Friday, March 13, 2015

Broken Chords by Carrie Elks

Title: Broken Chords
Author: Carrie Elks
Series: Love in London #2
Genre: Adult, Romance
Release Date: February 26, 2015
Cover Design: Okay Creations
Lara knows she should feel lucky. Married to the man of her dreams, with a gorgeous new baby, she should be enjoying her happy-ever-after. But she never expected motherhood to be so difficult, or for her life to change so dramatically.
Alex has it all: hot, tattooed looks, a beautiful wife, and a band that's finally getting noticed. A lucrative offer of a US tour should be the icing on the cake. But as he leaves the country, distance isn't the only thing that starts to pull their relationship apart.
With half a world dividing them, Alex and Lara have to battle for a marriage they once took for granted.

***Broken Chords is the second story in the Love in London series but can be read completely as a stand-alone.  Though it's a series, it's not a serial and there are no cliffhangers, each book features a different couple!***

     “You want one?” he asked, cupping his hand to shade his match from the slight breeze.
     “I don’t smoke. It’s a disgusting habit.” I smiled, letting him know I was flirting more than anything. Trying to wind him up.
     He stared at me, throwing the burnt-out match into the ashtray. Already, I’d noticed Alex had this intense way of making me feel as if nothing else mattered. That I was the only interesting thing in the room—or in this case, the street.
     “You’re one of those, then,” he said.
     “One of what?”
     “A crusader.” He inhaled deeply, then let the smoke drift out of his lips. Even I had to admit he looked sexy.
     His words made me grin. I was anything but; smoking rarely bothered me at all. “I don’t kiss boys who smoke,” I said.
     The corner of his lip twitched up. He leaned forward, still staring intently. “That’s good. I don’t want you kissing them.”
     “You’re a boy who smokes,” I pointed out.
     This time a full-on smirk broke out on his face. “I’m the exception that proves the rule, sweetheart.”
     The way he said it made my heart hammer against my chest. There was something about Alex Cartwright that made me feel breathless. I wasn’t used to boys like him, ones who oozed sexuality out of every pore. Until then my boyfriends had been more friend than boy. Low key, almost feminine
     Alex didn’t have a feminine bone in his body.
     “What makes you think I want to kiss you, anyway?”
     “You’re the one who brought up kissing, not me.” Another cocky response. “Not to mention the fact you keep looking at my mouth and licking your lips. I can tell you want to eat me for breakfast.”
     The image his words conjured up made me choke on my coffee. I spluttered the hot liquid out. Alex started to laugh.
     “Kissing. I was still talking about kissing.”

Coming Down #1
Beth finally has her life back on track. A job she loves, a wealthy husband and a beautiful home are a far cry from the tragedy that struck when she was nineteen. But now that her past seems firmly behind her, an old flame walks back into her life. Bringing back painful memories of a time she's worked hard to forget, reviving a passion she tried to bury years before.

Niall is an up-and-coming artist, recently returned from success in America. Volunteering to teach in an inner-city drug clinic, the last person he expects to see is the girl who broke his heart nine years earlier. Working closely together allows their old wounds to heal, forging a deeper connection between them. One that slowly starts to burn.

As she becomes tangled up with a neglected child and her drug-addict mother, Beth finds herself drawn to Niall. But neither of them can anticipate how hard it is to tread the thin line between friendship and desire.

Author Bio:
Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.


Broken Chords #2

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