Series: Club Destiny
Author: Nicole Edwards
Genre: Adult, Erotic Romance
Published: January 31, 2017
|Time doesn’t always heal a broken heart. Sometimes the only thing it does is fill the darkness with more shadows, more pain.
Dylan Thomas has spent the past decade living in the shadows, mourning the loss of his wife, his best friend, his very reason for breathing. He long ago accepted that he would never feel again, that he was damned to a world without light, without hope. That was the day the bottle won, and he gave himself over to the darkness.
Until the one night that rocked his brittle, crumbling world on its axis. She told him what they shared was simply a distraction, a way to forget for a little while. It would’ve been, except the tiny glimpse of how it feels to live again, to feel again, gives him the strength he needs to pull himself up by his boot straps. But sobriety comes one day at a time, and three years later may be three years too late.
Dylan and Sarah’s journey to happiness in Distraction is a multilayered process…one that actually started three years ago, after Dylan used her body and never looked back. During that timeframe, Dylan and Sarah focused on their own lives, working through their grief, processing the pain and anger they’ve never truly dealt with and finding a way to manage the overwhelming feelings of loss and abandonment that constantly threaten to consume them and break them even further.
Thankfully, Dylan and Sarah refuse to allow those fissures to fracture further, acknowledging that life is meant to be lived, not only for those who love them, but also for themselves. Three years later, both of them are a work-in-progress when they reappear in each other’s lives, and while they’re still not completely fixed, they’re tired of being broken and vow to move forward, perhaps only in baby steps, but it’s enough to give them hope that they can carry on despite losing their other half.
Neither Dylan nor Sarah want to jump into a relationship; they’re still too raw and too afraid to put their hearts into the hands of someone else, but that doesn’t negate the magnetic pull they’ve always felt for each other or their desire to experience and explore their sexual sides with one another, and perhaps with that connection, they can learn to allow love in again and take a chance on something that will make them feel alive again.
Distraction is definitely an emotional read, and it’s one that requires readers’ patience as well as empathy. Even though it’s clear that Dylan and Sarah have feelings for each other, there are still obstacles to combat and feelings of insecurity and guilt to contend with, which means that the path they take will not lead them straight into a relationship. There will be abrupt stops as well as back peddling due to the overwhelming emotions involved in moving past the grief and moving forward with someone else. But what is made clear, despite the second guessing and moments of doubt, is that Dylan and Sarah have a lot to offer one another and as long as they’re willing to be open and honest, they just might be able to mold their past with their present, offering them both a future of happiness and no regrets.
Dylan and Sarah’s story is soul bearing as well as sexually freeing, and Nicole Edwards takes her readers on Dylan and Sarah’s journey to illustrate the steps of grief, the grips of depression, and the freedom of acceptance and self-transformation.
4.5 Poison Apples