Author: Eden Butler
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: July 25, 2017
A haunting kiss.
Life – Interrupted.
Keilen Rivers was the best Lily Campbell never had. He was the promise she didn’t let herself keep. After all, nothing in life seems meant to last, and love is no exception.
When Lily’s life takes an unexpected and tragic turn, she leaves behind both her island home and the boy she could have loved to protect the only family she has left.
But sometimes life takes without giving. Sometimes you cannot bend, only break. And when her career spirals out of her control, Lily can only watch as everything she worked for falls to ruin.
But some lies are hard to come back from. And some promises are made to be broken. Sometimes going home again is the only thing that can save you. But first you have to break. First you have to fall.
What Others Are Saying
“A captivating and beautiful story with lots of love and passion.”
5 Star Amazon Review
“Captivating, Emotional Read”
5 Stars from Book Lovers reviews and recommendations
“A beautiful love story”
5 stars from Momlovestoread Reviews
“It’s beautiful and heartbreaking”
5 Stars from Shakespeare’s Wench Book Blog
Lily Campbell’s definition of ‘Ohana’ is no longer what it used to be; in fact, it’s so distorted from a multitude of losses, regrets, mistakes, and broken promises, that she’s lost any sense of herself or the meaningful parts of her life, keeping everyone at a distance, unwilling to endure anything else.
Without taking risks and attempting to move forward, there’s no way for Lily to mend her heart…no way for her to allow herself to fall without absolutely knowing that there will be someone there to protect and love her. The island girl who Lily was is buried deep within, yearning to be set free, but her fears and her bad memories won’t allow her to be the naive girl she once was. But what Lily doesn’t realize is that she’s also more than the mainland attorney she’s determined herself to be – she’s more than the success and money that drives her life, and if she could she passed her need to survive and remain self-reliant, she would understand that despite her losses, there are people ready and willing to help her remember the beauty of the island…remember the dreams she once had…remember that falling doesn’t always have to lead to devastation.
Fall is Lily’s journey to find her true ‘Ohana’…to find her true place…her true self and to find a way to make her dreams a reality because it’s clear that she was always destined to keep her promise despite the missed moments along the way.
I loved Kona’s role in the story and the advice that he offers to Lily illustrates just how much he has learned from his own mistakes, which is exactly the kind of insight she needs to determine her next move. But I have to admit that there are parts of the story line that don’t seem to mesh well with Lily’s true adventure. She has enough to work through and figure out without adding extra drama to her already complicated life, so I had a hard time understanding its purpose.
Regardless of my few issues, though, I enjoyed Lily’s story. Eden Butler’s poetic words and vivid descriptions personify Lily’s homeland, allowing readers to understand how majestic it is and how easily it can help heal Lily’s soul if she’d only try to see passed the pain, fear, and grief that controls her every action. Lily’s relationship with her niece and her connection with Keilen Rivers helps to direct the path Lily takes, and even though she encounters a few roadblocks and questions everything about her life, the way she feels about Zee, Keilen, and her island help her to realize exactly where she belongs.
4 Poison Apples
Half a step, then two more and there was the weight of Keilen’s large hand on the center of her back, guiding, directing her until she came to rest against his barrel chest, until those massive arms cradled her and the hot fan of his breath slipped down her neck.
The feel of him, the angle of his body, how it moved against hers, how they seemed to fit, to match, to be part of some puzzle she’d never known needed solving was fantasy made real—a hundred stupid wishes her teenage self had spoken into the ether finally realized; breath sweet and intoxicating against her skin. He didn’t dance like her classmates in New Haven. They’d all been a bundle of jerks and gyrations, clumsy sways with the solitary agenda of insinuating an act they so eagerly tried to move Lily toward. They moved like boys—anxious, unpracticed. Keilen moved like a man—commanding, sure, and Lily wanted to stay with him like that, to see how far removed reality would be to the dreams and decadent fantasy she’d invented about him.
Eden Butler is an editor and writer of Mystery, Suspense and Contemporary Romance novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum.
When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.
She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.
Please send help.