Friday, September 28, 2018

The Ocean Between Us (Southern Heroes, Book One) by Michelle Heard: Release Blitz + Review

Title: The Ocean Between Us
Series: A Southern Heroes Novel, Book One
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Model: Drew Truckle
Photographer: Eric David Battershell
Publish Date: September 16, 2018
Review Source: Ardent Prose

Dying to experience life, I cross an ocean to get away from my fears. I find my safe haven in the form of Detective Aiden Holden. He shows me what love is, but then our lives collide. Our little world shatters, and I'm caught in the crossfire.

I'm forced to return home, to let go of the only person who has made me feel like I could be more.

How do you return to a cage once you’ve tasted freedom?

My only hope is that Aiden will cross an ocean for me.

I have fallen in love with Michelle Heard, as if it was my first time reading her brilliance. The Ocean Between Us is one amazing, heartfelt masterpiece. My heart did somersaults over and over again, with the way that Aiden loved Emma. It was as though he fell harder for her with each day that passed.

Portraying someone that he wasn’t was Aiden’s best decision in life. The day that Emma stepped into his life was the best thing that could have ever happened to him. Emma mistakenly happened upon Aiden in a bar, hitting on him and checking sex off her bucket list. Living in America was her dream come true and it was starting now. Little did she know that Aiden was more significant in her life than she ever expected. Allowing him into her life could be dangerous beyond belief. Is Aiden’s love worth fighting for? Is danger going to bring them closer and learn what true happiness is? Or will it send her back home across the pond?

Do yourself a huge favor and make The Ocean Between Us a priority read. This is one book that you must read and will not forget for years to come. It’s that amazing and unforgettable. A definite 5 star rating. Enjoy!

When I open the front door, Emma forces a smile to her lips, but I can see it doesn’t reach her eyes.

It feels like I’ve lost her, and my heart clenches painfully.
Emma steps inside, her body tense as she glances around the foyer, and up at the stairs.

I hate that she’s uncomfortable in my home.

Having little to no strength left after the nightmare of a week, it feels like I’m about to break.

“Emma.” I close the door and take a step closer to her. “Tell me what happened. What you’re feelin’ and thinkin’? Let me help you.”

My eyes get stuck on the purple discoloration around her neck.

I know from experience what causes marks like that. Emma was choked. It explains why her voice is practically gone.
Rage makes me bite the words out, “What happened to your neck?”

When she presses her lips firmly together, refusing to talk, I take a step closer to her. Her body instantly goes tense, and she clenches her hands.

Fuck, not that.

“Emma, what did they do to you?” My voice is low with fear.

“Nothing,” she whispers.

I can’t stand the distance between us and I take the few steps separating us. I take hold of Emma’s clenched hands and pin them to my chest. She won’t open them or look at me.

“Please, Em. Let me share the pain. Let me help you through this.” She shakes her head, her breath catching in her throat. I brush my fingers over her cheek and lean closer. “Who hit you?”

She opens her mouth, and at first, only a rasp of air comes out.

It hurts like hell to see her like this.

Then she presses her forehead against my chest and finally whispers, “Colton.”

Fucking bastard. I wish I’d killed him when I had the chance.

I wrap my arms around her, wishing I could give her all of the strength I have left. I’m used to being in control, to being able to handle everything, but all my power has been stripped away from me.

Pressing a kiss to her temple, I softly say, “Tell me what they did so I can make them pay.”

She pushes against my chest, and I take a step back.
Her face is tight with anger. “You think you can actually do something about it?”

I frame her face and make her look at me. “Emma, I can. I’m not your dad. I’ll prosecute them with everything I have.”
“This is not about my fucking dad,” she screams, her voice breaking over the words. “You can’t do anything about it, Aiden. It fucking happened. It’s done. Nothing you do will change that.”

Her arms wrap around her waist, and hunching over, a broken cry tears from her. My heart shatters at the sight of her crumbling right before my eyes.

I move forward, but she sags to the floor, whimpering, “Don’t touch me.”

Feeling helpless as fuck, I watch the woman I love with every single beat of my heart, fall apart.

I sit down beside her, needing to let her know I’m not going anywhere.

Michelle Heard is a Bestselling Romance Author who likes her books hot, dirty, and with a touch of darkness. She loves an alpha hero who is not scared to fight for his woman.

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