Amy Hatvany

Amy Hatvany is the bestselling author of seven novels. It Happens All The Time is published by Atria.

A Casual Encounter

You think you know your neighbors. But when it comes to Jake and Jessica Snyder, you have no idea what goes on behind closed doors.

Jake and Jessica Snyder are content. At least, that’s what they’ve have been telling themselves. Both successful professionals in their late thirties, they live in a comfortable home in a picturesque Seattle suburb, and are busy juggling their careers and raising two teenagers from Jessica’s first marriage. What more could they want?

But the Snyders have come to realize that contentment isn’t everything. One evening, they conclude a long-overdue date night with a detour into a crowded club, where Jessica is approached by an attractive stranger. On a whim, Jake urges her to dance with him. He watches as this other man touches his wife, seeing with new eyes just how alluring she is. Jessica is shocked by her husband’s response—and even more shocked by the arousal that lingers for both of them. Emboldened, they decide to test the boundaries of their discovery.

Jessica’s friends would never guess the secret behind her renewed marital passion. They have no idea that Jake is encouraging her to sleep with other men, as long as she follows a few agreed-upon rules to protect their marriage and safety. As her sexual confidence grows, her relationship with Jake becomes closer and richer than ever before. That is, until Jessica lets one liaison get out of hand, breaking their most important rule, and threatening to destroy their world forever.

A sexy and insightful look into the shifting definitions of marriage, fulfillment, and the complexities and consequences of desire, A Casual Encounter is a novel that will make you question everything you thought you believed about monogamy, and will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

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“A sizzling, squirming, thought-provoking story of female growth.” ~ Caroline Kepnes, bestselling author
“You’ll never look at your neighbors the same way again." Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, authors of The Good Widow
"Riveting, bold, and brilliantly written.” ~ Carol Mason, bestselling author