Title: My Salvation
Author: Michelle Dare
Release Date: Oct 19, 2014
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Caliana Crawford is smart, sexy and unemployed. After quitting her mediocre job, she finds herself in need of a break. She goes to the one place that holds her most precious memories, her cabin by the lake. Life hasn’t always been easy for Cali. She lost someone close to her, was betrayed by her lover, and now she only wants to escape reality. What she doesn’t plan on is her sexy neighbor, who has an agenda of his own.
Owen Matthews goes through the motions every day, but knows his life is missing one essential part – Cali. He has never forgotten about the summers he spent by the lake with the gorgeous brunette. When he sees she is back to stay, Owen knows he can’t let her slip through his fingers again. Others think he has it all with owning a multimillion dollar company, but what they don’t know is that he would give it all up to have her in his arms and his bed.
The road to happiness isn’t always easy. His brother returns to his life and brings with him an old flame who threatens to rip Cali and Owen apart. Will they find their salvation with one another or let the events of their past influence their future?
When Cali reached the main living room she saw him out on the deck. He was setting out breakfast for the two of them. She stood in the doorway watching him.
He didn’t seem to notice her standing there. Her mind drifted, wondering why Owen wanted her, what he saw. No job, not even looking for a new one, but what she did have was a huge heart and the man in front of her was taking more and more of it.
Owen was placing food on plates. He was wearing a dark olive green t-shirt and khaki shorts. The way the shirt clung to his muscular arms with each movement made her hot all over. Roving over his body, her eyes moved to take in the shape of his firm ass and his strong legs. This man could knock someone out with one punch, she thought.
She stepped onto the deck, her sandals making a soft clap on the wood. Owen looked up and a warm smile lit his face. Not knowing where they were going she chose a soft pink tank top and white, cotton shorts. She loved the way he looked at her, taking her in. The look made her feel sexy and wanted.
When she reached him, he brought his hand up to brush one of her curls from her face. “You are gorgeous and you’re mine.”
Cali nodded. “All yours.” He took his thumb and brushed the soft pad over her lower lip.
“Let’s eat before I take you down to the pool and have my way with you.”
“Hmmm,” she said, acting like she was deep in thought. “Maybe we can take a dip later. Might be fun.”
“I’ll hold you to it. Now sit and eat. We have a reservation to keep.”
“Where are we going?” she asked.
“Haven’t you learned yet? I like to surprise you.”
Mumbling she said, “I hate surprises.” But he heard and laughed.
They ate breakfast while watching the waves gently lap the shore. A light breeze was blowing causing the palm trees to rustle. Cali could see a couple of sailboats out on the water. She was mentally etching the moment into her memory, not wanting to forget a single minute of the trip.
Owen kept her on her toes and she was starting to like it. He was always moving. She usually preferred more of a schedule, a routine. To know what every day held.
Before, all of the surprises and spontaneity would have driven her crazy, but she was learning to relax and go wherever Owen wanted. The way he took care of her, always thinking of her needs, she felt like she was in a dream, waiting to wake up.
This is the story of a getting a second chance of love and finding the one you let go in the past! Add in a bit of suspense and romance and you have a great debut novel by this author. When I read this I didn’t even realize it was a debut novel and your not even able to tell because it has all the elements is well polished of a seasoned one. I will warn you that you will be taken on an emotional roller coaster with this one at times. Lets talk about these characters! I loved Cali and her spirit, because even though she was still mourning a loved one and hurt by a man she had the strength to start again. Owen, well he is a rich and definitely knew what he wanted but didn’t let it get to his head. When a blast from the past comes you can see how much he is willing to do to go after what he wants. Your drawn in with the balanced amount suspense, twists, and romance that will have you hanging on to the very end. I look forward to seeing what this author has in store for her readers in the future especially after reading this one!
Michelle Dare is a Jersey girl living over the border in Pennsylvania. She started out as a reader, then became a book blogger. She loves the book community and thought to try her hand at writing. Her first book, My Salvation, is a contemporary romance.
She is a married mom with two wonderful children and a German Shepherd, who she considers her third child. She is a lover of books, music and movies. Her favorite band is Maroon 5 and has too many favorite movies to list. Paranormal romance is her favorite genre to read.