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ThisTime for Always
by Debra St. John   

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Romance

Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press ISBN-10:  160154295X Type: 
Pages: 

172

Copyright:  2008 ISBN-13:  9781601542953
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Misunderstanding separates two lovers. Trust brings them back together. A perfect blend of small town Western flavor, sizzling romance and likeable characters. Debra St. John masters the art of revealing just enough to keep you guessing. As you peel off one layer, another presents itself. You can’t help but race on to find the answers. A must read from a talented new author. (Morgan Mandel)

As the manager of a local bar, The Corral, Sharlie Montgomery has put the past behind her. That is until Logan Reed walks back into her life, turning her world upside down. His presence brings back painful reminders of the past: the love they had once shared, the money he took from her father, and the baby she’d given up for adoption.

Logan wants to buy The Corral, and he’s come back to town to prove he was able to make it on his own without the Montgomery money.

Sparks fly whenever they’re together. Anger, fear, and jealousy aren’t enough to erase the love they once felt for each other. But is love enough? Logan wants a family, and that’s the one thing Sharlie can’t give him.

Excerpt
Logan’s strong arm encircled her waist, preventing her from falling. Sharlie caught her breath as her body pressed against him. She raised her eyes to his.
The anger in his eyes turned to awareness. His breath hitched. The temperature in the tiny room rose.
Logan’s gaze roamed every inch of her face, finally coming to rest on her lips.
Her pulse quickened, the beat thundering in her ears. They were so close she could feel the cadence of his heart. She sucked in a gasp of air.
His gaze met hers again. “I’ve tried to stop thinking about you like this. But I can’t.”
Sharlie licked dry lips, then cursed inwardly when the action drew his attention there once more. His head lowered.
“Don’t,” she managed.
“Don’t what?” Logan’s warm breath caressed her cheek.
“Don’t kiss me.”
“Why not?”
“Because I don’t want you to.” Even to her own ears the protest sounded weak.
“Liar,” Logan taunted.
“Please,” she tried one last time, shaking her head in a vain attempt to deny the feelings coursing through her.
Logan cupped the back of her head, stilling the motion. “I have to.” His words melted into a kiss as their lips met.
The gentle insistence of his mouth coaxed a response from her. Her lips parted, allowing the kiss to deepen. Their breath mingled. The moist heat made her knees buckle.
“Don’t you remember?” Logan’s husky voice whispered, as his lips left hers to trail down the column of her throat. “Remember how good it was,” he murmured before his mouth captured hers once again.



Professional Reviews

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and I loved how the suspense built itself from one situation to the other. I loved the characters and the plot line was great. I found myself wanting Sharlie not to tell him, but then wanted so much for the two to be together. I thought the author did wonderfully with describing the scenes, using all five senses, and incorporating the character profiles where they needed to be. I would definitely recommend this book to someone else.

Top Read Excellence



Manic Reader Reviews
Sharlie Montgomery ran away from her past when she took a job working at The Corral. Twelve years later she is the manager and her past is revisiting her in the form of Logan Reed, turning her world on its ear. Logan’s presence brings back haunting memories of their time together, his betrayal and the decision she regrets the most in her life. Logan came back to town to prove that he made it without the Montgomery money. Sharlie and Logan are both angry about the check her father gave Logan until they have as chance to talk and find out the truth about what happened twelve years ago. But Logan has always wanted a big family and Sharlie can’t give him one. Will love be enough to overcome the lies and misunderstanding?



Lies, anger and pride kept Sharlie and Logan apart. Friends, hope and enduring love are what eventually bring them back together. This Time for Always by Debra St. John is a nice story about the lasting qualities of love. I figured out pretty quick that who was the bad guy and what Sharlie's secret was (it was hard to miss), but I still enjoyed reading this book. I like the happily ever after ending and was glad to see the conflict between Sharlie and Zach resolved. Wondering what I’m talking about? Go read the book.

Four Stars


The Romance Studio
Sharlie Montgomery had made a new life for herself. Twelve years before her life had drastically changed. No longer dependent upon her wealthy father, the love of her life also gone, she had become the manager of The Corral, a bar owned by Pete. Pete, along with Zack and Jake, the bouncers at the club, had become Sharlie’s family. She had a good life even though there had not been a personal relationship since the desertion of Logan Reed.
Then Logan walked back into her world—The Corral. He was buying the bar from Pete and Sharlie didn’t know if she would be able to stay. Their break-up twelve years ago had almost destroyed her. The complications which quickly followed his abandonment closed here life completely. She worked, slept, ate and started over again.

Ms. Debra St. John has created a magnificent storyline in this, her first published work. I like the way she portrayed these two characters that were manipulated previously and neither had recovered. She made their relationship seem so real it was like watching it unfold in person. Her couple faced so many devastating situations that it was impossible to not get sincerely involved in their ups and downs.

The supporting characters in This Time for Always were perfectly written. The men who had known and loved Sharlie for so many years always were available for her, but they began to see how much she needed to be involved with Logan. The interactions between these characters and Sharlie and Logan were unforgettable. The sensual scenes were beautifully written, but were not offensive. The book had several instances of poignancy and emotional breakdown. I shed tears throughout but was thrilled with the outcome.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an expressive romance with a happily ever after. This is not a cut-and-dried story that automatically gives away the ending. Expect some surprises. Above all, expect a great book from a wonderful author.

Five Hearts






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