Book Title: Always You
Author: Shilpa Mudiganti
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Publication Date: March 6th 2012
Format: eBook, Paperback, Kindle
Lyla had to move on. With Nick, her fiancé. So, what if she cannot seem to either forget or forgive Alex, the modern day Casanova who broke her heart. She will try again. Just as she had done for the last 5 years.
What Lyla did not know was all that Alex wanted in those five years was her. Because the Casanova had fallen in love. Five years back, when Alex met a grieving Lyla at his friend Andrew's grave, the world had blurred in the background. He fell deeply in love. Yet, Alex was harboring a secret that, if known, would destroy his relationship with Lyla and it did.
But now, fate brought them together in such a way that they had no option but to remain dangerously close - dangerous enough for Lyla to fall in love with him again. How can she?, she argues. Not after what she knows about Alex? What he did to Andrew?
It is true Alex seemed different. Changed. And attractive enough to defeat her defense against their dark past. But is it enough? What will happen when two broken people with a past come together? Can they forgive or heal?
After the hour-long meeting, Alex sat in the conference room alone, long after his team had left for their coffee break. Today he touched Lyla again…his Lyla. He had casually glanced up from his laptop when she walked in unannounced into the room. To say he was stunned was an understatement. It had been five years, two months and sixteen days since he last saw her, and she looked as desirable as always, perhaps a bit more, considering how long he had waited impatiently for the day he’d see her again.
In a white blouse with puffy sleeves and black skirt hugging her figure intimately, she looked lovely and vulnerable. He did not miss the grimace in her face the moment she laid eyes on him but the look of recognition in her deep green eyes made him alive in a way he felt nowhere else.
What he wanted to do was take her in his arms, and kiss her soft, velvety lips, but he knew how impossible that would have been. Neither the surroundings nor their past would allow that.
He had lost her five years ago and had failed to win her back. None of his calls and letters was answered. Ever. After one year of relentless pursuit, he had given up and quietly acknowledged Lyla would be his dream woman forever.
It was not his nature to share how difficult it was for him to lose her. No one expected that from him. After all, he was Alexander Knights, the man who could have any woman he wanted. But he terribly missed her each day and his body ached for her closeness each night. Yet she wouldn’t come to him because of one mistake, the guilt of which he could never forget.
He knew it was a huge mistake, but she had to forgive him before he could think of ever having a relationship with her again. He never knew it would take so long. However, he tried to move ahead and thought he had safely tucked her in to a corner of his heart. Seeing her today proved he hadn’t, not when she stood across the room from him, her dark lush hair brushing her soft cheeks?
His stomach muscles clenched as he replayed the image of her shaking hands with everyone in the room, and how she had hesitantly shook his. As their hands connected, he had felt a tremor pass through her. Had she felt it too? The longing, the pain, the love? Maybe she had. Maybe there was a chance for them yet.
Shilpa Mudiganti Mirza grew up making up stories in her head. Starting with innocent babbling, genre of her stories changed with lessons growing up teaches us all. She thought life would be all about her stories until she completed her technical degree. Security of an IT job lured her leaving her stories to continue brew up in her head. Yet soon she had to fall in step with what fate had planned for her and she penned her first romance novella, Always You to be published by Inkspell Publishing. There has been no looking back since then. Juggling her day job as an IT geek, she has penned down her pet project, an exciting fantasy story of lions and wolves which, to her utter delight, is going to see the light of the day early next year. She says you would fall in love with her wonderful hero and heroine.
When she has time to breathe, she spends time blogging, connecting with her readers and spending time with her loving husband. She lives at Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. You can connect with her at:
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