Title: Leave the Lights On
Author: Karen Stivali
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Published By: Samhain Publishing
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
“When love throws you a curve, swing for the fences. ”
Parker Wood’s dreams of becoming a professional baseball player are shattered when he’s injured in a devastating car crash. After two years in hospitals and physical rehab facilities, he’s ready to move back to his childhood home and take over the family landscaping company. The house and business are his, now that his father has passed.
Sophie Vaughn has suffered through a hellishly public divorce from a husband who couldn’t manage to stay faithful for two months of marriage. Determined not to let her personal drama impact her successful wedding and party planning business, she buys her parents’ old house, hoping the comfort of familiar surroundings will help her heal.
When Parker and Sophie discover they’re neighbors once again, it’s as if time has stood still. Their friendship is quickly rekindled, along with the decade-long crush neither of them ever admitted having. Then the heat between them exposes a long-held secret that threatens to tear them apart…unless they can detach from their painful pasts and move forward-together.
Warning: Contains sultry summer nights, steamy pool-side encounters, and you’ll never look at a jar of peanut butter the same way again.
This is just the sweetest book ever! I loved everything about this story!!
The story starts out with Parker Wood moving into his deceased fathers house and taking over his lawn care business. He is greeted by the mailman, who happens to tell him about Sophie Vaughn also being back in town, and living in her parents house right next door. Memories flood Parker of how they were best friends throughout high school, also with Joey Nardo. Parker remembers how much they both adored her but never made a move on her. Then a new girl showed up and showed interest in Parker and he and Sophie's relationship dwindled down a bunch. After 4 years of being with Chrissy, he finds out that she had cheated on him and was having a baby by another man. Parker ends up in a car crash not long after the break up and ends up hurt bad enough to be in hospital setting for several years regaining use of his leg.
The story goes back and forth between Sophie's POV and then Parkers POV. I really like that we get both sides of the story to get a feel what each person was thinking. Sophie has always loved Parker, but he never showed any interest in her except for friendship. After the brutal divorce she went through she didn't really trust anybody anymore. But as soon as she laid eyes on Parker, all thoughts left her, and she was right back to lusting after him just like before.
The banter between these 2 is just plain adorable. Not long after hanging out a few times, they realize the chemistry is too strong to fight anymore and they share a rocking first kiss. We find out some shocking news about this time, my jaw hit the floor! I was shocked, because this was something I've never seen before in a book. I can't say what it is because you need to read it for yourself and get the full impact.
There are some trials and tribulations throughout the book, but nothing too major. Every new relationship has that "learning" phase to it. I am so glad I signed up to be part of this blog tour so I can help spread the word on this amazing book!
About the Author
Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. When she’s not writing, she can be found cooking extravagant meals and serving them to family and friends, who never seem to mind the excessive quantities she tends to prepare. She attributes her ability to multitask to the fact that she rarely sleeps, which gives her more hours every day. Prior to deciding to write full time Karen worked as a hand drawn animator, a clinical therapist, and held various food-related jobs ranging from waitress to specialty cake maker. Planning elaborate parties and fundraisers takes up what’s left of her time and sanity.
Karen has always been fascinated by the way people relate to one another so she favors books and movies that feature richly detailed characters and their relationships. In her own writing she likes to explore the dynamics between characters and has a tendency to craft romantic tales filled with sarcasm and sexy details. Although she writes in three genres (erotic romance, contemporary romance and women’s fiction) all of her stories are love stories with happily ever after endings.
Karen has published several erotic romance novels with Ellora’s Cave including two award winning stories: Always You (published September 2011, First Place Winner of the RWA Passionate Plume Award – 2012)and Marry Me (published June 2012, First Place Winner in the NEC-RWA Bean Pot Reader’s Choice Award – 2013).
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