100 Proof by Shanora Williams
Release Date: May 18th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
I was the low life.
The screw up.
The hopeless one with no future.
He was the rich guy. The smart one. The one who had it all.
My parents admired everything he did, while I was known for being their greatest disappointment. I didn't follow the path they paved for me.
I drank and partied and did whatever the hell I wanted. The buzz was something I couldn't live without - the fire that filled my veins after each sip always kept me running back for more.
But then I met her, and suddenly the drinks didn't matter. The parties weren't as fun. That fiery buzz came second for once.
I drowned only in her, wanting her more than I wanted to exist.
But even with her, I screwed things up.
Now, he's with the woman I love. And he may have her, but what he should know is that even with all of his money, that nice house, and his expensive cars, her mind, body, and soul will always belong to me.
And I'm not sorry about it, brother, 'cause she was mine first.
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Excerpt:Breakfast was supposed to be happening in less than thirty minutes. I couldn’t bail on Vin. He would have taken it personally. I figured filling him in in person would be okay. I wouldn’t even eat with him. I’d let him know what was going on and tell him he should schedule a flight back home as soon as he wanted to. I collected my keys and my clutch before I could process my thoughts, but as I climbed into my car and started it up, driving away from our two-story brick home, I realized I wasn’t doing this for Vin’s benefit. I was doing it for mine. I wanted to see him again. I wanted to know what was really going on with him. I wanted updates on him and Zay. About California, period. I wanted to see if he’d changed at all—or if he was just giving the impression of it to try and win me over again. Not that he could, but he would try. I knew this was stupid. I should have cancelled, like Lloyd said. By going to meet him—alone—I was asking for something to happen. I was secretly hoping to feel a connection again, but in the heat of the moment, I wasn’t exactly sure what that something was. I drove with racing thoughts, wondering what I’d say—what I’d do. Do I hug him when I first see him? Do I shake his hand and pretend to be formal? Do I treat him like my future brother-in-law or as my former love? I had no clue, but, still, I didn’t stop. I kept going until I was pulling into the parking lot of the busy restaurant and parking the car. I didn’t fully breathe as I climbed out, didn’t stop moving as I walked towards the entrance. I didn’t fill my lungs with air until I saw him standing in the waiting area, wearing a navy blue T-shirt that clung to his firm upper body, dark wash jeans sitting low and snug on his hips, and his hair a beautiful, chaotic mess. The veins bulged on his arms, the very ones I used to have no problem tracing with the tip of my tongue. My pulse roared. And then it hit me. This was exactly what I wanted to feel. The electricity between us—the fire that could torch anything that stood in its way. I wanted to witness his smoldering eyes drinking me in, like I was the most beautiful woman in the world. Lloyd had never given me this look. He had never stared for so long, like he would tear my clothes off right where we stood, no matter who was watching. My throat tightened. My core clenched. But I pretended none of it was happening to me as I walked forward to meet him.
AMIE'S 4 STAR REVIEW
A solid 4 star review. I really enjoyed Vin's journey in this story. I loved to see him overcome his demons and regardless of what happened with Marley you knew he would be ok because he had done so well for himself this time around. Vin was a struggling addict in the past and when he met Marley they seemed to be the perfect match. They loved fierce and fast yet in ways they brought out the worst in each other. They had a heartbreaking story but they both managed to move on and better themselves. Sadly for Vin he did so thinking he could one day win Marley back. His family life was never great. his mom loved and smothered him yet his step-dad was horrible and his younger brother turned from best bro to enemy in the blink of an eye. We don't know that whole story until deep in but the resentment and distance is there. Vin's brother is engaged to be married and to please their mother he asks Vin to be his best man and get involved with all the planning and fun. When Vin returns home to meet his brothers fiance the twist comes into play and you will question how long the past can stay hidden and who's truth will come out first. Lloyd is an ugly person , once it comes to light why Marley is so intent on marrying him I guess I can get it BUT he is mean and nasty so the fact that she is with him at all is a turn off for her character. Marley also had a crap childhood so it is complicated for her trying to do what she needs to do for her mother and what she should do for her happiness. The web is spun , the lies and secrets begin to build and you know it is only a matter of time before someone sends it all spiraling out of control. Will there be an HEA for Marley and Vin or will Lloyd get what he wants as his father always does ??
About the Author:
Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn’t have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive man, and is a sister to eleven. When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down chocolate chip cookies.
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