Title: Stubborn Love
Author: Wendy Owens
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Even a broken heart has trouble resisting a Stubborn Love.
Emmie Hayes loved the beautiful Ashton Stirling deeply; nobody could deny that. She had given him her youth, and all he gave in return was misery and pain. She was ready for a new beginning, but Ashton wasn’t about to let her go so easily, even if it meant destroying both their lives in the process.
Three years later Emmie convinces herself she is ready to leave all of that heartbreak in the past and find a little piece of normal for herself. She heads to New York City to pick up where she left off, determined to finish art school. Emmie is determined to focus on school and not let anything distract her, but life has a way of throwing curveballs.
Paige, Emmie’s new roommate, brings Colin Bennett into her life. His smoldering eyes and lean muscular body are difficult for any girl to ignore. Only thing is, Emmie isn’t any girl. Her past makes her resistant to his charms. Colin isn’t one to give up easily, and just when he thinks he may have found a way to her stubborn heart, her tragic history may have found a way to tear them apart.
“I can’t believe it’s so late. I never sleep in like that,” I noted, carrying my breakfast, or lunch rather, into the living room, taking a seat in the chair Colin had been perched in the night before. A thought flashed through my mind of how great he looked, but then I remembered all of his annoying little comments, and eagerly pushed any notion of him from my aching head.
“It’s because you got home after me. Nobody ever gets in after me. So does that mean there was a walk of shame this morning?” Paige asked, sitting up and rubbing her hands together like she was waiting for something juicy and delicious.
“No,” I mumbled with a full mouth, lowering my eyebrows in disgust.
“Oh, come on, roommate code, you have to give me all the dirty details, same as I have to give you all of mine,” Paige informed me.
I swallowed and then smiled before explaining, “I don’t want to know all your dirty details. Besides, I doubt I could handle them anyway, knowing you.”
“Hey!” she started. “No, you’re probably right. Christian and I can get very naughty.”
“Agh! Gross. Stop! Please no more,” I begged, lifting my shoulders up to block my ears from the offensive information.
“Fine, but I still want my half of roommate gossip. Was he fantastic in bed? A long schlong?” Paige’s lips twisted into an evil curl at the ends, her eyes never leaving me.
I reached down with a free hand, grabbed a throw pillow from the floor, and launched it at her head. She caught it in the air, hugging it close to her body as she began laughing wildly. “You’re terrible,” I informed her.
“So it was tiny?” she continued.
“Oh my God, no, nothing happened,” I insisted, continuing to eat my cereal.
“No, I don’t accept that. There is no way you were out that late in that dress and nothing happened,” Paige argued. “Spill it.”
Oddly enough, there was something comforting in the idea of discussing it—something even more comforting in the idea of having a girlfriend. I hadn’t had a real girlfriend since Laney. When I started seeing Ashton I inherited all of his friends, but they were always clearly loyal to him.
“Honestly? It started off pretty good. He took me to this great restaurant in Midtown,” I began to retell the evening’s events.
“Ooh! Where did you go?” Paige asked, absolutely panting with anticipation, savoring every detail.
“Some place called Gilt,” I replied, remembering how impressed I was with the location and decor.
“Are you fucking serious?”
“Umm—yeah, I mean, I think that’s what it was called,” I said, doubting my memory.
“That place is so expensive and posh! This guy must be loaded.” Paige looked like she might leap from her seat with each piece of information I gave her.
“I don’t know—maybe—he’s some sort of investigator,” I added.
“Well then he must have some dirt on some pretty powerful people,” she suggested, giggling.
I smiled, “I doubt it’s anything like that.”
“If a guy took me to a place like that I would totally jump his bones,” Paige informed me.
I gave her a disapproving look before reminding her of the boyfriend who she could barely detach her lips from. “I bet Christian would love to hear you say that.”
“Maybe he should take me to some nicer places.”
About the Author
Wendy Owens was raised in the small college town of Oxford, Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went on to a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork, she gave her first love, writing, a try.
Since 2011, she has published a young adult paranormal series, The Guardians, which will contain five books total, as well as a novella.
Wendy now happily spends her days writing—her loving dachshund, Piper, curled up at her feet. When she's not writing, she can be found spending time with her tech geek husband and their three amazing kids, exploring the city she loves to call home: Cincinnati, OH.
Stubborn Love is her debut New Adult novel.
Only In Dreams, the second book in this series, is set to be released December 2013.
For info on Wendy's novels including her YA series, visit The Guardians
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