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Friday, October 28, 2016

#Review #Giveaway One Step Closer by @Kahlen_Aymes



The only had each other…
Until one forbidden night ruined everything.

This new sexy stand-alone STEPBROTHER is

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STEPSISTER. He hated that f*cking word.

When their parents got married, the only thing Caleb Luxan had in common with Wren Brashill was that they both hated their parents. When he was sixteen, Caleb discovered Wren's closely guarded secret and vowed to protect her: from that day forward she became the reason for every decision he made.

Jealousy and long-suppressed desire overpowered Caleb's fierce protectiveness and they spent one forbidden and unforgettable night in each other arms, but the aftermath left Caleb panicked, Wren heartbroken, and their relationship in shambles. In the time since that fateful night, he’d only seen her once and had only managed to make the situation even worse.

The sudden death of his estranged father calls Caleb home and face-to-face with Wren for first time in years. He is presented with a choice that forces him to confront the painful memories of his youth and his many regrets with Wren.

Like it or not, his father's last, hard lesson, will demand Caleb deal with his long denied emotions for Wren, or let go of her forever.

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Review - 4 Stars
This is my first read by Kahlen Aymes and I was impressed by her writing. If I can be honest, I had never heard of her before. I know I know, she is probably well known. However, I am regretted never having read her. I enjoyed this book so much! The first words immediately drew me and I didn’t want to let go of it. This is a second chance romance with a twist. 

Caleb Luxan and Wren Brashill are step-siblings, or at least at one point they were. When Caleb’s father remarries the Wicked Witch, he can’t help but hate the world. His father was disgracing his mother’s memory by bringing this woman and her weird daughter Wren into the picture. However, soon Caleb finds out Wren’t secret and he’s both shocked and protective. Both hate their parents and they bond over those feelings. Caleb is fiercely protective of Wren and that soon turns into love. But she is the forbidden fruit and she’s younger. Wren sees Caleb as her savior, her protector, her true love. How can she get Caleb to see her as more? One night changes everything...jealously, lust, longing turn into one desire filled night. Caleb loves Wren, Wren loves Caleb, everything should be good right? Wrong! Caleb flees and leaves Wren heartbroken and their relationship shattered. Will Wren ever forgive him? 

Fate steps in four years later and Caleb and Wren are brought back together. When Caleb sees Wren for the first time again, everything slips away and the connection is back in full force. Everyone around them can see the chemistry and love they feel for each other, but will it be accepted? Or will people stand in their way? Can Caleb and Wren move on from the past? Or is the past all they have left? 

This story switches from past to present, which I enjoyed. It gives you their backstory and introduces you into how each character plays a part in their romance. I found myself swooning over Caleb and how he was with Wren. She was his everything, but he denied himself for so long. There is a scene in the present when they see each other for the first time since his father’s death. That scene spoke volumes to the depth of their love for each other. I immediately fell in love with them. 

Of course we have drama, deceit, characters that you want to throat punch! I hated two characters and found myself saying how can people be so self absorbed and hateful...ugh! Kahlen wrote them well...seriously wanted to punch ‘em! There are also some scenes that will have you tearing up once things start falling into place. Also, his father I felt that I understood how he felt and why he did the things he did a whole lot better by the end.

This was a sweet, angsty, entertaining read. It was about forgiveness, second chances and that all consuming love. The characters are well written, and I am glad I had a chance to read this. I love finding new authors and Kahlen will be added to author to keep checking out!  4 Gripping Stars!

Caleb’s muscled frame was rigid and as Wren looked at him, she studied his profile, and could feel his coiled tension.  The fingers in his right hand curled into a fist.  “I was so mad.  So many times, I wished he’d been the one to die.”  His voice was full of pain, as the words tore from him.  “I fucking hated him with every breath I took.  You saw how much.”
Wren nodded, though he didn’t see her acquiescence.  She knew what he went through growing up when they had formed an affable alliance against their parents.  She hated her mother at least as much as Caleb hated his father and she understood his anger and pain; then the apathy that became a welcome alternative.  They’d been unlikely allies against a common enemy.
“Maybe I deserved his indifference.”
Wren got up and went to Caleb, standing behind him as he stood still as stone, and staring out the window.  Her heart ached with love and grief for Caleb. She wanted to touch him; to offer reassurance, to take away the ache in his voice and heart.  Without considering her actions, her arms slipped around his waist and she pressed up against his strong back and leaned her head against him, between his shoulder blades.
Caleb was massive in comparison to her, and she was like a flower curling around him.  Her hands fanned out against his hard stomach, her fingers finding the definition of his abs beneath his shirt.   “Stop, Cale.  I won’t let you do this to yourself.  Your dad wouldn’t want that.  None of it was your fault.”  Her arms slid fully around him and held him tight against her body. “I can’t bear it.  You’ve had enough pain.  Enough.”
Caleb sucked in a deep breath, the action bringing her even closer.  He could feel every curve of her body pressed so closely against his back.  He could feel her breathing, could feel how she shared his pain.  His hand came up and he ran the flat of his hand from her elbow down to her hand, and then wrapped his fingers around hers.
“When did you turn into the strong one?”
Wren’s arms tightened around him.  “When I met you. ”
“Oh, Wren.” Should he just spill his guts? Would it fix everything?  “I’ve got so much to say to you.  How long can you stay?”
She nodded against him, unwilling to end the contact between their bodies; needing the closeness as much as he did.
He wanted to apologize for how he acted the last time he’d seen her, he wanted to say a hundred things… he needed her forgiveness.
“How long do you need me?”
In that moment a miracle happened; a sort of beautiful irony that taunted Caleb with it’s fragileness.  It was as if he’d never screwed everything up between them.  But would it stay this way?
How long do I need you? Caleb thought.  His heart raced to the point of exploding, and he wondered if Wren could feel it.

About the Author:

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I'm a single mother of one daughter, Olivia. She's amazing in every way.

I was born in the Midwestern United States and educated at a private university where I received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Business Administration.

I've always been creative with art, music, theater and writing. I decided to write a story as a way to build a network for a business venture. The reader support of my stories and my overwhelming desire to find out where my characters would take me, soon had the writing morphing the business. No one was more shocked than I. When readers began nominating my work for online awards, it took my breath away and only made me love it more. It soon became clear that writing was, and should be, my focus.

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