To Live Again
Learning to Live Again 1
By Dori Lavelle
After losing the future that was promised to her, Kelsey O’Neil says goodbye to her old life and sets out on a journey to capture her own independence, find happiness, and maybe even true love.
A cozy cottage in a quaint Irish town seems the perfect place to start again. And Shaun Brannon, the sexy but mysterious author next door, could be her second chance at love. But Shaun is incapable of opening his heart to any woman. Can Kelsey find out why before she falls too hard?
Eight years ago, Shaun Brannon stopped believing in love, or marriage. His only belief now is in lust. The demons he wrestles with daily are too dark to let him get close to a woman without breaking her heart. Then along comes Kelsey, who makes him wonder how it might feel to give love another chance. Is he brave enough to show her his deepest scars?
*Due to sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.*
FROM TO LIVE AGAIN (LEARNING TO LIVE AGAIN 1)
He placed a small glass bowl of olives, and a platter of perfectly julienned vegetables and dip in front of her. “I made this. Tell me if you like it.” He pulled a plain white folded apron from a drawer and tied it around his waist.
“Let’s see.” Kelsey picked up a long, thin piece of carrot and dipped it into the green dip. She took a bite and swooned. She had never tasted a more delicious avocado dip in her life. “This is delicious. You really made this?”
“Yes, baby. That’s all me.”
Shaun confused her. He talked as if he cared about her, as if he was flirting. And yet there was this other side to him everyone said he had. She couldn’t see the heartbreaker. Apart from the stunt he pulled at the market, he seemed like a gentle, caring man. She couldn’t imagine him trampling on anyone’s feelings. She tried hard not to stare, but her gaze kept flickering over his well-built body, and then at his masculine hands as he deftly chopped an onion.
“Well, it’s the best thing I’ve ever had,” she said.
Shaun peered over his shoulder with a mischievous smile that made the corners of his eyes crinkle. “You sure about that?” His tone said he was no longer talking about food.
Kelsey’s cheeks burned bright red. “You’re bad.”
He turned away again. “No, I’m not bad, Kelsey. I’m worse.” He paused. “I’m a jerk.”
Kelsey coughed up the carrot she was about to swallow. “You’re what?” She burst out laughing.
“A jerk, an ass, or whatever you want to call it.”
“How can you say something like that about yourself?”
“I don’t. Others do.” He turned to face her again, arms crossed. “Or they think it at least. Word around town is I’m a heartless womanizer.”
To Live Again brings us into the world of Kelsey O’Neil, the woman smart enough to walk away from the wrong man, and Shaun Brannon, a man with secrets that he would rather not share. Together they will heat up the tongues of the cozy village called Dreara as Kelsey seeks to reach Shaun’s heart and teach him how to open it up to love.
Ms. Lavelle has the most incredible ability to write believable characters and a talent for story development. The weaving of her current series, Learning to Live Again, and characters from her previous series, A Moment in Time, left me feeling a connection to Kelsey and Shaun that goes so much deeper than a first novel. I managed to finish To Live Again with tears streaming down my face as my heart was breaking. Now waiting until To Love Again is released is going to prove to be pure torture!
I highly recommend To Live Again, Dori Lavelle’s first book in her new series, Learning to Live Again and give is five steaming cups of Room With Books coffee!
~ Patricia, Room With Books ~ © Nov 27, 2014
To Love Again
Learning to Live Again 2
Shaun Brannon is broken to the core. But even though Kelsey’s heart is cracking as she helps him carry the weight of his past, she can’t walk away from her promise to be there for him, and she can’t ignore her deepening feelings. So she tries to accept the little he’s offering, even though she wants it all. But after months of wrestling with her emotions, she decides she must risk losing him by asking for more than he’s prepared to give her.
Shaun won’t admit it, but he aches for more than Kelsey’s warm body in his bed. The problem is, something stands between them. The whole truth about what happened ten years ago. When Kelsey demands to have all of him or she’ll walk away, he knows the time has come to tell her the truth. But the fear of reliving the past is just as paralyzing as the thought of losing her.
To Breathe Again
Learning to Live Again 3
After years of running away from the past, Shaun Brannon returns to Serendipity, his home town. He’s finally ready to come face to face with the demons he’d left behind. With Kelsey O’Neil reminding him to breathe, the future no longer seems as scary.
But are the people he hurt ready to forgive him for what he robbed them of? Can he finally let go and start a new life with Kelsey? Or will the challenges he’s about to face hinder him from moving on?
Dori Lavelle, is a mother, wife, and a sucker for happy-ever-afters and mint chocolate. Give her a great romance novel and a mug of hot chocolate and she’d be one happy woman.
Growing up, Dori read a lot, and when she wasn’t happy with a particular ending, she wrote a different one, just for herself. Before long, she was writing stories when she should have been doing homework. The time has come for her to share the stories she cooks up in her head.