“I’ve been in and out of hospitals for the past ten months. I’ve had half my liver removed and even though this time the doctors are very optimistic that they’ve removed all of the tumours, they can’t be sure. In another three months they want me here again for a check up. Right now I feel better than I’ve ever felt. I know the damn thing is gone, at least for the moment. Despite that, I can’t make any plans for the future, not yet. I need to go somewhere where nobody knows me, where I can relax and maybe even forget about all this. Where I can meet people who don’t think of me as the girl who lost her father and her brother in a car accident, and who has cancer. I want to have fun, even if it’s for a couple of months.”
When Stella decides to visit her estranged cousin Lisa in Genoa, she has no idea Italy will give her a new reason to live.
“Her gaze locked on a scene so beautiful, the picturesque beach paled in comparison. A lifeguard emerged from the water, his orange trunks stuck to his legs and water dripping all over him. He shook his head to get rid of some of the water in his hair and Stella felt as if everything started developing in slow motion – tiny drops of water slid from his neck down his broad chest and muscular arms, along a weaving tattoo on his right shoulder, and continued downwards towards his chest and washboard stomach, finally getting lost in the waistband of his trunks. A part of another tattoo peeked over his trunks on his left hip, the other part hidden under them. It was a total Baywatch moment.”
Their love is epic. But there are too many things keeping them apart.
“How could you keep this from me, Lisa? If you had told me the first day I met him, I would have avoided him like the plague. Nothing would have happened between us.”
“I kept your secrets, too, Stella.”
Are Max and Stella strong enough to fight not only for their love, but for their lives?
WORD COUNT: 112 000
EDITOR: Patrick Roberts at The Cat’s Whiskers
COVER ART: Nataliya Kostova
Recommended for readers 17+ due to language, sexual situations and incredibly hot Italian lifeguards.
It's the complete story of Stella and Max, the other two books of the series will be about different characters, so there's no cliffhanger ending.
"WOW!!! Just WOW!!!
Completely overwhelmed with how much this book has affected me... It has reached in to the depths of my soul and has taken up permanent residence...
I LOVED it." ~ Kathryn Grimes at Tsk Tsk What to Read
"I absolutely LOVED In a Heartbeat. It started off strong and kept getting better and better. I was glued to the pages to read the story of Stella and Max. I adored both characters but Max is something special ladies, totally book boyfriend material! He is sexy, fun, and full of love he just didn’t know he had to give until he met Stella. His own storyline was so sad; my heart broke for him as well. I love that 95% of the book takes place in Italy. The descriptions and details did not go unnoticed and I felt like I was there with them (I wish). I could picture the setting in my head and that is how I know of a sign of a good writer when I can picture it as I read." ~ Jessica at Jessica's Book Review
"This book was really good, I loved it!
The story line was realistic and kept getting better as the story continued,I felt it related to real life situations.
It was well written and was easy to flow with the story and the characters were easy to connect with, which made it perfect to imagine the scenes and the emotions surrounding it.
Stella and Max have an amazing and real relationship, you will love them! I will definitely be recommending it as a must read." ~ Sarah
"I absolutely loved this book. I fell in love with Max myself. I was willing to arm wrestle Stella for him. I beautiful story line. I could not put the book down. I was totally enthralled." ~ Veronica Bates