Release Day Blitz: Temperance (The Arcanian Chronicles #1) by Ella Frank~Includes Excerpt & Giveaway
I had only had the pleasure of reading two books by Ella Frank prior to this. I've loved both, and have the rest on my TBR list, because I really enjoy her style of writing and her voice. I'm also a huge fan of fantasy, so, when I heard about Temperance, I was definitely intrigued. After reading the synopsis, however, I was concerned about how "easy" the book would be to follow. It seemed that Temperance would have a lot going on-- people, places, terminology to familiarize myself with-- but most books like this do. I was still really excited to start.
This story begins in the past, in Arcania, with our main character's mother, Maeve, and her own three siblings on their twenty-fifth birthday. Maeve, along with her brother and two sisters all play an integral role in Arcanian society, and, in reliving their past, we understand quite a bit more about their world by the time we meet Naeve and her three sisters-- on, you guessed it, their twenty-fifth birthday. And theirs is just as life-changing as their mother's.
Maeve and one of her sisters, Rhiannon, had been "removed" from Arcania, and have lived in North Carolina for the past twenty-five years, raising Maeve's four children-- with no memory of how or why they came to be there. Only their trust that the Hierophant (the most powerful being in their world) surely had a good reason to place them there eases their confusion. Slightly. There has to be more to it, they're adamant. And, at this point in the book, I was dying to know what that reason might be. I was anxious to find out what came of some characters that we're introduced to early on. Very quickly, you will be left with a million questions, eager to uncover the events that have led everyone to where they are, and wondering what comes next.
It's almost like experiencing two different stories. Maeve, and her siblings'-- along with her own love story with Lach'Lan (swoon)-- and Naeve's own adventure with her family. It was quite entertaining. The characters were fun, and their banter constantly brought a smile to my face. There's a plethora of supporting characters, so I found myself flipping backwards pretty often in the beginning to make sure I remembered everyone. I got names/roles mixed up a little at first, but that might just be me. However, each character had their own distinct and rich personality, and brought a lot to the story. Eventually, it wasn't so daunting.
Speaking of the many characters, Bastian was a someone that I very much enjoyed getting to know. He was a complex character with a difficult past (and future?), a quick temper, but still with a sense of humor. Kai was also a favorite! There are a lot of characters that are truly nothing like they originally seem.
I'm generally not a fan of books that give you more than two characters' points-of-view, especially not so quickly (I don't like to just get comfortable in a one character's mind, only to be abruptly switched to another's). That's not to say that the POV change was done poorly in this instance, it is just something that put me off a bit, personally, and I think it's worth mentioning. This, however, might not bother some readers, so don't let it discourage you from reading Temperance. I definitely enjoyed the story despite this.
I have to say, at about 28% or so, I began to feel a little... frustrated, although, that might be a harsh way to describe how I felt. Conflicted, maybe? I felt like, at that point, the story should have been progressing a bit more, yet... only about two days had passed. Two days! Yes, things were happening. Yes, I was into the story. But I was so ready to get on with things. This was actually true for about half of the book, sadly, and it was a good thing I was already super curious about how this story would (finally) unfold, because it might have bothered me even more otherwise. And just when things finally started to happen more quickly... it was over faster than I would have liked. I wanted more, in the best way.
Overall, I did really enjoy Temperance. The writing flowed beautifully. The premise of the story was interesting and entertaining, the characters captivating. And, in true Ella Frank fashion, the few sex scenes packed plenty of heat. I think it was a great jump into fantasy for this author. I'm only hoping that, now that a lot of the back story has been established, we are able to jump right into the action in the next installment. This world that Frank has created has a lot of potential, and can branch off into many different directions. I'll be excited to revisit these characters (Especially Kai! *swoon*) and see where their story leads! I was left with tons of questions and I can't wait to get the answers.
“Don’t. Make. A. Sound.”
The low, gravelly voice reverberated through her as she felt a tear escape the corner of her eye. The arm that was banded across her chest was full-on muscle as it easily held her in place against a body that was as impenetrable as a brick wall.
Naeve didn’t move a muscle, but she lowered her eyes the best she could and saw a black leather glove that went halfway up that thick forearm. As the hand on her right shoulder tightened, she grimaced and felt the tip of the knife press against her throat.
“Where is your other sister?”
Naeve remained silent, not sure she could even remember how to speak, and then she felt those fingers grip her shoulder harder as they spun her around and pulled her up close.
The sight that greeted her was like something from her worst nightmare.
She couldn’t have imagined ever feeling the terror she felt right then. For that reason alone, she’d never known that her response would be to become one hundred percent paralyzed.
As she stared up at the towering figure before her, she had to wonder if maybe she was already dead and he’d been sent to collect her. Cloaked from head to toe in nothing but black, he almost blended into the shadows except for the shiny blade he had pointed at her throat. She couldn’t make out a face behind the hood and mask, but all she continued to hope was that, if he planned to kill her, he’d do it fast.
Release Day Launch - Virgin For The Night (For The Night #2) by C.J. Fallowfield ~ Ava and Brittany's Reviews.
**I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**
Let me say, first, that I love these covers. They're clean and simple, and the reflection of each different girl in his glasses is really fun! I could stare at this guy all day. OK, with that out of the way, I'll get on to my review!
I picked up Virgin for the Night immediately after finishing Strangers for the Night, as I couldn't wait to meet Summer and get started on this story! She's introduced to us in book one as Logan's next client. He's enamored by her photograph, and thoughts of her distract him constantly in the first book. I was excited to see how things played out between Summer and Logan, and especially to see how his character would continue to develop. I was hungry for much more insight into his life, his personality, and his history. And I'm happy to say we do find out a bit more about him! I had a few questions going in, about what his encounter with Summer would be like. For instance, would she be the one to break through and get him to show some emotion? I really hoped so. He mentioned in book one something about wanting to hear Summer call him by his real name. I wondered if that would be revealed as well.
His "assignment" with Summer is to pretend she's a virgin, and to seduce and make love to her accordingly. Gently. With tenderness. Something else I wondered before starting, was whether Summer actually was a virgin. We find out pretty quickly what her deal is. Summer is an up-and-coming actress, still living at home with her parents, who has just landed the role of a lifetime. She hears about Logan from her makeup artist, and uses a huge chunk of her signing bonus to splurge on one special night with him. This is clearly an uncharacteristically bold move for Summer, who is responsible, timid, and seems to be pretty thrifty. Logan can tell from the start that something was different about Summer. She immediately has him feeling unhinged. He's not supposed to have feelings for his clients, that's against his rules. This is all new and unnerving for him.
Seeing the care and preparation he takes in readying things for his clients shows how thorough he is. But he's just as nervous about this job as Summer, and that's very nice to see. She's the first woman in years that has caused this reaction in him. Summer, on the other hand, is nervous for different reasons. A past trauma has left her frightened of intimacy, and Logan is determined to help her put that fear behind her. And that's when the fun starts!
The night they share is so much more personal that that of Logan and Camilla in the first book of this series, and I loved every second of it. Logan's tender thoughts and actions in this book were authentic, despite the fact that he was paid to spend the evening with Summer, and I ate them up! He shows such an endearing vulnerability, that I fell for him completely. This was the Logan I was hoping for! As intrigued as he had me in book one, now I'm even more anxious to know more about him. He felt something special with Summer, and I'm both curious and nervous to see how things unfolded between the two of them as the series progresses. I'm fearful, though, that none of the other girls will measure up for me, as I really have come to like Summer, and I'm very much hoping that we will be seeing plenty of her in the future. The ending of Virgin for the Night didn't leave me too hopeful for this, but I will still keep my fingers crossed!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Virgin for the Night was the Logan I wanted to read about! From book one, I knew he had this sweet potential and he is beginning to tire of his profession, he is beginning to realise the emptiness of it and his next client Summer, just highlights it all the more.
Summer is inexperienced but she’s just been hired to play a sex siren on screen, hence the reason she has reserved a night with London’s finest gigolo. She wants Logan to teach her about pleasure, namely her own. From the moment Logan seen her picture, he knew he should have said no, she effects him like no other. But Logan plays with fire and agrees to Summer’s request: she wants to be treated like a virgin for the night.
I really enjoyed this instalment and that’s due to the fact I felt the chemistry between Logan and Summer. Logan was cocky and confident but he was endearing at the same time and treated Summer like a Queen. I liked Summer’s innocence, it felt genuine and she was in for a night she’d never forget.
“He just exuded confidence, masculinity and raw sex appeal, no wonder he came so highly recommended. When he smiled I almost felt as if I was going to faint and swayed on my feet. O shit Summer, he’s going to eat you alive.”
Of course, all nights must come to an end, and even though it pained them to do so, Summer and Logan had to part ways. Their final scene together was well written and I felt for them both, I was willing for one or the other to turn around and declare they wanted more.
“How the fuck was I going to watch her walk away from me, when something inside me was screaming at me to never let her go or I’d regret it forever?”
How the series plays out from here will be interesting. Logan is beginning to change, he is beginning to see things differently and I can tell this will not be the last we see of Summer.
Virgin for the Night was a hot, sexy novella. So far it is my favourite of the series and I am intrigued to see where Logan and Summer will go from here.
“I’d reserved the luxury two bedroomed penthouse apartment in the Dalton Hotel on Thames Bank, with views of the London Eye. Not that I planned on letting her see any attraction other than my cock.”
“I wanted to bite her neck and mark her, show everyone that she was taken. She was going to be my biggest challenge yet.”
“I didn’t want anyone else to touch her, she was mine. I wanted to not only be her first, but her last. Fuck, I knew she’d cause me trouble from the moment I opened her damn picture.”
“I kissed the top of her head over and over until her body and both of our breathings slowed down and she gradually fell asleep in my arms, leaving me feeling happier than I’d felt in years, possibly ever.”
Title: Strangers for the Night
Author: C.J. Fallowfield
Series: For The Night #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: October 17, 2014
The steaming novella ‘Strangers for the Night’ is part of the ‘For the Night’ series of eight standalone short reads, which fall into Amazon’s new quick hot erotic reads category. The series contains adult themes~ Suitable only for the over 18’s.
My name is Logan Steele. I’m devilishly handsome, seriously ripped, well hung, charismatic and highly sexed. Women just can’t resist me. So when I lost my job in the construction industry and was struggling for cash, I decided to put my assets to good use.
By day I’m a private personal fitness trainer. By night I’m a high class gigolo.
'Strangers for the Night' is Camilla Domville's idea of the perfect fantasy. Meeting a hot guy in a bar and going back to his hotel room for a night of unbridled passion, that’s if they even make it to the hotel room before Logan seduces her.
Downright raunchy, saucy and hot, Logan's sexcapade with Camilla threatens to be his last, as she's set her sights on him and is determined to be his one and only client moving forwards. But Logan's main mantra is “Never get emotionally attached to your client.”
While this works with Camilla, a booking with a future client has him looking forward to it in a way he never has before.
The synopsis alone will make you want to read Logan Steele’s story. He is a male gigolo and the best at what he does. For a very hefty fee, he will make your wildest fantasies come true.
Book one is the story of Logan and Camilla, a very spoiled daddy’s girl who wants to experience a real man for the night. Logan is slick and very suave. As hard as Camilla tries, she can’t pull the wool over his eyes. Camilla has a plan to make Logan break his cardinal rule of no feelings and one night only. The way in which it was written, added a touch of humour and espionage to the story.
I liked Logan; he didn’t completely win me over, as he was quite aloof. There were tiny glimpses of the real man behind the escort and I do believe we will see more of that as the series continues.
This was my first book by C.J. Fallowfield, the story was easy to read and I liked the dual point of views. Both characters were written well, as Camilla had the annoying, whiny girl down pat. As this is an erotic novella, the sex was in abundance. To begin with it was hot, but as it went on (and on and on) I felt it less as there obviously wasn’t any feelings involved for Logan. He wanted in and out as quickly as possible, quite literally. I would read more of C.J.’s work, as I am definitely intrigued.
Strangers for The Night is novella one of eight. Each book will cover Logan and a different client. After discovering this, I did wonder if there would be romance in this series, I can’t help it but I crave the connection between two characters. In this book there is a hint of Logan’s real persona behind his ‘act’ and for some reason his next client has bewitched him. Perhaps the novellas have the intention of eight different sexy reads for individual enjoyment. I’m not sure, or perhaps someone will crop up that Logan wants more with. As it stands, I really want to read the second book in the series as I am intrigued by Summer, but if it was to then go on with no long lasting connection, I would be reluctant to continue.
This novella series is quick and hot, I think a lot of people will enjoy it and succumb to Logan’s charms. It is worth checking out.
Very early on in this book, it was obvious that Logan was cocky and arrogant, but a character that I was really looking forward to knowing, despite this. I was a bit surprised to see the author introduce the main character of the next book so early on, before we had even had a chance to meet Camilla. I have to say, though, it almost made me wish I was reading her story instead of Camilla's! Camilla is a girl who depends on her wealthy Daddy for everything, even when he doesn't know it. She hired Logan because she had heard amazing things about his "skill" and was bored with her sex life. Camilla was a character that I wasn't very fond of, something that shows how well she was written. She was spoiled, manipulative, and really just a whiny brat. This all came across very clearly while reading. I was happy to see her get a taste of her own medicine in the end.
As for Logan, there were aspects of his personality that bothered me a bit. While being intimate with Camilla, his mind was always somewhere else. Sometimes with a past girlfriend, sometimes with his next client, and sometimes on other inconsequential things. Despite him feeding Camilla all the right lines, I found his interaction with her to be impersonal. Although he did do well, considering how awful Camilla was, something that was no secret to him. Seeing how unsatisfied he was with his "work" made me a bit sad for him, and I was dying to know the history there. He definitely held back with his clients and I needed to know why. I think these things, however, are part of what makes him a complex character. I have no doubt that we'll slowly but surely be able to see Logan's development in future books. I'm excited to find out more about Logan's past (and his day job), as well as his hangups, as the series progresses.
Strangers for the Night was a highly enjoyable, quick read. It was very fast paced, to the point, and very sexy. I think you'll find it to be a fun way to pass a few hours. The sex was in abundance, being an erotic novella, and I honestly could have done without quite so much. But that's just me-- If you love a lot of steam, you should absolutely check it out. By the time I finished reading, I was really excited to pick up book two. I will definitely continue with this series.
The novellas in this series are told in alternating point-of-views; we'll get Logan's and that of his current client, as well. These books are written as standalones, but would be best enjoyed in proper order.
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When I found my boyfriend cheating on me, I did something stupid.
Or should I say, someone?
Because of that mistake, I’m now stuck in a world I don’t belong in.
I’m a law student. They’re criminals.
He’s the Vice President of a MC. I’m a good girl with a strict upbringing.
He’s my ex-boyfriend’s brother.
And I’m screwed.
When we first meet Faye, she's checking into a grungy hotel room, with little more than the clothes on her back. Staring at an uncertain future, she's trying to run from her troubles. Without much luck. What has her running away? Halfway through getting her law degree, dealing with a judgmental family, but with her future looking bright, she finds her longtime boyfriend cheating on her and everything goes downhill for her from there. Or so it seems.
But the life she's trying so hard to avoid quickly catches up to her, in the form of Dexter, or Dex, Black. her ex-boyfriend's brother. The man she had one wild night with after walking in on said ex-boyfriend cheating on her. Dex sweeps in and ushers her back to his club, determined to make things better for her. But life surrounded by bikers is quite the adjustment for Faye, and rightfully so. Dex is the vice president of a lock motorcycle club, the Wind Dragons. He's the "ultimate bad boy," tough, dangerous, but also loyal and fiercely protective.
Despite Faye trying to run away from her problems in the beginning, Faye was still a pretty strong character. She definitely didn't put up with her boyfriend's betrayal. She knows what she wants, what she deserves, and sticks to her guns. Although there are times when her actions and comments scream immaturity. But she does come into her own in her new world, and takes advantage of the freedom to be herself.
I did have a few issues with the book early on. The writing, at times, especially in the beginning, was rather choppy. Also, there was quite a bit of telling, rather than showing, which really makes it hard for me to get into a story. And, honestly, their first sex scene was rather disappointing. The blurb was what caught my attention initially, but the big revenge, the big mistake she makes WAS this scene, and it left me wanting much more. Then she's left wondering if she's just imagined a connection, and my thought was yes, you definitely did imagine it-- what connection?! I have to admit, after that point, I wasn't sure if I would end up enjoying this book after all, but I'm glad I stuck with it.
There turned out to be plenty of drama, and a bit of action. Dragon's Lair was a quick, entertaining read, that I finished in one day. I definitely wouldn't mind reading about some of the other MC members, and I'm looking forward to finding out if Chantal will expand on their stories. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
Chase is her debut novel, followed by Kade, Ryder, James and Maybe This Time.
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Brittany's Reviews of Elsker and Endre by S.T. Bende (@stbende) ~ Plus Exciting News About the Elsker Series!
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My Review of Elsker, Book 1:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was fortunate enough to "meet" ST while we were both campaigning for our guys in the NA Crush Tournament. Bianca and I are advocates for Kellan Kyle from Thoughtless and ST, of course, was Team Ull! She's super sweet and was generous enough to get me a copy of Elsker! Reading the post that his advocates wrote up for the tournament had me sold on him and I was really excited to read this one! It did not disappoint one bit!
Sometimes when reading books that have a lot of mythology woven into them, it's easy to get overwhelmed with it. At least for me. This wasn't the case with Elsker. There was just enough to keep my attention and create a really interesting and exciting story, but not so much that I had trouble wrapping my head around it, especially considering that I knew nothing about Norse Mythology going into this novel. Well, unless you count drooling over Chris Hemsworth as Thor.
As far as Ull goes, I loved him. I loved his chivalry, his protective nature, and his romantic side. I especially like his tight sweaters and church waffles (he eats them with jam, and he shares... you'll see). I also loved Kristia. She was real and relatable and extremely brave, the kind of girl I could see myself being friends with. As far as the supporting characters go, they were all wonderful. I was especially fond of Inga, so I'm really excited to start reading the prequel, Tur.
I won't go into too much detail about the plot because I would hate to spoil anything, but I will say that there are quite a few little surprises! There are laugh-out-loud moments and I was pulled right in from the very first page. This book was nearly impossible to put down and I'm dying for the sequel. There isn't a cliffhanger in this one, but it will definitely leave you wanting much, much more. The next book in this series, Endre, is due out in September!
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My Review of Endre, Book 2 :
If you haven't yet read Elsker, this review contains a tiny spoiler or two!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I've been obsessed with all things Elsker (Who am I kidding? Ull, I've been obsessed with Ull) for a while now, so I was SO excited to finally get this Endre ARC into my grubby little Norse loving hands. I was definitely not disappointed with Elsker's sequel-- I only wish it could have been a bit longer! As with the first book in this series, I was so wrapped up in Ull's and Kristia's world, that I finished this book in the blink of an eye.
As much as I loved Endre, I'm going to have to give it 4 stars instead of 5 because I was left wanting a bit... more. Although we got a lot of action and romance in this book, I would have liked to see more of what was mentioned in the synopsis. Was Kristia "knee deep in wedding plans?" I'm sure she was, but we didn't get to experience too much of that. As for "goddess lessons," those seemed brief as well. Now, as far as "stolen kisses," they were in abundance and Ull's sweet side never disappoints! Both the main and supporting characters were as lovable as ever and Kristia really proved how tough she can be when fighting for those she loves.
Overall, I really enjoyed Endre and found it very difficult to put down. And, while there is no cliff-hanger, we are given a glimpse into some pretty exciting things to come in the lives of these characters. If you're looking for a different take on New Adult that has plenty of swoon-worthy moments, some nail-biting action, and a mythological world you can lose yourself in, this book is for you.
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Author: Melanie Harlow
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Genre: A Sexy Adult Contemporary Romance
When Tucker Branch, playboy heir to Branch Bolt and Screw, screws and bolts a week before their wedding, Mia Devine wants nothing more than to crawl under her newly monogrammed sheets and plan a funeral for her dignity. But her friends convince her that bitter tastes better when it’s drowned in Bordeaux, so Mia grits her teeth and packs her bags, determined to make the best of her luxurious Paris honeymoon—alone.
She never planned on meeting Lucas Fournier.
The easygoing bartender’s scruffy good looks and less-than-sympathetic ear annoy her at first, but when she takes him up on his offer to show her around the city, she discovers that the romance of Paris isn’t just a myth.
Nor is the simultaneous O.
The last thing Mia needs is another doomed love affair, but since she only has a week, she figures she might as well enjoy la vie en O with Lucas while she can. But each day—and night—with Lucas is better than the last, and suddenly her heart is telling her this is more than a rebound fling.
Is it just the seduction of Paris…or could this be the real thing?
Mia was a week away from her wedding when her fiance called it off-- via text. So what's a girl to do, except lock herself in her room, wallow in self pity, and curse the day she ever met said fiance? Those are exactly the things Mia has planned, but her friends have other ideas. They suggest that Mia go on her "honeymoon" afterall. Alone. The thing about Mia, though, is she's a planner. Organized to a fault (OCD, anyone?) and when her friends tell her their idea, she thinks it's crazy. But she decides to go against everything she's used to and be spontaneous for once. If nothing else, this trip to Paris will be a nice escape from all of the drama that surrounds her. But will being all alone in the most romantic city in the world be more than she can handle?
On Mia's first night in Paris, she's already had enough. Seeing couples kissing and holding hands is too much for her and she's convinced she made a mistake and should head on home. But she stumbles upon a charming "bartender" and, once again, her plans change. Physically, Lucas isn't her usual type, but she can't deny the instant attraction she feels towards him. He makes her a deal-- give him one day to impress her with Paris. If he fails, she can return home as planned. Of course, he turns out the be the best tour guide ever and sparks fly between the two. His intelligence, sense of humor, and common interests are a pleasant surprise for Mia and she catches feelings pretty quickly.
I took a step closer to him, angling my head so that my lips were just beneath his. All he had to do was lower his lips two inches, and they’d be on mine. Suspense had me rising on tiptoe.
Please, Lucas. Kiss me.
“Just lie back and relax, love.” He slid my legs apart, planting a kiss on my left inner thigh, then my right. “Tell me if something feels good and scream all you want.”
So, as you can tell, I loved Frenched. It was sexy, entertaining, and nicely paced-- all things I've come to expect from this author. I loved the ending and thought it fit perfectly with the rest of the story. My only complaint is that I need more of these two. And that is the wonderful thing about this author-- she leaves you feeling so attached to the characters that you can never get enough of them. Fans of humorous romances (think Alice Clayton) will definitely appreciate Melanie's sense of humor and find this one to be very enjoyable.
"Oh my God, I love Paris!"
Mia and Lucas meet for the first time!
“I have to.”
“No, you don’t.”
Shaking my head, I insisted, “Yes, I do. You don’t understand.”
“Sure I do. Your fiancé called off the wedding and you’re angry and sad or whatever because you’re getting close to your marriage deadline or whatever, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time here. You came all this way, even though you hate to fly. There must have been a reason.”
Oh, yeah. That’s why I was annoyed with him.
Aggravated anew, I sat taller on my seat. “The reason was that I’ve always wanted to see Paris. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid. I had every day planned out, I knew exactly what we would do, the things we would see. And I thought I could handle it on my own, but now that I’m here, I can’t, OK? I can’t handle all the love and romance and fucking happiness all around me when I was supposed to be here on my honeymoon! It isn’t fair!” My voice was rising and several people glanced my way, especially since I thumped my hand on the bar with my last word. But how dare he ruin my buzz and the tenuous peace I’d made with myself about going home!
He shrugged. “Lots of things in life aren’t fair. Doesn’t matter what city you’re in.”
I rolled my eyes as all the attitude progress I’d made during my second glass of wine came undone. “Spare me the platitudes. I’ve heard a boatload of them in the week since I was unceremoniously dumped—via text message, mind you—seven days before my goddamn wedding.”
Lucas regarded me carefully. “You’ve got a problem.”
Brilliant, this asshole. “Yes. My problem is that I’m on my honeymoon, alone.”
“That’s not your problem.”
My jaw fell open. Who the hell was he to tell me what my problem was? He went on before I could protest.
“Your problem is that you thought things were going to be one way and they’re not. You’re not even telling me you miss the guy who was supposed to be here with you. You just don’t want to be here alone because that wasn’t the plan.”
“That is not what I said!”
He laughed. “That’s exactly what you said.”
“Well…” I flapped my hands. “That’s not what I meant. I’m flustered. And drunk.”
“So you do miss him? Because I don’t see a heartbroken girl here in front of me. I see someone who’s angry that her relationship ended badly mostly because it ruined an idea she had about the perfect life. And she flew all the way here, but even Paris isn’t enough to distract her from the fact she didn’t get exactly what she wanted when she wanted it.”
“It was more than an idea! It was real. At least, it felt real…most of the time.” My spine curled as the fight left my body. Even my voice weakened. “But what do I know?”
He spoke softer too. “Want to know what I think?”
He held up his hands. “Fair enough.”
I put my credit card on the bar. “I want to pay my bill and leave.”
“The wine is on the house.”
“Because you feel sorry for me?” I snapped. God, Mia, just shut up. Why I was letting this guy get to me, I had no idea. Wasn’t I in this bar because I felt sorry for myself?
He hesitated before answering. “Yes. Originally, I felt sorry for you because some asshole treated you wrong. But now that I know a little more, I think he did you a big favor. Now I feel sorry for you because you’re going to let one bad day ruin a dream that you’ve had for such a long time. You know, if you leave tomorrow, I bet you never come back. I bet you’ll always think of Paris as a miserable, lonely place.”
I opened my mouth to argue and then closed it. Was he right? Was I letting one bad day speak louder than a lifetime of dreaming about Paris?
“But I’d also bet you’re stronger than you think.”
I met his eyes, and they were serious. Was he right? I’d known coming here wouldn’t be easy, but I’d gotten on that plane. Cocking my head, I asked, “Were you a psych major or something?”
He grinned. “Double major—music and psychology. Graduate degree in psych. Look, I know we just met, and I do tend to analyze people and open my big mouth when I should probably just keep my opinion to myself. But when you walked in here alone and looked around, I thought, There is a woman who knows what she wants. That confidence is sexy.”
“But I’m not confident.” The words came out like a whimper as I stared down at my left hand, where my ring used to be. I wondered where it was now—I’d thrown it in the toilet, but Coco had rescued it.
“Yes, you are. You’re just a little scared right now.”
Exhaling, I looked up at him through my lashes. “You argue with everything I say. It’s really annoying.”
“Sorry. Let me make it up to you.”
He thought for a moment. “Well, let’s make a deal. You agree to give Paris one more day, and I’ll agree to spend the day being your tour guide—no psycho-analysis, I promise. If you’re still miserable even when you have a friend by your side, you can grab a flight home the next day. I’ll even call the airline for you.”
“A friend, huh?”
“You think about it.” He moved down the bar to fill drink orders, and I checked out his ass again.
It really was cute.
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