Build Us Your Ideal Story with Lea Darragh
My 10 bucks well spent;
$3 – conflict that forces personal growth
$3 – emotional connection between characters
$2 – dizzying sexual chemistry
$1 – unbreakable connection between characters
$1 – emotionally charged love affair
Ten dollars and plenty of choice seems an easy task, well let me tell you this for free, I struggled to do it!
It had me thinking about my upcoming release, This Love, and how I’d describe the story behind it. Imagine yourself in the depths of despair, struggling with grief after the tragic death of your fiancé, and then having the reason for it all thrust back into your life.
Here, deal with this; sink or swim.
I love personal growth most of all in a book. It’s interesting to read, and it’s relatable, which is why I felt completely and emotionally connected to these characters throughout the process of writing them. And boy did these two put me through the wringer as they proceeded through this story together, struggling with the meaning of the past, of what kind of future can be had after having your life torn to shreds. For fear of backlash, they’re reluctant to feel to the sparking sexual chemistry that sizzled between them because it could be perceived as incredibly wrong. The lion and the lamb. But when there’s a connection, there’s a connection, it’s undeniable and foolish to ignore it. Love is love, and this love refuses to fade.
His hands dropped from my ribs and grasped at my hips, pulling me hard against him. The look in his eyes was ravenous and it stopped my heart. He wasn’t waiting any longer. He wanted something, and in this moment he was willing to take. When he kissed me, his resolve was almost suffocating. And I loved the slow death of it.
‘The hole in my heart is filling with you.’ – Jack, This Love.
I read to feel something, to learn something new about people, to explore a side I’ve never considered before. I want to be emotionally impacted by a story, to think about it long after the book has ended, wondering how I would have behaved in the same situation as the characters. Would I be as brave? Could I be that decisive about what I wanted, and then stop at nothing to get it? Could you? With, This Love, I wrote the book I wanted to read. Taking a risk on a love affair that should never happen, one that could open wounds and earn many enemies. There’s plenty to lose, but I adore a story that centres on the unbreakable connection between the lovers.
I’m not sure if he realised how happy he looked in that moment, with me falling in love with the entirety of what his parents had worked to create, but he was now bordering on excitement. His eyes shone and the way his mouth formed a closed yet accepting smile, it was as if he knew all of what I was saying was true and he’d just been reminded of it. It had me wanting to talk more, to keep him alive in the moment. – Emerson, This Love.
I never want it to be easy, and I don’t expect them to always get along, but I do expect them to have a reason, a solid purpose behind their actions, one that will always lead them back, the consequences be damned. All of my purchases were made wisely, considering my core requirements of a love story. I had to think about what was most important to me, and what digs deep within my heart and psyche, and these choices made coincide beautifully with my seemingly doomed characters.
Forgiveness can be hard—even when it’s the only way to save your life.
When Emmy’s fiancé, Ethan, is killed by a speeding driver on the way to their wedding, she is devastated beyond words. Numb and confused, she withdraws from the world.
Eighteen months later, Emmy has settled herself into the coastal town of Cobblers Cove. With satisfying work in a new restaurant, a quiet home by the sea, and friends who pick her up when grief comes back to haunt her, she’s finally daring to dream of a bright future.
That is, until she meets Jack Archer—a worldly chef who draws people to the restaurant. Emmy and Jack have mutual friends and a common goal, but their history could tear them both apart.
When Emmy finds herself falling for Jack, she begins to question her love for Ethan. She’s tortured by the past and scared of the future. Does she have the strength to forgive and move on?
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