Title: Love in Darkness (Shattered Castles, #2)
Author: E.M. Tippetts
Release date: May 21, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Event organized by: AToMR Tours
Alex had everything when he was with Madison. But the darkness within him wouldn't go away. After two years apart, he returns to Pelican Bluffs and to the girl he never wanted to leave.
Madison wants to give their love another chance, but Alex can't fight fate. He is what he is. Ruined. Crazy like his mother. And Madison deserves so much more. When his secrets spill out into their small town, Alex has a choice to make. Hide away in the darkness forever, or let love in.
About the Author
Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance under the name E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy under the name Emily Mah. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in London with her family. Before she was a published author, she was an attorney who specialized in real estate, contracts, and estate planning, especially literary estate planning.
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Madison falls silent and continues to look me over.
I take a deep breath and will her not to stop. See me, I think, see that I’m not worth all these tears and all this effort. See that I’m just some overgrown loser with no future and no plan for my life.
Only, her expression doesn’t turn to disgust or enlightenment. She reaches up to stroke my cheek and I shut my eyes, unsure of what to say or do.
I hear the rustle of her clothing as she leans in closer and feel her breath on my lips. I brace myself as she touches her mouth to mine, so gently that there’s barely any contact. I sit still as stone, my hand gripping her shirt tighter and tighter. She holds the kiss until I feel her tremble, then she leans in and I taste her, the salt of movie theater popcorn and the barest hint of cherry lip gloss.
She’s in my arms now. I kiss and kiss and kiss her, running my fingers down her spine and hearing her familiar gasp.
“She’s clearly desperate,” rings out one of the voices.
“She’ll kiss anyone, you know?”
“He doesn’t even know what he’s doing.”
I try to push them away, but this time, I have no control. They just laugh at my attempts.
“Alex.” Madison touches my cheek. We’ve stopped kissing, though I don’t know when.
“Are you okay?” she asks.
I force my chest to expand and draw in the chill, humid air. I hold my breath while the air warms inside me, then expel it. “You should get inside,” I say. “You’ll miss the movie.”
“Yeah,” I lie. “Yeah, I’m good. Go on.”
“I… I’m not going to leave you here.”
I smooth my hair back, and, with a steadiness I don’t feel, get to my feet. The cold from the sidewalk has soaked into my muscles, making me clumsy. We don’t hold hands or even look at each other as we make our way back to the theater.