Title: Surrender to Fate (Fate’s Path #1)
Author: Jacelyn Rye
Genre: New Adult Romance 18+
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Cover Designed By: Damonza
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Some say fate holds the cards. But what if love deals the hand? No love goes untested. Ever. Indeed, true love is left to prove itself. And that is exactly where fate steps in to play the game.
For William and Sarah, that game begins with growing up, in the unspoiled mountains of Colorado. In a time and space as clear as the Rocky Mountain skies above, these young souls together learn about life, what matters most, what endures, what doesn’t, and about love. Innocent young love moves ever so surely toward lives they both can picture, lives spent loving each other in a place they know so well and cherish.
Will and Sarah are ecstatically swept away in the swells of new love. And it is in their rarefied bliss that they make the fragile promise of first love, a promise that fate will soon rock and pound into doubt, guilt, and epiphany.
Unexpected and unprepared, these young lovers are suddenly torn apart, first by distance, and then by the far greater pressures of temptation that test the very fidelity of their heart-held promise. No longer able to console each other, hold each other, touch each other, they face the inevitable decision: move on to other loves, or cling to the faith that they will someday be together, again.
Will and Sarah stare down an unknown path, sensing destiny will not wait long before it comes to take them. Wracked with doubt, they wonder if their love was real. Caged by guilt, they both feel tempted by others intent on stealing their hearts.
Fate plays hardest when love is tested. And Will and Sarah are no exception, letting go of their happy past to embrace hope for an uncharted future. Love plays hardest when fate tests. And so it is, even through their trials of the heart, Will and Sarah never really stop loving each other. Theirs is a love so real and pure that each just wants the other to find happiness, even if it's with another.
But fate does not surrender so easily. Dealing blow upon blow, both Will and Sarah are each struck by jolting events that take them to the very edge of life, itself. What happens to love when life is on the line? Can they both relinquish control when love is on the line? Will fate even allow them to find out?
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Snapping out of his latest vision of her as she stared expectantly at him, he quickly continued with his case.
“Yea, I know. But I thought that you were getting over Colorado. I thought that maybe you were actually starting to like it here. That maybe you were actually starting to feel happy because of me but I guess I was wrong about that.”
“Adley, please. Don’t be like that.”
“Now I know, this whole time, you’ve been thinking of ‘him.’ Isn’t that right, Sarah?”
Sarah paused at the obvious jealously spiking his words. He couldn’t stand that she had been thinking of someone else, that much was clear. “I have been trying to feel happy here, you know that. And you know that I do have feelings for you.”
“Then don’t you think I deserve to know? Don’t you think that I deserve to know who you’ve been thinking about every time you’ve been with me?” Sarah didn’t think that his eyes could be any more intense than they had always been, but they were blazing now, proving her wrong.
“Adley,” Sarah could feel the tears threatening but forced herself to remain in control. “That’s not true. It’s just that...that...yes, there is someone else; someone that I had to leave. And believe me, I’ve tried to be happy here. I don’t want to spend my days being miserable. And you’ve been...a distraction for me, helping me get over leaving Colorado.”
Adley squinted at Sarah in pure shock, “A…a distraction? Did you just say that I’ve been a distraction? Well, I’m so happy that I could provide you with some sort of distraction while you’ve been pining away for someone else. You’re welcome, Sarah. Glad I could be of help.”
The threatening tears were no longer going to stay hidden and Sarah could only stare at Adley, wishing she had the power to go back in time and change what she had just said to him. But what could she say now? She knew that she had some semblance of resolve to stay true to Will, and what they had promised to each other, but maintaining that resolve felt like an impossible raging river that she would have to cross in order to keep it.
“Please don’t say that, Adley,” she sobbed. “Please…that’s not what I meant. I just...I just didn’t expect that you would be a part of moving to California. I certainly didn’t expect to have feelings for someone out here. I am so confused, and I don’t know what to say to you.”
Adley stared at her for several beats before he crossed the few rows of plants that stood between them. She watched him, moving toward her, but she had no time or capacity to make any movements of her own. Before she even knew what was happening, he was once again inches from her face, staring at her with the same intensity that was frightening and beyond exciting, all at the same time.
He leaned down to her face and whispered, “Then don’t say anything.” In a second, his mouth was on hers, his tongue invading in forceful plunges. Sarah almost couldn’t breathe, but without even thinking, she parted her lips and took in his kisses without hesitation. She returned his probing, allowing her tongue to mesh with his. He clasped his hands around the back of her head and held her so close that she couldn’t have broken the connection even if she had tried.
He moaned into her mouth, “Tell me, Sarah. Tell me.”
Sarah pulled her lips from his but he held her so their foreheads were pressed together. “Tell you…what?” she asked breathlessly.
Jacelyn spent her childhood growing up in the mountains of Colorado. After graduating from college, she moved to Southern California, where she still resides with her husband and two young sons.
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