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THE STORY OF US
Author: Tara Sivec
Releases: June 11, 2017
Publisher: Forever Yours
How much can a man take before he breaks?
1,843 days. That's how long I survived in that hellhole. They tried to break me, but I resisted. And I owe it all to the memory of warm summer nights, the scent of peaches, and the one woman who loved me more than I ever deserved to be loved. Now, I'll do anything to get back to her.
Only Shelby Eubanks isn't the girl I left behind all those years ago. She's someone else, a stranger. My Shelby-my little green-eyed firecracker-would never give up her dreams, would never disappear into her mother's ambitions. But I won't give up on her. On us. I may be broken, and scarred, and not the man I used to be, but I will do whatever it takes to remind her of the story of us.
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards for 2014.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she'll do and naps she'll take when she ever gets spare time.
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THE STORY OF US by Tara Sivec
I just need a moment alone, to remember how to breathe and to remember how to push the hurt away so I can go back out there and do my job. Hold my head high with a smile on my face and pretend like dancing with Eli, being close to Eli, and letting him rain insults down on me, didn’t cut me in half.
As soon as I turn the handle and push open the office door, I feel something solid slam into me from behind, moving me faster into the dark room. I trip over my feet and an arm slides around my waist to steady me before whirling me around. I smell his soap and recognize his firm hold on me before the moonlight shining in the floor-to-ceiling windows behind me illuminates the shadow of his face, but that doesn’t stop the rapid thumping of my heart as the door is kicked shut with a slam and my body is turned and pushed roughly against the wall next to it. With the first touch of his hands, the first feel of the heat from his skin against me, I’m lost. I’m drowning in a pool of desire I’ve only ever felt with him, and I never want to come up for air. Every inch of my body is on fire, begging for more, needing everything I’ve been missing, but knowing everything about this moment is wrong. This can’t happen. I can’t want this and I certainly can’t act on what I’m feeling.
Before I can shove him away, shout at him, and tell him to let me go, his mouth is on mine. His chest pins my arms between us and I clutch a fistful of his dress shirt in my hands when my lips automatically part for him. His tongue quickly pushes into my mouth and I feel tears prickling behind my eyelids when I taste him, so familiar and so beautiful it breaks off yet another piece of my heart. One of his hands moves from around my waist and I feel the heat from his palm as it slides against the side of my neck to the back, his fingers gripping tightly to the hair at the base of my skull to hold my head in place. His kiss is punishing and hard and I can do nothing but hold tightly to the front of his shirt as our tongues battle together and I try to remember how to breathe.
Eli and Shelby were in love, the kind of love that most spend a lifetime trying to find, but they came from different worlds, and their differences caused them to part. Eli left their little town to serve his country, and Shelby followed in the footsteps that her mother paved for her, and the love they shared slowly slipped away. Eli found himself being captured and held against his will by the enemy and everyone back home began to lose faith and started to really believe he was gone. Shelby mourned the loss of Eli and the life they had together. Then she met another man, one handpicked by her mother, and soon found herself engaged to be a wife to man she didn't really love, but walking away from him was not permitted. She has an image to uphold, and this man is good for appearances, and her mother's political reputation. Shelby knows it isn't right, it isn't the life she wants to live, but what can she do...
Then Shelby gets the surprise of her life, Eli is alive and headed stateside, and she wants nothing more to be with him, but there are expectations in place for her, and Eli doesn't fit into the plan. But Eli has a plan of his own, to win back the woman who stole his heart all those years ago, and create the life with her they had always dreamed about... come hell or high water. But the woman he finds when he returns home is a mere shell of the woman he left behind, and she is engaged to marry a man he knows isn't right for her... now he must remind her of the love they shared, and hope it's enough to win back her heart, and put light back into the eyes of woman who holds his heart.
This breathtakingly beautiful story completely wrecked me, it broke my heart and then little by little began to mend it back together again. It was a heart-wrenching story about two broken souls who needed to find love again, needed it to heal them, and bring them back to life. and their touching journey to find it moved me beyond words. It has been a while since I have read something so powerful and moving, and I have to say I am quite impressed with this first time read, it is definitely one of the best first reads I have read in a really long time. I highly recommend you get your hands on this one, it was an eye opening experience for me, one that stirred my emotions, moved me to tears, and is sure to linger with me for a long while.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
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