The One that Got Away
by Amber Lea Easton
There are moments when I find myself sitting quietly with a secret smile thinking about a boy who loved me with the reckless abandonment of youth. We met at the movie theatre when I was sixteen, he tore tickets and I sold popcorn. We fell in love when we were seventeen, I sold the tickets that he tore. We had it all then--the feeling of immortality that all teenagers have, the romantic ideal of “us against the world”. Making out in back seats, sneaking in through windows, walking for hours just to spend time together...ah, those were the days.
Then I went to college and thought I needed “no strings”. I guess I had grand illusions of the kind of player I was gonna be. (Didn’t happen--I’d seen too many movies! Stupid, naive me.)
A few years ago, after going on with my life, getting married, having kids, and burying my husband, I met that first love again via Facebook. Surprisingly, our lives had moved parallel to one another--at one point, we had lived in the same neighborhood in Denver without ever meeting. His wife had also passed away. So we talked...we flirted...we even had an argument about “the break up” that happened over twenty years ago.
He still had that “take-me-to-bed-and-strip-me-naked” smile, that generous heart that I’d fallen for back in the day, but our grief for our spouses stood in our way of anything developing in the here and now. So we parted ways for the second time...no happily ever after for us.
Do you have that “first love” that sometimes creeps into your thoughts and makes you smile? Even if you’re blissfully happy now, are there moments when you’re sitting at a stoplight and an image of that “one who got away” drifts into focus and you think...what if?
In my romantic suspense novel, KISS ME SLOWLY, Grace Dupont is reunited with her first love thirteen years after their break up, but he’s in trouble and needs her genius brain to save him. Oh, she’d imagined this day...salivated over it...thought of all the ways she’d crush him when she saw him again...but the reality isn’t as delicious as she’d envisioned. The question is...will she help him or watch him go down?
What would you do if you had a second chance with the one that got away, that first man who broke your heart? It’s an interesting question. For me, I’m glad I had the chance for a do-over of sorts...at least now I don’t have to wonder “what if”.
Kiss Me Slowly
By Amber Lea Easton
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Back Of the Book:
Trapped in a set-up that could have him in jail or dead by Monday, Jonathan Alexander trusts no one in his inner circle. It’s Saturday. His only hope is Grace Dupont, the best forensic accountant in Miami. But there’s a glitch with that idea. She’s also his ex-girlfriend who'd rather watch him drown than throw him a life vest. Going to her feels desperate…because he is.
Grace enjoys seeing Jonathan squirm. On your knees boy, she thinks as he pitches for her help. Always a sucker for the dark-haired-blue-eyed boys, she risks her precariously balanced life of secrets to help him. Helping him slaps a target on her back–she’s the key to proving his innocence and that’s a bad, bad thing.
Tangled up in a whirlwind of conspiracy, murder, million dollar money trails and diamond smuggling, Jonathan and Grace flee to the sea to stall for time to prove his innocence. Romance sizzles beneath Florida Keys’ sunshine. Both scoff at happy endings. Both doubt justice. Both know each kiss could be their last.
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