Rivers Edge Series – Book 1
After all of the devastating betrayals by the one she loved, Twenty-two year old Avery Stevens has spent three years raising her daughter alone, with her family and best friend as a support system, never leaving her small hometown of Rivers Edge, Missouri. Though Rivers Edge holds the pain of her past, it also holds the one person she wants but can’t have – her brother’s best friend, Maddox Jackson. When she learns the attraction might not be one-sided, will Avery be able to trust Maddox with the one thing she’s held onto tightly for the past few years?
Police officer Maddox Jackson is a ladies’ man with one foot out the door. Never planning to settle down, Maddox fights the attraction he feels for his best friend’s little sister, Avery. But can he continue to fight it when his body and his heart are leading him to the one woman he shouldn’t want?
When secrets are finally exposed, can Avery and Maddox trust each other enough to overcome the past, handle the present, and preserve their future? Can Avery trust Maddox with her heart? Will Maddox be able to convince Avery to take the chance?
**This book is intended for an audience of 18 or older due to graphic sex scenes and language**
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I drive home in comfortable silence. I don’t think I’ve ever been content with comfortable silence with a woman before which is just another reminder of how Avery is different from everyone else. She doesn’t feel the need to talk all the time for the sake of talking.
As we start to approach the city limits of Rivers Edge, I start to wonder what I should do next. If this was any other girl, I’d drive back to her house with no hesitation whatsoever and take her inside. But this is Avery, and like I said, she’s different.
“So, I thought maybe we’d stop by my house for a bit if that’s okay with you. This way, someone like Jake doesn’t see my truck parked in your drive and make trouble.” Even to my own ears, I sounded a little nervous as I said it. What the hell? It’s not like it’s my first time taking a girl home. Then it hits me. It is the first time I’m taking a girl home; to my house. I always go to their place. But the thought of Avery in my house, my bed, just feels right.
“That sounds good,” she says with another shy smile. I love that smile; it’s filled with happiness and innocence. I turn off Main Street and head down Lincoln towards my house. When I reach my house, I pull into the drive and kill the engine. I hop out and walk around to her door. When I open it, she seems slightly hesitant, maybe even nervous.
“I can take you home if you want.”
“No,” she quickly throws out there. “I want to be here…with you.” There’s that damn smile again. I extend my hand to her and help her down from the truck and head inside.
When we step inside the dark recesses of my living room, I start to walk towards the lamp but she catches me by the arm, stopping me. I turn to look at her. The only light in the room is what moonlight is filtering through the window. Standing there in my darkened living room, light glowing off her blond hair, she looks stunning. She extends her hand up to cradle my cheek, her other hand runs up my abdomen from my stomach to rest on my chest. I step closer to her, looking deep into her eyes. She must have realized she was holding her breath because she lets out a big breath which comes out a little shaky. I look deep into her crystal blue eyes, and that’s when I see it. Lust. Desire. Trust.
My resolve shatters like a glass vase with that one look as I push her back against my front door. Our lips are urging each other on as our desire for each other completely takes over. She runs her tongue down my neck, and I almost come completely undone in my pants like a teenage boy by that one simple move. I cradle her ass in my hands and lift her up. She threads her legs around my waist, her hands diving into my hair. I lean against her, pushing her back into the door, and she moans. It’s the sexiest fucking sound I’ve ever heard and all I can think about is being deep inside her, making her moan over and over and over again.
I press hot kisses along her chin, down her delectable neck and lick the spot where her pulse is rapidly beating. “Tell me to stop, Avery. Tell me to stop right now and I will. But if you say nothing, I’m taking you back to my room and burying myself deep inside you. I’m going to make you come and scream my name. All. Night. Long. Tell me you want this as much as I do.”
“I want this,” she whispers without hesitation and that’s all I need to hear.
Lacey’s style of writing flowed exceptionally well throughout the novel and easily without realising, Lacey’s words had whirled me away into a terrific place called “Rivers Edge”.
Avery Stevens is a single mum who has had her heart broken twice by men who should have known better, especially the father of her daughter Brooklyn – Drake Connor. Drake and Avery dated for a few years until she found out that not only was he habitually cheating on her with several other girls during their “relationship” but the day she told him she was pregnant he turned and walked away from her claiming he wanted nothing to do with the child they had created, in fact he tried to claim it wasn’t even his. This broke Avery and it was only with the help of her family and strong minded but superbly compassionate best friend, Holly Jenkins that she survived the heartache. Giving birth to Brooklyn or “little bean” as her nickname states which is terribly cute! Gave Avery purpose to move on with her life.
Having a huge family, 4 older brothers to be precise (Jake the eldest who is working as a cop, Travis, Nate and Will) has its rewards but also its draw backs for her. Her parents have instilled in her the right morals, so much so she has grown up to be a woman who puts her daughter and family first but although her brothers protect her, which when it came to Drake (Jake had his “fun” teaching him not to hurt his sister) a good thing it also has massive drawbacks, anyone and everyone is not good enough for her in their eyes. They also tend to interfere in her life “for her own good”, which was true in the case of her current job; working for the local Law Firm – Andrews and Levine Law Office, in town as Mr Michaels Assistant. Jake set it up for her so that she could manage her hours better, get a steady pay check and benefits, working waitressing was just not keeping them afloat too well so Jake intervened and arranged the job as soon as he heard the position had opened. Avery values her independence and is proud she has managed to raise Brooklyn without a penny from Drake, so although she was initially annoyed at Jake for interfering she quickly forgave him and is now settled into a brilliant routine with a boss who is kind and accommodating when it comes to her first and only priority; her daughter!
Maddox Jackson………Well let’s first begin with the obvious…. At 6ft 2, black hair, intoxicating chocolate brown eyes and a body that well a professional would be jealous of he is one hell of package but…..He is Jake’s Best Friend and current partner in the police force or Rivers Side. They served as Marines together beforehand and were even High School best buds before that, Maddox has always been around the Stevens place in one capacity or another for a long time but so has the crush that has turned to so much more for Avery. Watching from afar she has always secretly ”crushed” on him and now that she is no longer a girl, in fact a woman of 22, she desires him much more than ever before but the only one who knows is Holly, her amazing best friend who knows everything about her! Seeing Maddox in his uniform at the regular Sunday family meal at her parents has things swirling inside Avery that she hasn’t felt in a very long time, she needs this man but will he ever see her more than just his best friends little sister?
For Maddox he has always felt protective of Avery and took great pleasure in seeing Jake take out his “displeasure” on Drake for the damage he had caused her. But as the years have gone on he has witnessed just what a stunningly beautiful woman Avery has become. Her long blonde hair, her pools of ocean blue eyes just lift his heart and stir him up inside, in ways he doesn’t even know what to do with. But the conflict that wars within him runs deep and true, she is beyond sexy but she is also the Forbidden Fruit…..His best Friends Little Sister!!
He has always been a ladies man, never looking for a long term commitment; never once has he invited a woman to come home with him always preferring to go to theirs and then come home alone to sleep. But lately he has been having trouble getting Avery off his mind and thoughts of her in various sexual positions with him come into mind as soon as he sees her, making it very uncomfortable for him…….should he…..shouldn’t he.
With his mind in a nightmare of thoughts he goes for a run after seeing Avery at her parent’s family Sunday meal, without realizing it he goes jogging almost straight to her house where he sees her sat on the swing outside her porch. Within a blink of an eye and a short conversation he finds out about her plans to go out the following Saturday night so her makes sure Jake and him are there. After seeing Gabe the bartender pushing shots down Avery’s throat and then offering her a lift home something snaps in him and he cannot help but insist that he drops Holly and then Avery off home himself.
What happens next changes everything because as he walks her to her door his lips cannot but help come crashing down on her, taking her mouth, claiming her…..and then he snaps back to reality – What is he doing? Jake will literally kill him if he knew what was going on in his mind and in his pants, let alone the intense kiss they just shared…Taking a chance he asks her out on a date.
Can they both get past the fact she is Jake’s little sister? Can Avery let go of the past to secure her future? and Will they succeed in being together when what pulls them together could break them apart??
Secrets and lies play a part in this novel, the sex scenes are written expertly in a way they will definitely have your lady parts tingling *wink wink*, and the other interesting aspects of their relationships, for both Maddox and Avery outwardly with the people around them that Lacey Black has strikingly put together into one Novel is crafted expertly. I have really enjoyed reading the first within the Rivers Side Series and look forward to reading the second Novel when it is available as the introduction of Erin Anderson and her connection to Jake Stevens within this first novel is very intriguing……… A Total MUST Read!! 5 Stars *****
Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading, writing, and shopping. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves watching NASCAR races and should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.
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