bat rude to him. Unknown to him she's on the mend from a horrific car accident, and will turn the tides with her own hands if it'll only mean she can finally get back to her high stakes life of being a TV producer. Except, they're not waiting, and she's riddled with scars and this close to losing it. It's a strong, solid set up and the execution is flawless. Mackenzie and Oliver are broken people who come together on this tiny piece of beach and find something pretty amazing. The flow of conversation, the dialogue the charm and the sexy tension is so on point that you can just settle into the place and trust that it's going to play out perfectly. Mackenzie's character impressed me by her honesty and her coming to terms with her new self. There's a moment where she's freaked out by showing him her scars, and where she was on the brink of pulling back she instead pushes forward. That moment was when I fell for her as a reader. And poor Oliver is such a mess, but he's so honest, and good and charming. And it isn't in his quick smiles or sexy banter, but in the way he can't help but be with Mackenzie despite everything. This was a lovely, sweet, sexy story about two people who fall in love at the worst times of their lives. It's fast and unexpected, but it's romantic and funny and quiet, but it works. It comes together like a perfectly stitched quilt you just want to lose yourself under for a lazy Sunday.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rhea Dsouza

    I've never read Sarah Mayberry before. And with The Other Side of Us, I can assure you that I'll be reading a lot more of her. Oliver has just discovered that his wife of six years, Edie, had been cheating on him for the entire course of their marriage with her ex-boyfriend. Shocked and heart-broken, Oliver moves away from the city and goes to his Aunt Marion;s house, volunteering to prep his dead aunt's house for sale. With him is his adorable little dog, Strudel. Mackenzie had an accident a yea I've never read Sarah Mayberry before. And with The Other Side of Us, I can assure you that I'll be reading a lot more of her. Oliver has just discovered that his wife of six years, Edie, had been cheating on him for the entire course of their marriage with her ex-boyfriend. Shocked and heart-broken, Oliver moves away from the city and goes to his Aunt Marion;s house, volunteering to prep his dead aunt's house for sale. With him is his adorable little dog, Strudel. Mackenzie had an accident a year ago. One that changed her entire life and she very well knows two things: A) Life isn't ever going to be the same again and B) She may or may not lose the job that she has toiled her entire adult life for. Of course, she's worked at the production house for only three years, but if not for them, sh wouldn't ever have had the accident. And accompanying Mackenzie is her horny mutt Mr. Smith. The flow of the entire story is pretty damn amazing. The dogs are besotted with each other and then follow their owners. Both Mackenzie and Oliver have a lot of self-discovery to do, but time, they say, is the best healer. And this story shows that. There are times you feel bad for Oliver and want to throw a shoe at Patrick (Mackenzie's ex-husband) but I think that's what makes this book so good. You can relate to the characters at so many points in the story that you find yourself wanting to know more and more about them, which results in you not wanting to keep your kindle down for a second, which leads to unfinished homework and a Mt. Vesuvius of dirty laundry. There is a Happily Ever After and I love them. The couple(s) have to face insecurity and the pain of separation but after everything happens, love conquers all. And even though Mackenzie might never be up for some crazy sex positions in bed, and Strudel gave birth to a pup that Mr. Smith hadn't fathered, you know in a story like this, with a couple like this, it's all going to be alright. Find this review and more at Rhea's Neon Journal.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Musing

    The Other Side of Us by accomplished Australian author Sarah Mayberry, was brilliant. As is her normal standard, the book was intelligently written, heart-warming, sexy and full of witty humor. Passionate and intelligent Mackenzie Williams was determined to conquer her devastating injuries sustained the previous year, and return to her ‘normal’ life in the City as Producer of a television mini-series. She had chosen her picturesque beach residence in southern Australia’s Flinders for her convales The Other Side of Us by accomplished Australian author Sarah Mayberry, was brilliant. As is her normal standard, the book was intelligently written, heart-warming, sexy and full of witty humor. Passionate and intelligent Mackenzie Williams was determined to conquer her devastating injuries sustained the previous year, and return to her ‘normal’ life in the City as Producer of a television mini-series. She had chosen her picturesque beach residence in southern Australia’s Flinders for her convalescence, seemingly sustained by her drive to recovery, her dog Mr Smitty, and her isolation. Humiliated by his wife’s indiscretions, sexy and vibrant Oliver Barrett had retreated to Flinders to find himself and grieve. His life was on hold, the pause requiring contemplation and peace. Something that from his first introduction to his exasperating neighbour, no longer seemed probable. With their dogs becoming immediately smitten with each other, it seemed that interaction was inevitable, and what interaction that turned out to be!!! (Hot!!) Sarah Mayberry’s writing is unquestionably good. Her language is delightfully descriptive and rich in humor, quick wit and intellect. The witty repartee between luscious Oliver and sassy Mackenzie was wonderful – providing frequent moments of chuckling. Their salacious love-making was a turn on and exquisite in its description. “As always, the first slide of his body into hers was transcendent.” Yum. The Other Side of Us was a fabulous read. I laughed often, was brought to tears at the emotional turmoil each character endured, and was completely engrossed, falling in lust with Oliver and gaining utmost respect for Mackenzie. With wonderfully believable characters, captivating storyline and a happy resolution, this is a book I would recommend to many. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to review this fabulous book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachna R

    I waffled over that rating but I did actually straight-up love this. I didn't know anything about this book except that two people meet and don't exactly get along but their dogs. get super along. and this book ended up being so much more than that? I loved the way Mayberry fleshed these two leads out - the way they think, the way they feel. The first 2-3 chapters could easily have been a pain under any other author, imo, but it was kind of a delight to see how people can get their wires crossed I waffled over that rating but I did actually straight-up love this. I didn't know anything about this book except that two people meet and don't exactly get along but their dogs. get super along. and this book ended up being so much more than that? I loved the way Mayberry fleshed these two leads out - the way they think, the way they feel. The first 2-3 chapters could easily have been a pain under any other author, imo, but it was kind of a delight to see how people can get their wires crossed? and how people can figure each other out, and how certain they can be about both themselves and each other. Very no-nonsense, but not in a mechanical or self-conscious way, but still warm and with a great sense of humour and really smart about its affection. I just smiled a lot. I'm glad I read this - I love stories about people who totally understandable and mature affection for each other. Gosh. Sidenote - Mayberry's so good with not distancing people who don't know shit about Australia in her stories - gives me hope about any of my own romance novel writing, man. That's really rad. I have like a set of a bunch Mayberry books on my ereader right now and I'm super excited about tearing my way through them all now! ETA: SHOUTOUT to Oliver for being one of the best dude leads ever!!!!!! yo!!!!!!! I dig how hot and restrained and good you are, bro!!!!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ellen W-S

    Sarah Mayberry is fast becoming a must buy author for me. I love her Australian settings and her strong heroines. Mackenzie takes charge in the end to bring about this HEA, her heroes are sensitive guys in addition to being strong and masculine. I love that too. Although this wasn't my absolute favorite book by this author, I still enjoyed it and will continue to read her wonderful books! Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and enjoy this arc.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    I actually really, really loved this. It was so refreshing to see such a mature relationship with two characters who have their own lives and demons but come together because they WANT to. Super feelingsy and heart-clenchy and even though I've only read a few of hers, Mayberry might be my new fave in contemporary romance.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Penny Watson

    4/4.5 stars I loved this story. And it has a sausage dog! Emotional story, sexy hero, and lots of healing for both H/h who have been physically and emotionally scarred. Me likey! Very romantic HEA, too. :^)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Kellies

    Another brilliantly well written love story by Sarah Mayberry. I need to get my hands on more of her books!

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