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Thursday, May 5, 2016
Michelle Bellon’s RESTLESS
Author: Michelle Bellon
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Genre: Contemporary Romance
You grow up. You get married. You have
a family. At least, that’s what Malea Winters believes she’s
supposed to do. So why is it that every time she comes close to
finding that happily ever after, she runs?
When she meets
Garrett Taylor, she warns him that she’s not the marrying type
because history has shown that long-term relationships are not her
forte. She has a tendency to leave when things get too serious; the
direct result of being raised by an emotionally detached mother and a
stepdad with philandering ways. So she swore off men and surrounded
herself with her best friends; three quirky, funny women who are
facing challenges of their own.
But Garrett is everything she’s ever
looked for; charming, successful, fun, and sexy. Despite her better
judgment, his persistence pays off and she finds herself falling for
Learning how to love and be loved will be the hardest
lesson she’s ever faced. The question is, will her relationships
survive that lesson?
walk down the aisle, avoiding eye contact with my husband-to-be, I
remember the dream and feel the need to run.
clutch the bountiful bouquet of flowers, red and white for our
Christmastime wedding, and feel the sweat on my palms collect in the
center. I want to rub them down the front of my dress.
that would be unacceptable. My grandma has lovingly sewn every
stitch, carefully placed every pearly bead, and worked every delicate
piece of lace. It’s a work of labor and love.
I am supposed to be a princess.
as I look around at familiar faces, friends and family, watching me
take this enormous step into life as a wife, as a life partner, I
feel anything but princess-like.
feel the lie. I feel the relentless pursuit of truth. Both follow me
down the aisle, tapping on my shoulder and reminding me that I have
no ability to live up to this responsibility.
quaking in my white heels. My knees are shaking. But still I march
forward on the arm of the only male in my life I’ve ever thought of
as a father. He isn’t really, but he’s the only man my mom
brought home over the years to whom I formed any real emotional
attachment before they’d split ways. Due to his philandering ways,
he was out of our life more than he was in it. But when he was
around, something inside of me recognized something inside of him,
and I cared for him.
swallow down my fear. It’s only nerves. It’s normal. This is the
natural order of things: you grow up, you get married, you have a
family. That’s how it’s done.
finally make eye contact with Garrett and search for…safety? Love?
my own fear reflects back. He can see the hesitation, the anxiety,
the angst. He smiles cautiously. He’ll never admit what we both
before we reach the altar, I take one last look around. The gathering
within the small church is there for only one purpose: to watch us
could run right now. This is my last chance. I could just turn around
and make a run for it.
Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her four children and
boyfriend, Seth. She loves coffee and has an addiction to chapstick.
works at a surgery center as a registered nurse and in her spare time
writes novels. She writes in the genres of romance suspense, young
adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won four
literary awards to include making finalist in the New Age category in
the USA Book Awards for her latest release, The
Fire Inside. Her
latest release is the contemporary romance, Restless.