A chance encounter. An intense desire. And a forbidden love too strong to resist.
At 20, Bryce Mitchell is no stranger to hardship, raised by an unloving mother with a terrible secret. But when she meets Matthew Sternhagen, it seems as though life may be offering her a second chance. She is inexplicably drawn to gorgeous, sensitive Matthew on the humid June night they meet. Despite the fact that they are total strangers, they come to realize one absolute truth: they are meant for one another.
There is only one problem: Matthew is Bryce's half-uncle, a man her mother never told her about. Will the truth of their relationship be enough to stop their forbidden love? Or will long-buried secrets ruin their chances forever?
"Readers are privy to what happens to an earlier generation of the Sternhagen family in between periods of the story’s present. At first, it seems as though Williams will give too much away and leave readers knowing all the facts before Bryce or Matthew. Fortunately, Williams’ crafty writing doesn’t let readers know the full truth until the end. Williams’ debut novel is romance in every single way and not one to miss!" - Woven Myst
"I enjoyed the aspect of present and flashing back to the past in Michelle's life to make a bit of sense to this reader, even if the characters didn't know it yet. I was a bit stunned when Bryce and Matthew continued their relationship, believing they were related. Shocking to say the least, but enjoyed how Abbie showcased these two lovebirds. All in all, a good read!" - Minding Spot
"Williams really is a wonderful writer and just has a captivating story here. I can't wait to read another book written by her. All in all, this was a fantastic story with love and a surprising amount of events that will keep you turning the pages…" - For The Love of Film & Novels
She whimpered in the back of her throat as she realized that it was him, her blood reversing course with the strength of a tidal wave, pounding into the channels of her veins, blooming in her cheeks and lips and nipples, and before she had total control of her feelings, joy swept in with a force all its own, singing through her blood for a burning instant in which her arms were reaching for him…
He stopped abruptly and the paper bags fell to the ground. He crossed the distance to within twelve inches of her, his hands reaching for her, too. He breathed hard through his nose, his eyes intensely dark as he gripped her upper arms almost painfully and blinked once, a man trying to convince himself otherwise. No words. He stared into her eyes as though hypnotized, clutching her arms in his huge hands, his heart crashing against his ribs.
“It’s you,” she whispered, fisting her hands around the material of his shirt, trying to bring him closer to her against all reason. She could feel the way his heart was thundering and her own responded in kind. “Oh my God, it’s you.” She was babbling. “What are you doing— how can you be—”
“Bryce,” he spoke her name as though it was beloved on his tongue. “Bryce.”
“Tell me your—”
“Matthew,” he told her, his voice shaking slightly. “Matthew Sternhagen.”
And her hands fell away from him as she fully understood.
About Abbie Williams
Abbie Williams has been addicted to love stories ever since first sneaking her mother's copy of The Flame and the Flower; and since then, she's been jotting down her own in a notebook. A school teacher who spends her days with her own true love, their three daughters, and a very busy schedule, she is most happy when she gets a few hours to indulge in visiting the characters in her stories. When she's not writing, teaching or spending time with her family, you'll find her either camping, making a grand mess in her kitchen at various cooking attempts, or listening to a good bluegrass banjo.