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Degrees of Love

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In this powerful debut, a successful businesswoman embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will shake her to the core.

Like the shiny new BMW parked in the driveway of the Silicon Valley home she shares with her husband, Matt, and their two boys, Susan Sinclair exudes confidence and style. Newly promoted to a prestigious Senior Vice President position at her firm, Susan
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Paperback, 344 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by BookBaby
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Debbie
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Degrees of Love" is Lisa's first novel but I never would guessed that by the writing style or the way the story flowed so seamlessly together. Lisa had me hooked from page one and I couldn't stop reading till the end. I read this book in one night. Yes 344 pages in one night. I just couldn't wait to see what would happen next.

Susan is 36 and from the outside it appears she has it all but she doesn't think so. Even when she gets the promotion she's been waiting for, it isn't enough to make her
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Donna Hines
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous read dealing with the intricacies of marriage and family that has experienced heartbreak along the way. This story will resonate with the reader long after completion as it highlights what so many women feel but are ashamed to express.
"Men are motivated when they feel needed while women are motivated when they feel cherished.”
― John Gray, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
You reap what you sow as the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence.
Approximately 36% admit to
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Gayathri
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-z2018, 2018
Read the full review at Elgee Writes

Susan, a devoted mother of two, is smart, successful and creative and just been promoted to the senior vice president. She doesn’t regret that she had to give up her acting career and her dreams to live in New York for the family. The price she had paid for that doesn’t seem too high when Matt, her husband offers the stability her life had been missing before she met him.

But with every hike in her salary and her career, Matt has been growing distant and indiff
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Gina Jones
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every so often, I come across a book that becomes part of my soul. Degrees of Love by Lisa Slabach is at the top. It was one of those books I couldn’t wait to get up, have my coffee and return to the life of Susan Sinclair.

Susan is a woman of many means. Smart, beautiful, successful, yet knows her place as a wife and mother of two sons. After receiving a promotion that requires her to travel to New York from California, she begins to question her happiness with Matt, her husband, when Reese Kir
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Payal Sinha
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Degrees of Love is a totally believable adult love story. The heroine, Susan is in her late thirties, married with two kids, and a successful career woman. Her job takes her many miles away and she manages both work and family by weekly commuting to and fro between different cities. The problem with Susan is that she is very much alone despite being in a crowd. Her husband Matt does not provide her any emotional or mental support and in fact looks down upon her work (even though she earns more) ...more
Jessica
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reality and romance collide in this great novel about love. In todays world of dog eat dog and the only type of success is painted by confidence, dedication to work that borders on obsessive, this book brings us back to the realities of humanity. Setbacks that are normal are considered character flaws now and we as a society are suffering the consequences. I think that the author did a brilliant job in this story since it was very easy to appreciate each of the characters. It was also easy to im ...more
Grady
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“He slapped me once. I swear he has never laid a hand on me before, and I had it coming.’

California author Lisa Slabach makes her writing debut with DEGREES OF LOVE. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Dramatic Art from Whitman College and Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Western Illinois University she worked as an actress, costume designer and director before transitioning to corporate life. She now works for a Fortune 500 Company, leading a sales team in the financial industry in No
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Camille
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Degrees of Love tells the story of Susan Sinclair, a Silicon Valley soccer mom whos life could best be described by nice. Nice husband, nice children, nice friends, nice car, yet she still can’t help but yearning for something more in life. Not only has the niceness been wearing her thin, but since she has been married, she has been unable to show and be her true self. So, when her new promotion introduces her to a handsome new boss that she struggles to resist, Susan must decide whether her own ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
While the concept behind marriages has not changed, the role of each individual in that marriage is in a state of flux. No longer are roles defined by gender and marriages have become a true partnership. But what happens when one of the individuals wants something different? Or what if one is not happy with the other? Or finds what they are looking for from another? That is what this book brings to the table.

Adultery is not a new concept, it has been around since the beginning, but why do some
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Laura
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Degrees of Love is an emotionally gripping story of one woman's life as she gets caught up in an affair of the heart that turns into infidelity and changes her whole life. Slabach's character development and psychological portrayal of a career woman and mother who is emotionally starved caught my attention and didn't let go until the last page was turned. I read this book in almost one sitting. It was like sitting in a train that picks up speed to the point where you wonder how bad the crash is ...more
Grant Leishman
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Reviewed for Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

What happens when a seemingly happy, family woman and “soccer mum” in suburban California receives a promotion and finds herself inexorably drawn to her new boss in New York, where she is now required to travel for business on a regular basis? Fireworks happens! Susan Sinclair, her husband Matt and their two boys seemingly have it all – they are living the American dream. Dad, Matt, is a scientist, Mum, Susan, a high-flying corporate executive who
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Teresa
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own.
This story, seemed to me, to accurately portray the conundrum a lot of modern women face. We want to do it all and have perfection in everything. The idea that you can do anything but you can't do everything is integral to the story. And when you try for the everything life bites back and teaches some hard lessons.

At different times I felt sympathy for all three main characters and at times I wanted to give eac
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Wander Girl Life
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
In ‘Degrees of Love’ we follow Susan a Silicon Valley, soccer mom who is dedicated to her two boys, her husband and her career. Susan just got a promotion as the vice president in her company and a hike in her salary. She has it all from a lovely family, to a promising career, but things that look perfect from outside really aren’t so perfect.

Her husband, Matt is not exactly what she needs in a husband. Over the years he has become indifferent and distant. She craves to connect with him at all
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Carla
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Degrees of Love is an excellent novel from start to finish. We have our main character, Susan, who seems to have it all - an amazing job, perfect family, excellent home and financial security. But as we all know too well, sometimes things are deceiving from the outside.

On the inside Susan is craving more. She desires and wants the love that she feels is lacking in her marriage. Matt goes out of her way to ignore her, plans family events that leave her out and seems generally dissatisfied with th
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Lu Ann
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Susan and Matt Sinclair and their two sons appeared to be the ideal family. They did things as a family, attended Church, were involved in their children's school and participated in fund raisers. Matt was content with their intimacy but Susan felt discontented. Although Susan had decided to go to work, build her career so the family could enjoy the extras, Matt, felt threatened and resentful. He wanted the prestige but was not happy with Susan being gone so much... Neither voiced their feelings ...more
Amie's Book Reviews
Lisa Slabach has written a story in which it is easy to see yourself in the main characters. Anyone who has been married for a number of years can understand that sometimes daily life gets in the way of passion.  Temptation to feel that excitement of new love can happen to anyone.

The author has deftly captured the imagination of the reader. This is classified as "Women's Fiction." There is a very good reason for this. Women can read a book about adultery and not have that translate to their rea
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Samantha March
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Degrees of Love by Lisa Slabach is her debut novel, but I would have never guessed that. I was immediately hooked into the story, and I couldn’t stop swiping frantically at my Kindle to see how the story unfolded. We follow Susan Sinclair, a wife, mother, and also career-driven business woman who is determined to bring her kids up right, fit in with her Silicon Valley neighbors, and climb the corporate ladder. While I do not have children yet, I immediately could relate to Susan. Through the ent ...more
Frugal Girl
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Deep down, at the root of it all, we seek love and acceptance. We each yearn to find someone who understands us, who admires us, and ultimately who yearns to be with us. We want passion and excitement. We want to feel butterflies in our stomach when we think about the one we love and we want them to feel the same desire for us.

So what if you've been married for over a decade and don't feel that burning sensation for your spouse? There can certainly be love without passion. There can also be pass
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Elisha
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I knew I would be reading a story about a marriage that gets impacted by an indiscretion. But I was so interested in how the author would work the heartbreak of cheating into a non cliche story.

This story deals with the complexities of marriage; the good and bad. She loves her husband, adores her kids, and is happy with their life. However, she has been dealing with the fact that her and her husband don't connect on an intimate or emotional level anymore. The passion seems deflated and the rela
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Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
Do you guys like to read and help promote self-published authors? Thank you to Author Lisa Slabach for hosting a giveaway of her debut novel, Degrees of Love because I won! And I do love to promote self-published authors when I can! Susan Sinclair is married with two sons and in her late thirties, has risen to an executive position at her firm. She’s doing the Mom thing while juggling a demanding career but meanwhile, the spark has left her marriage. Susan is attracted to her new boss, Reese, bu ...more
Margaret Tidwell
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
FTC: I received a free copy of this book from iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and the opinions expressed in this review are one hundred percent true and my own.

Degrees of Love: A Novel by Lisa Slabach was very well written, but I struggled with reading it. I say that because since this book is a romance novel, I got bored because even though I don’t know what is going to happen, I do know what is going to happen if that makes any sense. I am su
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Elise Larson
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! Five breathless stars!

This powerful book speaks directly to the millions of women who stay in an unhappy, unfulfilling marriage out of habit, fear or obligation while longing for a true and lasting love. While living such a life, Susan begins an affair with Reese, her attractive new boss, and they fall deeply in love. The whole story revolves around the decision she must make: should she stay married to Matt for the sake of their marriage and children, or should s
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Cale
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I picked up “Degrees of Love” and read the first chapter I was hooked, as the characters are so real and alive and the descriptions are so vivid and clear, it is impossible to put down. This is my favorite type of book – where real people are in real situations that can spiral out of control and change the course of their lives, for better or worse. Lisa Slabach has painted a picture of life which at times is very moving, sad, stressful but it is done with nuance and delicacy and ...more
Jessica
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 communica
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Valery
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Degrees of Love: A Novel by Lisa Slabach explores the levels to which some will go or sink to, in order to find the so-called love of their life. Susan appears to have it all, a great career in sales, a steady husband, and two boys whom she adores. However, she feels a level of dissatisfaction with her life, small nuances that have changed between her husband Matt and herself. He seems more dismissive, less inclusive of her in everyday activities. When Susan meets her new boss Reese, romantic sp ...more
Rachel Kester
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this book by Lisa Slabach, you’ll read of Susan Sinclair, a businesswoman who has practically all she could want in life. She has the perfect job, car, and supposedly family. However, one day Susan finds that her husband has become very distant, and instead of working through their problems, only grows more so. Tired of the pain, Susan soon meets Reese Kirkpatrick, her new boss. With him, Susan feels alive and loved. She must end up making a choice: stay with her husband or risk everything an ...more
Pegboard
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Degrees of Love is an emotional novel that will touch your heart about the affects an affair will have on a marriage. Lisa Slabach summed it up well when she stated the husband visualized his wife as a prized toy that he only wanted when others were interested, yet ignored her completely at other times. Susan couldn't live with the neglect and loneliness from her marriage and when attention that she so desperately craved was directed her way from her boss, she was drawn to it although she knew i ...more
Julius Blitzy
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
You wouldn’t believe how many times this story has been told, in many ways of course, but it still holds up a certain degree of excitement.
An unhappy marriage, why us as humans deny ourselves the desire of happiness? Why if you marry a person, you don’t trust him/her enough to tell about how you really feels, if there is one thing that is broken on a daily basis that would be: feelings, yet people still move on, the recovery is not that easy but it’s still possible.
Having said that, this book d
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Mar
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Degrees of Love is the debut novel by Lisa Slabach but I would have never guessed it. The author does an amazing writing job, elevating a common dilemma that some couples have to face during their relationship and creating a great piece of storytelling.
The characters are strong and well presented. We are introduced into their worlds through their words, their thoughts, their actions and their feelings. It is a completely immersive experience and it really makes the story. We feel empathy for all
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Jimmy Jefferson
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of deception , love, loss and regret

This is a story about Susan, a driven hard working woman who has become complacent and unhappy in her marriage to Matt. Reese is her boss and appears to have the missing thing she has been looking for. As the relationship develops she falls for Reese and starts an affair that may destroy everything she has built for herself. Will her marriage go down in the flames of the affair? Will her son's ever find out? What will happen to her career? Find the ans
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Degrees of Love is Lisa Slabach’s debut novel. She is 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 ...more