by Elizabeth Reyes
Also in this series: Fate, Again, RAGE, His To Guard, Uninvited
Also by this author: Suspicious Minds, Defining Love (Volume 1-3), Again, RAGE, His To Guard, Uninvited, Lila
What happened in the prologue – chapter 5?:
We’re introduced to Sydney in the future, who’s just woken up in someone’s bed he definitely should not have gotten into. From the glimpse we get, they were wasted last night, passed out, and now her siblings and boyfriend are knocking on the door. Sydney sneaks out the back, before realizing he left his keys.
Catching us up on the story, we meet Sydney nearly a year earlier as he’s on his way home from work and get a little of his backstory and how he fits into this world. He’s good friends with Lynn, who’s married to a friend of Romero’s. He used to be in love with her, and thinks he always will, but she’s married now with a beautiful family and he’s over it. He’s just learned from Lynn that a good friend of theirs, Mando, passed away, so he’s planning to drive from LA to La Jolla for the services when it happens.
When Sydney arrives back at his apartment building, he gets in the elevator with an attractive young girl who farts. Loudly. Mortified, she runs off the elevator as soon as she can. Amused, Sydney assumes that’s the last he’ll see of Elevator Girl.
But fate brings them back together when she walks into Romero’s backyard at the service a week later. They recognize each other, and after she greets a few people, she walks up to him and tries to explain – the fart was actually a ringtone rigged by her brother.
Sydney learns that Elevator Girl is Emilia, the sister of Liv, Isaiah, Nathan, and A.J. and Lynn is actually Sarah, Angel’s wife, but Sydney has just always called her by her middle name, Lynn.
Sydney and Emi hit it off, and though Sydney was determined to stay away from her, she inserts herself in his life and they become fast friends over the next few months.
“Powerful. That was the word she was searching for. He looked not just like a boss but a boss’s boss, the guy who made everyone in the office nervous when he stopped by to visit.”
“Just needed to remind you, your heart is not the only thing that belongs to me”
“I adore you.”
- Do you think guys and girls can just be friends?
- Were you shocked when you found out who Elevator Girl was?
No regrets. Just lessons learned.
Having lived through the torment of losing his first love to someone else–all because he never spoke up–Sydney Maricopa vowed never to repeat that mistake again.
So when he finally admits he’s fallen for his new best friend, he refuses to lose her too, especially once he realizes his feelings for her might be requited. There’s only one problem.
Her perfect boyfriend.
Still, Sydney’s determined to fight for the girl he loves this time. He has what it takes to go up against Mr. Perfect. Most importantly, he and his new best friend have something even her boyfriend can’t compete with–their profound connection. One he intends to use to win her over.
Until he finds out what she’d be giving up if she chooses Sydney.
Something no one should ever give up. Would he dream of selfishly asking her to? Or should he do the honorable thing and sacrifice his own happiness for hers? Allow the girl he loves to sail off into the sunset with another man as he stands back and watches in agony . . . again?
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- Again, Day One: Monday, Feb. 22nd – Those Crazy Book Chicks & Margie’s Must Reads
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About Elizabeth Reyes
Award winning, USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel FOREVER MINE (MORENO BROTHERS #1) in 2010 she has since published seven more in that series, FOREVER YOURS, SWEET SOFIE, WHEN YOU WERE MINE, ALWAYS BEEN MINE, ROMERO, MAKING YOU MINE, and TANGLED with more stories about the Moreno family and their friends to come. She’s also published a second series, 5th Street which includes, NOAH, GIO, HECTOR, ABEL. FELIX. Her Moreno Brother’s spinoff series FATE includes FATE, BREAKING BRANDON, SUSPICIOUS MINDS and AGAIN (Sydney’s story). Her debut traditionally published title is DESERT HEAT and her latest release is her first ever three part romance serial DEFINING LOVE.
When she’s not writing (which is rare) she spends as much time as she can with her husband of almost twenty-one years, two young adult children, her Great Dane, Dexter and big fat lazy cat named Tyson.