Holy crow! We are so excited to bring you the Release Day launch for Rachel Robinson’s SET IN STONE! SET IN STONE is a Contemporary Romance and a companion novel to Rachel’s bestselling novel CRAZY GOOD. Warning! This book has some hot passages within. Check out the steamy excerpt below, enter to win, then grab your copy of SET IN STONE!
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SET IN STONE Synopsis: There is something all too vague about second chances. What happens when your utterly perfect first chance never really ends? What if it’s stolen? Bull-nosed attorney Morganna Sterns knows what she wants. Self assured, powerful, and independent, she finds herself struggling to find balance between honoring what has been stolen, and deciding if her second chance is going to end just as tragically. Steven Warner is a Navy SEAL with nothing to lose. His overt humor and charm paired with his lethal skill set make him a perfect catch–for the right type of woman. His world is littered with relationships, but only one stands the test of time. Competing with a ghost is hard. Especially when that ghost is a teammate: his brother at arms. It’s not, “it is what it is.” It’s what you make it. What you, and only you decide it should be. Navy SEALs never make the same mistake twice. Will Morganna?
Excerpt: *Due to sexual content and graphic language this book is intended for readers 18+*
With her rapt, I say, “Sex is primal. Its mouths, hands, sweat, and skin. It’s uncontrollable reactions. It’s tongues, asses, delicious wetness, unbearable connection…it’s absolute and irrefutable fire.” She wets her lips. Shaking my head I say, “You don’t plan sex. Not you. Definitely not me.”
I let my hand fall away, stroking her neck before I pull away. She leans into my hand, craving connection. Ignoring my advance, she says, “Why are you doing this now?” Her normally clear voice falters. “It’s not fair. I of all people know fair when I see it. You…” She waves her hand at my body and face and then perches it on her hip. “Are not fair. You’re not playing by the rules. You come at me with your sex appeal wafting like a Yankee candle and confuse me to no end. I don’t get confused, Steven. You are my friend. Friend.” Her accent punctuates every word she speaks.
I motion to her body, mirroring her. “I have no need to play by the rules anymore. I did for far too long. There is nothing confusing about what I’m proposing. I’m only wafting the vibes because it’s you.” I smile. Morganna throws her hands up in the air, defeated. “Great. Now you’re proposing things. I need to get out of here. I need some air, I need to breathe. I’ll return a few phone calls.” I see her eyes darting for the exit. I’m losing my grasp. “Only sex,” I growl.
“What?” Her head whips to face me, her black hair swinging around one shoulder.
“I get it, M. Stone. I get it. We’re similar and you’re trying to push me away because of it. It’s best to stick with the brand of crazy you’re accustomed to. If you weren’t so busy repelling that notion, you’d understand how perfect we’d be together. But if you can’t then please, at the very least, have insanely, amazing sex with me. Don’t have sex with that guy just because you planned to–because you think it will be different. I broke up with Chloe and Sasha as a peace offering…as a way to show you that I want to give us a legitimate try. As fucked up as that would sound to a stranger, I know you get it. You’ll be the only one. I swear. How long have you known me? You know I’m serious.” I thump my fist over my heart. “No one has to know about what we do except you and I and whatever surface we mutually decide we want to fuck on.”
I wasn’t sure how to write this review, to be honest. I don’t think I can put into words how this book completely gutted me. Rachel reached in, gave my heart a squeeze, then a bit harder, then ripped it out, stomped on it, made me cry and patched me back up. It was like I was in the Red Room of Pain. I swear. Things you will need while reading Set in Stone:
* Alcoholic beverage(s) of choice (the stronger the better)
*Tissues – not the cheap kind *An understanding family (you will be unavailable and emotionally sensitive)
*Eye cream and cucumber slices (can you say puffy eyes?)
Let’s continue… I love love loved Steven! He was your typical bad-ass military hero, mostly. But then you get something more. You see this man – this strong, focused, determined man – give everything he can to get what he wants, and there are moments where (no matter how much you are connected and understand Morganna) you just want to whisk him away and pour tequila down his throat to take away the pain. Having his POV was essential to the book, and I was so glad the author gave him to us. Hearing Steven’s own words, understanding the depths of his pain and vulnerability was priceless.
Morganna was a woman’s woman. Strong willed, smart as a whip, and broken to the core. Losing her husband destroyed her, but his team made sure she was taken care of – some just had different reasons than others. I loved how Morgalicious was a heroine you could respect, too. She wasn’t just depressed and gloomy (although I’m sure she went through that period). Yes, she was still stuck on her husband – she sorta should be, I mean HELLO her husband DIED! No one thinks it will happen and no matter how prepared you are – SEAL wife and all – it still would horrific. But she still served her clients well, treating them with respect and considerate care. She was still a good friend and a demanding yet awesome boss. And when she finally tried to move forward, I was proud of her (well, not all of the time…) and was excited to see her thrive.
I have to say, Set in Stone was such a well thought out and written story, with strong characters and gripping scenes, I am going to have to place it in my Top 10 for 2015. Maybe even Top 5. My Cup Runneth Over.
Don’t miss CRAZY GOOD, the book that started it all…
About CRAZY GOOD: Before there were bikers, or fighters, or even good old-fashioned jerks, there were Navy SEALs. They put the bad in badass because, well…it’s their job. Navy SEAL Maverick Hart has everything. Women want him. Grown men idolize him. Little boys want to grow up and be like him. The job, the glory—it’s all his. Not because it’s handed to him…because he works hard for it. The second his sights lock on something, he owns it—or destroys it. Unfortunately he does both at the same time. Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she’s ever loved, the very last thing she’s looking for is a relationship—especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering. Hesitant, yet trusting to a fault, she gives in. She knew she shouldn’t take the chance, especially a second time, but love is irrational and their love is perfect, infallible. Or so she thought… The downfall to having everything is you have that much more to lose. A man like Maverick can’t have it all without something slipping out of grasp. Crazy people perish for love. Good people live for it. Love doesn’t die. No matter how many bullets you put in it. *Due to sexual content and graphic language this book is intended for readers 18+* About Rachel Robinson: Rachel Robinson grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. After living on the west coast for many years she recently moved to Virginia Beach, VA. Crazy Good, her contemporary romance novel, is an International Amazon bestseller.