Monday, February 19, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Cross by USA Today bestseller, D.A. Roach: YA Fantasy


Congratulations to USA TODAY Bestselling Author D.A. Roach on the release of her latest YA Fantasy novel, CROSS! 

Ray Cross wasn’t a hero; he could die too easily. But some things are worth risking death...

Ray Cross was born with a genetic disorder, resulting in a fragile body; his organs and blood vessels will rupture with any hard impact, so standing up to his best friend's controlling boyfriend could kill him.

Ray's life in Midland, MI gets decimated when his parents reveal they are not his real parents and his real father, a king from a secret land hidden in the far north of Canada, is dying and wishes to meet his son.

With his doctor and newly-met twin, Ray travels to the forgotten village of Yardis, where magic, myth, and corruption are abundant. But the longer Ray stays in the village learning the truth of his past and reconnecting with his father, King Vintras, the more he discovers an evil force threatening the king and his village.

But there’s more than the king and a village tied to Yardis and Ray. He finds friendship and more from a band of brothers who are part witch, dragon, and healer. With new alliances and new abilities, Ray wars with himself on playing it safe or risking it all to save the ones he loves.

Can Ray rise above his fragile disorder to become the hero for once in his life?

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REVIEW: 5 STARS
D.A. Roach has the ability and talent to create a world that sucks you in right from the very first page and doesn’t let go until the very last one.

This was a truly FANTASTIC YA novel. Whether you enjoy this genre or haven’t read it yet, this book is a must. 

I absolutely loved Ray’s character (Cross). Going from a “normal” life to discovering he’s really the son of a King AND he’s got a twin brother he never knew about?? Talk about a life-changing afternoon! But even more than his cool life, I loved his easy-going attitude! His quirky comments made me laugh more than once and I also admired how despite his condition, he spoke his mind and did what he believed to be right...always. (I may or may not have squealed when Lauren and him kissed...just saying!)

Yes, there’s a romantic flame burning in the background, but this book is so much more. Once at Yardis, Ray and newly discovered brother, Torin, discover the truth behind who they really were and everything that had happened throughout the years to the village and its people. Curses, powers, barriers, forbidden romances...oh my!!! 

Seriously, GRAB THIS BOOK. If you want to dive into an amazing world that will truly have you glued to the pages, this is the book you want. D.A. Roach truly delivered a must read!!! FIVE STARS!!


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CROSS:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
 ❝One of the best YA Books I have read in a long time. a fast read. Love all of the characters.I could see alot more coming from these Characters.I will recommend this book to all of my friends and book club. If you have never read anything by D.A. Roach. Give her a try. You will not be sorry.❞

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
❝One of the best YA Books I have read in a long time.❞

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
 ❝If you love fantasy or just want a change in your reading genre then this is a fantastic quick book to escape reality from.❞


MEET THE AUTHOR:
D.A. Roach is a USA Today Bestselling author who has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story.

D.A. is a full time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, advocating for a rare disorder, and gardening. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Nicole Williams. Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw


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Monday, February 5, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Follow Me Back by A.L. Jackson



Follow Me Back 
The next seductive, unforgettable stand-alone romance in the FIGHT FOR ME series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson . . .



The next seductive, unforgettable stand-alone romance in the FIGHT FOR ME series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson . . .

Kale Bryant. Arrogant. Gorgeous. Commanding.

This ER doctor is married to his job. His only vice is one-night stands and short-lived flings. He learned a long time ago loving someone isn’t worth the risk.

Harley Hope Masterson. Beautiful. Brave. Sweet.

The owner of a small coffee shop knows what it’s like to struggle. Embroiled in a bitter divorce, she’s threatened with losing everything.

When Kale accepts a new position down the street from Hope’s shop, he begins to question every wall he’s built around his heart.

He wants her in a way he hasn’t wanted anyone.

One touch is fire.
One kiss, and he’s spinning out of control.
But taking her won’t come without consequences.

Hope is in for the fight of her life. One neither of them saw coming.
Now Kale must decide if loving her is worth risking it all.
She will fight with everything she has.

But sometimes even hope needs a hero . . .

REVIEW: 5 STARS
Ever since meeting Kale in the previous installments, I was intrigued. I loved seeing him interact with Rex’s kids and loved how much he loved them. I knew he was always family-oriented despite letting his past get the best of his present.

This book was more emotional than anything. Evan, that sweet, sweet little boy walked right into my heart. I was so scared for him the entire time and my heart was constantly breaking!

Hope was an AMAZING mother. So, so, SO strong!!!! She and Evan were in many ways what Kale was terrified of, but exactly what he needed to face in order to start living again. Fate is an amazing thing...

This book—gosh, THIS BOOK. Get it. Experience it. Fall in love with not only a set of phenomenal character but an epic story.

FIVE STARS.



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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Don't Be Afraid by CA Harms, Contemporary Romance

DON'T BE AFRAID by CA Harms
A Second Chance Contemporary Romance


Have you ever looked at someone and just knew,
knew that they were put in your life for a reason?
The one person that would be not only your best friend,
but would be your absolute everything?

That’s how I felt the first time I saw him.

That one day when a few little words changed our entire lives forever…

Don’t be Afraid, he said.

Life can change so quickly.

One moment you can be smiling and feeling as if you're walking on clouds and the next, everything you love, everything you treasure crumbles at your feet.

I told him to fight, I told him I needed him.
We needed him.
But there are just some fights that can't be won…

He was my angel then, and he’s still my angel now.
In a way, I believe he’s still looking out for us, giving us a future.
Sometimes it’s as if I can still feel his presence,
guiding us and keeping us safe.

So, I won’t be Afraid.
I'll live. I’ll fight.
It’s what he would have wanted.
I’ll do it for him…

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REVIEW: *6* STARS!!!!
OH. MY. GOSH. This book has ruined me in the best way possible. 

The rumors were true. You NEED TISSUES for this one. Tons and tons of tissues. I cried practically the whole time! For sure I cried the entire first 70% of this book consecutively. Then, even as I felt my shattered heart healing, I still cried!

Patrick. God, what a MAN. Seriously. I still feel like crying just thinking of him!!! He was PERFECT. Everything he did for Sawyer and his daughter... From housework to the letters!!!! OMG. *sigh* My heart...... THE FEELS, you guys!! THE FEELS.

Then, we also had Gage, Patrick’s best friend. So understanding, patient, kind, and LOVING. Now, of course, I NEED a romantic HEA in my books so I was super happy to see Gage and Sawyer find comfort in each other. C A Harms developed this slow burn flawlessly. They had so much to work through and it all went at the perfect pace. The guilt they felt was understandable and seeing them work through it, seeing them open up that side of them that was in many ways broken was beautiful.

Guys, seriously, READ THIS BOOK.

An emotional, heart-shattering book that will have you smiling and sighing with content by the time you’re done reading.

A top 2018 Favorite.
SIX STARS!!


EXCERPT:
I sat in the darkness with my legs curled up in the chair, my body shielded by the large blanket I had wrapped around me. I’d thought of going to bed a long time ago, but instead, I was listening to the Pat’s breathing patterns.

This was his third night sleeping in the hospital bed in the center of our living room, and though he hated it, I knew it was easier for him to sleep on than our old worn out couch.

Each night after he’d fallen asleep, I tried to go to bed, but I eventually found myself back in the living room, watching him and listening to his breathing. I guess I needed it for my piece of mind. Though his breaths were weak and labored, I still needed to be able to hear them. I think in some weird way it was comforting.

When he was asleep he wasn’t angry or fighting to push people away. He was just peaceful. I needed to see him this way, I guess, because the hard times were beginning to drown out those happy memories and each day I found it more and more difficult to hold myself together.

The room was dark, save for the illumination from the light above the sink in the kitchen. The gentle hum of the refrigerator was the only other sound. I’m not sure at what point I allowed myself to fall asleep, but I was jolted awake by the sound of his raspy voice filtering through the darkness.

“Sawyer.”

I sat up straight and the cover slipped from my shoulders as I leaned forward, looking him over from head to toe. My heart raced as the thought of being here alone with him when something catastrophic happened. The moment my eyes reached his, I found him staring back at me.

“Is everything okay?” He shook his head, and my heart seized in my chest. I stood and walked toward his bed, my hands shaking as I did my best to stay in control of my fears. “What hurts?”

He lifted his hand and rested it over his heart.

I stared at him in confusion.

“I’m sorry.” I could sense whatever it was on his mind was hard for him to face as his eyes shimmered with unshed tears. “Please don’t hate me.”

Suddenly it was hard to breathe.

“Why would I hate you?” I took his hand and offered a gentle squeeze. “I could never hate you, Patrick.”

“I’ve been such an ass and knowing this, but unable to control it breaks me.”

“You’re going through so much,” I said as I sat on the edge of his bed.

“So are you.”

I closed my eyes for only a moment when he ran his fingers through my hair that hung loose over my shoulders. “I’ve allowed the fear to consume me and gave it the power to make me forget what I have. I’m just scared.”

I opened my eyes, and his cheeks were wet from the tears he tried to control.

“I’m so scared of everything I’m gonna miss. I’m scared of not being here to protect you an Abigail.” He took in a shuddering breath. “I don’t want you to be alone, Sawyer.”


MEET THE AUTHOR:
C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn't always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.

BOOK REVIEW: Indie and the Brother's Best Friend by R. Linda, NA Romance

INDIE AND THE BROTHER'S BEST FRIEND
by R. Linda
Series: Scandalous Series #2
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Genre: NA Romance

Being in love with someone who doesn’t love you back sucks. 

Being in love with your brother’s best friend sucks even more, because you know it can never happen. How tragic is that?

I’ve been in love with Lincoln Andrews since we were kids and he stuck up for me against my brother and played tea parties with me in the treehouse. I’ve also avoided him for the past year because he broke my heart…more than once.

Now we’ve been thrown together at a tropical resort to celebrate my parents’ second wedding, and things are intense and getting worse, no thanks to an insane plan my friends cooked up to get me my dream man.

No one else even comes close to what Linc means to me. He’s always there for me, but is it because he cares for me too—or only because I’m his best friend’s little sister?

It’s time I find out once and for all…but what if our crazy plan blows up in my face and ruins everything?

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REVIEW: 5 STARS
Ever since meeting Indie in book 1, Bailey and the Bad Boy, and seeing how madly in love she was with her brother's best friend, I wanted to know more about her and Lincoln. I wanted to read about their "impossible" situation and see if they'd figure a way around their predicament.

The moment I got my hands on this book, I was a goner!! This story had my full attention and there wasn't a thing that would make me stop reading...well, aside from the fact that I had to sleep, that is.

Indie had been in love with Lincoln all her life. He was always there alongside her brother, making sure Indie was always safe and taken care of. He made sure any and all boys stayed away from her too. Indie just thought he was protective of her because he saw her as a little sister. She hoped to be wrong but Lincoln never showed her otherwise. In fact, whenever they'd have a moment, he'd make sure to push her away rather quickly. She never knew which way was up or down with him.

So she left.

A few years later, she's forced to face the music. Her parents are renewing their wedding vows and they're both in the wedding. Now, of course, an already stressful situation was made even more stressful (but comically so) for Indie because her and Bailey's best friend, Jack, decided to be her pretend boyfriend. Out of the blue. Now, mind you, Jack is gay, so in reality, there was NOTHING there between them, but it was fun seeing him push Linc's buttons. Jack knew that would light a fire under his butt and get him to admit to Indie, and himself, how he really felt.

The chemical attraction and sexual tension between Indie and Linc SIZZLED. Holy cow, did it ever. I was READY for them to finally be together! In more ways than one, if you know what I mean, LOL!

Anyway, this book was seriously REALLY GOOD and one I recommend you grab! I love Lincoln....and Jack LOL!! It was amazing seeing Ryder and Bailey (#RyderFreakingJones!!) and I cannot wait for Harper and Nate's book! Eek!! FIVE STARS!


EXCERPT:
I smiled at her. It wasn’t a friendly smile. It was sinister. Her eyes widened, and she moved back on the rock, knowing I was coming for her.

“You better lose that dress real quick, Princess. I’d hate for it to get wrecked.” I crept closer. Panic marred her features. She knew all too well that I meant what I said.

“You wouldn’t.” She held her hands out to stop me.

“Come on, you know me better than that. You’re getting in this water. It’s just up to you whether your pretty dress is coming in with you.” I turned my back to her. “You have until the count of three. If you’re not in the water by then, I’m turning around regardless of whether you’re still dressed or not.”

“Linc, I’m not skinny-dipping with you.” Her voice quivered a touch with nerves.

I chuckled. “No one said anything about skinny-dipping, but please don’t let me stop you if you feel inclined to swim naked.” I reached for the waistband of my boxers, and intending to mess with her a little more, I removed them completely. “I might just join you.” I threw my underwear over my shoulder and onto the rock.

I was surely going to hell for this.

“Linc! Oh, my god!” I looked over my shoulder at her to find her face buried in her hands.

“To the count of three, Indie,” I warned one last time.

She huffed.

What was I doing? She was Nate’s sister.

“One.”

And she had Jack-ass for a boyfriend.

“Two.”

She was completely off limits.

“Three.”

It was silent. I turned to find her standing on the rock, twisting her hands nervously in front of her. Her dress…at her feet.

I gulped.

Lace. White lace. Matching.

Hell.

I was going to hell.

And I didn’t care. I didn’t care that she was Nate’s sister. I didn’t care that she had a boyfriend. I didn’t care that she was entirely off limits. She was mine. Always had been. And one way or another, I wasn’t leaving this island without getting what I wanted.
  

MEET THE AUTHOR:
R. Linda drinks wine and writes books. 

A coffee addicted, tattoo enthusiastic fangirl with a slight obsession for a particular British boy band and solo artist, she is a writer of Contemporary YA/NA Romance and Suspense, sometimes dabbling in Paranormal as well. 

Renee lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two sons. When not writing she can often be found reading books to her children and cuddling up with them on the couch to watch their favourite movies. 


Monday, January 29, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Thunder Basin by Nya Rawlyns, Western Romantic Suspense


THUNDER BASIN by Nya Rawlyns is available on Amazon & KU! 

Western Romance, Mystery, Action


Glen Hawley is care-worn and just plain wore out. He gave up a law enforcement career to save his family, only to find himself on the wrong side of progress and teetering on bankruptcy. He needs a reason to get up in the morning… a reason to fight.

The old saw—be careful what you wish for— comes home to roost when the fight lands on his doorstep in a hail of bullets. Unable to escape his past mistakes, and with the consequences of bad luck and poor choices closing in from every side, everything Glenn Hawley cares about is in jeopardy.

It’s going to take more than a village to help the ex-Sheriff save his ranch, his way of life and the family he is willing to risk everything for. As for his own redemption, sometimes it only takes one person to make all the difference.

In the shadow of Wyoming’s sweeping national grasslands, when history and the present collide, it will take more than a united front to protect an uncertain future where the stakes are high and courage is all a man has left.

THUNDER BASIN explores one man’s search for redemption and second chances. It is a character study in a contemporary western mystery-suspense setting, and includes a dollop of MF romance, high action and humor.

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REVIEW: 5 STARS
It's not often that you find a brand new-to-you author and you truly connect with their writing style, but when it does happen, it's epic. That's exactly the situation here with me and Thunder Basin by Nya Rawlyns. For some reason, the book called to me and boy, I'm glad it did!

The way the author wrote, not just the dialogue but the general story, felt so real!! It was truly authentic to the "western lifestyle" and I loved that! Down to the boots comment which had me laughing out loud! That's the type of comment you'd hear a real, legit cowboy say! You can tell Nya Rawlyns knows her ranch/livestock lifestyle!!

I also really liked Ava's character! LOVED how she and Glenn met, and her sassy attitude which was exactly what Glenn needed. 

If you love Western Romantic Suspense novels, you really must give this one a try! I read it in one sitting! Started it last night and stayed up late finishing it. :) LOVED it! A must-read!


EXCERPT:
“Open the shirt, but leave it on.”

Ava spread the fabric apart, revealing a silky undergarment that looked flimsy and nothing like the lacy bra he’d expected. He peeked over her shoulder, assessing its purpose.

“It’s a camisole. With a built-in bra.” She flashed a naughty smile, pleased she’d one-upped his plans.

“Is it expensive?”

“No, but…”

Glenn snapped first one strap, then the other, allowing the confection to drift like a peach cloud around her trim waist.

Ava grimaced. “I liked that one.”

“I’ll buy you a dozen in different colors.” He fingered the fabric, then growled, “Take it off,” allowing his cop voice to fall into a lower register.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nya Rawlyns (and her alter ego, Diane Nelson), has been writing for over fifteen years across a variety of genres – suspense/mystery, contemporary western, romance, romantic comedy, women’s fiction, literary fiction and contemporary young adult fantasy.

A lifelong equestrienne, she has competed in dressage and distance riding. Her love affair with words began as a young child and continues unabated. She lives in Pennsylvania with her daughter, horses, cats, chickens and a family of friends and supporters who provide not just inspiration but absolute belief in her characters and stories.

Most days she can be found daydreaming and listening to the voices in her head.


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Thursday, January 18, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland, Contemporary Romance

SEX, NOT LOVE
A Contemporary Romance Novel
by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author 
Vi Keeland 

My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards. 

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction. 

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn't dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems. 

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

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REVIEW: *6* STARS
Vi Keeland cannot write a bad book...EVER. It's not in her DNA. It's like asking water not to be wet. And I honestly don't know how she does it because man, her books keep getting better and better. Sex, Not Love was SO MUCH MORE than what the blurb provides. So. Much. More. And don't get me wrong, the blurb was intriguing, but OMG, this book.

As always, her hero was beyond what the term swoon-worthy could possibly describe. Hunter was not only attractive (and by attractive, I mean flipping HOT), but he was humble, funny, down-to-earth, and had quite frankly, YUMMY. That man had quite the dirty mouth too! *wink* His "baggage" was heart-shattering, though. Not only was the situation by itself sad but then come to find out a detail within that situation...? Wow. I found myself literally saying out loud "oh, my gosh, no!". Vi Keeland evoked a lot of emotions from me with this book. A lot. From laughter to tears, my emotions were all over the place while reading!

Natalia...man, I loved her character! From her sassy remarks to her conversations with Anna (SO DAMN REALISTIC!) to her relationship with her step-daughter, Izzy. Her character was one I connected with and truly enjoyed reading about. I loved that Hunter challenged her, but I loved, even more, how in the end it was her who challenged him.

So, really, I won't say anything about the plot because you need to read it, but just know that Vi Keeland once more hit a home-run. This book was flawless and perfect. It's kicked off my 2018 Top Favorite Books List with a bang!! I was left feeling all-kinds of hungover after finishing this one. SIX STARS.



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

EXCERPT REVEAL: Don't Be Afraid by CA Harms, A Second-Chance Contemporary Romance



DON'T BE AFRAID by CA Harms

A Second Chance Contemporary Romance


Have you ever looked at someone and just knew,

knew that they were put in your life for a reason?

The one person that would be not only your best friend,

but would be your absolute everything?

That’s how I felt the first time I saw him.


That one day when a few little words changed our entire lives forever…

Don’t be Afraid, he said.
Life can change so quickly.
One moment you can be smiling and feeling as if you're walking on clouds and the next, everything you love, everything you treasure crumbles at your feet.

I told him to fight, I told him I needed him.
We needed him.
But there are just some fights that can't be won…

He was my angel then, and he’s still my angel now.
In a way, I believe he’s still looking out for us, giving us a future.
Sometimes it’s as if I can still feel his presence,
guiding us and keeping us safe.

So, I won’t be Afraid.
I'll live. I’ll fight.
It’s what he would have wanted.
I’ll do it for him…


Releasing January 30th
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EXCERPT REVEAL
I sat in the darkness with my legs curled up in the chair, my body shielded by the large blanket I had wrapped around me. I’d thought of going to bed a long time ago, but instead, I was listening to the Pat’s breathing patterns.

This was his third night sleeping in the hospital bed in the center of our living room, and though he hated it, I knew it was easier for him to sleep on than our old worn out couch.

Each night after he’d fallen asleep, I tried to go to bed, but I eventually found myself back in the living room, watching him and listening to his breathing. I guess I needed it for my piece of mind. Though his breaths were weak and labored, I still needed to be able to hear them. I think in some weird way it was comforting.

When he was asleep he wasn’t angry or fighting to push people away. He was just peaceful. I needed to see him this way, I guess, because the hard times were beginning to drown out those happy memories and each day I found it more and more difficult to hold myself together.

The room was dark, save for the illumination from the light above the sink in the kitchen. The gentle hum of the refrigerator was the only other sound. I’m not sure at what point I allowed myself to fall asleep, but I was jolted awake by the sound of his raspy voice filtering through the darkness.

“Sawyer.”

I sat up straight and the cover slipped from my shoulders as I leaned forward, looking him over from head to toe. My heart raced as the thought of being here alone with him when something catastrophic happened. The moment my eyes reached his, I found him staring back at me.

“Is everything okay?” He shook his head, and my heart seized in my chest. I stood and walked toward his bed, my hands shaking as I did my best to stay in control of my fears. “What hurts?”

He lifted his hand and rested it over his heart.

I stared at him in confusion.

“I’m sorry.” I could sense whatever it was on his mind was hard for him to face as his eyes shimmered with unshed tears. “Please don’t hate me.”

Suddenly it was hard to breathe.

“Why would I hate you?” I took his hand and offered a gentle squeeze. “I could never hate you, Patrick.”

“I’ve been such an ass and knowing this, but unable to control it breaks me.”

“You’re going through so much,” I said as I sat on the edge of his bed.

“So are you.”

I closed my eyes for only a moment when he ran his fingers through my hair that hung loose over my shoulders. “I’ve allowed the fear to consume me and gave it the power to make me forget what I have. I’m just scared.”

I opened my eyes, and his cheeks were wet from the tears he tried to control.

“I’m so scared of everything I’m gonna miss. I’m scared of not being here to protect you and Abigail.” He took in a shuddering breath. “I don’t want you to be alone, Sawyer.”


MEET THE AUTHOR:
C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn't always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.



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