by Lisa Edward
Every relationship changes you, some for the better, others can shatter your confidence and almost destroy you.
For the musically talented, twenty-four year old Tara O’Connell, her relationship with Stephen almost broke her, until Tara found the strength to leave.
Now she is on the road to discovering that it is never too late to pursue your dreams and follow your heart.
As Tara’s self-belief grows, she meets two men she is instantly drawn to who will change her life forever.
Corporal Riley Hammond is a soldier in the Australian Military Special Forces. With his smiling sapphire blue eyes, Tara falls for him instantly. He is thoughtful and caring, and gives her the support and love she needs.
While Cole Michaels is the overconfident singer in a popular local band. His charisma, emerald green eyes, tattoos and piercing, have girls falling at his feet. But while Cole pushes Tara’s buttons, he also pushes her to reach for the stars.
Both men couldn’t be more polar opposites, but both offer Tara different qualities that she needs to fulfill her destiny.
As Tara continues her journey, she will discover fate can offer you more than one path. Her fate is in her own hands, and the choices she makes, will shape her life forever.
I helped bus the tables as I was pretty useless at pulling beers. I had lost track of time when I felt my phone buzz in my skirt pocket. I raced into the back room and just managed to answer the call in time. It was Riley and my heart melted at the sound of his voice.
“Where are you?” he asked, obviously able to hear the band playing in the background.
I told him excitedly about catching up with Jay and lining up the band to meet Marcus, and how I was now bussing tables at the bar. For some reason I felt the need to avoid mentioning Cole. But Riley could hear him singing in the background and commented on his voice.
“Ah, yep he does have a great voice,” I said, feeling guilty when I hadn’t done anything to feel guilty about.
Then I changed the subject and asked Riley what he had been up to. We had only been speaking for about fifteen minutes when the band stopped for a break, and then the door opened and Cole was standing there.
He could see I was on the phone but didn’t seem to care, as he came in and pulled off his sweat soaked t-shirt, before rummaging in a bag and pulling out a clean one.
I looked at his shirtless body in awe. Not only did he have the full sleeve of tattoos up his left arm, but he had angel wings, or was that eagle wings across his shoulder blades.
He turned around to face me and saw me looking at him, so stood still and cockily held his arms out to the sides so I could get a good look, watching my expression.
I couldn’t help it, I exhaled loudly at the sight of his ripped body.
Finally, I managed to tear my eyes away from his amazing body and turn my back to him. I heard him chuckle softly. Then realising that the bar would be busy with people buying drinks now that the band was on a break, I reluctantly told Riley I would have to go.
“I’ll see you in a week,” Riley said as he was getting ready to hang up. “I miss you babe, I think about you all the time.”
“I miss you too,” I said quietly into the phone. “I love you. See you next week.”
“I love you too.” Then he was gone.
“Hmm, I take it that wasn’t your mum,” Cole said. “Boyfriend not around at the moment?” he asked with a smirk.
“He’s in the army, based in Sydney,” I replied as I headed for the door.
“Must get lonely,” he said with a glint in his eye as he pulled his clean shirt on over his head.
“It shouldn’t be about perfection, it should be about enjoyment.”
For a debut, Lisa Edward’s came out swinging. She got my attention and she held it till the end. I laughed, I almost cried, I was mad and I fell in love not with the main character! Yeah that happened a secondary character stole my heart and I am not going to lie I hope he makes a HUGE appearance in book 2. In fact prepare for this man, Mr. Hotbod Cole.
“Cole ticked every box in what I would ever want from a boyfriend, except one thing. He was caring, thoughtful and attentive. He was funny intelligent; he just couldn’t keep it in his pants.”
That was okay with me, in fact, I loved him for it. Cole ticked all that and more, he stole my heart, almost my pants and I think I envisioned having his children. He was a rock star with a body everyone wanted to touch. Yes, that happened. So I guess I should talk about the story and the main characters a little because that’s what you really want to know.
“So you think I’m hot?” Cole asked cockily as he leaned towards me.
Yes I do and now I have to quit talking about you and talk about what’s his name, Riley. Riley is what every girl dreams about. Riley is the knight in shining armor, he this beautiful, I will protect you man. He was everything Tara wanted!
“Tara needs to get laid and Mr. Hotbod is the prime candidate.”
What the hell I can’t help it I really wanted her to sleep with Cole. But anyway we meet Tara at the beginning and she is escaping an abusive relationship with her boyfriend the douche aka shithead aka Stephen.
“The face he showed was all charm and everybody loved him. But under the charm laid a monster who surfaced often when we were alone together.”
I immediately felt for Tara and I wanted her to get a HEA! I hated what she put herself through but I loved how she recovered! I loved what she found in Riley, I loved how they saved each other.
“I love you more than life itself. I feel in love with you the night we met, you never fail to amaze me with your generosity, and the love and warmth you give to everyone around you. I feel so blessed to be one of those people.”
These two definitely had insta-love but it was explained and you understood the reasons. They have a strong love story but I can’t help think there is something with Cole.
“Don’t bother Cole, she has a boyfriend who could kick your ass with one hand tied behind his back.”
I don’t know I want Cole to try and I want to see what book 2 brings along. Which leaves me saying Lisa can I please have book 2 and can you make that happen.
While Lisa Edward has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and travelled through most parts of Europe and the United States. She loves nothing more than spending time with her husband and beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel. By day, Lisa works in the analytical IT field, so relishes the opportunity to foster her creative side
through writing. Her deep appreciation for literature was nurtured from a young age, being taught to respect books and get lost in their stories. She enjoys reading honest and realistic novels that are relatable, thought provoking and leave a lasting impression. She can’t write without music playing, using the emotions from different songs to invoke that of her characters. Lisa takes inspiration from her own life experiences, the people around her and those she has met in her travels.