Recommended By Marissa

Recommended By Marissa

Marissa Not So PNR Mini Banner This story will have you reaching for tissues, yet smiling through the tears. It will have you gasping with indignation and fury, yet cheering at the end. It will have your heart beating faster during poignant moments and the bedroom scenes. Kona and Keira’s journey from college sweethearts to bitter ex-lovers to second-chance lovers is one worth taking a dozen times over, because there is always some nuance missed in the story and writing. The prose will stun you, sweep you up and make you think, then set you down on your feet again. I will admit to a book hangover after this story, because of all the emotions I was feeling while reading the beginning of their story in college, the heartbreak during and after they part ways, and then their second chance 16 years later as jaded adults. [August 2014]


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Love isn't supposed to be an addiction. It isn't supposed to leave you bleeding.

Kona pushed, Keira pulled, and in their wake, they left behind destruction.

She sacrificed everything for him.

It wasn't enough.

But the wounds of the past can never be completely forgotten and still the flame remains, slumbers between the pleasure of yesterday and the thought of what might have been.

Now, sixteen years later, Keira returns home to bury the mother who betrayed her, just as Kona tries to hold onto what remains of his NFL career with the New Orleans Steamers. Across the crowded bustle of a busy French Market, their paths collide, conjuring forgotten memories of a consuming touch, skin on skin, and the still smoldering fire that begs to be rekindled.

When Kona realizes the trifecta of betrayal—his, Keira's and those lies told to keep them apart—his life is irrevocably changed and he once again takes Keira down with him into the fire that threatens to ignite them both.


My first foray into the Romance genre came my freshman year in high school English, where the teacher had us all read books from several different genres. So, my first book boyfriend and PnR introduction, if you will, was Richard Merlin, from The Wizard of Seattle. Prior to that, I’d only read Fantasy or Sci-fi, with a little teen horror thrown in for angst. I was reading The Vampire Diaries decades before it was even a twinkle in the eyes of the producers. Now, I am addicted to PnR, always reading at least one book a week about vamps, wolves, angels, demons, Fae, or overall magic.

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