- File Size: 1681 KB
- Print Length: 247 pages
- Publication Date: October 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076YWWNYV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,345 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Say You'll Stay: (Alyssa & Marc) (Say You Will Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The first thing that caught my attention was the smart and witty heroine, Alyssa Carlisle, who lives in a studio apartment in Midtown Manhattan and she’s just been stood up by her rich boyfriend of two years, Zach. He was supposed to propose on Christmas Eve but he’s five hours late and when he does show up, he’s drunk and tells her he got cold feet. Apparently, it’s not the first time Zach has pulled something like this and so, with a plane to catch in the morning where they were supposed to spend Christmas with her parents in Tampa, Florida, she tells Zach they’re over, to have a great life, and not to talk to her ever again.
Tampa is where we meet Marc Del Luna, the oldest son of the Del Lunas who live next door to her parents. He’s never finished college but he’s smoking hot, “the kind of guy who made girls’ panties wet just by walking into the room—at least, the ones like her who wore undergarments.” And apparently, Alyssa has been secretly crushing on him since her family moved into the neighborhood almost ten years ago… but there was something about Marc being known as the resident man-whore that made her steer clear.
While taking out the trash, they bump into each other and sparks fly, especially when Marc learns she’s suddenly single. Who knew the (play)boy next door liked her all these years? To Alyssa, the prospect of a one-night stand or a vacation fling with Marc before she returns to New York is looking better and better every minute.
But before one assumes that Marc is simply the manwhore everyone thinks he is, there’s actually more to him than meets the eye, just as there’s more to the sibling dynamics between him and Julian as well as Alyssa and Janelle, her younger sister stuck in a dead-end job and drowning in student loans.
What I love the most about this book is that it’s a refreshing take on romance from the usual fare that I’ve been picking up lately. I like how Lomax explores certain social issues that are at the forefront today and for the most part, they’re deftly interwoven into the storyline. The sparks that fly between Alyssa and Marc are super hot and deserving of New Year’s Eve fireworks, and the scenes between them are super steamy as well. But that’s not going to mean that everything is smooth sailing either. They go through some rough patches like an unexpected visitor, a reality TV show-inspired contest, and some good measure of angst. And for a holiday tryst that’s hot and heavy from the get-go, will their fling last long after the New Year’s Eve fireworks are all done?
I was privileged to read an early version of this book!
I received an ARC from Exclusive ARC and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received through Exclusive Book Promotions.
The story was very heart-felt. And as I read on I realized a stronger connection, you see, I live not too far from where that week between Christmas and New Year would have took place. Fort Myers (with an S) is only a few miles away. By the way, Ms. Lomax, your story took place on the west coast of Florida so it would be the Gulf, not ocean. (We're picky about things like that.)
While a well told story it did have its composition gaffes. Sentences missing words, poor grammar, and bouts of redundancy. I loved the characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
A chosen read and a volunteered review.
Marc has lusted after Alyssa for more years than he cares to take note, so when she comes home, decidedly un-engaged, he feels like he finally has a chance with her. Then her fiancée shows up, finally showing a shred of integrity.
Marc, Alyssa and Zach find themselves in a strange, live version of the ‘Bachlorette’, with Marc and Zach willing to do anything to win over Alyssa.
Carrie Lomax’s debut book is a fun, sexy Christmas gift you won’t be able to put down! Curl up in those flannel pajamas, grab your hot beverage of choice and be prepared to be wowed!