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“What?” I stared back at him, unblinking.
He moved closer, taking my face in his hands. “I love you, Evie. I look into the future, and the only thing I see clearly is you. Marry me.”
What’s an eighteen-year-old girl who was madly in love with her nineteen-year-old boyfriend say?
Of course, I said yes.
Twenty-four hours later, I married Adam Gunner at a Vegas chapel to the sounds of “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Not the best omen. I get that now.
Then, exactly one week later, I left him. I walked out, leaving behind my wedding ring, annulment papers, and my heart, and he never knew why.
I haven’t seen him since. Not in ten long years.
Now, he’s here, standing before me. Looking at me with nothing but hurt and hatred in his eyes, he wants answers.
Answers I can’t give.
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Cover Designed By: Najla Qamber Designs
Wendy's 4.5 Bare Naked Star Review:
This story ticked all my book loving boxes:
Dual POV √
Impending doom √
First Love √
I could go on!
Adam and Evie’s story clearly wasn’t straight forward, it should have been. Boy sees girl, boy wants girl, boy gets girl……..their love affair was sweet, not rushed, it felt real and not forced.
Adam is a somewhat neglected teenager from a very wealthy background, with his future mapped out in the family business. In Evie he finds a free spirit, whose life has not been plain sailing and whose family has suffered great tragedy. But somehow she has remained resilient and fun and he quickly falls for her.
They laugh, they love and they get married……… she left!
10 years later and Adam is a bitter manwhore with little respect for women and even less trust.
“Because, really all I have done for the last decade is exist inside the haze of my memories of her” Adam
There are some lighter moments with Max his best friend bringing humour to the situation.
Evie, she really had no choice, she was young and was backed in to an impossible decision, however that said I’m not sure what made her keep her secret for so long, she clearly thought she was doing the right thing.
“I take a deep breath. Then pull the door open wider and stand aside, letting the devil in” Evie
Another twist to the story and we hope we can see a light at the end of the heartbreak express tunnel.
“Now, he’s here, standing before me. Looking at me with nothing but hurt and hatred in his eyes, he wants answers.” Evie
I was rooting for them, I was also a little cross with them because even now that they were adults they were not exactly facing up to their problems and dealing with them.
I’ll leave you with that and let you decide for yourself.
Congratulations to Samantha Towle on another great read.
Making my way through the hotel, I exchange pleasantries with the staff on duty. When I reach the coffee shop, I push open the door and step straight into the past.
She’s standing behind the counter. Her face is turned slightly to the right, her attention on the TV mounted on the wall, and her hair is pulled back into a ponytail.
But it’s her.
I feel like a speeding train has hit me, and I’m pretty sure my heart has stopped beating.
It’s really her.
“Evie?” I breathe out her name, like I’m taking my first real breath in a very long time.
Her body stiffens at the sound of my voice. And I watch as her face turns my way. Those big whiskey-colored eyes that I fell in love with all those years ago meet mine, and my world stands still.
My eyes rake over him as I remember the Adam I knew ten years ago and compare him to the Adam I see before me. The long hair is gone, replaced with cropped locks. The unshaven scruff on his face is still very much there though. At least some things haven’t changed.
“You cut your hair.”
“It has been ten years.”
“I know. I just...I remember a time when you said you’d never cut your hair.” A small smile touches my lips at the memory.
“Yeah, and I remember when you promised to love me till death do us part. Shit changes.”
My smile drops from my face. My cheeks sting like he’s just slapped me.
I deserved that. Doesn’t stop it from hurting like a bitch though.
New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn't stopped writing since.
She has written contemporary romances, THE MIGHTY STORM, WETHERING THE STORM, TAMING THE STORM, TROUBLE, REVVED and REVIVED.
She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.