Never A Bridesmaid Always A Bride

Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride, reviews

The reviews for Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride are starting to come in, and I gotta say, you guys are awesome! I wanted to share one of the reviews with you today, you know… just in case you’re still on the fence!

From Lupita…

Just finished reading [Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride] and have to say I really, really, really enjoyed this book!!!!! I mean Jake……SWOON 😍😍. Alyssa was one lucky girl to have that kind of long lasting love. Loved Tina also…..who wouldn’t love a nonna like her……quick witted and sassy, great combination. Don’t want to ruin it for anyone that hasn’t read it but just had to say Mary E Thompson you really know how to capture an audience and keep it interesting. Did I mention how much I REALLY enjoyed this book 

How’s that for shining adoration! Lupita, you’re awesome!

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Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride, so sweet

It’s been fifteen years but he still remembers the little things. Sometimes the little things are what matter the most.

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“This looks good.”

“I was going to bring it to you.”

She shook her head. “I’m not helpless.”

“I never said you were. I want to take care of you.”

She smiled, feeling warm and fuzzy inside. It had been ages since she had someone who wanted to take care of her, let alone did.

“Thank you.”

Jake winked at her and handed over a plate with a slice of mushroom and sausage pizza.

“Did you know this was my favorite pizza?”

Jake grinned and shrugged. “Maybe.”

“How did you know this was my favorite?”

“I know you, Alyssa. You might not want to admit it, but I do.”

She smiled, ducking her chin as her cheeks heated. Jake chuckled and cupped her elbow, guiding her to the couch again. They ate and talked and watched tv until Alyssa felt all the tension from the weeks she’d been there easing away. She eyes felt droopy without her anxiety keeping her awake. She leaned her head on his shoulder and watched the show until her eyes closed and she fell asleep.

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Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride, release day!

It’s here! It’s here! I’m so excited Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride is here! I’m visiting Romance Lives Forever and Staci Troilo today, celebrating the release. Yesterday I was hanging out with Rochelle Weber and Thursday I’ll be on The Write Way Cafe! Please stop by and say hi, and learn more about where this story came from, and catch a few more sneak peeks!

I’ve been thinking about this book for years. Years and years. I’ve only been married once, and hope to stay that way, but I felt for Alyssa and her three failed marriages. Going back home was a hard decision for her, especially knowing what she would face.

Jake was kind of the opposite. Where Alyssa felt repressed by her large family, Jake loved it. He couldn’t imagine leaving, even though she wasn’t there anymore. They both decided to stay away from each other, but that’s usually easier said than done!

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They walked through the trees to the edge of the water. She gasped when she saw what he’d done. When she spun back to look at him, tears brimmed in her eyes.

“Why are you crying?” he asked, rushing to set his dinner down. He took hers from her and wrapped her in his arms while she cried softly.

When Alyssa finally stilled and took a deep breath, she leaned back, keeping her arms around his waist. Jake rested his forehead against hers again, loving to see her so close. When she’d first left, he’d asked Marie for a picture of Alyssa. He used to stare into her eyes like she was there and tell her everything that was going on. Even though she wasn’t there, he felt better talking to her.

“I’m sorry. I don’t think anyone has ever done anything like this for me. It’s really sweet, Jake.”

He kissed her nose and then her lips, finally giving up the fight he had with himself to keep their night sex-free. Just one taste of her lips and he was hard and aching for her. She whimpered and pulled him in tighter and he knew he was a goner. He’d do anything she wanted him to do.

Forever.

When they came up for air, Jake rested his forehead against hers again. “I’m sorry you didn’t have someone who treated you the way you deserved to be treated.”

She smiled. “I did. But I was too stupid to realize it.”

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Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride, second chances

I’ve never written a second chances book, or the one that got away, or anything like that. It was a challenge for me to make sure Alyssa and Jake could have a second chance that made sense. He was hurt and mad, she was ashamed and felt like she didn’t deserve him. But they couldn’t just walk away.

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Alyssa shrugged. “I made some shitty choices. Jake got caught in the middle. It wouldn’t be fair of me to expect him to wait this long for me.”

Sean examined her closely. “He may not have remained celibate, but I do think he’s been waiting for you. Maybe I shouldn’t tell you this either, but he hasn’t had a serious relationship since you left. I think a part of him still loves you, Alyssa. Even if he doesn’t want to.”

Tears stung her eyes and blurred her vision. She didn’t know if they were happy tears or sad ones. Maybe just angry tears. Angry that she’d stolen their happiness from them. If she could go back to her eighteen year old self, she’d slap herself silly. She threw away the best thing that had ever happened to her and regretted it ever since.

“I’m sorry, Sean. I need to go.”

Alyssa pushed away from the table, leaving her half-eaten lunch and her cousin behind. Sean called after her, but she didn’t stop. She couldn’t stop. She just ran. Through the vines toward the water. To the only place she ever felt like she could be herself.

She just hoped she would be alone.

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Jake saw Alyssa tear across the vineyard toward the tree and had to force himself not to follow her. He didn’t want to know what was wrong.

Except he did.

It fucking gutted him to see her crying.

He looked back up toward the inn and saw Sean standing just off the deck, watching Alyssa run. Jake had to know what he said to upset her so badly. She’d had enough shit from Andie. She didn’t need it from Sean, too.

He stormed toward The Drunken Grape and was in Sean’s face before he even had a chance to sit back down.

“What the fuck did you say to her?”

Sean didn’t back down. They stood toe to toe, Sean close enough to Jake’s 6’2” that they could look each other in the eye.

“You need to back off, Jake. You have no idea what you’re accusing me of.”

Jake remembered for a second that Sean was technically one of his bosses, but he didn’t give a shit. He’d hurt Alyssa. And that was all that mattered.

“What did you say to her?”

“I told her I think you still love her. That I think you’ve been waiting for her all this time. And that you haven’t had a relationship since she left.”

All the anger in Jake deflated faster than a popped balloon. He sunk into a chair and dropped his head into his hands.

“I’m guessing I was right based on your reaction. You still love her, don’t you?”

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Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride, first kiss

It’s Teaser… Thursday? Yeah, so I forgot to put up a post Tuesday! Sorry about that! But I had to share Alyssa and Jake’s second first kiss. Neither want it to happen, but neither can resist.

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Jake heard the pain in her voice. The regret. All the things he wished she’d felt when she left him. She wasn’t talking about Lana.

And dammit if Jake could stay on his side of the kitchen.

He moved around the table, stalking her. She watched him getting closer, her eyes widening with each deliberate step he took. When he reached her, Jake didn’t pause. He didn’t hesitate. He didn’t even think.

He just took what was his.

Alyssa.

His lips crashed down onto hers the same moment his hands dove into her hair. The short strands slipped through his fingers before he could grab hold. He reached for them again, and used his grip to tilt her head to suit him. She whimpered against him, her hands reaching up between them. He didn’t know if she was going to push him away or pull him closer, but he wasn’t waiting to find out.

He thrust his tongue between her teeth, prying her lips apart. She froze for a heartbeat, then stroked her tongue along his with a moan that alerted his dick to all the action going on.

He was consumed with consuming her. He needed her. He needed her to know he’d never stopped loving her. Never stopped waiting for her. He could convince her to stay this time. She wouldn’t leave him again.

She just told him so.

As his tongue stroked her, relearning her mouth and the way she liked to be kissed, his hand roamed her body. She was too tiny for him, too angular, but he didn’t care. She was Alyssa. His Alyssa. And he wasn’t going to let her go again.

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