Publication date: October 26th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
It Will Always Be You can be read as a stand-alone
After surviving four years with a commitment-phobic boyfriend, Elizabeth wants nothing more than to settle down. Too bad the man she desires, Marshall Roderick, leaves her flustered, trembling, and unable to utter a single word when he’s near.
Assuming he’s the very definition of a womanizing bachelor, Elizabeth relegates him to fantasyland and makes no move to get to know him. That is, until a chance encounter along the shores of Lake Superior leads to drinks and a steamy romance.
Confident, successful, and freakishly handsome, Marshall is everything Elizabeth has been looking for. But when an unthinkable act of violence shakes them both to the core, she discovers that Marshall isn’t as carefree and put-together as he led her to believe.
Now it’s up to Marshall and Elizabeth to figure out if their love can heal the scars of the past and turn them into the people they’ve always wanted to be.
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My eyes closed tightly, face tilted up to capture the sun’s warmth, I inhale a deep breath of the cool lake breeze as it dances off the vast body of water before me. The waves crash up on the rocks in a peaceful rhythm, willing me to sway slightly, mimicking their song. Lakeside Trail was peaceful today and my run invigorating. Thankfully, I’m left with enough time to perch upon my favorite rock along the lake’s shore and daydream. I welcome the coolness of the rock upon the backs of my legs as I sit cross-legged, mindlessly swaying to the lake’s harmony.
A shadow falls upon me. Startled, I open my eyes and gaze up toward the statue standing to the right of me. I can only see a silhouette since the sun is to its back.
“Sorry. I didn’t mean to startle you.” It’s a man’s voice.
I raise my hand to shield my eyes, but I still can’t make out who it is.
“What a beautiful day for a run.” From his heavy breathing, I can tell he has also been running.
I shift in my cross-legged position on the rock, still trying to catch a glimpse of the man standing next to me. “Can’t beat it,” I say.
“Of all the cities I’ve visited, this is one of my favorite places to run.” His voice seems vaguely familiar.
“It’s great, unless the breeze blows in the wrong direction, and you get a nose full of the paper mill, which can ruin a good run.”
He laughs. “I suppose it can.” He takes a few steps forward.
I gasp quietly. It’s Marshall Roderick.
I sit up a bit taller, inhaling a deep breath through my nose, and direct my eyes back to the lake. Come on, Elizabeth, don’t make a fool of yourself again.
“You mind if I have a seat?”
I release the breath I’ve been holding. “Of course, by all means.” I direct my hands to the other side of the rock for him to sit, realizing then I have invited him to sit right next to me even though there are hundreds of other rocks. I feel my face begin to flush. I’m jolted with an awareness that I am going to be sitting uncomfortably close to Marshall Roderick and that I have been sweating like a beast.
He’s wearing black running shorts with two white stripes down the sides and a pale gray sleeveless shirt, although little of it is pale gray anymore; most of it is soaked and dark with sweat, forming beautifully to his clearly chiseled pecks. He is also sporting a pair of bright orange running shoes.
He steps down between two rocks, pausing to wipe the sweat from his face with the corner of his shirt, giving me an eyeful of tanned, toned abdominal perfection. He then eases himself next to me on the rock and pulls up his outer leg, draping his arm up over his knee. His easygoing manner eases a bit of my tension but does nothing for the excitement building between my thighs.
What’s in the basket?-A Amazon Gift card for $10
-A signed copy of my book It Will Always Be You
-2 signed bookmarks
-The Lucky One DVD (with Zac Efron)
-2 bags of Microwave popcorn
-A bag of heart shaped Dove dark chocolates
-A Jamestown Revival CD (a band mentioned in It Will Always Be You)
-3 all natural Alba chap sticks
-1 red cloth basket
-Tina’s Playlist CD from It Will Always Be You (not in picture)