I give this book 5 stars
This is the first book I have read by Joanne Stewart and let me say Joanne brought feeling and emotion to life in this story with a beautiful way with words.
Cecilia and Kyle have been friends for 20 years, they have always been there for one another through thick and thin. They have a relationship that meant that either one could always call on the other at any time of night and day. However Kyle’s feeling towards Ceci changes and he has to endure Ceci dating other men, dealing with her grandmothers death and trying to deal with the nightmares that plague her. Ceci can not remember anything of her childhood before the age of 7 and this story is about her finding her past, learning to trust and giving her love to the one man that deserves it.
What a wonderful book, you can almost taste the emotion coming from the pages. Every woman deserves a Kyle. Congratulations Joanne on a great ‘MUST READ’ book.
For a moment, she stared, her eyes searching his, then she straightened her shoulders. “Why’d you kiss me?”
Panic curled through him, sending his pulse pounding into his rib cage. Damn. Why hadn’t he expected her to ask that? But he couldn’t answer it. To do so would be tempting fate. An intense need for distance seized him. Half afraid he’d lose his mind and do something else he’d regret, like pull her into his arms and show her why he’d kissed her, he shot to his feet.
He flashed her a smile he knew had to look as phony as it felt. “Headache’s better. Thanks.”
He didn’t wait for a response but strode toward the yard.
“I need to know, Kyle.”
His answer sat on the tip of his tongue, but the voice of reason sounded in his head. Don’t say it. Whatever you do, do not say it. Just keep walking.
Her soft footsteps sounded behind him. “You can’t just do something like that and walk away and expect me not to question it. You blow hot and cold, do you know that? I know desire when I see it, yet you just keep walking away.”
“Ever think maybe I wanted to kiss you?” The words left his mouth on a hoarse whisper, and God help him, a desperate need to see her eyes seized him. He turned to find her directly behind him. She stared for a fraction of a second too long, heat and curiosity blazed in her eyes. A heartbeat later, a light blush stole into her cheeks, but she didn’t move, didn’t say a word.
Everything inside of him ground to a halt, his mind twisting off in another direction. I’ll be damned. If ever he needed a confirmation, there it was. Whatever had happened between them was definitely not one-sided.
JM Stewart writes passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession. Check out her website for more about her and her book: http://authorjmstewart.com/
Risking It All by JM Stewart – Penguin Books USA
Joanne guest blogged recently on Marlow Kelly’s site where she discussed her connection with Ceci, please head on over for insight into the character Ceci. : http://www.marlowkelly.com/my-blog—history-and-other-ponderings/my-connection-to-ceci-by-jm-stewart