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Author: Livia Jamerlan
Release Date: December 3, 2013
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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?
Alani is set and ready to marry Marco, her boyfriend of 5 years. She’s in Las Vegas with her best friends when she meets Ryan, a charismatic, handsome man who sparks her curiosity. Although she recognizes the instant connection she has with Ryan, she doesn’t stray. She returns to New York for to settle the last details for her wedding. It is on one of those errands that her world is turned upside down.
Needing to escape the situation she find herself in, she travels to North Dakota. She is not planning to look up Ryan, the man she met in Las Vegas and never forgot. Of course, she runs into him and they pick up their friendship right where they left it. This time around though, she can’t deny that there’s more underneath the surface. With the time they spend together Ryan and Alani’s connection deepens, making her second guess everything she once thought she wanted.
Livia Jamerlan did a wonderful job in drawing in me into the story. I enjoyed getting to know Alani and her group of best friends. Her interactions with them revealed her loyal, caring side. A side of great importance later on, when she has to make some hard decisions. I did think that she made some stupid decisions, especially towards the end but then again I guess that’s what the story is all about – Alani’s journey to let go and embrace her relationship with Ryan.
Ryan was okay too. I might even say he was too perfect. His caring, loving side showed through and through, but it was the way he openly expressed his emotions that got to me. He was supportive without being overbearing, honest without being insulting and an overall good guy.
I appreciated the way the author went about bringing these two together. They took their time getting to know each other and deepening their connection. Through honest dialogue, playful banter and flirtatious looks Ryan and Alani established a great rapport between each other. There were times that I though they were moving a tad too fast, but the author included enough doubt and hesitation for me to come to accept it. Of course, it would have made for a better read if I would have gotten to read Ryan’s POV. I think his side of the story and his past were interesting and I believe I would have enjoyed it tremendously.
The secondary characters introduced in the story added to it in their own right. I especially enjoyed Alani’s best friends. They made her appear more real and approachable, something I came to appreciate and held onto when I felt the urge to throttle her.
All in all, a sweet, romantic story of new found love and second chances between two characters that were undoubtedly complimented each other.
***FYI, my copy of the book had a lot of incorrect usage of verb tenses and additional grammatical errors. Normally I don’t focus on that kind of thing when reading, but it did affect my enjoyment of the story when I was having to re-read passages to understand what the hell was happening. ***
“Ally baby please. I fucked up but please, I can do better. Please forgive me.” He begged.
“Marco, there is nothing between us anymore. I’m done. We are done. Shouldn’t you be off with Trish somewhere?” Her name was like bile in my mouth.
“Ally it’s not like that with her, I was just scared.” I raised my hand to stop him; I didn’t want to go through this with him all over again.
“Stop. Just Stop. There is nothing between us anymore Marco, please just leave.” I swallowed back any tears that were threatening to show. Stepping back I closed the door and leaned my back on it, slowly sliding down to the ground. Inhaling deep I tried to calm my nerves and heard the flower arrangement being placed on the ground as Marco spoke.
“I know you can still hear me Ally, and I want you to know that I’ll never give up on us. Never! You hear me? I fucked up. I know I did but I love you.” As the tears dripped from my eyes I wiped them away as quickly as I could. I wasn’t crying because I was sad. I was just so tired of repeating the past five years in my head and seeing it end like this.
“Marco, please just leave me alone.” I shouted from behind the door.
“I’ll always fight for you. I’ll find a way to make you mine again. Mark my words Alani, you will spend the rest of your life with me.”
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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