Coming Apart at the Seams
Riley O'Brien & Co. #2
By: Jenna Sutton
Releasing December 1, 2015
Love can take some time to break in...
Teagan O’Brien, heiress to the Riley O’Brien & Co. denim empire, is anything but a spoiled rich girl. She’s worked hard to secure her place in the family business and can hold her own, in and out of the office. Only one man has ever been able to get under her skin—sexy football star Nick Priest.
Years ago they crossed the line from friends to lovers, but he left her heartbroken. Since then, she’s been determined to keep him at arm’s length—no matter how tempting he looks in his jeans...
Nick has fortune, fame, and looks that make most women hot and bothered. But he doesn't have the woman he really wants. He knows he screwed up when he walked away from Teagan, and now that he has a second chance, he’ll do whatever it takes to win her over—no matter how tongue-tied he gets...
There's so much pain, anger, hurt, passion, heat, lust, and love in this story. The emotions are broad and profound, the angst and uncertainty in nearly every scene.
The relationship they are building, over months of being just friends, are shadowed of the constant lust filled thoughts, they can't seem to be able to escape.
The foundation of their relationship was built over years of Nick being a family friend. But now it was personal, and their common interests, and unique connection and understanding of each other, pull them together, despite the attraction they are trying to fight.
But then life happens, and as communication has been already difficult to Nick, in some stressful situations it is impossible. It seems too much hurt, pain, and misunderstandings, comes in between them.
The story in all, covers about a decade of their lives, and even though most of it is about Nick and Teagan, there are lovely intervals of the company history and stories of the family, the town, the sights and interests in the Boston area.
Also the family, with the brothers of Teagan, is part of the story. The support and drama free moment the guys have, when Nick tells the brothers about him and Teagan, is one of the least anxious moments in the story. The way the brothers sees the romance between Nick and Teagan a good thing, and are automatically supportive of it, tells a lot of their characters.
All the characters are charismatic, and attractive. Even though, both Nick and Teagan does things, and behave at times, in a way that I wasn't a fan of, they are able to redeem themselves towards the end.
This is an emotional story, that you will get invested in. The love and support of the family is unquestioned, the romance is heartbreaking at times, at times it heats up the pages with scorching passion. Hardship and challenges make Teague and Nick grow over the years, and through success as well as some hard times, they learn the important lessons of life and love
~ Four Spoons
He let his gaze wander the ballroom of the Westin St. Francis in downtown San Francisco. With its lavish holiday decorations, it could have been any company party. But the huge photo banners hanging from the ceiling made this one unique.
Every black-and-white image showed a different view of Riley O’Brien & Co.’s signature
blue jeans. He was pretty sure the jean-clad ass in the photos was his own.
He chuckled wryly. The banners proved what he’d always known: he was nothing but a giant ass. He had no doubt Teagan would wholeheartedly agree with that assessment.
Teagan’s date touched a curl that had fallen to her shoulder, and Nick growled under his breath when the fucker stroked the smooth skin of her upper chest. He would rather take a direct hit from a 350-pound linebacker than watch that loser put his hands on her. Hell, he’d rather be buried under the entire defensive line than suffer the torture of watching another man paw the woman he wanted for himself.
Moving his gaze from her body, he focused on her face. Her full lips were painted a deep scarlet that matched her dress, and he took a moment to remember the taste of her mouth, addictive in its sweetness.
Her wavy dark hair was pulled into an elaborate updo, emphasizing her graceful neck and smooth shoulders, which were bared by her strapless dress. Years ago, he’d had his mouth on that supple skin before he had trailed his tongue down into her creamy cleavage.
Jerking his head toward the voice, he was surprised to find Quinn standing next to him. Nick mustered a smile for his old friend, clasping the hand he offered and slapping him on the back.
“It’s good to see you,” Quinn said. “I’m glad you could make it.”
Nick hadn’t been sure if he would be able to attend the party. His schedule had depended on whether his team made the playoffs. But they’d lost their last three games, dashing those hopes.
Although it didn’t reflect well on him, he hadn’t cared much that his team wasn’t heading to the playoffs. He was ready to move on, and although he had yet to announce it publically,
he’d decided to retire. He had given enough of his life to the game, and it had given him what he had needed in return. Now he needed something else.
He needed Teagan.
Jenna Sutton spent most of her career as an award-winning journalist covering business-related topics including healthcare, commercial real estate, retail, and technology. Nowadays she writes about hot, lovable guys and the smart, sexy women who make them crazy. It’s the culmination of a lifelong dream, and she feels so lucky to be able to do it.
Jenna has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.
Jenna and her husband live in a 103-year-old house in Texas.
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