Author: Livia Jamerlan
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Genre: New Adult
More Info: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon US
Alani LaBelle has it all. A great job, amazing friends, and a loving fiancé. Traveling to Las Vegas for her bachelorette party, she never expects to come across someone who rocks her world the way Ryan Kraft does. Though they only share a few hours together, the connection she feels with him is undeniable. Thinking that her feelings for him may be cold feet she brushes it off and attempts to focus on her fiancé and their impending nuptials.
Heartbroken by her fiancé only days before their wedding, she finds herself needing to escape, needing to hide from reality. Though Alani knows that Ryan lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota, she never thought their paths would cross again while she is there.
Their friendship changes to something more with a good night kiss. Needing to be with Ryan, she leaves her old life in New Jersey behind and moves halfway across the country. As they journey together in a new relationship Alani has to adapt to life in a new city, new job, as well as dealing with Ryan's ex-girlfriend Stephanie, who is waiting for the perfect moment to get Ryan back.
But will her fiancé let Alani walk away from him without a fight? Will Alani's love for Ryan be enough for her to stay with him through turmoil? Or will Stephanie’s secret tear them apart?
“May I have this dance?” I heard from behind as I felt a hand placed on my shoulder. I turned to see Michael and was a bit surprised to see that he was directing the question to Ryan and not me. Ryan nodded his consent and his mother Rosemary stepped in to dance with him while I took Michael’s hand.
“So Ms. Yankee, how are you liking the Midwest?” I placed my hand on Michaels shoulder; meeting his eyes, I couldn’t control the satisfied smile.
“It’s been a great trip.” I said, looking up into Michael’s big blue eyes and remembering the past two weeks.
I watched his face change from cheerful to serious. “Hey listen about the other night, I’m sorry. I completely forgot that she was with us.”
I shook my head to stop him from the unnecessary apology. “It really is ok, Ryan and I are just friends.”
“Pfft… Friends, friends my ass. There’s no way that Ryan looks at his friends the way he looks at you. There’s no way he would scour every possible place looking for someone who was just a friend.”
I didn’t know what to say and was grateful when it seemed like Michael sensed that I want to know more. “I have known Ryan since we were kids and though he hasn’t said it outright to anyone, we all know that he’s head over heels in love with you. He changed his life after Las Vegas.”
“What do you mean changed his life after Vegas?” I questioned looking up at Michael searching in his eyes for answers.
“Not my story to tell Alani, but I’ve known him since I was kid, that man loves you.”
I stopped dancing and looked back at Ryan as he stepped side to side with his mother occasionally twirling her. Love? I looked back at Michael “I don’t want someone to sweep me off my feet if he isn’t going to be there to catch me when I fall. We live two different lives.” Fear of losing Ryan crawled into my heart.
“I don’t know you Alani, but I do know love when I see it. You can deny it all you want but you love him just as much as he loves you. Neither one of you may want to admit it, but anyone standing in the same room with you two can feel it.”
“You see what the problem is though, is that I want to be your last first kiss. I want to make sure that the first kiss we share is mesmerizing, that you never want to kiss another person after me.”
Are you in the market for a sweet love story with a touch of angst and a dash of what the hell?! Have I ever got the book for you! Divided starts with an immediate connection between two souls, a longing for something more, a deeper connection. Drama ensues, heartbreak endures, and life goes on. You are GOING to fall in love, you are GOING to want to scream, but most of all you’ll enjoy a good story.
“I don’t want someone to sweep me off my feet if he isn’t going to be there to catch me when I fall.”
Alani is in Las Vegas for her bachelorette party when she randomly meets Ryan. Though she is engaged and doesn’t act on it, the electricity between the two of them is glaringly apparent. However, she is engaged, and he lives half way across the country in the middle of nowhere. With reservations and a hopeful heart, they part ways. Alani returns home and due to events you will discover, calls off her wedding. Needing to clear her head and get away from everything, she decides to head to Ryan’s town in North Dakota. Not necessarily for him, but to find peace.
“I let you walk out of my life before. I won’t let you walk away from me again.”
The book moved a little slow for me at parts, but overall I enjoyed it. I LOVED the scenes between Alani and Ryan and the loved that they grew to share. When you know, you know, and though they tried to deny it, you cannot fight the inevitable. If you are meant to be together, no matter the circumstances, the universe will find a way to make it happen. 4 star read for me!
“You are my strength, my reason, my air to breathe. I love you so much.”
“That’s strange.” He looked at me and smiled. “I remember everything about you. The way you walk, moving your hips from side to side, moving that curvaceous ass from side to side. And the way you talk like a New Yorker. Your beautiful brown hair that falls over your shoulder half way down your back. The way you smell, sweet, citrusy, and sexy.”
I smiled at him. He was so smooth with his words that I’m stumbled over every word he said. He leaned in and touched the tip of my nose with his finger. “And that smile, Alani. I have dreamt about that smile for three weeks now. I’ll never be able to forget it or the beautiful woman it belongs to.”