One of the things I love most about my job is reading books and deciding if they are good fits for our publishing house. Not every book has what it takes to become a novel. Some lack polish (although in those cases, we can shine them), while others lack a spark (this is harder to fix). But when I read Beyond Fate, I couldn't put it down.
This story hit me in a few places... first of all, the prologue. I could see the Frat House in my mind. I've been in a few. Growing up on Ohio University's campus, I worked a lot with a specific fraternity. The rooms, the camaraderie and of course the parties... they were a part of my past and when I read about Julia and Russ... I was back there.
The second piece was a school. As a teacher for over twenty years, I understood the ins and outs of a school. The teaching, the parents, the lessons... All the things which made the setting so much more real for me.
But even if you haven't had those experiences, you are going to fall in love with Russ and Julia's story. A first love is one which is never forgotten. Come join in the fun!
Years of separation mean nothing when love is in the air…
Julia Diaz never wanted to fall for her friend's older brother, especially at a college frat party. But, for some reason, her heart was stolen by Russell that night. Eight years after, she never forgot him. Now destiny has brought them together. Only this time Russell is no longer a boy. He’s a man who knows what he wants and will not be denied.
Russell Webb used to be optimistic, and fun loving until a family tragedy turned his world on its side. Putting all his focus on work, he picked himself back up, and managed to turn his grief into something resembling a life. When a woman from his past reappears, and gives him a glimpse of true happiness, he’ll do anything to secure her heart. Even face the darkness he has avoided for so long.
“You’re not going anywhere.” He tightened his arms. The thought of her leaving made him feel desperate.
Her smile broadened. “I have to.”
“Sorry, Julia.” He leaned in, inhaling her sweet, jasmine scent. “You are going to have to live here now.”
She laughed loudly at his suggestion. The sound was deep, sexy, and marvelous.
“What? You don’t want to live with twenty smelly, grown men?”
She wiped her eyes, shaking her head no.
“Well, maybe I should take you back to the library bathroom, until you change your mind.”
She broke out of his arms. “Do it and die.”
He grabbed her back to him in a hurry, not ready to throw in the towel.
“Stop distracting me.” She cupped his face in her hands, and moved closer to him. “I’m here to offer you a reward.”
“What’s my reward?” He felt his body tighten with need as the curves of her full chest pushed against his shirt. She looked up at him, her eyes dancing hazel, this time, with desire.
“This.” She pressed her answer against his lips, and then he could no longer feel his toes.
The kiss was slow, murderously slow. Her lips were soft, silky, and warm. She tasted tantalizing and delicious. He groaned, pulling her closer, sinking into her. She met him, opening her mouth for his tongue, pressing their bodies together. The moment of sweet was over, and suddenly the kiss became desperate, hot, and sensual. He ran his hands down her waist, and she licked his lower lip, before sucking it in.
He pulled his lips away, to drag them down her neck. “I want you.”
“I know.” She sighed, pushing out of his arms. “But not here.”
About the Author:
Romance Author, Susan Vaughn understood the meaning of sarcasm before she could walk. Her childhood in the suburbs of Detroit was spent mainly trying to outwit her six creative siblings. When she wasn’t working on the next soul-crushing jab, she sharpened her imagination on romantic literature and day dreamed about her knight in shining armor.
It didn’t take long for this hairdresser by trade to turn her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories. Susan lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the unlikeliest of scenarios.
Susan lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art of sarcasm and wit.
Musings from Michigan