The Love you Give Me
I learned early in life never to hope for much. Then a boy crashed into my world and wouldn’t take no for an answer. Wouldn’t just leave me be. Now, it was the end of my senior year and things were as good as could be. Especially when it came to me and my best friend, Xander. He was still right there by my side. Only he wasn’t an annoying steamroller anymore. He was the very best thing.
But that was too good to be true. Always had been.
Everyone disappoints me eventually, right?
I always thought it was funny how people let you down right when you needed them most.
I was on top of the world. High school was coming to an end and there I was with my best friend, Rae, along for the ride. My dream girl. She had no clue how I felt, but I was ready for that to change. To tell her exactly how I wanted things to be between us. If my nerves didn’t kill me first. But I would take my shot no matter what.
She deserves everything.
Until she crushed me. One moment was all it took. One image I couldn’t get out of my head. Then it was over. We were over.
This is the prequel to The Names You Call Me. You can read this novelette out of order; however, it illuminates some of Rae and Xander’s backstory.
The Names You Call Me
An impulse in class…
Rae-Ana Sharpe was like a brick wall. Solid. Steadfast. And hard to break through. Used to a long line of disappointing moments and heartache, this was now her life. Being hurt by her best friend Xander, though, was the absolute worst. She never really recovered from his unexpected dismissal. Then an impulsive moment in class one day brings him crashing back into her world.
Gives them a second chance…
Alexander Wirth made a colossal mistake the last days of high school. Two years later, it still weighed on his conscience. But Rae was never far from his mind or heart. Taking a chance, he enrolled in an elective way outside of his major. When his bet finally pays off, he gets a rude awakening and a shot at redemption. That’s if she even gives him the time of day.
When life constantly supplies you with lemons, do you lock your heart away for good? Or let the guy of your dreams fix you a glass of spiked lemonade?
The Love you Give Me – FREE
The Names You Call Me
I’m going to review these as a whole even if they are two books. Buy them both, read them together, it won’t take that long I promise.
To me both books would classify under YA. The story starts in high school and ends in college. Although not a genre I lean towards, I do enjoy my novellas and meeting new authors, I met Kelly at the Authors in the O.C. Book signing and she was a delight. So I was excited to give them a shot. I was also excited because Rae and Xander are an inter-racial couple! You don’t find that much diversity in books, which is a shame, so it was nice to see someone carving a path.
Back to the story, Rae and Xander are best friends in high school. He comes from a humble upbringing and she’s from the wrong side of the tracks. Kelly does a great job of realistically portraying the struggles kids go through today to fit in but also how resilient they can be. The Love You Give me ends with, well goodness, I’m not going to spoil it. It’s basically an extended prologue but done well!
Fast forward a few years, and The Names You Call Me begin with Rae and Xander now both being Juniors in college. Through a little persistence and faith,Xander seeks out Rae in hopes of mending their torn relationship.
This second chance romance is a perfect Sunday morning read.
About the Author:
Kelly Violet is a fan of love and writes romance in all forms. You can expect her stories to be fun and flirty, angsty and gut-wrenching, or downright dark and extremely naughty. One thing they’ll all have in common is a happy ending, however it comes. No matter the obstacles or dire circumstance. Either way, it’ll be a roller coaster ride of emotions, just the way she likes it. Music and dancing are her go-to outlets. If there’s a party and a dance floor (optional), she’s usually the first one out there. When not writing, Kelly can be found working at her day job assisting people in their search for information and concocting a plan to write more. Thank you for joining her on this journey she’s dreamed about pursuing for many years. Kelly loves to hear from readers, so be sure to drop her a line on social media or at http://www.kellyviolet.com.