Lust, sex, lies.
I fell in love.
l bled and broke for him.
I foolishly played his game and woke to find he’s not done with me yet.
He’s dead set on stripping everything I am bare.
I’m nothing but his plaything and he’s pulling my strings.
But things are going to be different.
I’m more than an assassin, a monster with a pretty face. I’m his undoing.
I will rise. Seek my revenge. Outwit his deviant schemes.
This time…I plan to win.
*This is a dark erotic paranormal romance and contains certain triggers some readers may not enjoy. Due to scenes of an adult nature, this book is for 18+ ONLY.*
I gasped for air and counted my last breaths.
One, pain shot up my stomach.
Two, my throat burned.
I kept looking at the sky, as I lost any will to move.
Before my eyes closed, my last thoughts were for Andrea.
They thought prison would change me, that isolation would make me weak, maybe break me. But I wasn’t alone, I always had the darkness with me.
My name is Alejandro De la Crux and I never let anyone cross me without paying the price, their lives for my honour.
I was left to rot in prison by my ex wife and her lover, The Killer. That Rat.
They thought they could run away from me, that they could live happily ever after. No one can fool the devil, no one can fool Alejandro De la Crux.
“Patience, revenge takes time. But it will come, my time will come..
The price of fame – One life – FOREVER.
The price of love – Heartbreak.
The price of one regrettable mistake + fame = Hopelessness
Be careful what you wish for.
Noah Haxby learned that lesson a little too late.
Young and impressionable, he followed the orders from the kingmakers of rock, gathered a massive following, and gained notoriety for his hellraising behavior.
Years later he was buried in hurt and regret; living a shell of a life that was almost in ruins – that is until tragedy struck and his life took an upward turn, bringing second chances in more ways than one.
However, Noah is still unable to shake his past, and the rock star’s life wasn’t truly his own until in a moment of clarity he risked it all.
Noah Haxby is the frontman of Fr8Load, so he’s a rock star. His life is all over the media, for all to see and judge. Noah started his career at a young age & he was being told what to do and how to act by his management team. That has left Noah with a reputation that precedes him, and a life that isn’t what he wants. Noah doesn’t feel like he’s living, he feels like he’s surviving. That is until after the performance in Australia.
Maggie is a school teacher, she’s seen the media and knows of Noah, not just because of the media, her sister Shona has been kinda obsessed by Noah for years. Shona also works as part of Fr8Load’s image team. Maggie is the one looking after Shona’s daughter Molly whilst Shona is off doing her job. Maggie’s life is turned upside down after tragedy strikes and she has to travel to Australia.
Maggie and Noah are drawn together through a tragic circumstance that no one could have foreseen or really controlled. Maggie has understandably been hostile to Noah and doesn’t want to even be in the same place as him. Noah cannot understand why she’s like this towards him and wants to find out why.
This is when we start to see the real Noah Haxby. We discover the man behind the media portrayed bad boy.
Ok, that’s enough about the storyline, I wouldn’t want to give too much away!!
The characters are fantastic, they are realistic, loveable and sometimes hateable too 😉
Maggie is level-headed and thinks things through before making decisions. It’s the way she’s always had to be and has to be now too. That said Maggie has chosen to believe the things she’s read and seen about Noah. After speaking to him she realises that she has no idea who he truly is and that she shouldn’t have believed everything in the media. Maggie has a lot to deal with right now, but she’s a strong woman.
Noah has been through a lot, he’s always in the limelight; whether he wants to be or not. He’s done some stupid things in his past that he’s not proud of and he’s paying for them now. Noah wants nothing more than to be able to live life without everyone believing the that he’s a bad person because of those mistakes. He’s a good, kind and loving man.
There is so much emotion in this book, all of it is real, the only way to describe it is it’s like being on an emotional rollercoaster ride that you can’t get off, and more importantly, don’t want to get off.
KL’s writing is as good as ever. I did find it to be fairly similar to other books by KL but that doesn’t take anything away from this particular book.
As a reader you can feel the emotions KL has put into her work and you can feel the emotions the characters feel as well as your own feelings and emotions that the events and characters invoke as your reading.
Free To Breathe is written from both Maggie and Noah’s POV, this makes it easier to understand them both and their feelings surrounding the events they face.
I really have enjoyed reading Free To Breathe and I think that anyone who loves romance books will find themselves hooked on this book very quickly.
~~K.L. Shandwick Bio~~
Writing came relatively later in life for K.L. Shandwick after a challenge by a friend led to The Everything Trilogy and now she loves creating new storylines.
Her characters have flaws and she hopes this helps the connection between them and her readers. K.L. enjoys the journeys they take her on during the creation process and each character has his or her own voice. She also doesn’t use prepared outlines for her stories preferring the characters to take their own direction as the story progresses. These days K.L. lives in the Yorkshire countryside and writes full-time.
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Ryder Laurent has lived an unapologetic life, not caring how others viewed him or how questionable his actions were. Covered in an abundance of ink, and sporting a ‘devil may care’ attitude, he’s every bit the bad boy he appears to be.
When Taylor Hamilton resurfaces, someone he’d thought was dead years before, his life flips. He falls back in love with the woman he’d met eight years earlier.
A year into their almost perfect relationship, Ryder wakes one morning to cold sheets, and Taylor running all over again, leaving him no answers.
Except this time, he knows where she is, and vows to bring her back home. With mistakes from his past hell bent on making sure Ryder is in for the fight of his life, he finally learns the true meaning of love and family.
Can he track down his demons and put them to bed before they destroy any chance he has at being the man he craves to be?
Or will Taylor disappear from his life a third and final time?
*Full of surprises and revelations, heartache and joy, Ryder is the conclusion you’ve all been waiting for.
Life can change in a split second, a minute moment, an infinite hour.
For Laura Hamilton, her split second lasted 2,880 minutes. 48 hours to be exact. She barely escaped with her life. With a body full of scars and a heart full of hurt, the twenty-nine-year old clothes designer spent the following eight years clouded with grief, believing herself to be too broken to ever see the beauty in her surroundings again.
After a last-ditch attempt to scrape some semblance of her pieces together goes disastrously wrong, Laura’s pushed pin guides her to the sleepy village of Beaufort. No longer content to hide behind her sister, or languish in the depths of her sorrow, she finds a measure of peace among paranoia and fear, carving out an existence she is almost comfortable with.
Laura inadvertently catches the eye of the enigmatic hotelier and newcomer, Lucca Rinaldi. For the first time, her heart begins the slow trip towards letting another man into her life. Passion and pain go hand in hand when the couple finally meet.
Little does she know that Lucca’s history is not so far in the past as he thinks. His troubled affairs follow hot on his heels, bringing scorn and hate back into her fold. When their pasts collide with explosive consequences, Laura’s bitter memories threaten to pull her under when a walking nightmare crashes back into her life, bringing terror along for the ride.
The seconds are counting down – but who gets to call time?
*Please note – suitable for 18+ only due to adult/graphic themes and possible trigger content.
Meet K A
K A Sands is an exciting new author who has a passion for reading and more often than not, can be found with her nose stuck in a book. She loves angsty, dark reads but is not averse to the fun, light hearted side either. Typically, a romance reader, of most genres/sub genres, she loves reading a debut herself. Her passion for the written words goes back to her childhood and she has always dreamed of writing and telling the world her stories.
Not quite a stay at home mum, K A Sands has a busy life which she shares with her husband of twenty-two years and her little monkey boy. Her adult children have flown the coop already, but still manage to come home for ‘mama’s lasagne.’
Avid eater of mayonnaise and chips, anti-get-fitter, lover of cheesy music and a fierce advocate of things close to her heart. She enjoys doing photoshop manipulations and would love to be a whiz using it… maybe one day. She has a bucket list as long as her arm, which includes skydiving and visiting Cambodia. And wants to travel the world.
Great believer in second chances, insta-love (because her love is a product of that), fairy tales and monsters… K A Sands just wants to write all the words for you.
When you’ve lived the reckless rock and roll lifestyle Rick Fars has it’s no surprise to learn he’s been there, done that, and in Rick’s case he’s most likely left his t-shirt behind on some woman’s bedroom floor. As a wealthy playboy bachelor Rick’s never been taken by any woman, but he’s taken plenty and often.
Outwardly Rick is living the dream, however, appearances can be deceptive and behind closed doors Rick’s life is far more complex than most would realize. When the past and the present collide will Rick’s future finally help him to know his own mind?
“Guess you should get your kit off, Rick, then between us we can teach Corrie what she’s been missing all these years,” he said, playfully. I stared in amazement at Len for a minute because this was so unlike the serious guy I’d known for the previous few years, before I turned my attention to Coral.
She lay on the bed in a deliciously appealing pose, raised up on her elbows, one slender leg bent sexily at the knee with her foot resting on the mattress, the other leg flopped casually to the side. Her shaved p***y was clearly visible and incredibly alluring. I noted her gorgeous face was still flushed from her orgasmic haze and an expectant expression accompanied her salacious smile. It was all the motivation I’d needed to reach for my belt buckle.
Shoving my jeans down my legs to the floor I stood straight and stepped out of them. As I looked up my hungry eyes met Coral’s, and hers flared wide in surprise as she checked out my body. I was used to women reacting to my physique, but none of them had ever had the effect Coral had on me. I glanced at Len and saw he was checking me out as well or at the very least gauging my reaction to Coral.
Without speaking Coral rolled over onto her stomach and Len knelt on the bed and gestured by nodding for me to move to Coral’s other side. Not being one that needed to be prompted twice, I climbed on and lay alongside her. Moving her head to the side to look at me she smiled again, but this time there was no innocence in it, instead it was loaded with temptation.
~~About The Author~~
K. L. Shandwick lives on the outskirts of London. She started writing after a challenge by a friend when she commented on a book she read. The result of this was “The Everything Trilogy.” Her background has been mainly in the health and social care sector in the U.K. She is still currently a freelance or self- employed professional in this field. Her books tend to focus on the relationships of the main characters. Writing is a form of escapism for her and she is just as excited to find out where her characters take her as she is when she reads another author’s work.