Author: Livia Jamerlan
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Hosted By: Love Between the Sheets
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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?
“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 threating 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.”
4.5 Bare Naked Stars ****
‘Divided’ is the debut novel by Livia Jamerlan, a brand new indie author who knows how to write romance. She sucks you in from the start and will keep you hooked right until the end.
Alani really can’t wait to marry her boyfriend of 5 years, Marco. With only 2 weeks left to the big day, she and her best friends travel to Las Vegas for her bachelorette party. It’s here, on the last night she meets the absolutely breathtaking Ryan Kraft.
“He took my breath away, I mean, my fiancé Marco was attractive, but this guy was perfection. There was no other way to describe it. He was just shy of six feet tall with a killer smile. Tall, dark, and handsome he had chocolate brown eyes and matching dark brown hair that was just long enough to wrap your fingers in. God and his lips! Full and perfect for a wet kiss.”
There was no denying the spark she felt when he was around, even after spending only a few hours together. However she didn’t stray and returned to New York the next day fully intent on marrying Marco. Little did she know that with only 2 days left until the big day, her world would be turned upside down.
So to get away from the hell that she’s in she escapes to North Dakota. To the place where she knows Ryan is from. Although she’s not looking for him, it’s a small town so it’s only a matter of time until they run into each other. And when they do, they pick up their friendship right where they left it. Through spending more and more time with each other their feelings increase and they both find themselves not wanting this time to end.
“He was in my presences for all of five minutes and I was already dreading saying goodbye.” ~ Alani
“I let you walk out of my life before. I won’t let you walk away from me again.” ~ Ryan.
So she decides to move cross country and in with Ryan to see where they’re relationship will take them. However with running away from problems doesn’t mean they’re gone. And Alani finds herself having to deal with them along with a whole new set of problems.
Despite the circumstances in which they find each other, I was rooting for Alani and Ryan’s relationship to work. I wanted happiness for them both. They were perfect for each other. The spark and chemistry is undeniable. The sexual tension is off the charts and when they do have sex for the first time.... Damn it’s hot as hell.
I loved the way Alani and Ryan’s relationship grew. I didn’t feel as if it was rushed. They took their time in getting to know each other and it felt real to me. The banter between them had me laughing out loud throughout the book and I couldn’t get enough of it.
I love Ryan. He’s kind, compassionate, sexy as hell and so loving. I fell in love with him right from the beginning. He wears his heart on his sleeve and isn’t afraid to express his emotions freely. He says the sweetest things that made me sigh and wish I was Alani.
“I went day by day functioning but something was still missing and all of that changed when I met you. What I felt that night brought back something inside of me. It was as if this whole time I had been drowning in that ice water and you saved me. You gave me a reason to breathe. A reason to feel.”
I think what would’ve made it better was if we got to read things from Ryan’s POV. I would love to get inside his gorgeous head and find out more about his past.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this book. A lot of OMG moments that you really don’t see coming. And will bring out so many emotions in you. It’s a book of friendship, love, and second chances. You really won’t want to put it down. I really did enjoy this book and definitely look forward to other books Livia brings out in the future.
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.