Some of you may know that I released a new title at the end of March about a wrongly convicted rapist.
It’s not a story that depicts actual rape scenes and it’s not a story the takes place primarily in a prison, it’s about a man that has to learn to live with societal injustices and an inability to trust in love.
I’m introducing two new characters that have become very near and dear to my heart. This book is about the life of a wrongly convicted man – Llewellyn Gardner, and a man that’s willing to see past Llew’s record and recognize the man that he is inside; construction business owner – Shane Smith, Jr.
I was very nervous about this book and the topic. I’m used to writing big bad alphas that ooze testosterone but aren’t afraid to love and love hard. My Llewellyn is the complete opposite. His is big and hard but only because the environment he was forced into made him that way. He is gentle and kind on the inside, but again, he’s reluctant to trust and especially to love.
I hope you will enjoy it and I would love to hear what you think.
What.A.Ride! Wow. This review is a little difficult for me to write- even 3 days after I finished the book. There aren’t many books that make me cry (OK, weep), smile, swoon and make me want to throw my Kindle across the room. This was definitely one of them.
I’ve always been a fan of AE Via and I went into this book blind. I didn’t read the blurb because I figured I would at least really like, if not love the book because of the author. Maybe if I had read the blurb I wouldn’t have been blind sided and left crying so soon into the story! It was worth it though.
I just wanted to hug Llew. He reminded me of Michael Clark Duncan’s character in The Green Mile. A gentle giant who is always judged quickly, harshly and ultimately wrongly. You just cannot help but love him. You want to just hug him and tell him that everything is going to be OK.
Shane is one of the few people who look beyond the exterior. Llew’s landlady Miss Pat also sees him for who he really is and between those 2 people, he is learning how to love and trust again.
Life isn’t always fair, and that’s something that Llewellyn Gardner knows about first hand. His life was on the fast track until one night of extreme passion changed everything. Now eight years later, he’s still living with the aftershocks of that night. Everywhere he turns or runs, there’s another reminder. What the hell do you do when you try to drown your demons only to find out they can swim?
Shane Smith, Jr. owner of Smith Construction, could see the emotional turmoil within his new employee — it’s why he hired him. There was something about the gorgeous, misunderstood man with the overly expressive eyes that came to their small town with a past no one was willing to overlook. Shane could see the good in Llewellyn, and those eyes of his were a clear window to his soul. Shane wasn’t going to let the man live a future of solitude because his past had been plagued with deceit.
Llewellyn wasn’t sure what to think about Shane. After years of protecting himself from being tricked twice, he was now faced with worry again. What would happen to him if Shane didn’t believe his truth, and walked away? Llewellyn wasn’t sure he’d be able to survive being left alone. Again.
“You can’t be fuckin’ serious. This is so stupid. I gotta go, Moss. I’m working.” Llew was poised to hang up when he heard Moss yell his name.
“Don’t go, Llew. Look, I’m sorry okay? That didn’t make sense. My dad has just been riding my ass this last year, so I’ve been under a lot of pressure, babe. You know what I have to put up with.”
Llew rubbed his thumbs into his tired eyes, and saved his work in his building design software. He powered off his laptop, moving over to look out over the rundown neighborhood. He couldn’t wait to live in his dream home. He’d already submitted the blueprints for his final
exam in his Design and Building class, now he was adding to it. He’d build it himself when he started his own construction company. This trailer would all be a distant memory. He and his brother had a plan. Llew would get his degree, while Leslie worked hard and saved their startup money. It was an unfortunate necessity that they’d had to sell their parents’ home after they died, but he and Leslie just couldn’t afford the taxes and utilities. It was either the home or the business.
“Llew, come over this weekend. Friday my parents are going to a campaign dinner for some senator in Richmond, and they won’t be back until Sunday. We’ll have the place all to ourselves.” Moss whispered, seductively.
Llew cursed his eager dick. The thought of fucking Moss in a bed all night had his cock leaking almost immediately. When you were eighteen, and your boyfriend offered up his ass on a silver platter… refusing was not so easy. He let out an irritated sigh, he wanted to fuck, but he also wanted some answers. Moss was avoiding providing them.
“You have no intentions of being with me at UCLA, do you? I’m just what’s convenient here. Some sex is better than no sex.” Llew rubbed his chest as the pain, the reality sunk in. How the hell could Moss not love him? It made no sense. He’d given him everything it was within his power to give. Treated him like a king. Hmmm… maybe that was it.
“Llew, I’m going to be with you, and only you. I love you. You’re it for me. I can’t see myself making it there without you, I just can’t do it. Please, don’t start doubting us. I’m not my dad, isn’t that why you fell in love with me?” Moss’ voice was soft and sexy again.
“Come to me so I can make love to you; show you how I feel about you.”