With the events of one night, the clarity with which I once saw my life vanished.
MOMENTS OF CLARITY
Moments series #2
Releasing June 22, 2017
That was me.
In every way that mattered anyway. I had a close, loving relationship with my parents, my older brother was my hero, and with graduation right around the corner, I was on the verge of turning my love of photography into a career.
Then there was Carter, surprisingly he turned out to be the yin to my yang. Where I was alternative, slightly nerdy and a whole lot awkward, Carter was smooth, popular and confidant. Yet somehow, we fit. Or so I thought.
With the events of one night, the clarity with which I once saw my life vanished. Leaving me completely unprepared for the reality I would now have to face and the choices that accompanied it.
"Photography, to me, is like being given the opportunity to see the world with a whole new perspective. Like when you have a problem and you ask a friend for the opinion, because sometimes you need an outside view to get a batter handle on the situation. I want to show other how I see life through my lens."
This probably wasn't the right quote to start with, but to me, it just sets the tone for the story as a whole. Chance Haynes sees life unlike many other people and she reflects that in her photographs. She's an odd bird, to say the least, but she's unique and original. She makes no apologies for her style, her wit, or her candid personality. That makes her relatable and real.
"Just give in already, Chance. I'm not backing down. I will have all of you and I know you'll like it. Because you like me." His fingertips glide up and down my spine, lightly tickling, "Well, you like my touch at least. And that's enough for now. You'll get to know me, and you'll like me." "How can you be so sure?" I ask. Onne side of his mouth lifts in a barely there smile, and he shrugs, "I've never been so sure of anything as I am of this. Of us. Our differences are what will me this work."
Carter Cross is the other half of this story and let me just say...wow. I'm pretty sure I fell in love with him from the very beginning. Like Chance, he makes no apologies for who he is and while he seems to fit the mold of what his family and peers expect, he's so much more. Deep. Kind. Fiercely protective.
But he's angry. And until Chance gives him a chance, he doesn't realize how much he needs her in his life. She's his balance. His calm.
When they get together, there is nothing short of fireworks. It's magical.
"Girl, I'm falling so hard, so fast I don't know what to do with all these feelings you're stirring in me."
Aside from the feeling they are in high school at the beginning (they are actually in University, it just doesn't seem clear until later), this is a great coming-of-age type story. I enjoyed the character development, the dialog, the conflicts. I had a hard time with the slight feeling of co-dependence between the hero and heroine but it seemed to work for the plotline. I look forward to more from this series, these characters are relatable and current. Their personalities are complex, just as they should be on that journey to self-discovery. Heller is a wonderful storyteller and her accent shines through the pages, making it endearing and entertaining to read.
**4 Look Deeper, Stars**
I wrap my hands around her waist, my thumbs meeting bare skin, “What are you wearing?” I didn’t even notice when we were outside, I was too busy looking at her gorgeous smile.
I feel her shrug in my arms, “Nothing special.” Then she leads me out of the photo lab, locking it up behind her and taking my hand as we walk back to my car.
The lot is almost empty when we reach it, and I look down at her under the bright lights that illuminate the area, nearly swallowing my tongue when I take in her form. She’s wearing a green and black checked mini skirt with black leggings or stocking things covering her long legs and her combat boots. The long sleeve top she has on doesn’t quite meet the skirt at her waist, leaving a tantalizing slither of creamy skin on display.
She laughs when I stop abruptly, staring at her, “What?” she quips.
“You are so damn beautiful, you know that, right? I’ve told you that before, haven’t I? You’re my sexy little nerd,” I tell her, taking in the writing on her black top, Trust Me I’m A Jedi.
Chance does a little curtsy, “Why thank you,” she says with a coy grin tugging at her lips.
Holding her hand isn’t enough, I drop it and take her face in my palms pressing my desperate lips to hers, and close my eyes. She responds immediately, wrapping her arms around my hips, clawing at the small of my back through my shirt.
“Let’s get out of here,” I say breathless, taking her hand again and jogging towards my car, tugging her along behind me.
Don't miss the first title in the Moments series,
MOMENTS OF BEAUTY
J B Heller is an Aussie Indie Author of Steamy Contemporary and Comedic Romance. She has three wildling children, two giant Great Danes, one permanently terrified cat, five birds of various species (One of whom thinks she’s helping by running across the keyboard repeatedly while JB tries to work. Lucky she’s tiny.), and a gazillion fish. Oh, and we can’t forget the man child she calls her husband.
After years of working in assorted fields including a Butchery, Remedial Therapist Receptionist, Hairdressing, and Checkout Chick Extraordinaire, she finally found her place amongst likeminded people in the writing community.
She published her first book in 2013 under the pen name Eliza Brown, and has since evolved into J B Heller with more than 10 titles to her name.
On her limited downtime you’ll find her reading, trolling Pinterest for her next muse or online stationery shopping (she has a mild addiction to stationery and she refuses to seek help.).