Tara’s 4**** Review
Love is blind to race, color, sex and age. Love wants what it wants, and you can’t always stop it or change its course.
“Dread welled in her throat again. The closing of the front door sounded like casket top clicking shut. Second Time Around, her beloved business, was doomed.”
Gwen has always been independent, long forgetting the family that was never there to support her. When life in Elkridge turns upside down for her, learning to accept help is hard for Gwen. When Dale comes back to Elkridge, the last thing Dale expects is to fall for his daughter’s friend. Can Gwen learn to rely on someone, and let her walls down? And can Dale learn to love again?
“The heat from their bodies sizzled. She hadn’t intended to hug him. She’d promised herself she wouldn’t touch him.”
Lyz does such a great job at writing each Elkridge novel, having them flow so well together. The love and emotion in Exposed is real, raw and realistic. The forming relationship between Gwen and Dale is incredible, I want more!!
“At the door, she turned, and lifted onto her toes, and pressed her mouth against his. The gentle tenderness sparked more than a few nerve endings. He leaned in, unable to resist, and ran his tongue along the edge of her bottom lip.”
EXPOSED: Frequently Asked Questions: (FAQ)
How did the book EXPOSED come about?
Both Gwen and Dale were secondary characters in previous books. My editor, Faith Freewoman, insisted that I put the characters together. My first thought was, “no, there is too much of an age difference. What would they have in common?” However, I’d recently made the decision to put more diversity into my books—younger, older, black, white, purple…it doesn’t matter. I want to create complex, diverse characters, so I took on the challenge of creating a story for Gwen and Dale.
Why did you make Gwen’s parents wealthy?
Years ago, I saw Into the Wild, a movie about a young man rejecting his wealthy upbringing to live a simpler, more authentic life. It’s a true story, and if you haven’t read the book, or seen the movie, I would recommend it. When I started thinking how Gwen’s a part of Elkridge, I asked myself how her life is/or would be affected by Sheriff Sam’s murder, and wham, there was her story. A woman wanting a normal life, away from greed and corruption, finding happiness in Elkridge, Colorado. How cool is that?
Why are EXPOSED and SPURNED novellas? Why not write full-length books?
Three reasons. First: Writing shorter pieces is hard. Trying to write a full story in such few words is challenging, but I wanted to grow as a writer and take on that challenge. Second: I wanted to honor and meet women’s needs. There are women all over the world wanting short, fulfilling reads. I thought about working women riding the train or taking a bus to work, or those who want good lunchtime reading. I considered new moms wanting an escape while their child is breastfeeding or napping, or they want to pass the time while waiting to pick up their children from school. With these shorter books, I celebrate our differences, and allow all readers, no matter where they are, the chance to be swept away into another world.