Title: Always the One
Author: C.C Monroe
Release Date: August 25
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Friendships are defined as a bond between two people, a building of a strong connection and like for one another. Usually excluding romantic or sexual feelings. Now what occurs when the typical doesn't happen and friendship turns to love?
Trey Adams spends his days working with music and pining over his longtime best friend, Shayla Donovan. The only thing holding him back is his past, a past where love only hurts and leaves you. To love Shayla the way he desires may be a long, arduous road.
Shayla Donovan has lived thirteen years of her life with a secret she is ready to confess. Pushing her fear aside may be the only way she can move forward in helping Trey learn the meaning of true love.
On their journey to finding love, these two souls will fight battles bigger than they could ever imagine.
*This novel contains mature subject matter, such as explicit sexual situations and coarse language, please refrain from reading if these things offend you. This story is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. Hot, sensitive, alpha male, with an HEA.
Tonight proved our love is stronger than anything—the feelings and emotions all real.
The only light in the room is the burning fireplace, crackling across the way from the bed. I watch the orange and yellow flames mesh, regaining my bearings. Shay’s warmth on top of my chest is welcoming, helping me relax. I notice she’s been silent for a few minutes, and when I look down I'm met by her sleeping form.
Everything that has happened in the past twenty-four hours wore my girl out. But I'm more than happy just sitting here listening to her light breathing as she sleeps. She looks beautiful, like nothing in this world could disturb her. I want this moment to last forever. I want my time with her to last far past the time we are given here on earth. I don't know if I believe in eternity, but she sure makes me hopeful that there will be one. She makes me feel like the day I was born only half of me entered the world while the other half of me waited with her and the day we met was the day I became complete again.
Lightly, I move the backside of my fingers down her cheek, and when my thumb makes it to her lips I graze the round edges. Remembering the way she kissed me back when I took away her virginity. Looking at her now, I feel a sense of completion. I’m not only falling, but in essence, also surrendering my heart, soul, and body for the chance to love someone.
This is the moment that changes a boy into a man. The moment one falls in love. Not only am I responsible for loving this woman, but I'm also now in charge of protecting her heart and honoring any promise I give her from here on out.
For women, virginity is the one thing that they give to someone that they’ve fallen in love with. Well, most women. The one thing they give away as a symbol of their love and commitment to their partner. But what virginity is to women, is what a heart is to a man. We save that shit with us until the right woman comes along to claim it. That's when we then give it away, without a second thought or regret. Shayla took my heart, and I will never be able to get it back.
“Why are you looking at me like that?” Her voice is soft and laced in a sleepy rasp.
“You look beautiful when you sleep.”
She searches my eyes, seeing if I’m lying or hiding anything from her. Letting her gaze falter for a second she moves on, accepting my answer. She stretches before placing her head back on her spot above my heart.
About the Author
Ever since I was a young girl, I have loved the idea of love. Now that I'm older and have love in my life, I still love the concept of LOVE. More so, I believe in the power of love on paper. Writing the stories of the characters in my head.
RELEASE DAY TAKEOVER
Author CC Monroe is excited to share her debut novel, Always the One with the indie world on Thursday August 25th, from 12:30 AM - 10:30 PM in MDT
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Release date - 25th August 2016
Book length - 272 pages
Available on - Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2bjWPg9
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2bhbfDQ
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2bp9T69
Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2bOXRD1
Shayla Donovan is living her dream in Seattle, with her favourite people in the world. Co-owning her store, CC Chic Boutique, with her best friend Lana means the world to her, and with an investor interested in their plans, their business is about to take off. And with her brother Kingston and his best friend Trey living upstairs from them, things are almost perfect. Almost. The only thing missing from her life is love, and there is only one person Shayla wants and that's Trey. But Trey has always said that love was not for him, due to some serious issues in his past. But can she take the risk of losing their friendship and the possibility of heartbreak?
Trey Adams wants Shayla so badly it hurts, and he can no longer stand to one side anymore. Claiming her for his own is everything he has ever dreamed of and more. But when jealousy raises its head, Shayla worries that Trey's past will destroy their future. Abandoned by his cruel mother when he was eight, Trey and his dad have the closest relationship and his dad worries that Trey will lose Shayla because of his issues. Throw in the tense atmosphere between Lana and Kingston, and the atmosphere is becoming very difficult. But life is never simple. And when things take a turn for the worst, can Shayla and Trey be there for each other at their time of need?
ALWAYS THE ONE by C.C. Monroe is the first book in the Always and Forever Series, and Shayla and Trey's story will continue in the second book. This erotic tale is a story of friendship and love and having to fight for what you want. Watching Trey and Shayla's friendship become more was lovely, and their chemistry is off the charts. And Lana and Kingston's troubled relationship also adds an extra element to the story that just works. Sometimes Shayla's naivete got on my nerves, I still liked her as a character. The sex scenes are steamy and intense if a little cringe at times. Overall I enjoyed ALWAYS THE ONE by C.C. Monroe and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
BOOK RATING - 3+
Author CC Monroe is from the hottest city in the world, Phoenix, Arizona. She spends her days working in fashion and her nights with her face in her laptop telling the stories of the voices in her mind. She left Arizona a few years back and now lives in the beautiful snow state of Utah, where she married her true love!
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