Eternal (Carolina Beach #2) by Cecy Robson #BookReview #BookTour #excerpt
Contemporary New Adult Romance
Landon is a sweet Southern man with good manners, a quiet strength, and a universal sort of hotness. Every word he speaks rolls off his tongue like butter, smooth and rich and comforting. And he’s practically a sex god. For a man who was so determined to spend New Years Eve completely alone, he sure heated up Luci’s night.
“Say we can leave tomorrow,” Blythe pleads.
“Pretty please,” Landon adds. I cover my mouth, trying not to laugh. It’s clear Landon can hear Blythe, but she can’t hear him. It shouldn’t surprise me. She’s the one being loud. I glance in the mirror. Landon meets me with a grin, a wickedly sexy glimmer, lighting his eyes. He watches me as his fingers skim to my belly button and further yet. My hand clamps over his, but his other hand is free and I’m still trying to hang onto my phone.
“It would really mean a lot to me,” she repeats.
“It would mean a lot to me, too,” Landon agrees. He whirls me around, the kiss he greets me with almost making me drop my phone.
“Stay,” he tells me quietly, his knuckles dancing along my spine. “We don’t have to do anything.” He laughs when I do. “Okay, maybe we’ll do a little.”
And they are magical together, insta-friends melting right into break-the-headboard lovers. And they go all night long. I loved his commanding presence in the bedroom and her honest reactions. Landon is just so darn lovable. He alternates between flirty sass and respectful Southern gentleman, and his focus and dedication are deep. He’s both intimidating and sweet. It’s the most unlikely combination that I’d never have thought could work until I read Eternal.
I don’t want or need to be rescued.
I just want to be loved.
Luci is so strong, so modern and competent and stubbornly, determinedly independent. And like all Cecy Robson’s stories, Eternal is brimming with powerful emotions. Both Landon and Luci are good people through and through, and their characters shine in every scene, not just the easy ones.
I love you,” I explain. “You’re my world, Luci, my ocean, and the eternity that I’ve waited for.”
You don’t need to have read Inseverable to enjoy Eternal, but I highly recommend both books. And you can read them in any order. I adored Trinity and Callahan’s story so much—it was GT’s Book of the Month in June of 2016 and was named as a GraveTells Romance Editors Choice award for the year.
If you love romances that delve into a character’s psyche and pull you right into the heart of their conflict, stories that spread a message bigger than boy-meets-girl, Eternal (and this whole series) is for you. Don’t let the first person present tense style scare you off. Ms. Robson pens it skillfully and sensitively, and before you know what happened, you’ll be wrapped up in Landon and Luci’s whirlwind romance without caring what the words look like on the page.
Read an excerpt from Eternal
Copyright © 2017 Cecy Robson
That smile that faded in Blythe’s presence returns. I ease my way out of the bathroom and return to the kitchen, but Landon is gone. So is my purse and our drinks.
My heart falls to my belly, only for it to quicken when a hand presses tenderly against the small of my back. “Are you hungry?” Landon asks. He motions to the corner where a set of heavy curtains sway in the breeze. “I figured with all that we’re drinking, we should get something to eat.”
“That would be lovely,” I say, realizing how much I mean it.
He passes me my clutch and leads me forward, a server slips out from behind a curtain with an empty tray, nodding Landon’s way. As he passes, Landon slips something into his palm. “Thank you, sir,” the young man tells him.
Landon smiles when I look up at him. “After you,” he says.
He parts the curtain, allowing me into a small terrace surrounded by tall glass dividers that repels the wind and allows a magnificent view of the ocean. There’s not much room, the space only large enough for a rectangular fire pit radiating with turquoise glass and a small table with two chairs. To our right people laugh from a larger more open terrace a level down. They can’t see us well, and I don’t really care to see them.
Our beers are placed beside two empty plates, along with two unopened bottles of water. At the center, there’s a large plate filled with food. “Becca likes to eat breakfast out here when she’s home. But she’s not using it and I didn’t want to waste the view.”
“It’s amazing,” I say, taking in the splendor.
I didn’t expect to see the ocean this far into the shore, especially at night. But with moon as bright and as low as it is, its light spills across the waves, illuminating the water and casting a glow along the sand.
Landon pulls out my chair. “I wasn’t sure what you liked, so I asked the staff to bring a little of everything.” He pauses. “You’re not one of those crazy vegans are you?” I laugh. “If you are, I can ask them for some of that crazy vegan food you people like to eat.”
“My people like everything,” I assure him, watching him take a seat in front of me.
“Good,” he says. “So do good ol’ Southern boys.”
We spend an outrageous amount of time talking, and even more simply gazing at each other, smiling softly when the words don’t quite come, and laughing when they finally do.
It’s only when Rihanna’s Love on the Brain begins to play that Landon tears his attention away from me and back in the direction of the party. “Don’t you hate it when everyone is dancing, and you have no one to dance with?” he asks.
I glance down, playing with the fabric of my skirt. “I think it’s worse when the wrong person asks you, and you’ve been waiting for the right one.”
“Oh, yeah?” He grins when I nod. “I suppose I should ask you, before the wrong person gets his chance.”
He doesn’t really ask. He doesn’t need to. I place my hand in his when he opens his palm.
He pulls me up and into him, wrapping his arms securely around my waist as mine circle his neck. He smiles as he looks down and meets my eyes. I return it, losing myself in his stare.
We move to the beat as if we’ve danced a hundred times, despite what I’m feeling is a slew of firsts.
The first time his hard body presses against mine.
The first whisper of his breath against my skin.
The first touch that has no inkling of innocence.
And the first stroke of desire.
His hands slide to my hips as the bass pounds deeper, craving more. “It’s almost midnight,” he rasps against my bare shoulder.
I shudder as his lips graze over my skin, not quite touching, trailing lightly just enough to tease. “Almost,” I agree.
The allure in his voice robs me of air. “I didn’t plan on having anyone to kiss.”
I almost reply, but the way Landon’s mouth hovers over the sweep of my neck keeps me silent, as does the way he draws an invisible line to my ear with his lips.
My heart thuds mercilessly as I wait for his next words.
“But I guess I didn’t plan on you either,” he murmurs, each word softly tortured.
His mouth feathers over mine as the song ends and the countdown to New Year’s begins, opening and closing tentatively, giving me a chance to pull away.
I don’t. I can’t. Not with how good he feels and not with the way his body curls protectively around me.
Urgent voices and anxious steps echo from inside as people rush to find partners to kiss as the countdown reaches ten.
Landon and I aren’t waiting. His tongue dives deep, prodding me possessively and taking me deep.
He grips my hips tighter, pulling me closer, turning the sweet, tentative kiss passionate and daring.
I’m no longer simply kissing him, I’m moaning.
And I’m not alone.
A rumble builds in his throat, ending in a long, dragged out groan.
My body trembles with need, responding and following the rough caress of his palms along my spine.
The clock strikes twelve, people are cheering, bottles of champagne are exploding, and the ocean waves crash harder against the shore. I barely hear them. I only see Landon as he pulls away, his breaths labored like mine, his intensity welding me in place.
Recommended for readers who enjoy…
- Heartfelt romances set at the beach
- Heroes who are humanitarian and quietly wealthy
- Characters that pop off the page and snag your heart
- Stories written in first person present tense without the unnecessary angst that so often comes along with
- Stories written in the new adult style
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Eternal by Cecy Robson
Series: Carolina Beach #2
on October 24, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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After months of bad luck and even worse men, Luciana Diaz just wants to crawl under the covers and forget the year ever happened. Her friend has other plans, convincing Luci to attend a New Year’s Eve party on the affluent shores of Kiawah Island.
Luci never expected to have fun. She also never expected to wake up with a man she just met, or for this man to be the new attorney at her firm.
Landon Summers is done with drama. After an ugly separation and even worse divorce, he has no desire to jump into another relationship.
When his sister Trinity drags him to a New Year’s Eve party, he doesn’t plan to stay long. One drink, a few hellos, and he’s out. Until he meets Luci, the first person in months to draw his smile and incite his passion.
Neither Luci nor Landon planned on each other, and they definitely didn’t plan on love. But the New Year means a fresh start, and eternal possibilities neither could deny .
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