Author: Stephanie John
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: The Heal Me Series, Book 1
Release Date: March 16, 2015
A chance meeting turned my world inside out.
Intelligent, sexy, and rich. With a dash of roguish charm and a cocksure smile, Nathan Blake is the ultimate fantasy. He can have any woman he wants with only a glance.
And he wants me.
My past has left me broken and humiliated, wary of men like him. I cut myself off from the pain, moving thousands of miles away to escape every reminder, determined to start anew.
I’ve been second best before. It isn’t happening again.
One kiss and I’m caught under his spell, drawn to him with every breath I take.
I can’t resist.
The passion that explodes between us becomes an intense connection neither of us thought we’d share.
The suffering inside me reflects his – a pain I know he feels, but can’t bring himself to reveal.
I have no idea his love can heal me – that mine can heal him…
…if only I can let down my guard for him and trust.
It has taken a long time for me to find words to adequately describe a debut novel that is truly a masterpiece of flawless fiction. Stephanie John has an amazing talent and has written a powerfully beautiful story. You cannot help but fall in love with Nate and Kara. They hook you at the very beginning and gradually reel you in until you wonder how you ever lived without them in your library.
Nate is – on the surface – a self-assured CEO and ladies’ man. Kara is – on the surface – a savvy, sassy foil for his advances. But, as always, what you see isn’t necessarily what you get, and you get so much more from each of these principal characters. They have layers that are gradually peeled away to reveal a passionate depth and complexity, compelling you to keep reading, and wanting more when you get to the end. They are truly memorable characters will stay in your heart as their journey continues.
Kara is cautious, reluctant to admit – and even more reluctant to give in to – the powerful attraction she feels for Nate. She believes him to be a player, the very last thing she needs to complicate the life she is trying to build for herself in Los Angeles. If she allows herself to trust him, she is certain he will break her in the end. She wants to believe that his love is genuine, but her memories – and her assumption that Nate will be inevitably unfaithful – hold her back, time and time again. Kara has been broken before – and left with a sense of failure and unworthiness that she accepts without question – until Nate ignites the spark that begins to change her.
Nate knows that Kara is “the one,” long before he probably should – but say what you will about the implausibility of “insta-love,” it happens. And when it does there is nothing on earth that will stop it. Nate realizes he has to earn Kara’s trust, and he devotes himself to the task with all that is in him. Gradually he makes her feel safe, he makes her feel sexy, and he makes her feel cherished. We all want a man like that.
Naturally, the course of true love never runs smoothly. What Nate fears most is losing Kara, so in an attempt to gain her trust, he does the one thing that threatens it … he keeps secrets. Nate, too, has a trauma in his past that threatens his present and their future. He wants their relationship to last – to find the healing and happiness they both deserve – but there are treacherous curves ahead…in the next book of the series.
Stephanie John has a genuine talent for bringing stories and characters to life and taking the reader along on an effortless ride to pure pleasure. And when I say pure pleasure – your heart will pound as their love heats up. One particular scene at the beach house will rank among the most erotic and powerful expressions of love that I have ever read.
This book deserves more than five stars – it deserves a heaven full of them – because that is where you’ll think you’ve been when you’ve finished Salvation. I can’t wait for the next chapter … and the next … and the next. Don’t deny yourself one of the truly outstanding contemporary romances of 2015.
When I joined him, he was leaning against the sink staring at the wall, his features twisted in annoyance. “It’s important to me,” I encouraged, setting his empty bottle on the counter beside him. I pressed a hand to his shoulder. “I want to know all about you like you do me.”
“Yeah,” he scoffed, shrugging me off, “except you won’t let me in either.” The ferocity of him tossing the plates into the sink with a crash panicked me. My ears began to ring with the sound of my heart thudding in my chest. Nate glanced sideways, his face set. “You’re keeping secrets, too.”
I winced at the harsh truth of his words. What right did I have, asking him to open up when I couldn’t do it myself?
“Kara.” His fingertips drifted over my cheekbone. I jumped, taken aback by the veneration in his touch and the gentleness of his voice. “I don’t want to argue, to spoil an idyllic couple of days.”
I hated seeing him like this, so lost and bewildered, out of control. It went against so much of what I treasured about him. Yet it gave me comfort to know he wasn’t just an ideal high on a pedestal, completely out of reach. Nate was human, and he was here, with me.
I stepped closer and rubbed his arm. His eyes were mesmerising, the pupils almost fully dilated. My breath caught when I saw the depth of his feelings swimming in them as he stared back at me. The tiny tick of his jaw pulsed as he gritted his teeth. “I’m trying to do right by you. Trying my utmost to shelter you.”
My body tensed. “From what?”
Nate caressed my face, seeking and finding strength the way I did from him. His eyes were fretful and undecided. God, what had happened to make him behave so out of character?
I wrapped my arms around him and pressed my cheek to his chest. His heart pounded frantically. His shower gel still lingered on me, and mine on his skin. The two scents, woody and almond merged together, giving me an inevitable sense of calm and assurance. “What happened in New York?”
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Most days, you’ll find Stephanie John on a yacht, wearing a very skimpy bikini, drinking champagne, eating chocolate and never gaining weight. When she isn’t asleep and dreaming, in real life you’re more likely to find her at the school gates, wearing whatever she dragged on that morning, drinking copious amounts of coffee. She still eats chocolate, though — everyone has their vices, right? Somehow, amidst the chaos of full-time mummy duties, she manages to write. Contemporary romance has always been her favourite genre to read for as long as she can remember (age-appropriate, of course).
Never in a million years did it occur to her to write one of her own. Now, she couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
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