Title: Find Her
Author: Amanda Kaitlyn
Release date: April 30th, 2015
Genre: New Adult
Aria used to believe in love. and fate. and that one day she’d meet that one gorgeous man that would make all her dreams come true. But when she falls in love with Bryce Williams, it felt like a fairytale. He was a lawyer, he had money and wealth along with chocalate brown eyes that had girls at Beaumont High swooning after him. But over time, he started to change. Aria thought he was her prince, but there was always something missing. She always felt like she wasn’t with him, as lovers should be. He was perfect and she was just, beside him. A small part in his important, lavish life.
Bryce had a short, explosive temper and even though she tried to make him happy, it was never enough.
How could she ever defend herself from the raging anger inside him? So she stayed, up until the night that she’d had enough. She took off the ring he’d given her and he lost it. He hit her. And then, he took the only thing she’d had left to give. He broke her into tiny pieces that night. And she had no idea how to be whole again.
But then she met Gavin Thomas. After four months of taking small steps toward a full and happy life again, starting to dance again, the only thing that kept her feeling alive at the time and surrounding herself with the ones who loved and supported her, she saw his stormy bluegrey eyes. His mouth that curved deliciously upwards when he smiled, his touch that left tingles all across her body. His eyes that captivated hers. He was ruggedly, impossibly handsome. He was gorgeous, from his full lips to his bluer than the ocean eyes to his roughened hands. And from the very first moment, she couldn’t resist him.
It terrified her and excited her, but when he kissed her with both the gentleness she needed and the passion she craved, all her fears and her doubts just melted away. She craved him, she needed his touch more than the air in her lungs and the idea of losing the feel of it could break her heart in two.
But how could she trust again, after being broken so painfully? Was it possible?
She had no idea. But Aria had to try. She needed Gavin, and she refused to let him go.
I clasp the locket in the palm of my hand and take a deep, cleansing breath. The dancers glide elegantly over the wooden floors and as I approach my coach of six years, Eli Jones, I try to cover up my trembling hands with the wrap I’m holding. I don’t know why I’m so nervous, dancing is like walking to me. I’ve done it ever since I was old enough to put one foot in front of the other. It’s been an outlet for me, through the lonely nights of middle school and stressful exam filled days of high school and especially through my four years at Columbia, it’s been my relief from everyday life. But this will be the first time since my stay at the hospital four months ago that ill set foot on the dance floor in my leotard, tights and ballet flats. Oh, shit. What if I fall on my face?
My errant thoughts are interrupted by a hand on my shoulder.
"You’re going to do fine, Aria." Eli whispers in my ear with a squeeze to my shoulders. I smile, because I’m afraid that if I speak, I won’t make it to my dance before I start crying.
The slow instrumental of Celine Dion’s melody begins and I slip the black ballet flats on my feet and pull my wavy black hair into a bun.
I pull in a deep breath as I glide onto the floor. My body is strung tight with nerves, from my toes to the tips of my fingers. I haven't done this is so long I'm terrified that I'll mess up. My eyes flick over to see my always supportive dance couch looking at me, and when he nods his head I know I can do this. I've got this. Taking another deep, deep breath, I do my first set of graceful moves, making sure to stay in sync with the music playing overhead. Near, far, wherever you are, I believe that the heart does go on. Once more you open the door and you’re here in my heart and my heart will go on and on. My eyes close to the words filled with such emotion, such depth. I move to express everything inside me and soon, I don’t even have to think about the rhythm or the steps or the people from my academy's dance program watching my every move. I’m one with my body, the angelic music and the heartbeat inside my chest. When the strains of a violin come to an end, I go for my big ending and land it with easy grace as the audience applauds for me. This is my world and my love, all I need, I realize. The grief, the sadness of the last seven months, it’s all at peace when I’m dancing. The pain, the heartbreak the fear I felt when I woke up in the hospital weeks ago, just disappears.
About the Author:
Amanda lives in Boston area and has always had a passion, more like an obsession with the characters she creates in her writing. When she doesn’t have her nose in front of her computer or in her notebook, she’s reading another story on her Kindle. Find Her is her first novel so please be sure to review and rate when you finish her book, thank you and enjoy!