Author: Livia Jamerlan
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Hosted By: Love Between the Sheets
Alani LaBelle has it all. A great job, amazing friends, and a loving fiancé. Traveling to Las Vegas for her bachelorette party, she never expects to come across someone who rocks her world the way Ryan Kraft does. Though they only share a few hours together, the connection she feels with him is undeniable. Thinking that her feelings for him may be old feet she brushes it off and attempts to focus on her fiancé and their impending nuptials.
Heartbroken by her fiancé only days before their wedding, she finds herself needing to escape, needing to hide from reality. Though Alani knows that Ryan lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota, she never thought their paths would cross again while she is there.
Their friendship changes to something more with a good night kiss. Needing to be with Ryan, she leaves her old life in New Jersey behind and moves halfway across the country. As they journey together in a new relationship Alani has to adapt to life in a new city, new job, as well as dealing with Ryan's ex-girlfriend Stephanie, who is waiting for the perfect moment to get Ryan back.
But will her fiancé let Alani walk away from him without a fight? Will Alani's love for Ryan be enough for her to stay with him through turmoil? Or will Stephanie’s secret tear them apart?
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18135199-divided
5 Amazing stars!! I can’t get over the connection between Alani and Ryan. They are true soul mates, but there are many obstacles in their way that might not let them live happily ever after. You saw Alani struggle with her feelings and what she feels like the “right” thing to do is. I loved that Ryan was in the Midwest since I’m a Midwest girl myself. ;) This is a definite must read and isn’t a cliffhanger which is a huge bonus! ~Kendra
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“May I have this dance?” I heard from behind as I felt a hand placed on my shoulder. I turned to see Michael and was a bit surprised to see that he was directing the question to Ryan and not me. Ryan nodded his consent and his mother Rosemary stepped in to dance with him while I took Michael’s hand.
“So Ms. Yankee, how are you liking the Midwest?” I placed my hand on Michaels shoulder; meeting his eyes, I couldn’t control the satisfied smile.
“It’s been a great trip.” I said, looking up into Michael’s big blue eyes and remembering the past two weeks.
I watched his face change from cheerful to serious. “Hey listen about the other night, I’m sorry. I completely forgot that she was with us.”
I shook my head to stop him from the unnecessary apology. “It really is ok, Ryan and I are just friends.”
“Pfft… Friends, friends my ass. There’s no way that Ryan looks at his friends the way he looks at you. There’s no way he would scour every possible place looking for someone who was just a friend.”
I didn’t know what to say and was grateful when it seemed like Michael sensed that I want to know more. “I have known Ryan since we were kids and though he hasn’t said it outright to anyone, we all know that he’s head over heels in love with you. He changed his life after Las Vegas.”
“What do you mean changed his life after Vegas?” I questioned looking up at Michael searching in his eyes for answers.
“Not my story to tell Alani, but I’ve known him since I was kid, that man loves you.”
I stopped dancing and looked back at Ryan as he stepped side to side with his mother occasionally twirling her. Love? I looked back at Michael “I don’t want someone to sweep me off my feet if he isn’t going to be there to catch me when I fall. We live two different lives.” Fear of losing Ryan crawled into my heart.
“I don’t know you Alani, but I do know love when I see it. You can deny it all you want but you love him just as much as he loves you. Neither one of you may want to admit it, but anyone standing in the same room with you two can feel it.”
Crawling into bed with my phone in hand, I dialed Ryan. He answered on the first ring. “Hello beautiful.” His sexy voice came through the phone and made me smile.
“Hi.” I whispered back. I missed him so much that it scared me. I hadn’t seen him fifty some hours prior and it felt like years.
“I miss you Bug. When are you coming home?”
Home? I was home. Right? “I am home.” I replied because it was the truth, this was home for me.
“Nope you belong here with me, this is your home.” He said, with a seductive voice that made my toes curled.
I bit my lip, holding my breath. I loved this man. He had me captured in his spell. My fragile heart was wrapped around his fingers.
“Don’t do that.” I couldn’t let him keep saying things like that without giving him full disclosure.
“Don’t do what?” I heard a touch of curiosity in his voice.
“Don’t sweep me off my feet if you’re not going to be there to catch me.” After the words were out of my mouth I closed my eyes and waited for his response. The seconds feel like hours.
“I’ll be there to catch you. I’ll never hurt you.” Exhaling the breath that apparently held my fears, I brought my phone closer to my ear.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Livia Jamerlan is a hopeless romantic she is always looking for her next love story to pop in her head. Though Livia kept a journal throughout her early life, she never thought about pursuing a career in writing, she always used it as form of therapy, pouring her heart out into words. It wasn’t until a story developed in her head that she decided that maybe she could write a book. At first it was just an escape from reality but now she use it as a power to put all her feelings, hopes, and fears on paper. Deciding it was time to tell her story she began to write, with each passing day the story grew, characters we formed, and what seemed like a hobby at first has now become a passion for Livia.
When Livia is not writing she is spending time with her husband and their two dogs, she might also be curled up with a new book, or she is out traveling the country to support indie authors at their book signings.
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