05 February 2014

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I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was 21 years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn’t die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had.
I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can’t hold on to someone that doesn’t exist anymore.
It wasn’t until I met Jesse Addison, a barista at the local coffee shop, that I realized I didn’t just lose Sarah that tragic night, I lost myself as well. Jesse taught me how to let go of the past and learn to love again. But what happens when your past haunts your present and the woman you used to love refuses to accept the woman you can’t live without?

This book isn’t just a book…it’s a complete and total ride.  And by ride, I mean it will mess with your mind.  It is completely not what I expected when I picked it up, but I mean that in the best way possible.
This is a complicated story and I don’t want to give away anything so I will make the blurb quick.  Brett fell in love with Sarah and they had bliss together.  Everything seemed perfect, until one night when something unthinkable happens and it turns everything on its head.   Relationships are tested, and irreversible damage has been done.  For years after that fateful night, Brett meets Jesse.  Jesse breathes life into him again, and they start a very intense love affair.  But Brett is torn between promises he once made to the woman he first loved and a new life.  What will happen?  Will Brett and Jesse be able to move on together or will the past continue to dictate the future?
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention at this juncture that aside from being a stunningly intricate and engrossing story that the sex is this book is off the charts!  RAWR!  It was awesome.  The chemistry between Brett and Jesse is intense and really draws you in to their story. 
If I had to pick one word to describe this book it would be &*%#^!  Seriously, it is all kinds of crazy.  I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book like this, actually.  There are some batshit crazy, scary scenes that had me on the total edge of my seat.  It was INTENSE.
The characters though, in the end, are what make this book so good.  You can’t help but fall in love with Brett’s gentle resolve.  He’s a truly good guy in a beyond crazy situation.  And Jesse is sweet and sassy and is a woman who knows her own mind.  You can’t help but like her.  Heck, even Brett’s best friend Caleb added so much to the story, and for me it’s rare for me to love a secondary character so much!  But this book wouldn’t be a book without Sarah…and while I really struggled to find things about her that I liked, I decided in the end that it was ok not to like her, because she was the element of the story that pretty much drove the entire story.  Read it and you’ll see what I mean.
I’m telling you, 2014 is turning out to be a good book year so far.  I’ve read at least 4 5 star books so far this year and I know will remain at the top of my book list all year long, I’m convinced.  This book was not even on my radar, but I hope word gets around at just how fantastic this book is.  Add in the fact that this is the author’s first book?  Mind blown!  5 stars.

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"Shall we make a little bet?" I ask, twirling my thumbs like an evil madman. "Aren't you sick of losing yet?" She laughs so hard at her own joke, she almost rolls out of the chair. Her reaction alone is enough to make me laugh right along with her. This girl is drunk...and beautiful. And drunk. And sexy as hell. And drunk. And so very fuckable. Did I mention drunk? She isn't in the danger zone, where she is going to be hating her very existence tomorrow. She's in that loose-lipped-say-things-that-will-make-you-cringe-the-next-day stage. I would be lying if I said I wasn't enjoying the hell out of seeing her in this state. Jesse always seems to have a filter when she talks to me. It's as if, she analyzes every word in her mind twelve times before actually spitting out a sentence. Since she started drinking, she hasn't stopped talking. She has officially made the leap from best friend’s little sister, to woman I want to fuck. Jesus, what the hell am I saying? Am I drunk too? "So, is that a yes or no to the bet?" I smile, glancing down and catch a glimpse of her peaked chilled nipples. "You cold, Jess?" I ask, nodding down at her nipples noticeably showing thorough her skimpy excuse for a dress. I watch her eyes travel down her own body and her cheeks immediately redden. Oh shit! I really am drunk! Why the fuck would I say that to her? Better yet, when the hell did I lose my filter tonight? Oh God, what else have I said to her without thinking? I frantically try to think of a way to moonwalk out of this conversation. She's uncomfortable, and I'm mortified. We both know it too. It's written all over our faces, but in our drunken states, neither one of us can think of anything to say. 
I’m a 32 year old wife and stay at home mom to four kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. My life is crazy, which is probably why I drink entirely too much wine. Oh who am I kidding, I had a love affair with wine long before the kids came along. I was born and raised in Savannah Georgia, but we recently moved to Chicago. Let me tell you, this southern girl was not ready for the cold weather up here! I’m an avid reader, but I haven’t always been that way. A few years ago my sister loaned me her Nook Color, and it changed my life forever. In the span of about two years, I read over 500 books. My newfound love of reading led me to start a book blog with two of my best friends. (Insert shameless plug here: WhiteZinBookends.com). Through WZ Bookends, I've had the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing authors, bloggers, and readers out there. Now that I have taken the leap into writing my own book, they’ve all shown me endless amounts of encouragement and support. While driving home from Walmart one day in late October, a story embedded itself in my head and would not let go. It spiraled out of control until I finally opened my laptop and started writing. This journey has been a wild ride filled with tears, hand cramps, and tons of laughs. I love company, so follow me at one of the social links below and join me aboard this crazy train!  

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