100 Proof, an all-new taboo STANDALONE romance from Shanora Williams is available now!
100 Proof by Shanora Williams
Release Date: May 18th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I was the low life.
The screw up.
The hopeless one with no future.
He was the rich guy. The smart one. The one who had it all.
My parents admired everything he did, while I was known for being their greatest disappointment. I didn’t follow the path they paved for me.
I drank and partied and did whatever the hell I wanted. The buzz was something I couldn’t live without – the fire that filled my veins after each sip always kept me running back for more.
But then I met her, and suddenly the drinks didn’t matter. The parties weren’t as fun. That fiery buzz came second for once.
I drowned only in her, wanting her more than I wanted to exist.
But even with her, I screwed things up.
Now, he’s with the woman I love. And he may have her, but what he should know is that even with all of his money, that nice house, and his expensive cars, her mind, body, and soul will always belong to me.
And I’m not sorry about it, brother, ’cause she was mine first.
Breakfast was supposed to be happening in less than thirty minutes. I couldn’t bail on Vin. He would have taken it personally. I figured filling him in in person would be okay.
I wouldn’t even eat with him. I’d let him know what was going on and tell him he should schedule a flight back home as soon as he wanted to.
I collected my keys and my clutch before I could process my thoughts, but as I climbed into my car and started it up, driving away from our two-story brick home, I realized I wasn’t doing this for Vin’s benefit.
I was doing it for mine.
I wanted to see him again.
I wanted to know what was really going on with him.
I wanted updates on him and Zay. About California, period. I wanted to see if he’d changed at all—or if he was just giving the impression of it to try and win me over again. Not that he could, but he would try.
I knew this was stupid. I should have cancelled, like Lloyd said. By going to meet him—alone—I was asking for something to happen. I was secretly hoping to feel a connection again, but in the heat of the moment, I wasn’t exactly sure what that something was.
I drove with racing thoughts, wondering what I’d say—what I’d do. Do I hug him when I first see him? Do I shake his hand and pretend to be formal? Do I treat him like my future brother-in-law or as my former love?
I had no clue, but, still, I didn’t stop. I kept going until I was pulling into the parking lot of the busy restaurant and parking the car.
I didn’t fully breathe as I climbed out, didn’t stop moving as I walked towards the entrance. I didn’t fill my lungs with air until I saw him standing in the waiting area, wearing a navy blue T-shirt that clung to his firm upper body, dark wash jeans sitting low and snug on his hips, and his hair a beautiful, chaotic mess. The veins bulged on his arms, the very ones I used to have no problem tracing with the tip of my tongue.
My pulse roared.
And then it hit me.
This was exactly what I wanted to feel.
The electricity between us—the fire that could torch anything that stood in its way. I wanted to witness his smoldering eyes drinking me in, like I was the most beautiful woman in the world.
Lloyd had never given me this look. He had never stared for so long, like he would tear my clothes off right where we stood, no matter who was watching.
My throat tightened.
My core clenched.
But I pretended none of it was happening to me as I walked forward to meet him.
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This author has this uncanny ability of grabbing my attention from the get go, keeping me invested all the while ripping my heart out and then slowly putting it back together. The prologue was heart breaking and that was my cue to bring out my tissues because I knew I was going to need them and I wasn’t wrong. 100 Proof is written in both past and present and alternating POV’s.
I was glad that we got to see the beautiful start to Vin and Marley’s relationship as well as their tragic end. After the prologue we on pick up 2 plus years later and the passion and chemistry between them has only gotten stronger with time and distance.
I enjoyed the memories shared through the POV’s. Vin and Marley shared a relationship that was sexy, intense but also jaded by drugs and alcohol. It was only a matter of time before things went wrong. Years later fate brings Vin and Marley back together if only to remind them each of their love.
I loved Vin even when he was lost. Through his memories we slowly and painfully see how much pain and suffering he endured when he was younger. Vin was the best book boyfriend, the man was relentless with Marley. He knows he caused their demise but isn’t willing to let her go. He uses their stolen moments to remind her of their good times. I enjoyed how the author shows how hard it is for alcoholics to stay sober. We see first hand how hard Vin struggles to maintain his sobriety.
Marley was a character I wanted to shake a couple of times. I understood why she did what she but I just really wante but in order to save herself she needed to move on in life and away from Vin. Her addiction to Vin kept her in a stand still in life but years later we see that her life without Vin is dark. She literally sacrifices her happiness so that her mother can have a better life. When fate brings Vin back into her life, her spark has returned and so has her desires and addiction to Vin.
This was an emotional journey and very frustrating. The angst, sorrow, the push and pull Vin and Marley suffer gave this book feeling and depth. This book deals with hope, promises and second chances despite the many twists, turns and bumps Vin and Marley were thrown. I highly recommend this read, just bring out the tissues.
About the Author
Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn’t have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after.
She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive man, and is a sister to eleven.
When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down chocolate chip cookies.
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