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Before I ever fell in love with Bryce, there was Hayden. Hayden was my first love, the kind of love that takes your breath away and you remember forever. My love story with Bryce came later. Much later, after everything had happened.Avery Hill and Hayden Stuart are high school sweethearts and each other's first true love. When Hayden is accepted to college in Los Angeles, Avery intends to follow him so they can build a life together. After a tragic chain of events ruins their plans forever, Avery is left to pick up the pieces. Will she survive all that was lost? And will she forgive the man who destroyed her and Hayden's dreams forever?
Buy the Book[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="106"] Click to Buy on Amazon[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="113"] Click to Buy[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="123"] Click to Buy[/caption] Title: Just You Author: Riley J. Ford Genre: New Adult Romance Publish Date: July 6, 2014 Cover by Sarah Hansen Okay Creations
~ Synopsis ~Before I ever fell in love with Bryce, there was Hayden. Hayden was my first love, the kind of love that takes your breath away and you remember forever. My love story with Bryce came later. Much later, after everything had happened. Bryce Humphrey has never forgiven himself for his actions five years ago. Nor can he forget the two lives he ruined, or the girl he secretly loved. When he runs into Avery, the person who has haunted his dreams since that fateful night, his life is sent into a tailspin. As he gets to know her again after all these years, he realizes she has never gotten over the past. Will their shared pain bring them closer? And will they forge a new beginning built on healing, forgiveness, and love?
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About the AuthorRiley J. Ford is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She graduated UCLA graduate with a degree in English and taught at both the high school and college levels for a number of years before turning to writing full-time. Her non-fiction books are used in college classrooms around the country, and her essays have been featured on such websites as MSNBC.com. She is the author of seven fiction books, INTO YOU, a new adult mystery, CARPE DiEMILY, a romantic comedy caper, FIFTY SHADES OF FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, a satire, CIRCUS OF LOST SOULS, a thriller, SIMONE: ADVENTURES IN DATING, a romantic comedy series, JUST US, a contemporary romance, and JUST YOU, a new adult romance. When on vacation, she enjoys running with the bulls in Pamplona and downhill skiing.
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It’s five years later as Avery graduates from UCLA without Hayden and survived their baby’s death as well. She’s on a downhill spiral seeking alcohol as away to hide her sadness and one night stands. One drunken night at a bar in Los Angeles she runs into Bryce who ends up taking her back to his place so she can sleep it off.
Bryce did his time in jail for the death of Hayden and now owns a tattoo a parlor and does tattoos. He still is carrying guilt of his best friend death and realizes that alcohol does not solve anything. After their initial meeting, weeks go by before they run into each other at his business. She is drunk with a guy who both decides they want tattoos since neither has any ink but he refuses since he was closing up at their arrival. The drunk guy takes offense and starts saying some unflattering things about Avery that Bryce does not like and in the process he dislocates one of the guy’s finger.
Avery ends up back at Bryce’s place where their act out on their mutual feelings as she reveals what happened after Hayden’s death. They grow closer as they spent more time with each other and realizing that they need each other and that their love for Hayden is not tainted with what they have.
Going back home one weekend as they make peace with their memories. Visiting Hayden’s home and talking to his parents and eventually his grave, they finally are able to say goodbye.
Learning to be happy when all seem lost and finding your soul mate is right there besides you. Sometimes life throws you sorrow so you can truly appreciate happiness.