Grace Rivers is your everyday twenty-five year old. She could have the
world at her feet, but instead chooses to help run the family business. After
experiencing great loss early in her life, Grace values what’s most important:
her family and friends. But she aches to find that certain someone—that one
great, passionate love who values family as much as she does.
Cole Tierney loves his life. He has a wonderful family, a loyal best friend and
a successful career as an ER doctor. The only downside is he wants someone to
share it with. After being used and left heartbroken, he wants to find someone
who will love him for him and not his or his family’s status.
“Every beat my heart makes is for
you. Every time it beats faster it’s because of you—because you’re near me,
because of your smile—because you take my breath away.”
Their two hearts collide by chance and an undeniable connection is quickly
But when others are plotting against their happiness, will their love flatline,
or will the rhythm of their hearts continue to beat as one?
With our bodies aligned perfectly together, we dance; swaying along with the music as it changes and the start of “Heartbeat” by Enrique Iglesias penetrates through the room. This song is perfect because not only is my heart racing, but I can feel Cole’s beating wildly against my back. The lyrics speak volumes; Cole is already stealing my heart… I can feel it.
So lost in the song, it takes me a second to realize that my hair has been pulled to the side and Cole’s lips are peppering soft wet kisses along my neck and shoulder.
Goosebumps break out across my skin and desire ripples its way through my system. His touch is all-consuming and by God, I want and need to be consumed. “Grace,” he whispers as he kisses and licks my ear lobe. My body shudders in reaction and moves closer to him allowing contact with the very hard and impressive bulge that presses into my lower back.
Dear God, is it normal to feel like this so soon after meeting someone?
I turn in his arms without breaking contact and look directly into those bright blue eyes, which are heated and sparkling with desire. My gaze moves to his lips as his tongue trails across them and I lose all control. Throwing myself forward, I wrap my arms tightly around his neck and crash my lips to his.
As everything around us fades away, Cole’s arms engulf my body completely so that there isn’t even a millimeter of space between us. His hungry lips assault mine and I can feel the need radiating off him in waves. Our lips part, our tongues meet and embrace, dancing with each other in the confines of our mouths.
His taste is exquisite and his technique exceptional as he takes control of the kiss. I vaguely register his hands roaming my body as my fingers tangle further into his hair, pushing his head closer to mine. I don’t know how long we stand there so completely wrapped up in each other, but when we both pull back, our chests are heaving and our breathing labored.
Cole leans forward and rests his forehead against mine. My eyes close as I relish the sweet gesture. “Most spectacular first kiss ever, Sweet Cheeks.”
My heart swells at the comment and his new name for me. I really like it. “I couldn’t agree with you more,” I simply reply, knowing I will always remember this moment forever.
I need the next book!!! This is a great story of family, friendships, and true love! Its about going thru things and finding hope and peace in the end of trials that you are not sure you could even handle. Grace puts her family first. They are what’s important to her. Cole has great family values as well. He and Grace embark on a journey of friendship and love.
The characters are well written and the story flows smoothly. I love the secondary characters as well and like how we get what’s going on with them too. This is a cliff hanger and I know I was ready to Scream at Velvet Reed for just cutting me off like that, but it’s ok! I will patiently wait for the next book to see what happens next with Grace and Cole! I recommend this one!
Velvet Reed is the pen name of an avid book lover, reviewer and blogger
who has turned writer.
Born and raised in Sydney, Australia; she is a city girl at heart but loves the
laid back lifestyle of living in country New South Wales. Married to her first
and only love, she is a devoted mother of three who juggles her very active
children and their many extracurricular activities, working in the middle of
the night, running a blog, and writing.
Velvet’s love of reading was realized only 3 short years ago after the death of
her amazing father. She used the escape into the fictional world to help her
through her grief and post natal depression, not releasing the great impact so
many talented authors would have on her life.
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