Where I End by Michelle Dare – excerpt reveal with my little review

Title: Where I End
Author: Michelle Dare
Genre: NA Romance Standalone
Editor: Karen Hrdlicka
Proofreader: Tiffany Landers
Cover Designer: Amy Queau
Blurb:
Eve
Pretentious. Arrogant. Condescending. Cruel.
All words I’d used to label him. Exactly what I’d always believed he was. All that changed one spring morning when I realized I didn’t know the man behind the facade at all.
Angry. Desperate. Broken. Mine.
All words I’d use to define him after I interfered. Once our eyes locked, I was all in. There was no turning back. He tried to push me away, but I refused to let him go. I was determined to save him. What I didn’t expect was that he would save me, too.
Cy
I was so close to ending my misery. Mere seconds away. Then she stumbled upon our argument, and I changed my plans. She wasn’t supposed to be there. She knew too much. Even with my entire world burning down around me, she wouldn’t walk away.
I’ve always been on my own. No one had ever fought for me before. Why should anyone start now? But she did, no matter how much I tried to stop her. I knew I was nothing, unworthy of her, but she was persistent. Once she got under my skin, I couldn’t let her go, because where I end, she begins.
Michelle Dare is a romance author. Her stories range from sweet to sinful and from new adult to fantasy. There aren’t enough hours in the day for her to write all of the story ideas in her head. When not writing or reading, she’s a wife and mom living in eastern Pennsylvania. One day she hopes to be writing from a beach where she will never have to see snow or be cold again.
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We finally reach her apartment after what feels like a solid hour in the truck, though it’s only been a matter of minutes. I barely have the truck in park before she’s jumping out and walking to the stairs. I kill the engine and race after her, not giving any thought to what I’m going to say when I reach her. She’s fast as hell. I don’t catch her until she’s on the second flight, almost to her door.
“Evie, wait,” I say, as I grip her by the elbow to stop her.
She shakes me off. Her eyes narrow. “You don’t get to chase me. Not after the way you’ve made it crystal clear you don’t want anything to do with me.”
“It’s not that simple.”
“No? Then explain it to me, because I’m not understanding why one minute you want me to stay with you and the next you are running out of my apartment like you can’t bear to be in the same room as me.”
I rake my hand through my hair. “God dammit, Evie, why can’t you just leave things as they are?”
“As they are? Like how you completely stopped talking to me, then show up at dinner and expect me to be fine seeing you again?”
“It’s for the best that you’re not around me.”
She points her finger at my chest, mere inches from touching me. “You don’t get to decide what’s best for me.”
“I do when I’m involved.”
“Seriously? What about high school? Was all that shit you put me through best for me? Were you seeking me out, day after day, only to torment me, for the best? Because, as I remember it, those were far from the best days of my life. As a matter of fact, I’ve been living in a perpetual hell for quite some time now.”
My anger is rising to meet hers, but mixed with mine is also shame and regret for all I’d done to her in the past. “You’ve been living in hell? Fine. I’ll take credit for everything I dragged you through in high school. I was a grade A dick. I should never have done to you what I did, and for that I will always hate myself. You didn’t deserve any of it. But right now, as we stand at this moment, it’s better if I leave you alone.”
She throws her hands up in the air then back down to her sides. “Then why the hell did you follow me up here, Cy?”
“Because I can’t fucking walk away from you! Because every waking moment of every fucking day, I think about you!” I’m breathing heavy, my chest rising and falling. I can only imagine how feral I look.
Evie stumbles back until her ass hits the railing. “What?”
All my anger slowly leaves me. She’s right. I should never have followed her. I would have been better off staying in my truck. “Never mind.” I turn and walk down a few steps, but then she’s behind me, grabbing my arm, turning the tables.
“Oh, no you don’t. You don’t get to come after me, say all you did, and walk away like none of it ever happened.”
“Can’t you see, Evie? I’m no good for you. Every time I’m near you, shit gets out of hand. You’re better off without me in your life.”
“No, I’m not.”
“I only bring pain with me. Nothing more. I can’t offer you anything when I’m hollow inside.” I rub the center of my chest, feeling the familiar ache that resides there without Evie in my life. Yet, as she stands before me, looking so fucking beautiful, the ache is still there because she isn’t mine. I can’t and shouldn’t touch her. I should turn away and leave her, but I’m frozen in place.
She lays her hand over mine on my chest and peers up into my eyes. “You’re not hollow. You have good in you. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be here right now. There’s a part of you that wants to be near me. Just as there is a part of me that longs to be near you.”
I close my eyes for only a moment before gently removing her hand from mine. It’s sheer torture to do so, but I know I must. “I have to go.”
“Please, don’t.” She doesn’t understand how being this close to her is driving me crazy. I’ve got to get out of here. Distance needs to be put between us. I turn and start down the steps again.
“If you leave now, don’t you dare come back,” she says, causing me to stop in my tracks. “I mean it, Cy. You can’t keep toying with me. I want you here. With me.” I keep my back to her, unable to look into her eyes. If I do, I’ll give in. “I don’t care about what happened in high school,” she continues. “None of it matters. Only what is happening right here, right now. Stay with me. Please.” The pleading of her voice almost has me turning. Almost.
I shake my head and go down the remaining stairs; all the while telling myself it’s better this way. Sure, my heart feels like it’s being ripped from my chest. But she needs to find someone who will lift her up, be the man she needs. Not someone who is broken beyond repair and will only drag her down into the bleak abyss with him.
WHAT I THINK ABOUT IT!
This book was really hard for me to get a number of stars for it – there were so many emotions and feelings in it that it was spinning down my head/heart.
Eve is a woman that is strong and knows her value, even when other people don’t see it. Her high school life was a terrible nightmare due to one person Cy – his only goal was to torment her in front of his friends as he was the most popular guy there. No thanks to him Eve is tough and can deal with everything.
Add to is a man (Cy) who is not what he shows the world. He tries to seem unaffected by anything, cool. But what will happen when his attitude will be no longer manageable? That he would try to even kill himself?
Join them on their path to get everything right, fight old demons and what they feel to each other. Will they manage to figure it out? I almost cried in public reading it.
Recommended!

 

Can you find love when you don’t look for it? All the while by Gina Azzi

33114540Author: Gina Azzi

ASIN B01M8MGHMT

Published: January 2017

 

Description:

Consumed with grief for her twin brother Adrian’s death, Maura Rodriguez is spinning out of control. To cope with Adrian’s loss, she numbs her pain with bottles of vodka and sex with random men.
Harboring guilt over his best friend Adrian’s death, Zack Huntington is yearning for a past that no longer exists. Reaching out to the familiarity and comfort an ex-girlfriend offers, Zack aims to recreate what once was but can never be again.
When their worlds collide while running on the trails along Boathouse Row, Maura and Zack find comfort in each other and in the memory of their shared connection—Adrian.
An unlikely friendship brimming with undeniable attraction blossoms into an unexpected romance. While Maura and Zack struggle to heal, to forgive, to accept, they also learn how to let go and allow themselves to fall in love, a truth they’ve both known but resisted all the while.

Review:

This is a book about hurt people that struggle with their present after death of important person in their life.
The plot is so Vivid, that i needed to take a break during reading! As i mostly feel what characters feel. So miss Azzi did a great job!
Maura – a strong girl that lost her way, after her brother death. She’s senior, but all she can do is makeing herself numb. Her own struggling and trauma moments were so well described. (More in the book)
Zack – a guy that melt each girl heart, but not Maura in first place. What i can tell each of us would love to have someone like that by our sides. He did what guy shoud have done in that pary of girl life.
What i can tell? I loved that book and characters that and not artificial, but also do bad and don’t go over it in miraculus way!
Romance dane will love it for sure!