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Southern Embrace [Kindle Edition]

Tamaria Soana
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Can a long lost love mend a grieving heart?

Widowed at twenty-three, Savannah Grant is devastated and consumed with grief, a grief that she can't seem to move past. When her high school sweetheart, Lance Peterson, re-enters her life, Savannah struggles with the feeling that she would be betraying her deceased husband by moving on. Plus, she can't forget the way Lance broke her heart all those years ago.

Lance never stopped loving Savannah. He wants a second chance, and he's willing to do anything it takes to convince her to give him one. Will she give in and let Lance love her, showing her a passion beyond anything she thought possible?

Content Warning: adult language, explicit sexual situations, anal play


"Southern Embrace is a wonderfully written erotic romance." The Book Maven

"Emotional based love story dealing with a hard issue of lost love and finding a way to move to the future." Romance Book Scene

"[Soana] does a remarkably amazing job with this story. I think everyone should try it if they aren't afraid of real emotions." For the Love of Bookends

Product Details

  • File Size: 208 KB
  • Print Length: 57 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc. (April 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CC6C5P8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,305 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Chances April 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I first want to say Thanks to Tamaria Soana for the ARC of this story. This story has quickly become my favorite story written by her.

*WARNING* Tissues are needed for the first 25% of this story. *End Warning*

Savannah is the heroine in this story. At the beginning of this story, Savannah is mourning the lost of her husband after a tragic accident. The first chapter of this story shows Savannah's grief and emotions. Nikki, her best friend, pushes Savannah to live her life in the way only a best friend can.

Lance was Savannah's first love and that ended when Lance's family moves. Lance never stopped loving Savannah and when Nikki calls him to inform him of what Savannah was going through, he decides to make it known he was in town.

What happens when Savannah and Lance run into each other at the mall? What happens when Lance makes his feelings known? What happens when Savannah decides to have a friendship with Lance?

The beginning of a story about second chances.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for it July 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This novella has a good storyline. The main character is Savannah and it's the story of how she finds her way back after tragedy. She and Lance were high school sweethearts. They talked about getting married and having a future, until Lance moved away. When that occurred he completely stopped talking to her. She didn't understand why and with a broken heart she closed herself off.
One weekend her best friend Nichole had had enough of Savannah's self pity. She talked her into going to a club to get back out there. That's the night that Savannah met Stephen. Stephen was a good fit for Savannah and they ended up getting married. She was blissfully happy, feeling as though she finally belonged. Then tragedy struck after two and a half years of marriage. Stephen was killed in a car accident. Her world crashed around her and her grief took over. She couldn't move past the pain.
Nichole was helpless and didn't know what to do, until Lance came back into town. She sent him to Savannah, hoping it would pull her out and show her there was more reasons to live for. Savannah is shocked to see Lance, who claims to still love her. Her confusion and guilt are ruling her emotions and she isn't sure if giving Lance another shot is the best thing for her. She can't handle another heartbreak.
The story line, as I said, was a good idea. I just didn't like how it was written. The author gave lots of details that were unnecessary in some places and then left out others that were important. It would jump too soon to the next part of the story. The flow, in my opinion, wasn't as smooth as it could have been.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a story about getting a second chance at love April 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a short story but definitely packed full of emotions.

23 year old Savannah(Van) is grieving after loosing her husband Stephan, in a tragic car accident. She is learning how to live her life without Stephan when she runs into the man who broke her heart so many years before. Lance has moved back and wants to renew his friendship with Van but she wants nothing to do with Lance.
After being pushed by her best friend Nikki, Van decides to give Lance a chance to explain why he broke her heart. Little did she know that the more time she spent with Lance as they worked on their friendship, all the feelings that she once had for him are starting to come back but she still feels loyal to her late husband.

What happens when Lance confesses to Van that he has always loved her and wants more than a friendship with her?? Is Van able to move on and not feel like she is not being loyal to Stephan??

I absolutely LOVED how Van honored her late husband's memory.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Will pull at your heart strings July 23, 2013
By PamM
Format:Kindle Edition
Savannah had her heart broken as a teen when her high school boyfriend cut all ties with her and moved away. It took time and she recovered finding a new love. Her world was shattered once again as at twenty-three she becomes a widow. As she just wants to give up on her life her ex Lance shows back up wanting a second chance. At first her anger towards him gives her a drive to live again but she feels guilty for thinking of moving on. Lance has to help her see he is there for her and still loves her. Can she get over the past to have a future?

Savannah or Van as she is called has been dealt a bad hand in life. At times reading this I thought she was going to give up on life. It is very hard to see her struggle. Lance I thought I would not like but getting to see him try and help Van changed my mind. He is a great guy after all and one thing that he does really got me to like him. He just lets Van talk about her feelings. There is plenty of upbeat scenes so don't think it is l sad. Lance really brings out some sexy moves to make some hot scenes. I liked the story line and enjoyed the characters. I think if the author ever wanted to expand this book it would be a wonderful one. For a quick story full of goodness that will pull at your heart strings give this one a try. I loved the ending and the cover fits the book great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sexy snippet July 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Southern Embrace is an ideal book if you are searching for a passionate quickie, a snippet of romance that will leave you wanting more. I was quite moved by the story of Savannah, a woman whose husband passed away very early in their marriage, leaving her devastated. She doesn't think she'll ever be able to open herself up again, despite cloying feelings for ex-boyfriend Lance that have never quite left her system. Lance hurt her, but she was able to forget him in her marriage with Stephan...until Stephan was gone and Lance came back to town. Tamaria Soana has a way of drawing you in, even with a few short pages, and I found I wanted to live in Savannah's and Lance's world a lot longer. Even still, the story reaches a satisfying conclusion and we are never left in doubt of the love within its pages.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart and Soul
This book is the most heart wrenching but wonderful story I have read in a while. It was well written and you easily fall in love with Savannah. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Shelly Small
3.0 out of 5 stars SOUTHERN EMBRACE~
Crushing grief and anger are all Savannah feels for so long it is easy to understand her reluctance to fall into Lance's arms. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Coffee Time Romance & More
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Too Fast Paced...
This book was one of those romances that left me a little bit conflicted. Normally, I love quick, fast-paced stories but at times, the development of Lance and Savannah's... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short story!
Savannah, a.k.a. Van, has no desire to move on after her husband is ripped from her life in a horrible accident. Although her time with him was short, she loved Stephan deeply. Read more
Published 22 months ago by CeeCee Lawson/The Literary Melting Pot/Romancebookworm Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, tearful, and entertaining
I was provided a copy of Southern Embrace by Tasty Book Tours with the author's permission in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Virginia
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of love, loss, and finding the will to live!
I was provided a copy of Southern Embrace by the author and Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I found it to be a refreshing read! Read more
Published on May 26, 2013 by Author Rose Wynters
5.0 out of 5 stars Tamaria Soana - Southern Embrace
Savannah is utterly destroyed when her husband is killed in a car accident and at the beginning of the story we see her at rock bottom, in the graveyard in the rain. Read more
Published on April 27, 2013 by Mrs. Nicola A. Pitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Heart-Wrenching Contemporary Romance
Southern Embrace is a compelling and, at times heart-wrenching, contemporary romance that entertains the reader with well-rounded and passionate characters. Read more
Published on April 22, 2013 by Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars There aren't words for how I felt when reading this.
I've read some of the reviews for this story and have to admit I was dubious as to how a book can make you so emotional one chapter in. Read more
Published on April 21, 2013 by Aimee
4.0 out of 5 stars Southern Embrace
Southern Embrace is the poignant story of love, loss, heartbreak and second chances.

The story opens with nineteen year old Savannah (Van) getting over the heartbreak of... Read more
Published on April 19, 2013 by Jersey Girl Book Reviews / Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews
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More About the Author

Tamaria Soana is middle aged, but just feels her life has begun. She writes sexy contemporary romance stories that always end with a 'happily ever after'. Growing up she loved to read and make up new places in her head to escape to. In her late teens she began writing short stories and poetry; it wasn't until her late thirties before she began to spin a full story.

She's married and a stay-at-home-mom of two beautiful young girls, they reside in Western New York. Cuddling up with a good book under an electric throw is her way to escape the cold Buffalo nights.

Besides writing, she co-owns Shades of Rose Marketing and hosts a talk show on Talkshoe called Live with Tamaria ~ Giving authors a voice.


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