Tragically Flawed by A.M. Hargrove
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 19, 2013
Riviera Benson’s past has been nothing but horrific. It’s filled with secrets that she intends to keep tightly locked away...terrifying secrets that keep her awake at night...that prevent her from getting close to anyone...anyone that is, until her work as a muralist drives her into the arms of the hot and sexy Shan.
Benjamin Shandon, owner of Shandon Homes, works like a thousand demons are chasing him...because perhaps they are. His business has boomed, ever since the forest fire swept through the canyon and destroyed hundreds of million dollar homes. He demands excellence in everything...from his employees to his women. He slows down for nothing, keeping a schedule that no sane person would want. But Riviera interrupts everything, twisting his guts inside out, and wedging her way into his heart, destroying a promise he made to himself.
Will they let their pasts control their future, or will they decide to let go and allow their hearts to discover each other’s?
Shan’s figured it out…why I’m such a mess. Or rather he thinks he has. And to his credit, he has it half right. The part about Jasper abusing me anyway. I want to tell him everything. I really do. For whatever reason, he makes me feel like I can spill my guts. But there’s that part of me that holds back…because if I tell him, he’ll know how filthy I am. The kind of life I’ve had…where I come from.
And Jasper’s only part of it. What will he do when he finds out I was homeless, and lived like those people you see on TV or in the movies? And then there’s all that other stuff I can’t stomach thinking about. Right now I feel like my entire body’s in a trash compactor.
My brain’s been squished so much from all this thinking, I think it’s going to implode. And I can’t even let myself consider what he does to my body. After Jasper and my other situation, I never thought I’d want to get close to another guy…and now I’m panting after Shan. There’s like this radar thing going on. I swear to God, I could be blindfolded, but I would know the exact moment he entered the room.
Maybe it’s a chemical reaction or something. Who the hell knows? Whatever it is, it can’t be ignored. He knows it too. I see it in the way he looks at me. What if I’m so messed up that I can’t be normal, and in a relationship with someone like him? I want to scream with all these thoughts pouring through my mind right now.
The best thing or maybe the right thing to do would be to leave. Move away and go somewhere else. Again. I have a good bit of money saved now. I could move but damn it all, I really love it here. For once I live some place where I’m comfortable and making friends. I’ve never had that before. My parents didn’t allow it and then, Jasper…well no way would he let me have friends.
Jasper…oh God, the thought of him now freaks me out too. What if he finds me? If he ever does, without a doubt, he’ll kill me. The way I left him… I wonder how long it took for him to get someone to help him. Though it struck me as funny at the time, I probably should’ve just left instead of handcuffing him like that. I step back and take a look at the mural I’m painting. I wish like hell I could climb right in the thing and stay there forever.
One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase.
Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).
So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include Kissing Fire, Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, the series the Guardians of Vesturon (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, Beginnings and reEmergent), Dark Waltz and the upcoming release Tragically Flawed.
Other than being in love with being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.
Giveaway: (1) lucky winner will walk away with an iPad Mini and a necklace that was designed by Kim at Nair & Bjorn after the one that Shan gave Riviera in Tragically Flawed. The necklace is open for US and Canada residents only. In the event the winner is from outside the US, an Amazon Gift Card of comparable value to the iPad will be given and the 2nd place winner will receive the necklace.