The Story of Us Trilogy Continues … Elizabeth Parker has been found … Like a falling star she has come down to earth, landing painfully on the debris of a broken dream. What she thought of as love now seems no more than a wish left unfulfilled. Her future lies in the hands of two powerfully possessive men; each desiring her to the point of insanity. Flawless media mogul Ayden Stone oversees her voyage of sexual awakening, introducing her to new experiences and a secret world behind locked doors, away from prying eyes. But … is he Prince Charming or merely the great pretender? With a fighter’s instinct, Dan Rizler continues to box clever; taking his time, waiting for the right moment to strike. He will have his Princess one way or another. Into this twisted triangle enters Elise Richards; a woman with a past and a passion for revenge: hell hath no fury like Miss. Richards. This is a modern fairy tale full of romance, secrets and suspense. Elizabeth Parker is about to be caught, held fast by the hand of Fate; but will she be caught out or caught up in an affair of the heart, body and soul? When nothing else matters … you have to do or die.
Seldom does a writer appear out of the mist, fully formed and equipped to introduce the world to their ‘perfect’ prose. More often than not it has taken years and, in the case of Sydney Jamesson, decades to come to the point where she can say: “I’m ready. This is it, I’m done!”
Now is that time.
She has always scribbled things down; in her home is one enormous waste paper basket full of discarded phrases, opening lines and pieces of dialogue that have hit her like lightening in the middle of the night or whilst parked up at a set of traffic lights.
She has worked in Insurance, Fashion and in advertising as a Copywriter and Commercial Journalist and loved every minute of it. For the past 15 years she has been an English Teacher. But, for as long as she can remember, she has lived with The Story of Us in her head.
The fact Elizabeth Parker is an English teacher should come as no surprise: novelists write, initially, about what they know …
Yet, she confesses, Elizabeth is not her but rather that young, sensitive and naïve woman we all were or still are.
So that’s her, furiously typing away until the early hours, creating an epic tale that covers an 18 month period; taking three novels to unveil the intricacies of a 21st century fairy tale.
He concludes our moment of quiet serenity with a smile. “Let’s get you in this bath before it gets cold. Lift up.” I lean over him, resting my weight on his shoulders and he pulls down my panties. I have to resist the temptation to spread my legs; I’m saturated and sticking to the toilet seat, aching for his touch. From the way I’m breathing, it’s quite apparent, there’s no disguising it. He’s been listening to my body since day one and is fluent in the language of sexual arousal.
I have to speak. “You smell like you and sex, it’s a powerful aphrodisiac, Ayden.” He pretends not to have heard. Does he want me to beg? Because I will. There’s no shame in desire, not when the focus of my desire is standing naked before me and looking like this.
Once I am seated, he lifts up my legs in turn to inspect my feet. “The cuts were only superficial and they’re healing.” He glances back at me. “But you won’t be doing any dancing for a while.” I smile back, too busy looking at his perfect body to construct a sentence. “You gave me quite a scare. When Lester said you were bleeding, I thought you’d ruptured something, internally…”
I can’t remain silent any longer, I have to engage before he becomes morose again. “Or I could have started my period with the shock. I’m due this week.”
There, that’s made light of the ordeal.
He’s surprised. “Of course, there’s that, but that was unlikely to cross my mind under the circumstances.” He brushes back my hair. “When you’re up to it we’ll go somewhere, take a trip. Put it all behind us. Up!” He lifts me into the bubble bath, bottom first.
“Ouch! It’s hot.”
“Too hot?” He lifts me out.
“No, just right. Take it slowly. Don’t want to burn my derrière on top of everything else.” I watch him roll his eyes, making me laugh. The bubbles part and then come together to swallow me up until only my head is visible. “Aren’t you joining me?”
“Not today.” He looks anywhere but at me and, on his knees, busies himself applying expensive body wash to a flannel. “Hands.”
I lift up my right hand obediently. “What about your mistress? Won’t she feel neglected again if you go off somewhere with me?”
He’s nodding no. “Leave her to me – I can handle her. Hand.”
I swap hands. “The way you handle me?”
His broad smile tells me we’re in for some fun. “Oh, no, you’re much more trouble. You can be a very bad girl sometimes. Lean forward.”
My chin hits the bubbles. “Does that mean you still want to take me in hand?”
“Always.” He has opened the flannel and is skimming it against my bruised back with so much gentleness; it’s more like a whisper than a stroke.
“Tell me …”
“No, not now. Didn’t you get the email? I said I wanted to take care of you. Can’t you just sit back and let me?” He places his hand under my hairline and inches me backwards.
“I suppose so but just because I’m being good, doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about doing naughty things with you.”
“Beth.” He gives me a stern look. “You’re only making things worse for yourself. We’ve got plenty of time for that. I want you to get better and I won’t settle until that fucking arsehole is caught or killed.”
TouchStone for giving … the Soundtrack!
What now - Rihanna
Stronger - Will Young
Until You - Shane Ward
Love to Love you Baby - Donna Summer
Lovesong - Adele
Badfinger - Day after Day
At Last - Eva Cassidy
Tonight - John Legend
Blackbird - Paul McCartney
Lego House - Ed Sheeran
Lights - Ellie Golding
Naughty Girl - Beyoncé
You’re All I Have - Snow Patrol
Say Yes! - Snow Patrol
Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Devotion - Kele
Diamonds - Rihanna
Because you Loved Me - Celine Dionne
Clouds - Newton Faulkner
Grow Old With Me -Tom Odell
Firework - Katy Perry
Another Love - Tom Odell
Right Thing to Do - Carly Simon
Small Blue Thing - Suzanne Vega
Brenda's Book Beat Review:
TouchStone for giving by Sydney Jamesson
This is a very steamy read. I loved every moment of the hotness. I had not read the first book, but the author does a great job of filling you in when needed about what happened in the previous book.
The past meets the present and turmoil prevails when secrets are kept and then found out. What happens when all secrets start unraveling is a rollercoaster ride. Elizabeth and Ayden find out that true love really does last, but what happens when its lost and re-found is a great story.
I would read more things written by Sydney Jamesson.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.