09 February 2014

Matter of Choice Tour Stop!

Title: Matter of Choice
Author: RM Alexander
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 21, 2014

Some promises can’t be kept.

Shannon Winters’ picture perfect marriage is in shambles after a car accident left her husband an amnesiac. The commitment to vows he doesn’t remember making keeps her fighting while covering up the parade of other women and a spectacle of bad behavior. Her career as owner and manager at a successful boutique hotel alongside the Hudson River keeps is her refuge, but, at thirty-seven years old, what she craves is the bond to be repaired.

Even twenty years after high school, Triston Keyes continues to be haunted by the memories of the girl he’d lost, the only woman he’s ever loved. When he meets Shannon during a vacation, he finally has the chance to apologize. It’s the only hope he has if he ever wants to fall in love with anyone else.

Sparks rekindle between them, and Shannon struggles to find a reason to stay true to a broken marriage which is quickly crumbling as she gravitates towards the forgotten love.

Until her husband pleas for her to come back.

But when the depth of betrayal is revealed, Shannon must choose her vows-and her beloved hotel-or to remain true to her heart; while Triston must fight to keep the past from catching up to his future.

Both know nothing is a matter of luck, but a matter of choice …

Matter of Choice was an emotional read for me.  To watch Shannon have to decide between her heart and her morals was intense.  While most of us take our wedding vows seriously, at what point are you free to leave your spouse and build a life on your own?  When do you lay the guilt down of leaving and reach for happiness? These are the questions Shannon had to answer for her own life.
She owns a hotel that is her pride and joy in life.  The hotel is the one thing that she can look at and feel excitement about.  Her husband had been in a car accident and it left him with amnesia.  Not remembering his wife or the vows they took, Shannon is confronted with the line of women her husband continued to see and bring home.  Her marriage as she knew it was over, their past was gone, wiped clean as if it never happened.  For Shannon though, it did happen and she was still invested in her marriage, she said I do and she meant it.
You would think that would be an easy choice to make, but what if her husband wouldn’t do that if he had been mentally functioning as the man she married?  Can she be absolved of her sin of breaking her marriage up because of his medical condition?  There were times I just wanted to shake her and tell her she deserved better, but then I could see her point and wanted to support her.  His medical condition should not be permission for the abuse she felt watching someone else have that part of her husband’s life.
Life became more complicated when a man from her past showed up at her hotel.  Triston could be her way out of this situation.  She has feelings for him, he also is attracted to her, but can she move past his baggage and past to make a life with him.  She is caught between the drama of leaving her husband for something she isn’t sure about, or staying with an empty marriage and missing out on what could be her happily ever after.  While Triston knows what he wants, he also knows he can’t rush her or force her to decide.  If he did she would never really be his in the end. 
The author wrote this story in such a way she kept me invested with the real issues of these characters.  She didn’t need sex to sell her book, she gave us deep seeded questions and messages about the choices we could be faced with in life.  I will say I was happy with the ending, it was a choice that was well thought out and I think she can live with her decision so I wasn’t left wanting to throw my kindle across the room.  I am very impressed with this author and her ability to weave a story with such emotions, intensity and meaning and keep it at a level that was not only respectable, but mature, well thought out and sensitive.   
He snorted and chuckled. “You’ll call security on me? Like anyone in security scares me? That Stevens rent-a-cop-he’s a joke. I said, Get out of my way!”

The hands which had spent the better part of ten years caressing her skin and holding her with happiness and sorrow shot out and grabbed her shoulders, his grip hard against her skin. She yelped and then screamed as he pulled her up off her feet, glaring with angry eyes, then threw her against the wall. Unable to gain her balance in time, she shrunk to the floor in a crumbled heap, staring at her husband as he turned away without a second look and strode in to the banquet room. Tears spilled down her cheeks as his booming voice blasted through the air, and then terror struck as Rick looked up, then past Greg to meet her with first startled then enraged eyes.

Her voice didn’t find its way out of her mouth in time to stop Rick from barreling towards Greg, arms wide and ready to tackle. Shrieks and gasps ricocheted out of the banquet room and pounced off the walls, pummeling Shannon like bees as Greg glowered at the teenager. A single hook landed hard and precise against the boy’s temple, sending him sprawling to the ground. Senators and chair people rushed to his side, and others wrapping their arms tight against Greg’s drunken rage, encasing him with immobilizing restraint.
RM Alexander is an author of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. Her current novel, "Matter of Choice" is releasing in January 2014.

She has been writing since she was 10 years old. Many times, she stopped writing for months or even years at a time, but always came back to it until, in 2009, an idea came to her she couldn't put down. Over the next two years, she wrote and revised "Shadows", which will becoming available in spring/summer of 2014.

Another novel, "Matter of Choice", found its way to paper in 2010 during the revision process for "Shadows". And as "Shadows" was making its rounds to literary agencies, "Matter of Choice" was finished and slated for release in January of 2014.

With characters who look for love in wrong places and are victims of the worse kind of betrayals while fighting for what they want and believe in, RM's novels promise a good read with unexpected twists and turns.

When she's not writing, RM is spending time with her husband and two small children in Michigan. She loves to travel, especially to Walt Disney World, and can often be found on Twitter or Facebook chatting with other authors and fans.
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