Blunt and honest truths about my intentions for “The Rental”

326e2be500bd86d90ace2e75f9a75894I want to be blunt and honest with you. I’ve been giving hints about The Rental, but it’s time I let you in on my intentions.

This is first book in my erotic romance series. Vee and Rick’s journey to happiness together is explored and enhanced through sexual discovery, which is as important as the emotional romantic journey.

This isn’t a story about BDSM or Dom/Sub. What you’ll experience will be a sexual and boundary-pushing journey into exploring Vee and Rick’s, and maybe even your own, desires. This is a love story, and one where kink and sexuality is as important as the emotional romance.

That’s what this book is about: exploring human desire and the journey to get to true satisfaction.

Sooo, yeah, enjoy. And add THE RENTAL to your Goodreads shelf!

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“The Rental” – a teaser blurb and sexy picture!

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Erotic Romance
Book #1 of The Rental series
Release date: (coming 2014)

✮✮✮ Teaser ✮✮✮ 

he belongs to a dark & lucrative world
she has nothing to lose, everything to gain

until she learns the rules
she leaves; no future
he leaves; death

join the world of The Rental

[Official blurb to come]


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I’m back with The Rental, and it’s fresher and hotter than ever!

I’ve been pretty silent recently, and that’s because I’ve been working hard on my next release. It’s an erotic romance, and while I’m still working on the blurb and a new cover for it, I do have updates in the form of AH-MAY-ZING pictures and GIFs.

WARNING: What you are about to see is explicit and steamy hot, so proceed at your own risk ;)

First she was sad

and then he came

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and they couldn’t stop even when they should have

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but then her world shattered in an instant

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and she fell into a dark place alone and hurting

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but she re-united with him

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and they did this

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and then he was less careful

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and then all of this happened

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and this mind-blowing kind of stuff … *faints*

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Does that give you an idea of the story although I can’t provide you with the new cover or blurb yet? ;) hehe I hope so! You can view those photos and GIFs to your heart/body’s content and share this post all over social media.

I’m taking my time to perfect this book for you, but you can bet I’m working as fast as I can without burning out.

The FULL The Rental board is here on Pinterest for you to follow, gawk at, etc . . .

Thanks for your support!

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I wasn’t going to say anything, but . . .

. . . but I’ve had a few enquiries about my books, so I thought I should let you all know aloud what’s going on inside my head in case there are a few others, wondering silently.

I won’t be publishing books for a while. I don’t know what the book will be when that time comes again or when it will be, but I know that when I do publish more it won’t be any time in the near future.

In the meantime, I’ll be publishing my book reviews on Novel Girl. Please do comment and let me know what else you’d like to see me posting about since I won’t have my own book stuff to share anymore.

If you need a book cover designed, you can always visit me at Berto Designs. I have much more time to fit in clients these days, so drop by and check out the site, and send me an email if you’d like to chat about a project.

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The Rental: a teaser

Today’s post is micro short.

Tiny and cheeky.

But oh, so worth it.

Read on for a teaser from The Rental, Part 1, my upcoming release from a scorching new Erotic Romance series.

The Rental pt 1 teaserNovel Girl - book descriptionEighteen-year-old Vee Wyland is no stranger to loss. In the blink of an eye, she loses her father in a horrible accident. And when she needs her boyfriend the most, he leaves her for her best friend. Suddenly, the girl that had everything unravels, caught in a downward spiral of grief and financial loss.

Drop-dead gorgeous and old crush, Rick Delaney waltzes in and opens her up to the world of The Rental, where everything is for sale, except sex itself.

It seems easy enough … guarding your heart, but selling your body.

But it’s hard to trust your ex-boyfriend’s brother.

Dealing with his own demons, Rick is drawn to Vee and the white-hot sizzle that flares when she walks into a room. From the moment they re-unite, their sexual chemistry is undeniable. He ignites passion back into her dull world, and it seems all fun and games until feelings get involved.

Fall into the scorching new world of The Rental, where hearts get broken and the foreplay builds to a thrilling climax.

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Short n snappy reviews: The Night Circus, and Addicted To You

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

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Beautiful, magical, everything a fairytale is.

That’s how I describe this book. It’s definitely “literary” in its writing style. Erin makes you feel like you’re a child in an adult’s body, being read a bedtime story all over again.

Not only is this book about magic in all it’s classical, circus style but when you read it, your mind also escapes to Erin’s specially crafted world of THE NIGHT CIRCUS where you forget you’re reading a made up story and revel in the detailed story all around you.

If you want breathtaking storytelling, this is your book. It’s everything stories are meant to be and I just wish I had read (heard) it as an audiobook.

5 stars and recommended to those who love fairy tales (the real ones, not the Disney versions).

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Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted To You

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Novel Girl - book descriptionShe’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.

Novel Girl - my reviewOutstanding.

Addicted To You was a visual, exciting and eye-popping read. The writing was refined and developed, making every scene from parties to sex to the root of Lo and Lily’s respective alcohol and sex addictions come to life around you. I had my popcorn in a bucket and was happily sitting front row to a sexy, riveting, yet deeply engrossing show.

I bought book #1.5 and #2 promptly am SO excited for this series. Book #1 was complete and fulfilling, but there’s so much more left to experience. Great storytelling right there.

- Writing = 5 stars
– Story/plot = 5 stars
– Characters = 5
– Heat level = moderately high
– TOTAL = :D

Big 5 stars!

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Blurb writing: you can do it (well)!

I’m in the process of revising my next novel, The Rental, an erotic romance in a series of books centred about characters working at The Rental, an escort-type agency where anything is possible except the sale of the most intimate act: sex. It’s an eye-catching topic and I knew from months ago I had to do it justice and get a killer blurb written for it.

Helpful Links

I won’t repeat information since there are so many resources out there, but I’ll direct you to the most helpful ones I found in my Googling expeditions. All these links below share some of the tips I really value when it comes to a good blurb: length, evocative words and imagery, killer opening and closing, conflict.

  1. 5 Tips – How to Write a Winning Book Blurb → Mentions use of certain “hook” words; write in a style similar to your book; use the book’s main theme as a way to focus the blurb.
  2. 5 Tips for Writing a Compelling Book Blurb by Amy Wilkins → Use shoutlines; use an excerpt from the manuscript; end with conflict.
  3. How To Write Back Blurb For Your Book → Hint the plot only; name main characters; use a question or hint of mystery that begs to be answered.
  4. The 5 core elements of a book blurb (and why you should know them) → pick-up line; don’t be misleading; keep them wanting more.
  5. How to Write a Brilliant Blurb for Your Book → Search for the subheading called: “Five basic elements”. It lists a sentence broken up by (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) showing you a structure. There is other great advice, so keep reading that post.

Word Count

I’ve heard a lot about suggested word counts, but I wanted to find out myself what the bestselling books were using. If you’ve heard of most of the books in the below list, you’ll know they’re huge sellers. I’ve used all popular books here as that blurb has obviously sold the book well. The word count difference is interesting.

Note the suggest word count ranges from 100-150 words.

Average Blurb Lengths

Book Blurb count
Twilight 151
Fifty Shades of Grey 152
The Submissive 138
The Siren 150
Bared to You 118
The Hunger Games 106
Harry Potter 145
The Giver 97
The Book Thief 140
The Perks of Being a Wallflower 187
Looking For Alaska 142
Wintergirls 167
The Da Vinci Code 222
The Time Traveler’s Wife 174
Water for Elephants 145
TOTAL 149

A working example

This is the go I had of my next novel, The Rental:

Would you sell your body for everything but sex if you needed the money?

That’s the dilemma for eighteen-year-old, Vee Wyland. Three months ago she lost her father, and her boyfriend and her best friend deceived her in the worst way. All in one night. Her boyfriend’s brother, Rick Delaney, witnesses the event, supporting her for a fleeting moment.

One night she loses her job, halving the already tight income her mum and her depend on. She runs into Rick Delaney who propositions her.

Become a rental. Sell yourself for everything but sex.

From the moment Vee and Rick re-unite, their sexual chemistry is scorching. He ignites passion back into dull world. It’s simple enough until emotions are involved.

Fall into the scorching new world of The Rental, where the foreplay builds to a thrilling climax.

That was great (in my biased opinion), but read the current blurb, written by a friend (whom I am very indebted to and love!) of mine who knew nothing of the story but the key details I gave her, and then tweaked by me:

Eighteen-year-old Vee Wyland is no stranger to loss. In the blink of an eye, she loses her father in a horrible accident. And when she needs her boyfriend the most, he leaves her for her best friend. Suddenly, the girl that had everything unravels, caught in a downward spiral of grief and financial loss.

Drop-dead gorgeous and old crush, Rick Delaney waltzes in and opens her up to the world of The Rental, where everything is for sale, except sex itself.

It seems easy enough … guarding your heart, but selling your body.

But it’s hard to trust your ex-boyfriend’s brother.

Dealing with his own demons, Rick is drawn to Vee and the white-hot sizzle that flares when she walks into a room. From the moment they re-unite, their sexual chemistry is undeniable. He ignites passion back into her dull world, and it seems all fun and games until feelings get involved.

Fall into the scorching new world of The Rental, where hearts get broken and the foreplay builds to a thrilling climax.

The idea is to separate yourself from the story as the writer, and write the blurb as a marketing guru. So give yourself time, do a heap of blurb writing research, and get outside opinions to give you honest pointers.

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I have sucked. I currently suck. I will suck. (Or the life of a writer)

So I’ve been quiet on Novel Girl lately. I’m sorry, my dear followers! I loves you all lots. But I’ve had to take time to reconnect with me.

You all know what I mean.

You’re writers. You are creative spirits. You live off the grey, not the black and white. You feed from the hope of possibility. You hold your breath for your email to ding or your sales stats to refresh, all the while with your bottom lip tugged under your teeth. You fail. You cry. You whine. You try. X 10.

So you may see where I’m going with this post. Before I go there, I need to thank LOTS of people. Lauren, Beth, L, Ari, Simone and Tamsyn in particular. I hit shit luck and not only sunk into writer woe but total writer woe that encompassed my life turning into life woe, too. It’s just the way it happens in my profession. And I’m so very appreciative to have kind friends who put up with me and helped me out through some hard times.

I know so many others probably feel similar if not exactly the same to how I’ve been feeling. I’m coming out of that phase now — “seeing the light” so to speak. Below, I’m going to share my thoughts on how it occurs and how to get out of it. Tips, so to speak.

Let’s break down the causes so we can face straight-on what we’re dealing with.

CAUSES

  • A beta reader/critique partner is harsh in their feedback nature, may call you and/or your work harsh names, trashes you and/or manuscript with no helpful advice.
  • You are stalked by haters of your work either by hate mail, fake and nasty reviews, social media trolls who slander or talk down to you on their profiles or comment/interact so on yours.
  • Lots of your writer friends are winning awards, getting amazing reviews, or hitting bestseller lists and you are dismal in comparison.
  • Your book isn’t selling.
  • You’ve read books that in your opinion are bad quality or nothing special and they’re making leaps and bounds with success and you aren’t selling though your books are getting great reviews or you and your beta readers/critique partners feel your quality is extremely high.

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  • You are on social media, especially Facebook, at least every few hours and spend probably hours a day on there.
  • You are always seeking out posts/tweets/statuses from fellow  authors or bloggers and saddened when you aren’t mentioned or when they don’t like your work or they simply ignore you.
  • You see other authors talking or even boasting about certain successes and you spontaneously compare yourself, deeming yourself not as good and it depresses you.
  • Your days are filled with marketing tasks and you rarely get time to write.
  • You get sad so you make a vague post or maybe even a blatant rant on social media and then you get a tonne of comments and you are all depressed by helping each other sharing depressing replies/comments.
  • You seek out forums or websites where you know you are talked badly about and read updates to see what the latest news is.

FIXES

  • Take a break from the writing world. The severity depends on what you feel you need. Sometimes a total block can be bad. Coming back to a zillion emails and essential social media messages that could have been beneficial to your career, but are now missed opportunities could sink you back into depression. So just limit yourself. Check all writing work related stuff on technology once a day? Max twice a day?
  • Focus on happiness. It’s just fact that if you surround yourself with negativity, you become that negativity. We all need to cry or complain to our best friends in private, and that’s normal. What is unhealthy is publicly discussing your woes / anger / frustrations / hardships. I’m not kidding. Stop interacting in negative social media posts, stop scrolling through Facebook feeds so often and stop telling yourself negative things about your career and success. This is guaranteed to make you feel better, even if just marginally.
  • 1486700_801581466535033_908219304_nStop comparing yourself to other writers. This quote sums it up: “If you continuously compete with others, you become bitter, but if you continuously compete with yourself, you become better.” — kushandwizdom.tumblr.com
  • If you hate reading, don’t force it. Lots of people may tell you to “relax and just read a book.” Well chances are if you are like me you get so hateful with anything linked to authordom or publishing that reading — a huge factor — becomes the last thing you want to deal with. So don’t. We are creative people so instead watch music videos, start a new TV series, watch a movie. These are helpful to kickstart your creativity and ideas but are totally different from the world you need to get away from.
  • Get obsessed with something else. I’m lucky that as well as being an author I’m also a designer for my business, Berto Designs. For me, that means getting supplies, doing extra work, fixing my website, extra marketing and interaction with potential clients. This helped me focus on what I love. I also have a dog who’s rather like my child as I don’t have any. He has been getting lots of pats and walks and play-time and cuddles. I also focused on my boyfriend for the first time in probably years. It’s been freeing and beautiful. I’m remembering that I have a life outside of writing and we need that. Writing has its downs and you need to remember you’re an awesome person away from that. Maybe for you this other obsession can be spending time with your kids, cooking, playing video games, fishing, shooting (animals and legally of course if you’re allowed), cleaning the garage, emptying your clothes and sending the extras to goodwill, etc.
  • See your friends! I do not kid. You are actually allowed to see them. And you don’t have to worry about coming home early to sneak in some book promotion or writing another chapter. You can really just got out and enjoy yourself totally in the moment. No other worries. Okay?
  • Read good reviews/manuscript feedback. We are told not to read reviews because it’s detrimental to our feelings but the good ones are little miracles! *Just make sure you can access these good reviews without running into the bad ones* It doesn’t matter if you have 1 or 100 glowing, oh-my-god, amazing reviews. Read one. or ten. Or every single review you’ve ever gotten. The fact that a stranger, or at least a person who you never would have known if not for the love of your work, can love something you did that much is proof that you are awesome. Remember opinions are like assholes: everyone has one.
  • Write a letter to yourself. Go on and trash the shit out of yourself or someone else or The World. But you must do it by pen and paper. You need to stay away from technology since it’s highly likely it’s mixed up in all the depression you have about the writing world. After you’ve written out all your feelings reflect on what seemed most prominent. Use that information to create a plan as to what positive things you need to do to become happy again.
  • Give yourself time and do not rush this stage. The most crucial advice I can give you is to stop worrying about taking too much time. If you’re like me you will never ever publish anything less than your best work you could achieve at a particular time. Going back into writing hateful will result in shitty work out there that you will later regret. Everyone goes through this, so allow yourself to be normal. Relax, forget your worries. Meditate. You can even sit in bed with the covers up to your chin and play your solitaire app until you need to recharge your phone and lucky for you your charger is an arm’s reach away from you because your battery is suddenly a few percent.

Writing is your life, and you will go back to it when you are truly ready.

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So, yeah I rambled lots there, but I hope that helped you. Please add your tips or share your stories in the comments if you’d like to.

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2013 was amazing because of these moving books

(Side note: i promise I’m alive, just busy with Berto Designs and doing covers and as Rebecca Berto writing books! I love you all though. Forgive my absence?)

No matter why I’m reading — be for a laugh, a tear-jerker, a deep look at human relationships and society, to be thrilled or kept in suspense — I do it for the emotion. I vary my reading and have read everything this year from award-winning literary fiction to hot smut, so here’s my fairly unbiased opinion of some of the best books you need to read!

. . . in order of last read to earliest this year. NOT by fav. Sheesh, can’t pick just one!

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Making FacesMaking Faces by Amy Harmon

Making Faces is the kind of book everyone must read in their life. A big statement for an empowering, stunning, sad, emotional and hopeful novel.

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UnteachableUnteachable by Leah Raeder

Leah’s writing style fuelled me to keep turning every page and I devoured this book fast. I cried, not because the author wrote a sad scene *that* well but because it was so damn good I couldn’t handle it and I’m about to cry now reliving all those feels. This book was perfect.

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Night Owl (The Night Owl Trilogy, #1)Night Owl by M. Pierce

Holy crapcakes. I made up a word there and aware of the fact I’m gushing and weird but this book is just…a classic book in its genre that will make its mark. It’s full of dirty talk, hot sex, fast sex that starts up right away, but also plenty of emotion, sadness and an original story that will be forever remembered–by me at least.

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My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door, #1)My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I haven’t felt or hurt this much since Harry Potter. This novel has little quips that make you go wow, that’s what happens to me! and makes you laugh when you probably shouldn’t and when you should. It made me believe surely this can’t be a made-up story. It’s powerful and deep and I dare you to put it down. What a masterpiece.

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The YearningThe Yearning by Kate Belle

Some books have happy endings; some have cliffhangers; others have a unique ending that make you think. The Yearning is the last one. It’s categorised as romance, but it read more like poetry at times, was always beautiful and flowed easily, and at other scenes it was more like erotica. What does this tell me? Best. Book. Ever!

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Me Before YouMe Before You by Jojo Moyes

While I wasn’t in love with the end, and things didn’t tie up how I wanted them too, everything stayed true to the story that needed to be told. That out-there move earned this book its righteous place. I commend Jojo for creating such a deep, moving story, one with so many layers, I can’t  begin to describe the story fully and do it justice.

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Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

I loved the redemption story. In life, we don’t always get happy endings, but TEN TINY BREATHS breaks you into tiny pieces and sews you up better than before. Kacey is one of my favourite female characters, strong and rare in fiction. This book is as funny as it is heart-breaking and sexy and angsty and wild.

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Just Remember to Breathe (Thompson Sisters, #2)Just Remember to Breathe by Charles Sheehan-Miles

This book has been written to perfection from the easy language to the way that seemingly simple writing style grabs your heart, squeezes and then bursts you into millions of pieces. I loved this book for how much the pain got to me, for how much I could tell the main couple felt for each other. Quick to devour, yet deep, this novel will move you.

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Suicide WatchSuicide Watch by Kelley York

SUICIDE WATCH is a read that gets inside your head and takes hold of your insecurities. I adored this read. It really stuck with me. In my head: it’s never so bad as to end your own life because things around the corner may be good, and my heart: book hangover.

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The StorytellerThe Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

As usual: this Picoult novel is a slow burning candle; you have to wait for the scent to fill the room but once it has, it’s under your skin and irresistible. Picoult has a unique way of making you believe even monsters can act kind and selfless at times. This book has truly made me believe this. In one word: moving.

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A Happy AccidentA Happy Accident by Evan Tyler

Surprising, weird, brilliant. Evan Tyler writes with poetic style. This book took me on a journey, one I was anxious to continue and was itching to read more and more of. Want romance, literary-style, or fun that somehow dips into the depths of how we see each other as people and behave in the name of love? Try A HAPPY ACCIDENT.

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I hope you find your next best read from this list. What are your suggestions? Comment below please!

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Release Day Blitz: Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy

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FightingRedemption_EbookTitle: Fighting Redemption

Author: Kate McCarthy

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 2, 2013

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Book Summary:

Ryan Kendall is broken. He understands pain. He knows the hand of violence and the ache of loss. He knows what it means to fail those who need you. Being broken doesn’t stop him wanting the one thing he can’t have; Finlay Tanner. Her smile is sweet and her future bright. She’s the girl he grew up with, the girl he loves, the girl he protects from the world, and from himself.

At nineteen, Ryan leaves to join the Australian Army. After years of training he becomes an elite SAS soldier and deploys to the Afghanistan war. His patrol undertakes the most dangerous missions a soldier can face. But no matter how far he runs, or how hard he fights, his need for Finlay won’t let go.

Returning home after six years, one look is all it takes to know he can’t live without her. But sometimes love isn’t enough to heal what hurts. Sometimes people like him can’t be fixed, and sometimes people like Finlay deserve more than what’s left.

This is a story about war and the cost of sacrifice. Where bonds are formed, and friendships found. Where those who are strong, fall hard. Where love is let go, heartache is born, and heroes are made. Where one man learns that the hardest fight of all, is the fight to save himself.

EXCERPT!

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Two weeks later, he packed his belongings and stole his way into Fin’s room. She wasn’t there, so he stretched out on her bed, hands tucked behind his head, eyes trained on the ceiling, and waited.

It was midnight when she came through the door, giggling as she read a message on her phone. Finished, she tossed it on her bedside table and froze when she caught him lying there in the dark.

He heard her breath catch. “Ryan?”

The lamp by her bed switched on, coating the room in a warm, cozy glow. Fin was illuminated, her skin golden in the soft light, her cheeks flushed with happiness.

“What are you …” She trailed off after meeting his eyes. He knew what she saw. He couldn’t hold any of it back—regret, heartache, and loss for something that had never been his.

“You’re leaving,” she choked out.

Ryan couldn’t speak. He watched her stride to the open window, its sheer white curtains billowing. Staring out into the night, she wiped away tears that spilled over and ran down her cheeks.

He blinked, his own eyes burning. “I’m sorry,” he said eventually.

Fin turned and walked across the room. Sinking to the edge of the bed, she stared down at her hands. “When?”

Ryan unlocked his hands from behind his head and reached for her, pulling her down beside him. She stretched out, tucking her head under his chin. Closing his eyes, he breathed her in, allowing his arms to wrap around her. “In the morning.”

Fin’s hand fisted in his shirt as she let out a sob.

“I have to do this,” he whispered hoarsely. He trailed his fingers through her hair and touched his lips to her forehead.

She started to wipe away the tears on her face, and Ryan took hold of her hand, stilling her. “You understand, don’t you, Fin, why I have to do this?”

Ryan needed to know that she understood he wasn’t leaving her, he was leaving his past, and trying to build a new future with the Army.

“I do.” She choked again and buried her face in his neck, sobs breaking free.

“Don’t,” he whispered thickly. “Please don’t cry. You have such a big future ahead of you. You’re going to do big things with your life. Don’t let anyone stop you from being who you need to be, okay?”

Fin nodded into his neck.

Ryan pushed back so he could look her in the eye. He wouldn’t be there to watch over her anymore, so he needed to know she would look out for herself. “Promise me, Fin.”

“I promise.”

Satisfied, he reached out and switched off the lamp. Thrust into sudden darkness, Ryan laced his fingers in hers and held her close. When her tears dried up, she drifted off into a deep slumber. In the early hours of the morning, he pressed a soft kiss to her cheek, and disentangling himself, he left the room. Having already said his goodbyes to Mike and Julie earlier in the evening, Ryan clicked the door shut softly behind him and left the house, careful not to look back.

That was the last he saw of Finlay Tanner.

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Author Bio:

6876994Kate McCarthy grew up in a small town outside of Port Macquarie, Australia. Raised in a house just a short walk to the beach, Kate enjoyed the peaceful, relaxed atmosphere and friendships that come from being raised in a friendly, small town area.

She now resides in Brisbane, Australia, a city in the state of Queensland where she works as an accountant, along with a sideline wedding cake business and her writing.

She is married with two children, has two dogs and house in the suburbs, and a pile of friends and family dotted all over the country that help keep her sane.
When she’s not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, crunching numbers, piping buttercream and writing books, you can find her curled up in bed in the early hours of the morning reading new books and re-reading old favourites. Her favourite books are the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward in which she longs to eventually join the brotherhood and change her name to Phierce Mutha.

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