Title: High Hopes
Author: Sue Lilley Publisher: Sue Lilley
Cover Artist: Humble Nations
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Romance Genre(s): Contemporary
Words: 60,000 View on Goodreads
About the Book
“It was one stolen night. He was my soulmate and I’d never felt more alive. I couldn’t tell him I got pregnant. It would’ve ruined everything. But now his daughter wants to meet him and I need to make things right.” Another tear escaped down her cheek. “Everybody’s going to hate me.” Three friends are rocked when a 20-year secret blows their world apart. Steamy, passionate, and unpredictable. If you like sizzling love triangles you won’t want to miss it. Grace has kept her heart-breaking secret for twenty years – a love child she gave up for adoption. She was a penniless student - how could she raise a baby alone? Then she receives a letter out of the blue. Her long-lost daughter is searching for answers. Her two best friends are married and don’t know one of them is the girl’s father. If Grace confesses now, the marriage will be destroyed and it will surely be the end of their lifelong friendship. But what choice does Grace have? Set in the wilds of Poldark-country – the stormy cliffs and windswept beaches of picturesque Cornwall – an engrossing saga filled with suspense, simmering jealousy and heartbreak. Can a future be built on the quicksand of secrets and lies? Surely there can be no second chances when three friends discover they don’t know each other at all.
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About Sue Lilley
Described as an exciting new voice in Women’s Fiction, Sue Lilley lives in the north east of England, when she isn’t escaping somewhere else in her imagination. She is often found eavesdropping for inspiration. Her first two novels were well received. Another Summer is “an alluring example of its genre”. High Hopes is “a story that holds immense appeal for readers who like plots containing sizzling love triangles.” She is hard at work on her third novel.
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He hit the rug in a few strides, drying himself on his T-shirt. Grace was aware her wet underwear was more provocative than nothing at all. But she could hardly stay in the water all afternoon. He was blatantly watching her as she walked towards him, not bothered that his own wet shorts clung to every inch.
He tossed her the damp T-shirt and she sat down, resisting the urge to cover up. What would be the point now he’d seen everything? And if she got dressed now, she’d soak her clothes. It wouldn’t take long to dry off in the hot sun.
But she wasn’t ready for the erotic charge as her bra dried and puckered around her nipples. Head tipped back, Danny drank from his bottle, watching her so intently she shivered. Avoiding his eye, she rubbed in more sun cream. When he didn’t offer to do her back, she couldn’t decide if she was disappointed or relieved.
He finished his sandwich and licked his fingers. A streak of mayonnaise clung to the corner of his mouth and she had the urge to lick it off. What was wrong with her? She wasn’t tempted to have sex with him, was she? Half undressed in a secret cove, they had the perfect opportunity. But she wasn’t a teenager after a snog at the bus-stop moment.
His tanned and lean body was more than tempting. A dark line of hair arched over his pecs and dipped into his boxers. He had a tattoo of a bird on his hip but to get a proper look, his boxers would have to come down. Did she really want to go there?
“You said you spend most summers in Cornwall?” she asked, twisting the cap off some sparkling water.
“Are we doing polite conversation instead of foreplay?”
He leaned back on his elbows, legs crossed at the ankles as he gazed out to sea. The boxers stretched tight around him, so revealing he may as well be naked. She sipped her water, wishing she hadn’t bought sparkling. He made her blood fizz more than enough.
He fished out a couple of strawberries, ate one and held the other to her lips. She bit into it, squirting the juice down her chin. He wiped it away, his fingers brushing over her bottom lip. She shivered, aware they were lying about in their underwear with nobody around. She remembered the way he had kissed her last night. Or had she been the one to kiss him?
It would be so easy to reach out and touch him. But, if she wanted anything, she wanted more than a quick grope. She was miserable enough without piling on more regrets.
But he was brushing his fingers down her cheek, raising her chin to kiss her. She melted into it as he leaned across her, fists beside her thighs, not quite touching her. She longed to sink onto the shingle beneath him, to lose herself in the saltwater smell of him.
She traced a curious finger along his tattoo, easing the boxers past his hip bone. It was an eagle, the blue wingspan curving over his thigh, the head dipping low across the taut muscles of his stomach, its beak pointing down.
He was hard, eager for her. If she touched him now, there’d be no turning back…
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