Torn between her desire for the guy who has her heart and her loyalty to her best friend, Kate Bergman knows she must break her own heart to give her broken and fragile friend a shot at happiness.
But letting go of River McEwan is the hardest thing she’s ever done. Moving on is even harder–especially when River doesn’t want to let her go. As the two resist their passion for one another, Kate uncovers the truth about her best friend. As the three of them forge a new path of friendship and discovery, tragedy strikes. Now, it’s up to Kate to fight for the only man she’s ever loved. But can she make River forget about the past to find a future together?
“Do you have any idea in that gorgeous head of yours how difficult it’s going to be for us to just be friends?” River pushes a stray hair from my face, looking directly in my eyes.
He walks up to me and stands entirely too close.
I can smell him and feel his warm breath against my face
River’s voice gets low, and he wipes at my eyes with the pads of his fingers. “I keep trying to force myself to have feelings for Willow, but I think it’s impossible.”
“Why?” I ask between sobs.
“Do you really want to know why, Kate?”
“Yes, tell me.”
River presses the hard lines of his body into mine and puts his hands on my face. “It’s really simple. It’s because she isn’t you.” River stares into my eyes and slowly inches his lips to mine. There’s so much want behind it, deep and powerful, as if he’s trying to possess me—own me. It’s like this every time River kisses me.
Before I know it. River’s face is in my hair as he whispers in my ear. “I want to touch you so bad.” I shiver at the feel of his warm breath smelling of soda and River.
“You can’t,” I say under my breath. “Please stop. They’re going to see.”
“You’re so close to me. I miss you.” His hand moves back up my leg.
My heart melts. I miss him too, and all I want to do is be close to him. I can’t let him know I agree, though. “I’m sorry,” I whisper, and I shift my legs so they are on top of Lane’s.
Before I can say anything, he puts his arms around me, planting his lips so harshly to mine I can barely register what’s happening.
The kiss is powerful. Filled with urgency and desire.
Far be it for me to stop him now, because I’m hungry for it. I want this closeness with him, and all of the resolve I’ve had built up is suddenly knocked down with one kiss. Lips to lips, tongue to tongue, all I can breathe is River.
What About Us (Bluff Harbor Book 2) by Emma Tharp
What am amazing continuation to River and Kate’s story.. You’ll have to read What About Us (Book Two in the Bluff Harbor Series) to find out whether or not they end up with the HEA at the conclusion or what happens. There’s a LOT of emotion and love throughout this book and series, will love conquer? I thoroughly enjoyed reading both books. Although this is book two of the series which picks up where book one ends, you could read this as a standalone story, but I recommend reading both…. Just because I love them both! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSagePR for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual situations and adult language, this book is recommended for readers 18 and older!
About the Author
Emma was raised in upstate NY. Being an only child, she spent a great deal of time alone dreaming up characters that would keep her company on long family road trips. Putting her writing on the back burner, she went to college and became a chiropractor. After spending 14 years healing patients, Emma decided—with the help of her amazingly supportive husband—to use the creative side of her brain and let her characters come to the page.
If she’s not writing, Emma can be found at the gym, one of her kids sporting events, Starbucks, or at a live music event.
A perfect day for Emma would be spent at her lake house with her husband, two ginger-haired children, and Vizsla, reading a book and drinking a large cup of coffee (or wine) with music playing in the background.
Six months ago, Kate Bergman’s best friend left their dorm room and never came back…
Now, Kate can’t shake the feeling that Willow, her dearest childhood friend, is still out there, still alive, and still needs her. But nobody is on her side–not even River McEwan, Willow’s boyfriend. After all, the three of them used to be inseparable.
When a professor forces Kate and River to work together on a joint research project, a new challenge surfaces. Suddenly, their renewed friendship flares into something more.
Soon, River is enticing Kate to do things she’s never dreamed of. But while she can’t imagine walking away from River, Kate can’t stop thinking about Willow. How can she give herself to him when he belongs to her best friend?
What About Her (Bluff Harbor Book 1) by Emma Tharp
What am amazing story of getting through grief and loss. Is Willow truly gone forever? You’ll have to read What About Her (Book One in the Bluff Harbor Series) to find out. This story ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger… Luckily What About Us (Book Two in the Bluff Harbor Series) is available now!! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book via IndieSagePR for an honest blog tour review. Due to sexual situations and adult language, this book is recommended for readers 18 and older!
Favorite Passage ~
• “With hope in our hearts, with love in our eyes, we open our hearts, start living our lives.”