Title: Matter of Choice
Author: RM Alexander
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Tour Host: Dreams Come True Promotions
Some promises can’t be kept.
Shannon Winters’ picture perfect marriage is in shambles after a car accident left her husband an amnesiac. The commitment to vows he doesn’t remember making keeps her fighting while covering up the parade of other women and a spectacle of bad behavior. Her career as owner and manager at a successful boutique hotel alongside the Hudson River keeps is her refuge, but, at thirty-seven years old, what she craves is the bond to be repaired.
Even twenty years after high school, Triston Keyes continues to be haunted by the memories of the girl he’d lost, the only woman he’s ever loved. When he meets Shannon during a vacation, he finally has the chance to apologize. It’s the only hope he has if he ever wants to fall in love with anyone else.
Sparks rekindle between them, and Shannon struggles to find a reason to stay true to a broken marriage which is quickly crumbling as she gravitates towards the forgotten love.
Until her husband pleas for her to come back.
But when the depth of betrayal is revealed, Shannon must choose her vows-and her beloved hotel-or to remain true to her heart; while Triston must fight to keep the past from catching up to his future.
Both know nothing is a matter of luck, but a matter of choice …
She reached toward his hand, her heart shuddering as he flinched away. “Greg, Greg, come on.” She sidled up next to him, pressing his hand, still tight around the bottleneck, gently downward and ignoring his glare. No doubt he resented the intrusion. It didn’t matter. He’d come to the only sanctuary she had, allowing him to ruin it was not an option. “How about you come rest in one of the guest rooms? I have a vacancy. You can watch some TV, maybe get some sleep.” She kept her other hand rested on one of his fading biceps, the fingers feeling alien against a memory of gym-toned masculinity.
Greg snatched his arm from reach, defiance hardening the charcoal in his eyes, his voice a snarl. “I don’t want to sleep. I want to party.” He grinned, pushing against her weaker hold to raise the bottle as he surveyed the room. His voice bellowed once again. “Where’s a pretty date wanting some great entertainment? I’ve got it right here.” He gestured towards his groin, bellowing laughter.
The words and gesture cut hard against her. With eyes closed, she found her center and whispered words more damaging to her sanity than his feral actions. “The entertainment will begin later. First, you should lie down. You’ll want to be at your best for the party tonight, won’t you?”
RM Alexander is an author of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. Her current novel, "Matter of Choice" is releasing in January 2014.
She has been writing since she was 10 years old. Many times, she stopped writing for months or even years at a time, but always came back to it until, in 2009, an idea came to her she couldn't put down. Over the next two years, she wrote and revised "Shadows", which will becoming available in spring/summer of 2014.
Another novel, "Matter of Choice", found its way to paper in 2010 during the revision process for "Shadows". And as "Shadows" was making its rounds to literary agencies, "Matter of Choice" was finished and slated for release in January of 2014.
With characters who look for love in wrong places and are victims of the worse kind of betrayals while fighting for what they want and believe in, RM's novels promise a good read with unexpected twists and turns.
When she's not writing, RM is spending time with her husband and two small children in Michigan. She loves to travel, especially to Walt Disney World, and can often be found on Twitter or Facebook chatting with other authors and fans.
Author Website: http://www.rmalexanderauthor.com
Author GoodReads: http:// www.goodreads.com/author/show/7364033.R_M_Alexander
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4 Bare Naked Stars ****
Shannon Winters had been living a wonderful life. Married to her loving husband Greg and running a very successful and exclusive hotel along the Hudson River. That is until a car accident causes Greg to suffer from Amnesia. Forgetting his marriage and his wife. And ultimately destroying what Shannon thought was the perfect marriage.
For two years Shannon has put up with her husband's string of affairs and constant drinking, staying true to her vows and clinging to the hope that one day her husband will return to her. Her hotel keeps her busy, distracted and offers her a refuge when things get a bit too much. Until Greg enters her safe haven and disrupts things there as well.
Enter Triston Keyes...
Shannon was his high school sweetheart, best friend and his first love. Up until he broke her heart. It's been twenty years since then, but Triston still carries the guilt for losing the only girl that ever really mattered and who still held his heart. Determined to clear his conscience and move forward with his life he makes a reservation at her hotel in hopes for a chance to apologise.
Triston couldn't have come at a better time. Things have gone from bad to worse for Shannon. With her just discovering something unfathomable, she really needs a friend right now, and Triston proves that he will be the friend she needs to lean on.
"Shannon, I won't pretend I understand, because I don't. And I can't imagine what you're going through. Can't believe you're handling it like you are. But I'm here for you. In whatever form you need me. I'm here."
The sparks they once felt start to rekindle and Shannon tries to keep them at bay, knowing she has to stay true to her vows, but it becomes harder and harder to deny the feelings when Triston goes out of his way to show her just how much he cares and how much more she deserves than the marriage she's stuck in.
"How could you stay, Shannon? It doesn't make sense to me. You deserve better than this. Now there's someone standing before you, yearning with all his heart to know you again, romance you like you've never been romanced, so you might just fall back in love with him, and you continue to waste your time sitting with this schmuck."
Finally deciding enough is enough, Shannon leaves Greg, and lets Triston in. For the first time in years she is finally happy and finally has hope for a brighter future. One that includes Triston.
"It feels so good to be in your arms again. Not just someone's arms, but your arms."
"This time it won't be a mistake, will it? Because is we do this, and it is everything we want it to be, Ill want it to be a forever love this time, Triston. Can you go there? Can we?"
He kissed her forehead. "I promise you now, you have me. Take all of me, for a lifetime, or ten of them. Take me forever."
But just as she's finally made her decision, Greg comes knocking. Pleading her to come back to him.
But what will Shannon choose?
Will she return to her husband and try to get past the grief and betrayal of the last two year? Or will she choose to go with her heart and pursue a future with her lost love? Regardless of the choice she makes, the loss is going to be hard......
I admire Shannon. She sticks to her vows and stays very loyal to her husband through everything. She holds her head high. Putting on a hard exterior and does not allow herself to look weak and vulnerable, even though its breaking her heart.
Triston is so loving, compassionate and determined for things to work out between Shannon and himself. He's patient and doesn't push Shannon too far with anything. He fights for her and proves to her that he will be the man she needs and loves.
"I won't lay a hand on you in that way until the day the divorce papers are legal, and you are free to be mine in every way. But what I do intend to do is hold you until the sun comes up. Wipe your tears, mend your broken hear. And make you fall in love with me all over again."
I loved reading this book, and it had my attention from the start. Yes, there was a couple of predictable parts in the book, but it doesn't ruin anything and just has you rooting for Tristan and Shannon even more. It's a lovely, sweet romance story, that I think a lot of people will enjoy.
Shannon -- "Light brown hair which sprung with natural curls when allowed free".
Lauren. -- "Bobbed jet-black hair tickling her lips. She was all modern, and New York cosmopolitan style."
Triston -- "The same angular face, now dashed with the hint of stubbled beard, the same sandy brown hair worn long enough to curl around his ears and brush his neck, the same boyishly charming smile."
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