Tuesday, January 31, 2017

NetGalley REVIEW - Virtual Tour - Close to Home (Sanctuary Island, #5) by Lily Everett

Sanctuary Island, #5
by Lily Everett
Release Date: February 7th 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Have you ever fought to put the pieces of a broken relationship back together?  In her latest Sanctuary Island novel, CLOSE TO HOME. Lily Everett’s characters struggle to do just that.  Everett tells a beautifully woven story of hope, second chances, and ultimately, true love.

From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Close to Home (Sanctuary Island, #5) . . .

Tessa had spent years waiting for her husband, Johnny, to return the love she so freely gave to him. After wait so long with no results, she has given up hope and found the strength to walk away. She loves him just that much. She left to give him the freedom to choose the one he did want. Johnny had been keeping more than his love away from his wife. He had been living a completely, separate life. Now that he was free of the obligation that tied his hands and his words he was ready to make things work out with his wife. It was just a bit too late to do so.

I found this installment of Sanctuary Island to be beautiful. A man that wanted the idea of a life with that one woman but had not the foresight to see that what he had was not going to wait forever. A woman that gave up the idea of having that forever. Opting to live again and not wait on the sidelines. I found a rich compelling romance of taking that second chance and making it more than a lifetime with that someone. Johnny and Tessa had much to overcome. The needed to get to know each other all over again. Everett had me turning pages and consuming the read like it was all that I could think of. The connection and passion Johnny and Tessa shared was lovely. The words on the pages made you want to sit up and take notice.

Sanctuary Island series:
Sanctuary Island – Sanctuary Island, #1
Shoreline Drive – Sanctuary Island, #2
Heartbreak Cove – Sanctuary Island, #3
Home for Christmas – Sanctuary Island, #4
Close to Home – Sanctuary Island, #5
Home at Last – Sanctuary Island, #6

The best journeys take us home….

When Tessa Alexander came to Sanctuary Island, she left behind a marriage to a man who didn’t love her the way she loved him. When she finally found the strength to set them both free, she discovered friendship and self-acceptance in her adopted hometown. Now she’s settled into a quiet life on her own—never expecting to see her husband again.

Johnny spent almost two years deep undercover, unable to let his wife into his cold, dangerous world. He’s shaken to the core when he comes home to find her gone. It’s painfully clear that Tessa is no longer the timid young woman he married—she’s become a force of nature, a brave and determined beauty. Johnny can’t let her go without a fight so he sets out to seduce his own wife. But will passion alone be enough to convince Tessa that her new life should include a second chance at happiness with a man who must learn to believe in love?
Physical awareness flickered to life between themJohnny felt the heavy beat of his blood, the sudden tightness in his jeans. Turning her hand under his, he stroked his thumb over the thin, tender skin at the insidohewrist wherhepulse fluttered. She filled his mind, his entire consciousness. There was nothinbuTessa.
You want more, honey? All you have to do iask.
She shivered, her eyes darkening as desire blew her pupils wide. Lips parting, Tessa stretched up on her toes over the horses back and Johnny didnt care abouthe thousand-pound animal between them—he had to get his mouth oherright now.
Spearing his hands into the short wisps of hair at the back of her neck, Johnny leaned in and kissed her.
The rest of the world fell away, leaving nothinbehind but Tessas sugar-sweet mouth, the high, surprised noises she made in the back of her throat, thclutch of her fingers in the collar of his jacket as shpulled him closer.
He hadnt kissed her since that first day. He hadnwanted to push her, or to make her think all he wainterested in was sex.
That was a mistake. He should have been kissinher every day. Every minute.
Clover took a step forward, jolting them out of theiembrace. The horse looked curiously over his shoulder as Tessa started to laugh. It was the laugh Johnnhad seen for the first time through the bakery window, full throated and joyous, with Tessas head throwbaciabandon.
Overcome with the need to seize this momentJohnny grabbed the currycomb and threw it in thbucket before rounding the horse to snag his wife bthe hand. Tessa looked up at him, breath coming ifast pants and eyes glazed, pliantly following where he led. It was all Johnny could do not to take her dowto the sawdust-covered floor and hope Clover wasmart enougnot to step othem.
No. Tessa was untouched. Shed been waiting fothis for a long time—and her first time wasnt going tbe a literal roll in the hay. But that didnt mean eitheof them could stand to wait until they found a bed.
He reached for enough patience to get out of thstall and latch the door behind them. Dumping the bucket of grooming tools by the stall door, Johnntugged Tessa by the wrist down the barn corridor to an empty stall hed noticed earlier. It was unoccupied, completely clear of hay except for a few pieces strewn here and there, and Johnny backed Tessa into it for little privacy. She went willingly enough, although he could see her brain starting to come back online, awareness of what they were doing starting to shoiher eyes.
If he were a good man, hed back off and let thsexual tension clear from the air between them. Tessa, whod had so few choices in her life, deserved to make a real choice about this, one not clouded boverwhelming sensations. Johnny was at least a good enough man to vow not to take her here and now. Hwas relieved to find that he still had limits.
But that didnt mean he could stop himself froproviding Tessa with a damn good argument for whshe should choose him.
Whshshould choose them.
One smooth step forward had Tessa pressed uagainsthrougwooothwallhihancominup to cup the back of her head and keep her from hurting herself. He never wanted her to feel a momentpain, not if he could help it.
A soft smile pulled at her mouth. She turned her head far enough to nuzzle his arm, her gaze steady ohis even as her cheeks flushed deep pink. She wairresistible. Johnny dipped his head, sipping kisses from her lips, small and sweet and playful to make her sigh. Her neck stretched, so vulnerably naked without the covering of her long, brown hair. The fingerof his free hand had to pet down the pale, slender lengtoit.
Tessa sighed into his lips, a breath with a hint omoan underneathenough to vibrate through her throat against the sensitive tips of his fingers anreverberate through Johnnys own chest. Hunger throbbed and ached between his legs, heavily undeniable, but he ignored it for the moment. This was abouTessa. Tessas pleasure, Tessas awakening, Tessabeautiful, beloved, familiar-but-new body.
With a last swipe of his tongue across her plush lower lip, Johnny dragged his mouth from hers to nip his way down her throat to the juncture of her shoulder. He paused there to suckle at the soft skin, pulling up a mark that sent a heated pulse of possession through him. Satisfaction rumbled in his chesas he trailed his hand from her neck to follow thpath of his mouth lower, and then lower still. Shshuddered when he reached the full roundness of her breasts.
Hungry for more but unwilling to expose her in thisemipublic place, Johnnys fingers shaped her througher thin sweater. He loved the way she shivered anpeaked up, tightening into a bud he could feel . . . anneedettaste.
Johnny contented himself with wetting the fabriover the hard tip of her breasts, rubbing the knit weavof her sweater over the sensitive skin before enclosing her in warmth and pulling strongly enough to make her moan. High-pitched and shocked, the sounds Tessa let loose made Johnny groan with the need to restrain himself.
He knelt on the hard-packed dirt floor in front oher, forehead pressed to her softly rounded belly as he panted and worked to get control of the passion that wanted to ruaway with them both.
“Don’t stop, she begged in a heated whisper he felin every fiber of his body.
Johnny tilted his head up to meet her stare. Redcheeked and wide-eyed, Tessa stared down at him. She looked nervous, excited, turned onbut shdidnt look as if she were too overwhelmed to make a reachoiceHeeyes were clear.
He still didnt want her first time to be in a barnShe deserved better than that. But there were many firsts for Tessa to enjoy, and Johnny could give her onright here.
Copyright © 2017 by Lily Everett and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press.

LILY EVERETT is the author of the Sanctuary Island series for St. Martin's Press. She grew up in a small town in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and now resides in Austin, Texas, where she writes full-time.


"I didn't read this book, I inhaled it. An incredible story of love, forgiveness, healing, and joy." — Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on Sanctuary Island
"Well written and emotionally satisfying. I loved it! A rare find." — Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author, on Sanctuary Island"A heartwarming, emotional, extremely romantic story that I couldn't read fast enough! Enjoy your trip to Sanctuary Island! I guarantee you won't want to leave." —Bella Andre, New York Times bestselling author of The Sullivan series, on Sanctuary Island

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