Title: My Beloved (Thin Love novella, #1.5)
Author: Eden Butler
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 8, 2014
Keira Riley was the girl Kona Hale loved first, the woman he wants to love last. They’ve battled addiction, forgiven betrayal and healed from heartache, coming through it all bruised but hopeful that their future will be limitless.
Kona Hale was a blinding flame that Keira Riley gladly burned inside—his touch, his kiss, his overwhelming love, all made her dizzy, desperate and desired, made her believe in a love worth bleeding for, a love that ignites the heart with an unquenchable flame. But when you fall in love with an NFL darling who can’t seem to let go of the spotlight, sometimes even that flame can be gutted by the buffeting winds of opportunity, can be lost behind the brilliant flash of fame.
As Keira and Kona get caught up in plans for an extravagant march down the aisle, the hard won sanctuary they've found in each other's arms begins to erode. Will they be able to see through all the beckoning glitz and glamour to what they have worked so hard to build together, or will their love be lost in the spotlight?
MY BELOVED is a novella set prior to the THIN LOVE epilogue.
MY REVIEW FOR MY BELOVED:
More Keira and Kona?? What an early Christmas present this was!! After reading Thin Love, I fell head over heels for this tortured couple. Yes, I said tortured. I really cannot find another word to describe these two, better than that one. For years, they stayed apart- all because of one venomous woman's actions. Now, we all now what I think of Kona's mother (just see my review of Thin Love), so I will not rehash that. So, to finally see these two work out their issues, and work toward their own special piece of happy- it was heart warming.
This is the story of the journey leading up to their wedding. Once again, we see these grasping at their HEA, only this time, they almost miss it- simply because of their own faults. Kona's search for public acceptance, and Keira's inability to confide in him about what is really bothering her. Those are their obstacle this time. It almost made me want to shake some sense into both of them. I also got the feeling that Keira was being a tiny bit bratty about Kona and Ransom's new found closeness. It seemed that any of their shared interests (football, fame, etc.), were something she used as an excuse for a fight. She claimed that she was protecting Ransom, but I felt as though she was only being jealous of their relationship. It did make me lose a bit of respect for her.
Kona, on the other hand, I had a beef with him as well. So, never fear- he didn't get off free and clear, lol. The fact that he seemed so unwilling to be able to let go of the limelight, it made me wonder at times, how committed he was to starting a new life with Keira and Ransom. I needed him to realize that the public's love for him, only paled in comparison to that of Keira and Ransom. So, when he finally seemed to get it through his thick Hawaiian skull- I did a mini happy dance for the new Riley-Hale family.
There, of course, was the reappearance of Kona's mother. And here is where I may not be of the popular opinion, but here goes. I understand the woman was in a bad way, but I simply cannot forgive the things she did to this couple!! I applaud Ransom for his strength in wanting to make amends with her, and I can only pale in comparison to Keira's selflessness in pushing Kona to forgive her. But I just cannot. She is one vile character that I cannot make excuses for. So, Eden- kudos my dear for giving me those type of feels. For involving me so much, that I found myself hating someone in a fictional world. Those are the talents of a truly great writer, as far as I am concerned.
5 HUGE stars from me for My Beloved!!!!!
♥ My Beloved - Excerpt ♥
“Kiss me, baby. Kiss me like you mean it.” And Keira obliged, tugging at the back of Kona’s hair, taking in his tongue, loving the small bites he made against her bottom lip. “Shit. No, I don’t wanna come yet.” And then he slipped out of her, moved down her body until he was between her legs, using his thumbs to push apart her lips. “I love the way you taste, Wildcat. So sweet, so tangy.” He licked up her folds, lapping all the moisture their bodies had created before he took her clit between his teeth, nibbling, licking until Keira thought she might die from the sensation Kona worked in her. “This is mine, isn’t it, baby? All this,” he said, fingering her suddenly, not preparing her so that the shock and the pressure of his touch left Keira shuddering. “These perfect lips, this pretty pussy, it’s all for me, right baby?”
“Yes. Oh God, Kona, only yours.”
He climbed over her, dragging those hard, delicious muscles up her torso, rubbing himself against her sensitive nipples before he grabbed her face, making her look at him. “And this…” a twist of his hips and Kona slammed back into her, thrusts deep, penetrating, “this is yours. This is only yours.” Another deep thrust and Kona groaned, echoed the satisfied noise Keira made when he hit her G-spot. “I…I gave you this a long time ago, baby.” And then Kona worked faster, lifted on his hands, massive biceps and triceps shaking as moved his hips, filled her, eyes closed and that severe expression, the one that looked like hunger and pain and pleasure that was almost overwhelming, returned to his face. “All yours, baby. I’ve always been yours.”
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♥ About Eden ♥
Eden Butler is an editor and writer of New Adult Romance and SciFi and Fantasy novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. Her debut novel, a New Adult, Contemporary (no cliffie) Romance, “Chasing Serenity” launched in October 2013 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller.
When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.
She is currently imprisoned under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.
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