Release Date: May 14
When I met Amber Lakes, I had no idea that she’d become a shining star in my dark, miserable life.
Her smile was never supposed to warm my heart, and the sight of her tears was never supposed to make me want to hunt down the person who’d caused them.
We were never supposed to touch, or kiss, or do so many dirty things on campus that I knew could jeopardize my career…
None of it was supposed to happen because she’s the student—my athlete—and I’m her college track coach.
I could lose everything by being with her, but I’ve fallen too damn hard, and despite how big the risks are, it’s too late to turn back now.
Every time I read a forbidden romance, I always wonder what it is about that person that makes someone willing to cross the line…makes it worth the risk of throwing their lives in upheaval. I mean I understand that the heart wants what the heart wants, but there’s a decision that’s clearly made when a relationship is advanced, even when the only good that can come out of it, at least in a societal sense, is the fact that they can be together. Professionally, societally, and maybe even personally, there are sacrifices made, and I just want to understand why, despite all of the difficulties and obstacles that will come their way that these two people are deliberate in choosing to go against the grain…to revel in their feelings for each other, not worrying about what those outside themselves think about their connection.
I’ve read quite a few stories by Shanora Williams, but not recently, so I was excited to dive back in to one of her worlds and experience the push and pull between her characters and the layers of her hero and heroine that she slowly unravels as the story continues. The aspect of the forbidden that exists between the hero and the heroine ramp up the sexual tension, the will they or won’t they question, and lay credence to the idea of a deep connection overpowering reason, especially in matters of the heart.
But this story is not just a forbidden love story; there are components of the story line that reveal the nastier side of people and the lengths they are willing to go to in order to hold steadfast to their beliefs, even if they’re overly bias and beyond racist. And it’s at those times and in those situations, that the true nature of a person is revealed, and through every injustice that Amber encountered, the times where she was beaten down with words and mistreatment, she powered through, she excelled despite the discrimination and she earned every victory she had.
There was an intriguing dynamic between Coach Torres and Amber that only grew stronger, the more time they spent together, and in the end, their resistance was definitely futile, even if it cost them everything else but each other.
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I’m a down-to-earth girl from Matthews, North Carolina, a mother, a wife, and a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of over 20 self-published novels. I’m also a self-care enthusiast who loves to encourage my fellow queens to embrace who they are and to love themselves, flaws and all.
There are many things I love:
» My Family
» Writing Romance stories w/ angst
» The color pink in many shades
» Bohemian Fashion and decor
» Dinosaurs (Jurassic World style, baby!)
You will most likely catch me in a cozy corner on my sofa, or in my bed, writing a new romance story, meditating, or binging on Netflix shows or movies!