September 25, 2013

In Love With Adult Romance Blog Tour + Giveaway: Day 3 - Then, Now, Forever (Heartbeat #2) by Teodora Kostova


Book Title: Then, Now, Forever (Heartbeat #2)
Series Name: Heartbeat
Author Name: Teodora Kostova
Release Date: September 26, 2013
Genre: NA Contemporary

Synopsis


Then
Gia had let Beppe into her life so easily, as if it was the most natural thing in the world. She’d held him when he’d hurt so badly he’d thought he might die; she’d talked him down when he’d been so angry he’d considered doing something he’d regret for the rest of his life.

Gia had saved his life.

At least once he needed to be strong for her.

This right now, this moment, was theirs. It belonged to them, not to abusive or dead fathers, not to guilt, regret or sorrow, not to the past or the future.

But will their love survive when tragedy separates them?

“I have to go, Gia. I’m tired and I feel empty. I know you need me, but I have nothing left to give you. I need to heal.”

“I miss you so much it’s hard to breathe.”

Now
Beppe was still Gia’s closest friend. But they’d never be anything more than that again. Remembering what it felt like to have the person you love most in the world torn away from you still hurt. Gia was determined never to be put into that position again.

There was never lack of love, but can Beppe win Gia’s trust again?

Forever
“When I was broken you gave me pieces of yourself and made me whole again.”




Excerpt


When she finished in the bathroom, she found Beppe in the exact same position as she’d left him – on his tummy, his head turned towards her, his eyes open, but heavy with sleep and pain killers. Gia hesitated again thinking it might be better to go sleep in her mum’s room after all, but instead she moved to the side of the bed. Beppe tugged the blanket aside and patted the mattress, his usual smirk trying to appear on his lips. She lay next to him then, turning on her side to face him.

“You cried in the shower,” he stated. There was no point in denying it – if he hadn’t actually heard her, the red, swollen eyes must be a dead giveaway, so she nodded and sighed.

“Don’t. Please, don’t cry for me. I can’t stand to see you cry.”

“How can I not? I’ve been watching that monster beat you and over and you won’t even let me help.”

“You are helping. Every single time.”

“Yeah. After. I want to help so that this never happens again. I don’t want to heal your wounds and hold you while you cry. I want it to stop.”

Many nights she woke up so shaken by the need to feel Beppe close to her that her every nerve ending tingled with pain. She craved his touch like a drug addict in withdrawal. Gia would reach frantically for her phone and dial Beppe’s number with trembling hands. The ringing always seemed to go on forever while she waited for Beppe to pick up.

“Gia? Is everything OK?” She'd hear his sleepy voice and that was all it would take to make her break down. “Baby, you’re scaring me. Please say something.”

“I miss you so much it hurts to breathe.”

“Amore...” Beppe would suck in a tortured breath and Gia was sure he was crying as well.

They didn't need to say anything else and Gia was never sure how she’d fallen back to sleep, but when she woke up the next morning she always had the phone clutched firmly in her hand.

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In A Hearbeat (Heartbeat #1)

Author Bio


Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I've tried bores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had to guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among another things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me.

When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a six year old.

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