Regretfully by Leighton Riley *Giveaway
Posted by brriske
Author: Leighton Riley
Release Date: Oct 16, 2014
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How do you heal after everything has been ripped away from you?
Completely devastated and alone, Tristen cannot fathom life after losing Cami and his unborn child. He attempts to find normality in his broken world but everything seems wrong.
Aria is compelled to help Tristen and cannot escape the undeniable connection she feels for him, even though Cami was one of her closest friends. She tries to help him move forward by befriending him but quickly realizes that there is more.
Tristen and Aria are both struggling to deal with these confusing emotions. Can they find happiness even when they feel utterly broken?
From the way the prologue to the book was written, it made me suspect that this was a book in a series. Hunting for it on Amazon proved that theory to be correct. However, it can be read as a stand-alone. I’ve not read the other book and was able to enjoy Regretfully on its own. There were a couple of places that I got confused, due to the flashback nature of many parts of the book. But, as I continued to read, those parts became more poignant and less confusing. I felt so much emotion reading Tristen’s description of his love for Cami, and it’s a description that I’m sure many women wish their partners felt for them.
The sex scenes are H-A-W-T! They are also plentiful enough and explicit enough that I feel compelled to mark this with a “For Mature Readers Only” label. The relationship between Tristen and Cami is also well fleshed-out and left me yearning for a happily ever after I wasn’t sure was possible, but I kept hoping, anyway.
I now want to read Riley’s other novel with the same characters and see another side to the story. Well done!
“I don’t- I’ve always been the sister-type, never like this. Do you really want this? I don’t expect anything afterwards, but are you really attracted to me like that?” She murmured, so unsure of herself. Her hands landed on my bare chest and glided over my nipple piercings. The sensitivity was there and I briefly thought about what it would feel like having her luscious lips wrapped around them.
“Listen to me. Listen very carefully because you should already know this. You’re gorgeous, inside and out. We never saw you as our sister, we all respected you though. You were the one everyone wanted but never had a chance with. I could call up any of our surfing friends and they’d agree. Hell, the girls knew it too. When one of the guys started working up the nerve to ask you on a date, the others would warn about what would happen if he hurt you. I guess we all kinda cock blocked you.” I rub my neck, realizing how we were back then. “I’m sorry for that.”
– The birth date on the gravestone is my actual date of birth 😉
– I try to include names from my street team and readers in my books. (Rebecca, Elixix, Tami, Cassia were all from them in Regretfully)
– Tristen got his name from a good friend of mine. She was with me in the beginning of my writing process and her boyfriend’s name was Tristen and I fell in love with the name.
– I saw Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity and one of the performers had his nipples pierced. I was sold and knew Tristen would be getting them. 😀
– I was able to relate to Tristen in some ways regarding Cami’s death. A boyfriend of mine was taken from this world too soon and I drew from those memories.
– Gloria’s is my favorite Latin restaurant and I had to include it in the book. The one I go to is in Dallas though.
– Aria’s flashback (you’ll know which one I’m talking about, hint- alcohol) was tough for me to write. I spent weeks on it, making sure it was accurate and written in a respectable manner. That’s one scene I don’t go back and reread very much, but it’s often on my mind.
Texas born and raised, I found my love for dirty books rather recently. I work in real estate for my day job and I write contemporary romance with a twist of suspense and erotica. Sinfully, Regretfully, and Deceitfully can be read in order or as standalones. Sinfully and Regretfully take place around the same time frame and can even be read in reverse order (will give more background on Payton and Ryder’s story). Tate’s story, Deceitfully, will finish off the series and will be out in spring of 2015.