Sunday, June 11, 2017

Release Blitz, Reviews & Giveaway: The Story Of Us by Tara Sivec

THE STORY OF US by Tara Sivec 
(June 11, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99)
How much can a man take before he breaks?

1,843 days. That's how long I survived in that hellhole. They tried to break me, but I resisted. And I owe it all to the memory of warm summer nights, the scent of peaches, and the one woman who loved me more than I ever deserved to be loved. Now, I'll do anything to get back to her.

Only Shelby Eubanks isn't the girl I left behind all those years ago. She's someone else, a stranger. My Shelby-my little green-eyed firecracker-would never give up her dreams, would never disappear into her mother's ambitions. But I won't give up on her. On us. I may be broken, and scarred, and not the man I used to be, but I will do whatever it takes to remind her of the story of us.
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I just need a moment alone, to remember how to breathe and to remember how to push the hurt away so I can go back out there and do my job. Hold my head high with a smile on my face and pretend like dancing with Eli, being close to Eli, and letting him rain insults down on me, didn’t cut me in half.

As soon as I turn the handle and push open the office door, I feel something solid slam into me from behind, moving me faster into the dark room. I trip over my feet and an arm slides around my waist to steady me before whirling me around. I smell his soap and recognize his firm hold on me before the moonlight shining in the floor-to-ceiling windows behind me illuminates the shadow of his face, but that doesn’t stop the rapid thumping of my heart as the door is kicked shut with a slam and my body is turned and pushed roughly against the wall next to it. With the first touch of his hands, the first feel of the heat from his skin against me, I’m lost. I’m drowning in a pool of desire I’ve only ever felt with him, and I never want to come up for air. Every inch of my body is on fire, begging for more, needing everything I’ve been missing, but knowing everything about this moment is wrong. This can’t happen. I can’t want this and I certainly can’t act on what I’m feeling.

Before I can shove him away, shout at him, and tell him to let me go, his mouth is on mine. His chest pins my arms between us and I clutch a fistful of his dress shirt in my hands when my lips automatically part for him. His tongue quickly pushes into my mouth and I feel tears prickling behind my eyelids when I taste him, so familiar and so beautiful it breaks off yet another piece of my heart. One of his hands moves from around my waist and I feel the heat from his palm as it slides against the side of my neck to the back, his fingers gripping tightly to the hair at the base of my skull to hold my head in place. His kiss is punishing and hard and I can do nothing but hold tightly to the front of his shirt as our tongues battle together and I try to remember how to breathe.

Oh my, I had a feeling this story would break my heart. All the feels in this one: heartache, regret, longing, attraction, misconceived notions, a sense of duty... but most of all love and hope.

Eli went away to war, leaving behind a broken heart and so much more. 5 years he's held captive and every night he dreams of her and peaches. The thought of seeing her one last time keeps him going. As the end seems to loom near they are rescued and his one mission is to get back Shelby and make things right.

For five years Shelby has pretended that everything was perfect, going along with whatever she was dictated to do. Everyday a piece of her is chipped away. Once Eli and Shelby cross paths he makes it his mission to put her pieces back and make her love him.

But who will help put Eli's pieces back together?

This story will run you the ringer of emotions but you can't help root for these two. Definitely one click this one!

Holy emotional roller coaster! This story really tugged and my heart strings multiple times, I would give it a 4 stars and highly recommend to others.. but in warning bring some tissues you will need them! This is the first book I have read by this author but I will be following her in the future.

Tragedy struck Shelby and she is determined to do what she has to do to keep others she loves safe.... But when things start to become clearer and a ghost from her past reappears she will start to reevaluate her life....

Eli was in a horrible situation... one that will haunt him for the rest of his life.. but he is determined to get his life back one way or another... but when things aren't what they seem will he realize that maybe he can't have everything he always wanted...

Get to one clicking because this book has a quite the twists and turns and you don't want to miss it!

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards for 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she'll do and naps she'll take when she ever gets spare time.