by Rebecca Brooks
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Reeling from a sudden breakup, Casey Webb leaves Brooklyn, drives north and settles in a sleepy mountain town in upstate New York. She’s convinced she’s happy being alone—until she reads the acknowledgments in her ex-boyfriend’s hit debut novel, thanking his new girlfriend “above all”.
Good thing Ben Mailer is in town. The hot, young Brooklyn-bound chef offers the perfect distraction, and soon Casey is having the best sex of her life—on a mountain, in the lake, all over her cozy cabin. But as their weekend fling turns into something more, the demands of Ben’s family and budding career make moving to her idyllic town impossible.
Now Casey must decide what she can’t live without—her life in the mountains or the man she wants as hers. Smart, sweet and blisteringly hot, Above All is about getting lost…and finding yourself right where you belong.
A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
“Moving on was going to require leaving the woods and getting a friend set that didn’t have gray hairs, hip replacements and a few false teeth.”
“But then her mouth ran away from her – her own brain could never be trusted sometimes – and to her surprise and shock and embarrassment she found herself still talking.”
“The fact that she didn’t want a date with Evan didn’t mean she wanted him to find her unappealing.”
“When she at last pressed her mouth to his, it felt like coming home. He tasted of fire and smoke and earth, and fresh bread and soap and something so clean, so pure, it was like spring water to her lips.”
If you like realistic, plausible, believable, and well written love stories, this is the book for you. But beware, Ms. Brooks will break your heart, and she will do it more than once, damn her and her gifted storytelling… I fell for it three times! Hence, the believable part of my review, as if you live in the real world, you are going to heartbroken, and typically, more than once. Her characters are likable, funny, and people I would enjoy knowing. Her story is current, emotional, heartfelt, and ah so sensual, oh my yes! I was panting and gasping like a fish that has jumped the aquarium. I did not find any other works listed under her name but have a hard time believing this offering could be her first work – but if so, she belongs in the advanced class. I hope to see much more from her in the future.
Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx. Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind to try something new—and find the passion, excitement and purpose they didn’t know they’d been missing.