10 October 2014

The Lost One Tour Stop!

My name is Melodi White, I had a dream once like every other girl does. Then one day, my dream was torn to shreds, by my sister’s evil boyfriend, Jacob. It’s been three years since she was ripped from my life. She wasn’t just any sister; no, she was my twin, my best friend.
Deciding to follow our childhood dream of moving to New York, I head for a life of adventure and fun. A night on the town and I find myself wrapped in the arms of one gorgeous, drop-dead-sexy man, Corban. He has literally swept me off my feet, taken my breath away with a single kiss and left me wanting more, a feeling completely alien to me.
Corban Andrews, CEO of Case Construction, rich, sexy and ravishing is set to make my world come undone. I allow myself to put my trust in him, but will his rules and my trust issues let us explore what we could have together? It’s either that or am I at risk of staying lost and alone.

When a blast from my past reappears, I know I may be pushed so far down the rabbit hole, Corban and I just may not survive. It all comes down to survival and choices. I have no idea which I will choose.

I am really amazed that the author kept my attention like she did with this story.  I feel like I am on a heavy overload with a sentimental romance theme lately but the author of The Lost One enhanced that with some raw emotions that made the romance aspect a side issue as I read.  The synopsis does justice to this book description but doesn’t give you the full list of things you will encounter with Melodi and Corban.  Adding in the side characters such as parents, siblings and best friends, you have a whole package of organized chaos that took me on an awesome ride as the story unfolded.
Melodi isn’t your normal tragic character.  While she ended up being the victim in the worst way, she never used that status to define who she was. She had loving parents, a twin sister that she loved and adored.  Grew up in a nice location, was happy and had all of the normal events you would expect in what we would call the “American dream” lifestyle, until her sister Abby brought home her boyfriend.  It was then that Melodi was exposed to bruises on the skin and the emotional distance and depression that her sister Abby carried.  Not knowing how to fix this for her twin, she did what she knew to do, which wasn’t a lot in the survival category because she never had to “survive”.  When Abby decided it was time to get out of this relationship she appeared happy and Melodi was relieved to know that this nightmare was about to be over, but then Abby never came home.  It has been three years that Melodi has felt half of her heart and soul missing and the guilt is eating her alive.  Panic attacks and fear paralyze her at times.  Yes losing a sibling in this manner can be life crushing, but to be a twin that is so connected, part of Melodi not only felt the terror, she felt the void stronger than any other. 
She is a strong woman though, she decides to carry out her and Abby’s dream and she begins a life in the big city.  When she finds a job that appears to be a perfect fit for her, Melodi doesn’t realize that she will also gain more love and acceptance along with some answers to the questions she hasn’t ever had the courage to ask.  She meets Corban before she realizes he will be her boss and instantly she is beginning to believe that life with a man is not going to be easy to come by for her, just as it wasn’t for Abby. 
Corban also comes from a wonderful family, if you exclude his sister Athena.  He impressed me as a man who doesn’t ooze alpha strength and attitude but he is more than capable of not only satisfying his woman but protecting her at the same time.  He knows how to soothe her during panic attacks, calm her down in fits of rage and balance her grief with her happiness in order to give her permission to carry on in life without her twin.  Without knowing what she is really feeling he appears to have the answers and solutions to her being stuck in the grieving process.  When danger presents itself in this story, Corban keeps a level head about him and builds a protection around Melodi in order to keep her safe.  He wants to marry her and before this book ends we will see that this could be the best thing for both of them. 
I am not going to give away any spoilers but there is a cliff hanger at the end.  While it is pretty predictable, I have to stress I didn’t feel the same disappointment with the predictability like I do in other books.  It left me clearly with a need to read the second book when it is released but I didn’t have the angst of feeling like I had been strung along and left dangling with raw emotions.  I really enjoyed this story, it was very well written, giving a consistent balance of excitement, drama and development of the relationship.  I didn’t feel like I was bored at all and I really loved getting to know all of the characters involved.  I would highly recommend this book for readers looking for something between fluffy romance and human angst.     

A huge playful smile swipes across his face, which sets my chest racing. “I’m sure you will be fine. Anyway, Melodi, I would love to stay and get to know you a little better, but unfortunately, I have a meeting in about twenty minutes, which I probably shouldn’t be late for.” He reaches his hand out like he is about to shake my hand. You’re seriously not just going to shake my hand!
Surprising me for the second time, he takes my hand, placing a gentle kiss across my knuckles, and then pulls me close, pressing his lips to mine. I taste him; boy, he tastes good. It’s nothing like our kiss the other night. This is more…more sensual.
Savouring the moment, until his cologne drifting around me drives me crazy, igniting a raging fire within me. My arms wrap around his neck, pulling him closer to me. Our kiss becomes more heated.
I remember we are standing in the middle of the footpath when a car goes past blasting its horn. I’m not sure if it’s at us or something else. I slowly pull away, placing one more gentle kiss to his warm lips. Mine already ache from the loss. We stay where we are, holding each other, neither of us wanting to move.
His eyes blaze brighter; I can even see a sparkle. Leaning into me, he whispers, “Until next time, my sweet Melodi.” Feeling his breath on my cheek sends goose bumps over my entire body.
Liz is from bright sunny Queensland, Australia. She has always been a reader. When she was little she would be up late reading Garfield and Asterix comic books and also Footrot Flats. When she hit high school she read Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden and from there her love of books continued to grow. She always has a book to read beside her bed along with a note book for when inspiration hits at those crazy hours. 
She is a stationary addict and a one click addict. She loves everything books, authors and of course loves chocolate and lollies to keep her going.


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