The Reluctant Socialite

 

All I want is to survive him.
A
ll he wants is everything.

It’s been two years since my horrendous, soap-opera worthy split from my ex-fiancé, and I’m finally ready to give love another shot. I think. Maybe.

What I’m not ready for is Alexander Hughes, billionaire bachelor playboy with more charisma in one pinkie than my ex possessed in full. For some reason beyond logic, Alex is determined to have me. And not just my body, either. He wants to dissemble a lifetime of carefully constructed armor and shine light on what’s beneath. My soft underbelly. My deepest secrets. My frightened heart.

No thanks.

Despite my wishes, fate is determined to put us on a collision course. Dominant, demanding, and disarmingly kind, Alex is an emotional hurricane I can’t outrun. All I can do is try.

 

Read Chapter One

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  One thought on “The Reluctant Socialite

  1. Nancy Caruso Clough
    January 27, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    LOVE This! Pls let me know when I can purchase the full book!!!

  2. Heathervye
    August 20, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    I feel like you and your heroine have captured a large portion of my soul. The utterly crippling social anxiety and self-esteem issues she is experiencing are poetically detailed, and so close to my own inner dialogue at that age that it gave me shivers. I loved the lyrical quality of The Gardens of Almhain, and I will read anything you publish. I, too, will continue checking back here to see when both this book and Ascension will become available.

    I reviewed Gardens years ago on Amazon, and noted that your first novel reminded me, in a wonderful way, of Guy Gavriel Kay. It made me smile when I saw that you had mentioned he was an inspiration. It’s not often an author comes so amazingly close to not emulating, but equalling, the talent of their inapiration. Your next two novels are charting territory he has never to my knowledge explored, but your lovely prose continues to echo in my thoughts with the resonance of a work by Kay. I hope to see your novels for purchase sometime soon, as Gardens is very lonely in my Laura Mallory collection!

    • August 20, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      You’ve made my day, week, month, et cetera. Thank you so much for your words. They are a balm.

      Both RS and Ascension will be published this year. It’s a promise I made to myself. They would have launched last year but I was pregnant (and it was pretty rough). My little spitfire, Stella, is five months old and I’m finally getting my proverbial sea legs. :).

      If you’d like to give me your email address, I can let you know when to look for a new book. It will probably be Reluctant Socialite, the balance of which I hope you enjoy as much as the first chapter. (On a side note: while born of imagination, there are extensive autobiographical elements.). I love that you related to Thea! She’s very close to my heart.

      That Gardens resonates for you like a Kay novel… Hands down, the finest compliment on my writing I’ve ever received. Misty-eyed and floored.

      Best,

      L

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