Gia had let Beppe into her life so easily, as if it was the most natural thing in the world. She’d held him when he’d hurt so badly he’d thought he might die; she’d talked him down when he’d been so angry he’d considered doing something he’d regret for the rest of his life.
Gia had saved his life.
At least once he needed to be strong for her.
This right now, this moment, was theirs. It belonged to them, not to abusive or dead fathers, not to guilt, regret or sorrow, not to the past or the future.
But will their love survive when tragedy separates them?
“I have to go, Gia. I’m tired and I feel empty. I know you need me, but I have nothing left to give you. I need to heal.”
“I miss you so much it’s hard to breathe.”
Beppe was still Gia’s closest friend. But they’d never be anything more than that again. Remembering what it felt like to have the person you love most in the world torn away from you still hurt. Gia was determined never to be put into that position again.
There was never lack of love, but can Beppe win Gia’s trust again?
“When I was broken you gave me pieces of yourself and made me whole again.”
Without warning, Gia straightened her upper body and started pulling at the hem of Beppe’s shirt, pushing it up and trying to get it over his head. Beppe chuckled at her hasty moves and shifted to help her remove his tee. His exposed skin tingled with anticipation under Gia’s stare. She brushed the tips of her fingers over every scar, every bump and imperfection on Beppe’s chest. He had to rein in his desire to stop her. This right now, this moment, was theirs. It belonged to them. Nothing else mattered.
“Come here,” Beppe said softly, catching her exploring hands and pulling her back on top of him. Gia propped herself on her elbows and kept her face a few inches away from Beppe’s. “Don’t think, baby. Let it all go. Just feel.” Gia closed her eyes and her face twisted as if in pain. “Hey, look at me,” Beppe said softly, stroking his thumbs over her cheekbones. Gia opened her eyes and the struggle in them grabbed at his heart. “It’s just us now. It’s always been us. You and me, OK?”
“You and me,” Gia repeated and some of the pain in her eyes evaporated. She smiled tentatively and pressed her lips against his again, opening them wider with the tip of her wet tongue.
In a Heartbeat Blurb:
“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 caraccident, 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?
About the Author:
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband Ted and my son Jason. I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I've triedbores me to death and I have to do what I've always wanted to do, but never had to guts to fully embrace. I've been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among another things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It's the only time that I'm truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time - my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I'm procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Wii game by a six year old.
Where to Stalk Teodora:
Ahhh....I don't even know where to begin this review. Sooooooooooo much happens in this book. And I was only like 52 pages in and all I kept thinking is OMG there are like 200 pages left what is she going to write about? Well let me tell you I was not disappointed. I had so many emotions in this book. First we meet Gia and Beppe when they are young children. We first meet these two under bad circumstances. Beppe's father is a horrid man who doesn't deserve to breath air. And unfortuneately his mother isn't any better. Gia d her brother Max tend to care for Beppe when his father loses control....which unfortunately happens a lot. As time goes on Gia and Beppe become super close and when tragedy strikes in Gia's family they get even closer. So close in fact that they are each other's firsts.
It's interesting because these two never really have a relationship with each other, but they're together. But as time goes on more bad things happen in their lives and between different circumstances they end up separated for a few years. As they grow up even more and more time passes so many changes take affect. Beppe has become a man whore and Gia....well she never let's anyone in.
It seems fate keeps playing a part with Gia and Beppe because they somehow always keep coming together. But while they keep coming into each others lives it just never seems to be at the right moments. Gia ends up dating a new guy and OMG I thought Beppe was going to blow a gasket. And there was this one part when after it happened I was like OMG no....ahhhh....I can't help them.......AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH and then when someone found out about this particular indient I was pretty much yellin at my nook...oh shit....oh shit...he's going to beat the hell out of them.....and when things went down I felt like I was watching a boxing match and I was screaming again. I was very vocal for this book, but I think that was because I was so invested in this book that I felt like I've known the charcters for forever.
Teodora created amazing characters that you can't help but relate to and want to get to know them. I fell in love with Gia and Beppe's story and the complications and struggles and stolen moments they sometimes had. Again so many emotions with this book, but it was well worth it!! This book was AMAZENLY written and I can't give it enough praises. And you have this need to finish this book to fully understand the journey that Gia and Beppe have had. Will they finally end up together? Or will fate be cruel and just keep bringing them into each others lives to just not be able to make it work. Well go get your copy to find out.