Sunday, August 03, 2014



For almost two years now, Kiera's boyfriend, Denny has been everything she's ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. 
When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect.  
Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source - a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. 
At first, he's purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes... and none of them will ever be the same.

 I stepped closer to him and ran my hand up to his chest; he closed his eyes at the contact. 
My fingers ran over his heart and his hand came up to hold my fingers there. “I never left you...I kept you with me, here.” I thought he was being symbolic with that phrase, until I remembered Matt talking to Anna in the kitchen. He'd said, “...right over his heart...” I'd assumed at the time that Kellan had done something romantic for another woman, but what if he'd... 
I moved my fingers to the collar of his shirt and pulled it down. He sighed softly, but dropped his hand and didn't stop me as I stretched the fabric. I wasn't sure what I was looking for, but then I saw the black markings on his once pristine skin. Confused, I pulled the shirt down farther. That was when my mouth dropped open in shock. He'd told me once that he couldn't think of anything he'd want permanently etched into his skin, and here I was, staring at my own name in beautifully scripted letters, right above his heart. He literally had kept me with him.

My own heart cracked into pieces, as I traced the large swirling letters.
“Kellan...” My voice choked up and I had to swallow.

He moved his hand onto mine and pulled my fingers away from his skin, hiding his tattoo again. Interlacing our fingers, he brought them back to his chest and then rested his forehead against mine. “So...yes, yes I do still love you. I never stopped. But...Kiera...”

“Have you been with anyone else?” I whispered it, not sure if I really wanted to know or not.

He pulled back fractionally, and looked at me like I'd just asked him something he couldn't even contemplate. “No...I haven't wanted...” He shook his head lightly. “Have you?” he whispered.

I bit my lip and shook my head as well. “No. I just...I just want you. We're meant to be, Kellan. We need each other.”

We both stepped together at the same time, until every inch of us was touching, head to foot. His other hand traveled to my hip as mine slipped around his waist. Without a thought, we both pulled each other even closer. My eyes kept drifting down to his lips and I made myself lift them back to his eyes. He was also staring at my mouth, and when he brought his tongue over his lower lip, followed by his teeth slowly dragging across them, my eyes quickly darted back down and I gave up trying not to stare.

“Kiera,” he started again, as his head angled down to me and mine angled up to him. “I thought I could leave you. I thought distance would make 'this' go away, and it'd get easier, but it hasn't.” He shook his head slightly as I started to get lost in the overwhelmingly wonderful smell of him that was enveloping me. “Being apart from you is killing me. I feel lost without you.”

“I do too,” I murmured.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author S.C Stephens comes the new adult series everyone is talking about and a love triangle you won't forget. 
After being caught in the middle of a love triangle that led to a devastating betrayal, Kiera pledged to learn from the mistakes she'd made.
She was determined to never again inflict that kinds of pain on anyone, especially the soulful, talented man who held her heart. 
But life offers new challenges for every relationship, and when Kiera's love is put to the ultimate test, will it survive?
Love is easy, trust is hard.  

When he finally spoke, his voice was quiet, his accent thick. 
“I think I hated you after you cheated on me . . . for a long time actually.” 
My heart sank and my eyes welled as he continued to stare me down. Shaking his head, he said, “But I think I should thank you now.” 
My jaw dropped as my eyes went wide. “Thank me? God, Denny . . . why? I was horrible to you.” 
He smiled, looking at our hands. “Yes, yes, you were.” Peeking up at me, he gave me a goofy grin.
 “But I’d have never gone back home if you hadn’t hurt me so much. And if I’d never gone home, I’d never have met Abby.” 
Looking past me, his smile widened as he thought of his lover, wherever she was. “And she . . . is a miracle to me.” Oddly, that sentence didn’t hurt me as much as it would have a few months ago. It actually made me smile, and we both grinned at each other goofily. 
“I’m glad you’re happy, Denny. That’s all I ever wanted for you.” He nodded at me, then frowned. 
“Well, I’d be happier if I could get her here . . .” 
Leaning in, I felt comfortable enough to give my friend a hug, knowing neither one of would be hurt by it. He laughed a little and returned the hug. Letting go of my hand so he could get both arms around me, he squeezed me tight. I chuckled as I held him, delighted that I could still comfort him. 
Pulling back, I told him, “If it makes you feel any better, I got kissed by a girl a couple of weeks ago.” 
Giving me a playfully devilish grin, he leaned his head against mine. “You have my complete attention. Let’s talk about the kiss.” 
I was giggling when I heard the door open. Wondering why Anna had decided to come back, I loosened my arms and looked over at the door. I stopped giggling when I saw who was standing there. I think I stopped breathing. Denny immediately dropped his arms from around me as a cold voice filled the room. 
“I felt bad for missing our anniversary. We had a short break in the schedule, and even though Matt’s irked at me for taking off, I just had to come out and see you.”
 My jaw dropped to see Kellan standing just inside my apartment door. Eyes narrowed, his midnight blue depths stared at Denny and me like he wanted to set us on fire. “Iwanted to surprise you.” 
His jaw tight, he spat out, “Are you surprised . . . ? Because I know I am.” 
I instantly scooted away from Denny and stood up. Knowing how bad that moment looked, I held my hands up to Kellan. 
“I can explain.” 
Walking into the room, Kellan slammed my door shut behind him. He pointed at us with a hand holding a bouquet of flowers; they vibrated as his hand shook. “You can explain?” he yelled. “Explain what, exactly? The fact that he is sitting in your living room and not thousands of miles away, or the fact that you had your hands all over each other!”
 Tossing the flowers to the floor, he strode into the living room. I immediately put my hands on Kellan’s chest, afraid of he and Denny getting too close together—afraid of a confrontation. Glaring down at me, Kellan pushed his body against my hands and seethed, “I’m listening . . . start explaining!” My throat completely closed up on me as Denny slowly rose from the couch. “Kiera . . . I told you to tell him . . .” Denny murmured.

Can love survive when life gets Reckless?

When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other survive the constant pressures of superstardom? 
The friendships they've formed, the new family they've found, and the history they've forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band's exploding popularity. 
A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together.
 Fame comes with a price - but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?

Kellan and I held hands as we stared up at the red neon glowing with the words Pete’s Bar. 
It was almost hard to believe that it was just a little over two years ago that I had first lain eyes on Kellan here. He’d seemed like such a player, and I suppose he was back then, but there was a surprising amount of depth to this ex-player.

As I was reminiscing, Kellan bumped my shoulder. “Did I ever tell you that I noticed you the second you walked into Pete’s with Denny?”

I looked up at him, surprised. “Really? While you were playing? With all of those people in the bar?”

Walking backwards, Kellan pulled me towards the double doors to the large, rectangular building.

 “Yep. It was like an electric current zipped around the room when you stepped through the doors. Like I knew I’d never be the same from that moment forward.”
He gave me a crooked grin. I rolled my eyes. “That did not happen. You noticed Denny. I seriously doubt you noticed me.”

Kellan stopped walking and I stepped into his chest. Being here, in the parking lot of Pete’s with him, felt just as much like home to me as our little, white two-story place. “I could barely pull my eyes away from you. Just glancing at you made my head feel lighter, made my stomach…tingle. Watching you was…life-changing.”

I couldn’t help but be moved by his words. Then I remembered his very suggestive performance. I gave him a sly grin. “And yet, you still managed to mentally undress every female in your audience.”

Kellan laughed as he resumed walking. “Yeah, okay, I’ll give you that one.” He cocked a brow at me. “I did notice you, though.” His eyes scanned my face. “How could I not?”

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