12 September 2014

Your Little Secret Tour Stop!

Amber Watson thought she knew what she wanted in life – a house that didn’t have creaky stairs and leaky taps; a home with the perfect guy and an undying love that stole her breath away.

Between her boyfriend, Connor, and her best friend, Ethan, she thought she had the perfect life and the perfect future only a heartbeat away.

That is until abandonment and need begin to overwhelm her.

When Connor takes a job in London, Amber finds herself slipping at his lack of contact and the uneasy feeling that he’s hiding more from her than he says.

With the help of Ethan she not only finds herself, but finds the flame she has always held for her best friend coming to life.

Amber never expected to fall into a love triangle, but soon finds herself in a fight between her love for Connor, and the undying love she has for Ethan.

What happens when Connor’s little secret is found out, Ethan’s secret leaves Amber abandoned once again, and Amber’s secret eats away at her?

You ever have one of those books where you have to call a friend to vent?  Well this was the one for me.  I was so frustrated and angered by the female and her best friend in this book, I seriously considered not even finishing it, but I did only because I had the hope that something would happen that would make me not be so angry. 
Amber and Connor are in a relationship, living in a place with a leaky roof, creaking stairs and dripping facets but it is their little piece of heaven.  Connor is getting ready to leave for twenty weeks to London for work.  Twenty weeks, approximately five months, to a location that is a couple of hours away by train.  Keep that in mind as you will soon see the first part of my frustration.  Neither want to be apart but life has ways of stepping in and changing the plans.  Once he is gone Amber is depressed, she misses him and longs for him to be back in her arms. 
Ethan, the guy who has been in love with her for years and is her best friend, comes to comfort her and get her out of bed and back into life.  Well it so happens that he ends up getting her back in bed and under him while Connor is in London.  Ok so I get that Connor is acting strange, weeks can go by that he doesn’t contact her, when they do talk she can hear others in the background, but seriously, get a train ticket and find out what your man is doing behind your back before you jump in bed with your best friend.
By now I am sure you can see this is a story of a love triangle where cheating is involved, sneaking around and lying is clearly needed and someone’s heart is going to be broken.  If this isn’t your cup of tea then avoid this book but if you get into that stuff you will probably like it. There are things that happen that I can see would make Amber feel abandoned by everyone and shove her into a depressed way of thinking but I really wished she would have been written as a stronger female character.  She has to decide where her heart is, who holds that piece of her soul.  The ending will be a struggle for those who are able to invest in the story and characters, for those who were frustrated by the plot and her actions; you will be thankful that someone finally stood up and said enough. 
 I am glad I finished the book and saw where they were going with this.  It was beginning to restore my faith in Ethan and Amber and give me hope that she was going to figure out her life once and for all.  I wanted to give this book two stars due to the fact that by fifty percent of the way I was ready to throw my kindle across the room and be ticked off the rest of the day but that would have been unfair to rate this book on my frustration with the plot and not consider the book as a whole.  As for consistency and writing style, there were a few places that didn’t flow so well for me but over all I would say it was a job well done and I feel that the authors do have a talented way with words and creating the scenes for the reader.  

"Amber!" Connor's voice floated up the stairs. His voice was followed by the slamming of the door, the house shaking in effect and shattering Amber’s blissful state along with it.
Feeling her eyes widen, Amber couldn't believe Ethan continued to sleep. Well, they had sex a fair few times, but that didn’t mean anything. She was awake and watching the room close in on her as she heard the first creaky step of the stairs sound out. With just that noise, panic rose like bile in her throat. Fuck, she wasn’t in heaven anymore. This was rapidly turning into a massive mess. Shaking Ethan awake, she covered his mouth to shut him up, his eyes looking at her in horror and she shushed him.
"Connor's out there," she whispered barely audibly, the panic shining beautifully in her eyes. "I need to go to him. I'll distract him so you can leave." She looked at him sympathetically and kissed him on the lips purposefully. Her heart was sealed now. It was pumping a delightful beat in Ethan's hands now. She just prayed he knew that. "I'm sorry. I will sort this."
He watched her jump up, dress in her crinkled pyjamas and head for the door.
Turning back to him, she looked saddened suddenly. “I really do love you, Ethan.” It was all she said before leaving entirely and closing it behind her to keep his presence unknown to Connor. Taking the moment slowly, he could hear Connor getting closer to her, but Ethan dressed himself as quietly as possible. Ignoring the pounding of his own heart. He even tried to deny the feeling of his own wounds cracking open again across the surface of his heart. Once he was fully clothed he looked around for somewhere to hide. There was nowhere, and he knew he had one escape route and very little time.
Opening the window, Ethan clambered out, holding on tightly. As the door began to open he froze and he was glad he had as the conversation took a new turn and Connor stood blocking the gap with his back. Ethan held on as he listened to the conversation. He clung onto the windowsill allowing curiosity to grip him and ultimately weaken him.
"I can't wait. I thought I could but I can't," Connor spoke up, releasing the door handle and reaching into his pocket. "Will you marry me, Amber Watson?" Connor's voice resonated up the stairway and into every room in this house.
Ethan didn't stand a chance to hear the response as his palms became slick with sweat and he lost his grip entirely. He fell from the terrace on the house and onto the bush below with a painful impact. As he lay there winded he didn't know what hurt him more - his heart or his body.
Had he just lost the girl of his dreams forever?

Kirsty-Anne Still –
I used to be just another Fanfiction writer! That was until one person showed real interest in my work. And then another, and then another, until I had this whole group of people reviewing like crazy and wanting original work from me. I’d spent years writing for free online, I didn’t believe I had it in me to publish something!
But I’m glad I did!! I never imagined pushing my work and striving to reach my ultimate. I never imagined I’d be the girl who started The Viper Rooms! But who am I to deny the inspiration when it hits?
I love writing, it’s a lifeline. I love creating a world that others fall into. I love having the control to make a whole new world. It’s like a dependency, an addictive one. It’s one of the things I’m extremely proud of.
As much as I complain, I love the mini dialogues that go on in my head, the plotlines that attack me when I least expect them to. The ones that jump to life at the most inappropriate times and drive me totally crazy!
For now I split my life between writing, dreaming, working, and volunteering with children.

Bethan Cooper –
Bethan Cooper spends her days working 8 hours at a well-known restaurant and yawning - a lot.
But her vulnerability behind the uniform is her writing, having been obsessed with writing short stories and song lyrics from her teens, she has finally put pen to paper and started a novel.
She is married to the love of her life, who she met when she was seventeen.
So writing romance is a must for her, especially lots of kissing and people surrounded by love, as it is after all, the best human emotion.

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