by Lyz Kelley
Release Date: 7th March 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
PAST CHOICES DO NOT DETERMINE THE FUTURE…
A broken heart. A yearning soul. A choice to make.
A SALON OWNER WHO’S FORGOTTEN HER DREAMS…
Kym Zhang feels stuck. Her parents abruptly moved, leaving her to balance running a nail salon and helping her best friend heal after a near-fatal car accident. The day-to-day grind is getting tedious until a mechanic sparks her interest.
A MECHANIC WHO’S STUCK IN THE PAST…
Zach Cohen’s been all over the world building cars for movie stunt scenes. When his mentor asks for help, the Hollywood film mechanic can’t refuse. Besides, he needs a quiet place to rest, and time to get over the woman who demolished his heart.
When the cute salon owner asks him to jump her—actually her car—he figures Kym to be the perfect solution to defuse the volatile situation with his ex. However, he underestimates Kym, and how much she can make him forget old hurts in favor of new love. A slow sizzle burns between Zach and Kym until Hollywood calls him back, forcing them to make choices between their obligations and what they truly want out of life.
SPURNED is a steamy romance novella (23K words, 85+ pages) featuring a wounded woman and a man who fulfills a dream. If you like heartfelt characters, deep topics with emotionally powerful cores, and happy endings, then you’ll crave Lyz Kelley’s tales of strength, love, and survival.
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My Review of Spurned
** 5 of 5 Stars **
Spurned is the second book in Lyz Kelley’s Elkridge series, a spin-off from the first novel that features Kym Zhang, owner of the town’s nail salon, and Zach, a mechanic who’s come to Elkridge for a short visit to help out an old friend and former mentor. It’s a quick, easy read that’s sweet and full of heart, with relatable characters and a compact storyline that instills a “hopeful sense of urgency” from beginning to end. It features some familiar characters without divulging any new clues to the murder mystery disclosed in the first novel, so it works well as a standalone contemporary romance. However, if you’ve read Blinded, you’ll immediately feel a sense of time and place that will enhance your enjoyment of this story.
Spurned is a story about second chances, and in that respect, it mirrors the hopeful theme of the first book in the series. Like Blinded, it deals with the importance of letting go of the hurts of our past to live fully in the present; of taking risks, choosing to accept a bit of fear and uncertainty over the relative safety of an uncomplicated – but unfulfilled – life. That’s a lot to pack into such short read, but it feels effortless to the reader. In fact, Lyz makes it fun. Kym’s quick wit and sharp tongue are the perfect foil for the would-be villains of this story (Zach’s ex-girlfriend, a real drama queen, and her slimy husband). Her inner monologue is hilarious.
This is a story of instant attraction, not necessarily instant love. Their chemistry simmers not-so-quietly beneath the surface, repressed by each character’s fear until it’s nearly too late. But, as is the case with all good love stories, it’s never really too late. Lyz saves the best for last, and it’s well worth the wait.
I hope we see more of Kym and Zach as this series continues. As Kym would probably say, one taste of Zach is never enough, and I wholeheartedly agree.
Meet the Author
Award-winning, contemporary romance author Lyz Kelley lives in a small community in Colorado with her husband and several four-legged family members. Lyz writes about brave women who have faced extraordinary challenges, and the honorable men who have an enormous capacity to love, even if they may not know it.
A healing love is at the heart of her book series. Creating wounded yet amazing characters—discovering what drives them, frightens them, heals them, makes them laugh—is what gives her joy. Lyz is pleased to share that joy through her masterfully written stories.
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Why would readers enjoy this book?
My Elkridge series is a puzzle. The series is a set of small-town love stories that will launch throughout 2017. SPURNED is the second book in the series, and it is the story of Kym—a beloved secondary character in BLINDED.
Series Synopsis: Small Town Series
Who murdered Sheriff Sam? And, more importantly, why?
Someone in the sleepy little town of Elkridge, Colorado has a sinister secret.
SPURNED: Frequently Asked Questions: (FAQ)
Why did you choose a Hollywood mechanic for Zach’s profession?
My best friend since college has worked in feature films, most recently she worked on Fast and Furious 6. Hearing about the behind-the-scenes challenges, and seeing special footage of the car chase scene was fun. During those weeks of shooting, my friend got to know many of the guys working on the cars. While a Hollywood mechanic sounds sexy, most of the guys worked around the clock to modify cars ahead of the filming schedule. They are well aware that things can and do go wrong. Cars get crashed or dented or the onboard camera angle needs to be changed. It’s a hard job, but never more rewarding when a chase scene sequence runs perfectly.
What’s up with Kym and her sister?
Kym has always been the more serious and responsible sibling, as demonstrated when she stays behind to help Mara recover from her near-fatal car accident. When Kym’s family essentially abandons her by moving away from Elkridge, she is determined to make her life work. Since the age of 19, Kym’s essentially taken care of herself, with little to no support, and resents her older sister who has always depended on others to bail her out.
What happened between Kym and Brad Clairemont?
Brad has small-town syndrome. Like his sister, Rachelle, they are big fish in a small pond, and have an entitled attitude. According to the small town standard, their dad is wealthy and connected. The siblings have been raised to believe they are untouchable. Take an arrogant male, and pair him with a stubborn woman, and you get a combustible relationship. Unfortunately, Brad is no gentleman; he uses his fists to communicate and get his way.
Other Books in The Series
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A small town murder. A second chance at love.
Somebody killed Joey Gaccione’s brother. After a ten-year absence, the big city detective returns home to Colorado for the funeral knowing he will be pressured to find Sheriff Sam’s killer. Joey’s instincts say whoever murdered his brother is part of something more sinister than the Elkridge deputies can handle.
Mara Dijocomo’s dreams died the night a drunk driver killed her parents and sister, and left her permanently wounded. After months of therapy, she’s finally adjusting to her new reality while working to save her mother’s floral business. When the first boy she ever loved walks back into her life, she wonders if she and Joey are getting a second chance to find love.
As Joey and Mara’s love blooms, the evidence becomes clear the local deputies are either ill-equipped to comprehend what’s happening, or someone’s covering up a crime. Joey and Mara fight to balance between their careers, family, and their renewed love until the FBI contacts Joey ultimately tipping the scales.
If you like a steamy romance, deep emotional topics, a thread of mystery, and a cozy happy ending then BLINDED is for you. The first book in the ELKRIDGE SERIES debuts a quirky cast of characters and begins introducing evidence to solve Sheriff Sam’s murder.
Buy BLINDED today to fall in love and start piecing together clues.
Read my review of Blinded and add it to Goodreads here!