Stay by Hilary Wynne
(Alexa Reed #1)
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Alexa is beautiful, independent and hard to resist for serially unattached Julian. Neither one is looking for a relationship, but their palpable chemistry and instant emotional connection is too strong to ignore. For the first time in years, Julian is interested in more than just sex. He wants a relationship with intoxicating Alexa, but it’s not that simple. Not only are Julian and Alexa struggling with the intensity of this new relationship, but they also have to contend with Luke, Alexa’s best friend, whose own love for her leaves him willing to do anything to convince her that Julian is not the man for her. Luke’s determination and Alexa’s secret past threaten to tear Julian and Alexa apart as she struggles to open her heart to love. Julian and Alexa embark upon a roller-coaster ride of emotional and physical passion that both pulls them apart and holds them together. Despite their affinity for each other, Alexa fears that Julian will leave when he learns about her past and Julian is unsure he can love a woman who in so many ways remains a mystery, a woman who keeps threatening to run, a woman who can’t decide if she is going to STAY.
open my eyes, and Julian is staring down at me with that same reverent look he
had in the hallway a few weeks ago. The same one that had me looking for an
escape. The same uneasiness I felt then passes through me, and I can’t figure
out what about his stare is making me so uneasy. I’m going to fight through it.
I push myself up to my feet and stand in front of him. I turn my face up to him
and thread my fingers through his.
pleadingly. I’m aching to feel his lips on mine, and I’m searching for a way to
bring the physical aspect of our relationship back into the dynamic. It’s
feeling too emotional between us, and I’m uncomfortable. I half expect him to
tell me no. He has withheld himself from me all night and has proven his
restraint. I would’ve let him have his way with me the moment I saw him in the
lobby earlier had he tried. I don’t want to wait for this anymore, and I’m not
feeling shy about it.
I’m originally from sunny Southern California and spent my summers in South Florida. I attended college at FSU and received my Masters in New Mexico. I finally settled in the Washington, DC area. My happy place has always been anywhere near the water.
When I’m not writing, I help run a business with my husband, watch an inordinate amount of sports (my kids play something 365 days a year), indulge my competitive spirit on the tennis court, and spend time with my awesome family and friends.
I am an avid reader, but find my characters feel neglected when I hang out with other author’s characters for too long. When I do read, historical fiction is my favorite genre. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, places, and times.
I feel so blessed that my love of books inspired me to finally do something that I forgot I had always dreamed about doing.
My someday has arrived!