♪♫ Love is in the air… ♫
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, book junkies!!
What book celebrates the enduring and healing power of love better than the poignantly beautiful I Love You to Death by an author I feel proud to call my friend, Natalie Ward? This story gave us chills, it made us sob, scream, hope, and it gave us… Luke. I cannot tell you how much I adore this book without using a ridiculous amount of superlatives!
Read my review of I Love You to Death…
Read my interview with Natalie Ward…
So you can only imagine how excited I was when the lovely Natalie agreed to help us celebrate LOVE here at Natasha is a Book Junkie by announcing the title of her next book, the sequel to our beloved I Love You to Death, and by giving us a heart-melting and très romantique teaser from … *drumroll* … I Love You, Always…
Expected release date: 2013
I walk into the room and see Ash in bed reading, music playing softly from the stereo. “Hey my beautiful girl,” I say, dumping my guitar as I walk towards the bed where she is tucked naked underneath the covers like a Christmas present just waiting to be unwrapped.
“Hey,” she answers, throwing her book on the side table and leaning over to me.
I bend down to kiss her as I kick off my boots and sit on the bed, asking her how the movie was.
Smiling she answers, “Um, we never got there. Talking too much and we missed the start.”
I grab her hand and kiss her again. God, she is so damn beautiful and the most amazing thing to come home to each night, to wake up next to every morning. I love having her here, actually living with me now. I just love her, so much.
And right now, I am itching to peel my clothes off and join her under these covers, so I can show her exactly how much I do love her. But Ash is suddenly looking like she wants to tell me something.
“You okay, Ash?”
I’m right, because the next words out of her mouth are, “Yes. But I want to tell you something, something important.”
I focus on her eyes now, she seems nervous almost. I stroke my fingers gently against her wrist where I can feel the pulse of her heart underneath my thumb. A steady rhythm, that’s beating faster than usual tonight.
“Anything.” Always, Asha.
She swallows, her eyes never leaving mine as she takes a long, deep breath and finally says those three words back to me. Those three tiny words that I’ve longed to hear her say. Those three tiny words I have said only once to her, but have wanted to repeat every single day since. Those three tiny words that change everything.
Because they aren’t just three tiny words at all, they are three huge words, and they are three words which Completely. Blow. My. Fucking. Mind.
“… I love you.”
My heart literally explodes, right inside my chest. I have absolutely no idea what else is going on around us anymore, the building could fall down and I wouldn’t even notice. I cannot tear my eyes away from her and before I know it she is in my arms and I am kissing her. Hard.
“Please say that again,” I whisper, needing to hear the words fall from her lips once more. The words I used to tell myself I didn’t think I needed to hear, but now realize, I desperately wanted to.
She opens her eyes and we stare at each other, our mouths only inches apart as she says it again. “I love you, I really love you.”
The groan falls from my mouth and I push her back onto the bed. “Asha, I love you. I love you, so much.”
“You do?” she asks me, like it could possibly be anything but true.
I lift my head and meet her stare. My hand holds her face as I tell her what I’ve been holding back for so long now. The three words that describe how I truly feel about her, how I’ve always felt about her. “Yeah Asha, I really do. I love you, I’ve always loved you.”
She smiles back at me and then I’m kissing her again, softer this time as her arms wrap themselves around me and pull the shirt from my jeans. I need to get these clothes off, I need to touch her, feel her, remove every single barrier that’s between us so I can feel her skin against mine. But she reads my mind and does it for me, her fingers yanking the bottom of my shirt up and over my head now. With my mouth still on hers, I reach down and undo my belt and jeans, push everything off, letting it all fall into a pile on the floor. And then I slide into bed next to her, pulling her into my arms as I roll her on top of me.
She smiles at me now as she leans in and kisses me again, soft and slow this time, slowing everything down as she whispers those magic words to me between each of her kisses.
“I,” kiss, “love,” kiss, “you,” kiss, “Luke.”
My fingers brush across her cheek as I stare deep into her eyes, where I see the truth in these words she’s telling me. My words come out as a whisper, but she hears them.
“I love you Asha, always.”
She smiles and I kiss her this time, rolling us over so she lies beneath me now. My body is completely covering hers; every inch of our skin is touching. She exhales, slow and sexy as my hand brushes the hair back from her face, and then slides down her neck to her heart. I can feel it beneath my fingers, beating hard inside her chest and I know it mirrors exactly what’s going on with mine right now. That the enormity of what has finally been said, out loud and to each other, is affecting us both, in exactly the same way.
She smiles up at me as I hold my hand against her heart. I watch as she lifts her hand, puts it against mine and feels the same hard beat of what I feel for her. My eyes hold hers and we just watch each other, seeing everything.
I lean down to kiss her again and feel her leg slide slowly up the side of my body. I fall into her so easily, it’s perfect. We both groan, and mine only gets louder as she gently tugs on my bottom lip, pulling it between her teeth.
“Tell me again Asha,” I whisper.
She laughs now, but it’s breathless, throaty and sexy as hell.
“I love you Luke,” she moans, her head pressing back into the pillow as I push slowly into her as the words fall from her lips. She looks incredible, she feels unbelievable. I press a soft kiss to her neck now and she moans again and it turns me on, so fucking much.
We move together, slowly, gently as I kiss my way back up her neck to her lips. It feels perfect, so unbelievably perfect, like we were made for each other and in this single moment right now, I know, I have never felt anything like this before.
Never felt anything like what I feel for her, right now.
I love her.
Deeply, completely, always.
And she loves me.
She. Loves. Me.
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Natalie is an avid reader and chronic insomniac with a crazy imagination, who thinks writing down all the ideas that swirl around in her head, is a good idea. She is known for staying up all night, forgoing sleep, just to finish a book. She likes reading stories that are outside the norm, that make you think and don’t always end the way you expect them to. She tries to write like that as well. She longs to be able to give up her day job and write full time.
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