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Forfeit

(Degrees of Separation Trilogy #1)

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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  50 reviews
The debut novel of a masterfully emotional, high stakes trilogy that will have readers forfeiting tradition to gamble with love…

December and Austin have a traditional, storybook marriage complete with defined roles. Married young, they’ve shared nearly a decade of passion and love. December’s submissive nature is perfectly suited for her husband’s authoritative, yet
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Paperback, 372 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Ari
Oh-kay.. this was awesome. God this book!

full review to come.
Amy ~ Love At 1st Read
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the debut novel of her Degrees of Separation trilogy, Lydia Michaels confronts difficult issues on the most intimate level. Forfeit is not your light, sweet romance. Not even close. It’s brave, gritty, tender, and it’s real.

December and Austin had lived the ideal marriage for almost a decade. December loved her ordinary, traditional life where the husband was the head of the household and the wife was the heartbeat. Austin had known how much finally having a stable home life meant to
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Kara-karina
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
On one hand, I have all the sympathy for the main heroine. Girl, I've been there, done that, got a t-shirt. December herself is a sweet and kind soul. I instantly liked her. Cord was a typical hero material, and I enjoyed him as well. Austin was a typical alcoholic unable to get over his failures and major wounds to his ego.

What infuriated me was this complete lack of understanding of how to deal with alcoholism. Come on, guys! Have you heard of googling it? If my spouse or loved one had it, I'd
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Salima Queen
I was given this book to read for an honest review.

I was completely floored when I read this book. This book will take you on a journey of a what true marriage is like. It will open you up with emotions that you may or can relate to. It is a realistic view as to what happens when an addiction takes over and the destruction that it can cause. This book made me cry, laugh and feel the pain of what Austin and Ember are going through. If you want a down to earth real life story that will touch your
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Under the Covers Book Blog
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it

I have read Lydia Michaels in the past and have enjoyed the depth of emotion that I've found in her stories. While I haven't read Allyson Young before, when my friend Trish recommended I check this out I didn't hesitate. The Degrees of Separation series is following a married couple, December and Austin, who love each other dearly but are stumbling across a hard rock in their marriage. Austin has been out of work for quite some time and this has caused some major financial problems. He's

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Patricia
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book threw a curve ball at me . Oh t started out sexy and bam . You are taken in a totally different direction. The characters are complicated and complex . The story line s so good and dark . It is sent for the feint of heart . You will shed tears and want to throw your kindle across the room ,
Fyrephoenix
No, nope and yuck. Not my thing. 1950's life style is not my cup of tea.
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)


I have read Lydia Michaels in the past and have enjoyed the depth of emotion that I’ve found in her stories. While I haven’t read Allyson Young before, when my friend Trish recommended I check this out I didn’t hesitate. The Degrees of Separation series is following a married couple, December and Austin, who love each other dearly but are stumbling across a hard rock in their marriage. Austin has been out of work for quite some time and this has caused some major financial problems. He’s
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Coco.V
Dec 26, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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The debut novel of a masterfully emotional, high stakes trilogy that will have readers forfeiting tradition to gamble with love…

December and Austin have a traditional, storybook marriage complete with defined roles. Married young, they’ve shared nearly a decade of passion and love. December’s submissive nature is perfectly suited for her husband’s authoritative, yet adoring personality and he seamlessly holds the indisputable role of head of the household.

But
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Tanya Rae ~ TaSTy WordGasms
I really loved this story so much so that I started Book 2 Lost Together immediately and fortunately for me it was on my kindle. I really enjoyed reading Forfeit. This is the first book in the Degrees of Separation trilogy. Things were going so well in December and Austin’s marriage until Austin loses his job. Austin has always been the dominate in their marriage and that is just how December has always wanted it. But, when after losing his job Austin starts drinking and not seeming to be ...more
Christine
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I have red anything from this author and I am so glad that I did. I fell in love with December and Austin's story. I love how Cord is trying to be the good guy but his emotions get the best of him. Part of me wants Austin to get his crap together but the other part of me is so mad at him and wants him to suffer. This book hits home for me my husband drank for the first ten years of our marriage and when I said I was leaving he quit. He has been sober 7 years now. I want ...more
Shannon Ferguson
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic start to this trilogy!!! There were times where I wanted to both smack Austin upside his head, and pull him in to my arms to coddle him as he struggled against his demons. My heart broke for him, Cord, and December, and I honestly don't know which one I hurt for more. This first book has been a twisted ride, and I can't wait to jump in to the next!!! This is definitely a must read!!!
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Forfeit is a powerful look at a marriage in trouble. December (Ember) and Austin have the kind of love we all search our entire lives for. But, now that love is on the skids, thanks to Austin's drinking problem and the loss of his job. December and Austin's circumstances are so poor that she's reduced to begging the local gas company for a break on their debt just so they can have fuel to fire up their heater. As she's on the way back from her unsuccessful search for a company to give them a ...more
Trish
I am never disappointed in Lydia's book. She is extremely talented and ALWAYS gives me the feels. I laughed and cried in this heartbreaking book. The character development is strong and Lydia has a gift of putting the reader in the character's shoes and you actually believe you are them; hurting just as much as they are.
Wonderful read and I am desperate for the next book in the series.
Mandy Saial
Inside the pages of this book lies a very Raw and Excruciatingly Emotional Downward Spiral of what was in the beginning a deeply in love married couple and how as the time goes on life happens , jobs are lost , Alcohol spills , lies flourish ,hearts are irrevocably broken and one friend tries to hold them together even though he hides secrets of his own.
I did love this story , not because of what happens to these characters , which was heartbreaking and sent me into my own depression , but
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Lita Thomas
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Forfeit (Degrees of Separation Trilogy 1) by Lydia Michaels is a tale of December, her husband Austin and his best friend Cord. They met at a festival one day but it was Austin who automatically knew December would be his wife. They have lived the story book life with Cord coming over every now and then for a cooked meal till a set of circumstances have left the trio estranged. It is these set of circumstances that have turned Austin and Decembers’ ideal life in shambles and she has no choice ...more
Jennifer
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.

I have read almost every single book from Lydia Michaels since 2013; this however is my first introduction to Allyson Young, so when I was asked to read it, I was beyond elated. The book flowed nicely from chapter to chapter; I could hardly tell who wrote which part. Their beautifully woven collaboration on this book/series is outstanding. "Forfeit" is part one of a three book series, please do not let this discourage you, the wait is
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Lauren
Intense and well written. Realistic drama between husband and wife Austin and December - even though Austin's not doing well. Cord has issues of his own. Three people trying to cope - worth a read.
Tammy
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked from beginning to end and am looking forward to more in this trilogy. This is a fast paced read with lots of drama and emotion. I loved it!
A Court of Starlight and Sunshine
After seeing the reviews on Goodreads, it’s clear that I have a very unpopular opinion regarding this book. Most people gave this book great reviews, but I didn’t like this book. In fact, I couldn’t stand it. To be honest, I’m not quite sure why or how I read the entire thing. I thought that this sounded like an interesting book, but once I got into it, I didn’t find it all that interesting.

The book is about a love triangle between December, her husband Austin, and Austin’s best friend Cord.
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Epiphany
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous way to start this trilogy! As I was reading this book I kept thinking why am I reading this book, I don't like this book...But then I had to step back and pay attention. You see some of this book seemed to mirror some of my life so long ago. Austin was so like my ex in this book, up to a certian point...I wanted to pop Austin on the back of his head and tell him to see what he was doing to his wife and best friend and hug December and tell her to hang in there it will get better. ...more
Karinosa
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Now, I like December. She is sweet and soft natured. I did enjoy this read and it was hard to feel December's pain. Cord is an alpha male. He takes charge and helps both Austin and Ember. His love for both of them is obvious and I liked it. He maintained his distance. The bomb Austin dropped makes this hard for Cord. I need to read the next book. Where does this author take us? It was well paced and did not feel rushed at all! It is as it should be. Cant wait to read the next in this series!

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Hanan
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Forfeit we meet December and Austin.
They've been married for about a decade now.
They have THEIR IDEAL marriage.
Austin is the bread winner. The head of the family. He's the alpha dominant who's responsibility is to work and take care of his wife. Finically,physically and spiritually. Her needs are meet through him.
December keeps house. She's the queen of the castle. She depends on Austin for her well beings and she in return keeps the house running like clock work.
Their marriage and the roles
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Laura
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
“Forfeit” is an emotional and sensitive story about three individuals; December, Austin, and Cord, and how true intimacy and friendship can take an unexpected turn when you least expect it.
Austin and Cord have been life-long friends who have always believed in the same values of working hard and to provide for a wife and family. In comes December. Her beauty captures the attention of both men but Austin wins her heart and takes her as his wife.
Over the years, December develops a deep friendship
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Diane
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
An emotional start…

Cord, Austin, Ember… Friends, the best of friends, but things have changed. Best friends are strangers and the most loving couple are cold and distant. How bad it is now is a measure of how good it was before…

Ember and Austin had a relationship with defined roles, roles they both embraced completely. Loving, fully supportive, they loved each other, their life and Cord, a friend who fit into their life seamlessly. When Austin dropped off the rails, however, all that was good
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Taylor
Sep 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I read this because I was a fan of Lydia Michaels and her book "Breaking Perfect" is one of my few favorites. I was so disappointed by this story. He characters were all right, and maybe it's just me and my dislike for stereotypical gender roles, but I could not stand how on almost every page there was something about what a woman's job was and what a man's job was. I feel like the whole story took forever to get started, and then when it did, half of it was an explanation of how the woman
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QueenOfBooks88
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a different story to one's i usually read and the first couple of pages i was sceptical, i carried on with it though and glad i did. The story of Austin & December's love was at first text book perfect, further into the story you realise that it's far from it, the depth in which Lydia has a reader seeing this from a potential "real life situation" is brilliant, I found the Cord - December addition a little unusual but I'm glad as its so much more enjoyable to read something that ...more
Marc Rieck
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing emotion inspiring book

I have never read a book that made me feel this emotional. That might be because at various times in my life I have been in the position of each of the main characters.

But it is probably because the authors wrote a superb book. This story is well written and edited. The characters are believable, and you want them to all end up happy. The situations were not contrived, but something that has probably happened to someone you know.

This first one was free, but I
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April
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the first page you are drawn into the love story of Austin and December. Things take a turn for the worst and December is thrown into the arms of the best friend Cord. What you get from there is a emotional and distraught choice three make, how will it end and who will survive the aftermath. This is my first book by Lydia Michaels and definitely not my last. If your looking for a good story with hot scenes and a terrific pace then this is the book to start!
Emile Horne
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is an awesome departure from the usual romance tropes that I often find boring.
Ember and Austin had the perfect marriage. Until he lost his job and started drinking. Now their marriage is in trouble, and Austin's best friend is Ember's only saving grace.
This book will surprise you and titillate you. It's erotic and thought-provoking.
I loved it! I can't wait to read book #2 to see where this journey continues.
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Lydia Michaels lives in Pennsylvania with her wonderfully supportive husband, beautiful daughter, and many crazy fur babies. She is the award winning author of over 20 romance novels. Her darkly compelling Surrender Trilogy was an Apple iBooks bestseller and she has been featured in USA Today. In 2015 she was the winner of The Best of Bucks Award and she has been nominated as Best Author in the ...more

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