Can you live a lie?
It’s a ghost town, this place that haunts me, the one that made me.
It’s clear to me that I’ll never outgrow Triple Falls or outlive the time I spent here.
I can still feel them all, my boys of summer.
Even when I’d sensed the danger, I gave in.
I didn’t heed a single warning. I let my sickness, my love, both rule and ruin me. I played my part, eyes wide open, tempting fate until it delivered.
There was never going to be an escape.
All of us are to blame for what happened. All of us serving our own sentences. We were careless and reckless, thinking our youth made us indestructible, exempt from our sins, and it cost us all.
I’m done pretending I didn’t leave the largest part of me between these hills and valleys, between the sea of trees that hold my secrets.
It’s the reason I’m back. To make peace with my fate.
And if I can’t grieve enough to cure myself in my time here, I’ll remain sick. That will be my curse.
But it’s time to confess, to myself more so than any other, that I’d hindered my chances because of the way I was built, and because of the men who built me.
At this point, I just want to make peace with who I am, no matter what ending I get.
Because I can no longer live a lie.
Devastatingly rich and raw to its deepest marrow, Stewart has penned the conclusion to The Ravenhood Duet in a way that becomes all-consuming to its readers.
This is not a book you read while sipping coffee; believe me, that's how I usually read. No! This book is a book you devour with no distractions, not even that cup of Joe.
Each of these characters were wounded, fighting some kind of inner turmoil, creating a devastating and utterly heartbreaking story that I will never forget.
The Ravenhood Duet has quickly become one of my top three favorite stories of all time; a story that I will reread just to see what hints I may have previously missed!
This all-consuming story is one that I am still reeling from days later. Deceptive, unsettling yet polished, this story is one that will keep me asking questions for some time to come.
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Can you keep a secret?
I grew up sick.
Let me clarify.
I grew up believing that real love stories include a martyr or demand great sacrifice to be worthy.
Because of that, I believed it, because I made myself believe it, and I bred the most masochistic of romantic hearts, which resulted in my illness.
When I lived this story, my own twisted fairy tale, it was unbeknownst to me at the time because I was young and naïve. I gave into temptation and fed the beating beast, which grew thirstier with every slash, every strike, every blow.
Triple Falls wasn’t at all what it seemed, nor were the men that swept me under their wing. But in order to keep them, I had to be in on their secrets.
Secrets that cost us everything to keep.
That’s the novelty of fiction versus reality. You can’t re-live your own love story, because by the time you’ve realized you’re living it, it’s over. At least that was the case for me and the men I trusted my foolish heart to.
Looking back, I’m convinced I willed my story into existence due to my illness.
And all were punished.
Arresting and downright mysterious, Stewart takes her readers on a unique and spellbinding journey through the eyes of one young woman.
Discerning the truth in a game of mental cat and mouse, never knowing where she, herself, stands; Cecelia quickly finds herself playing pawn in a dangerous game she may never win.
In her tailspin between fact or fiction, I found myself utterly addicted and captivated by characters that were so flawed, it was mesmerizing
With anticipation building, I was pulled in, left pondering, never wanting to let go. I cannot get my hands on its conclusion in part two, Flock, soon enough. This is by far Stewart’s most brilliant work to date.
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From USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe comes an all new, Standalone Friends to Lovers Romance
I met Alessandra at a party. Tried to impress her. Was almost positive I was going to fail.
I think I said something along the lines of, “I’m a Goat called Fish who’s hung like a bull—but not really. I’m actually pretty average.” Smooth. I know. Try not to be jealous.
When she laughed—and I mean, really laughed—I knew she wasn’t like the other girls I’d been meeting on tour. Hell, she wasn’t even in the same stratosphere as those fangirls and gold-diggers.
At one point during the party, Alessandra said, “There’s nothing like a girl’s first love.” I knew she was talking about the first smash hit by my band, 22 Goats. Alessandra said it was the first song she’d heard by us and it “hit her like a ton of bricks.” Ironic, seeing as how I was having the same reaction from being in her presence.
I made it my mission to impress her. Give her the kiss of a lifetime that night. But since I’ve always been the dude with zero game, nothing went according to plan.
I’m not giving up, though. I’m going to win this girl over. I’m done sitting on the sidelines, watching the bad boy getting the girl. This time, the nice guy will finish first. Even if it’s the last thing he’ll do.
I have absolutely loved all of Lauren Rowe's books in the past. In deviating from her typical storytelling, Rowe has taken this adorable story to another level.
Telling a romance story that was: pure, innocent and all together swoon worthy, I found Smitten to be purely magical!
As this adorable story unfolded I could not stop smiling ear to ear while reading.
This story makes this single gal want to fall in love with a guy, just like Fish. Matthew!
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