THE STORY OF US by Tara Sivec
Released June 11, 2017
Publisher: Forever Yours
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.
MY REVIEW ➨
4 Stars from Tiffany!
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This Could be a Movie...
Even though I already know how it's going to end, I would still go and see it. As a fan of Tara Sivec's humorous writing, I'm ashamed to say this is the first "serious" book of hers I've read. The Story of Us is polar opposite to what I had come to expect from Tara Sivec and proves what a talent she is.
"I never thought before and after would collide."
Captured by the enemy for so many years, all Eli James had were dreams and memories. Not in a million years did he think he would make it out alive to see her again. And if he did make it, would she be waiting for him after all that time?
She was. In her own way, she was waiting for the love of her life to return to her. The only problem is, she's the only one that knows. Keeping her longing for Eli James a secret for five excruciating years. Doing everything that was asked of her to keep him as safe as she possibly could. They were helping each other all that time apart never realizing it.
He's back. She's scared and there are a whole lotta secrets going on around them. Eli has had five years to think about the situation he finds himself in and how he got there doesn't make any sense. Shelby was in shock and traumatized so quickly after he left, she simply did what she was told, as the situation got messier and messier around them. Neither Eli or Shelby was going to come out unscathed from it.
"Two broken pieces don't make a whole. They just make a bigger f-ing mess for someone to clean up."
"I'd rather be a complete mess with you than spend another day shattered all over the floor alone."
The book is well written, traveling from present to the past, including letters written to Shelby from Eli to fill in the blanks. If I had one complaint, it would be the letters. They didn't mesh well within the story, reading like the book and not necessarily handwritten letters. If they stood out more with a differnt font and not written so properly, they would have fit better for me. That said, Tara Sivec hits it out of the park with The Story of Us and I loved the curve ball thrown in, making me actually go back and reread to see how I could have missed it. Great job!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR ➨
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.
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