Title: Life Interrupted
Author: Yessi Smith
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 14
I am a blank canvas that even the artist in me doesn’t know how to fill. My life started the day I escaped and woke up in the hospital.
Escaped from reality. Escaped from fear. Escaped from him.
Nothing exists before that, and as the days trickle by, I’m positive there’s nothing after that either.
I try though. For Poppa, who hasn’t left my side since I woke up, I try to live.
But every attempt is futile. So I escape again and start fresh on a small island, where there aren’t any expectations to fulfill. Where family and friends I don’t remember can’t look at me with sadness and disappointment.
And when Travis Keillar comes into my life everything changes. The memories I’ve lost become unimportant to the memories I’m creating with him. For the first time since I opened my eyes that fateful day in the hospital, life smiles back at me.
Until it doesn’t.
Until he comes back for me.
For revenge of crimes I don’t remember committing.
Reviewed by Stephanie
Imagine waking up in a strange place with no memory of who you are or the life you have led up until this point. Kind eyes attached to a kind man that tells he is your Poppa also tells you the your name is Holly. All you do know for sure is that your body is beyond battered and your scared of the dark. No not just scared, petrified and as the memories start to come back you begin to understand why. Hell really does exist and for some reason, one you can’t remember he, the man tried so hard to keep you there.
“Shallow breaths escape me but I scream when realization dawns on me. I didn’t make it. I didn’t run hard enough , fast enough, long enough.”
Holly doesn’t remember who she was before but she knows without a doubt that she has to become a fighter, to be as prepared as possible for anything life may throw at her. She lives everyday in fear since the unimaginable pain that she endured but she won’t give up, no matter what. She will never be a victim again. With the help of her beloved Poppa and a good friend she slowly starts to heal. She desperately wants a chance to live a life as close to normal as she can, and to find some happiness. But what happens if the devil decides your debt isn’t paid and hell wants you back?
“ Even the most well hidden scars leave their repercussions , ones I’ll live with for the remainder of my existence.”
There isn’t to much I can say about this book without the possibility of giving to much away. The suspense aspect needs to remain intact. Yessi is an excellent storyteller and I’ve loved several of her books. But if I’m being honest this one fell short in part for me. I loved the idea of storyline itself and it had a ton of potential. There were for me just to many bits and pieces that were built up then fell sort of flat. I felt like there wasn’t enough time for the story, like maybe if it were a series it could have been so much better. Now don’t get me wrong the writing was good, like I said I’ve really loved all her other books and I loved that she stepped away from the norm but I just didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would. The characters were good, but I felt like I didn’t know them, there wasn’t a whole lot of character build up and I just didn’t feel a connection to any of them. I wanted to, I just didn’t. I honestly think this would have been a fantastic series, it would have seemed less rushed that way. So I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. It was just okay for me.
“Your life was interrupted by something you couldn’t have prevented or predicted. That doesn’t mean it’s over.”
With water dripping off my skin, I sit on his lap and kiss his neck, running my tongue along his skin, tasting the salt from our earlier swim. He remains still, unwilling to touch me, but my mind goes wild with fear and desire clashing into one another until I feel I might break. But I push forward because I want this. I deserve this.
I trace my lips over his face until my mouth finds his, gently licking them until his lips part, finally taking me. He slips his tongue into my mouth, the muscles on his upper arm tightening when I grip them.
When we pull apart from each other, I inhale a cleansing breath, calming my scattered nerves.
Travis sends a careful gaze in my direction and only hesitates a second before he lifts me in his arms and carries me to the cabin below deck. The space is small with only a bed, but that’s all we need.
He leaves the cabin door open, so plenty of sunlight enters the room and lies me on the bed where he climbs on top of me.
His body towers over me and when he looks down at me, he caresses my cheek with a soft brush of his knuckles. So fierce and strong, but gentle and caring.
I run my hands over his bare chest, feeling his heart pounding just as fast as mine. From below us, the water slaps against the hull, its rhythmic beat lulling me while the sight of Travis excites me. He lowers his face to mine until our lips meet again, and with his tongue dancing with mine, he unties the top of my bikini with one swift move.
His lips move from mine, his eyes tracing my naked body. My nerves rattle deep inside my stomach when he places kisses down my neck, until his hot breath hit my breast, which immediately pebble at the sudden contact. He’s gentle and with slow movements, I’m able to predict his every motion.
Still, I lose my control. My mind. And surrender.
Where I’m a frenzied mess of lust, Travis is calm and patient, and the mixture unhinges any lucid thoughts I had.
I battle with my mind, reminding it that I want this as much as my body does. Over and over again, like a chant, I tell myself, There is nothing to fear.
I pull at Travis’s shorts, wanting to see and touch more, and I don’t protest when he removes the bottom part of my bikini. With a satisfied smirk playing on his face, his fingers, those fingers I’ve become obsessed with, go inside me, sending a feverish passion throughout my body. Burning for him, for his touch, for the clash of our lips crashing into each other, I squirm at the tension growing between my legs, but I patiently watch as he removes his shorts.
An upheaval of emotion whirs around us, frenzied energy that clings to us. I take him into my shaky hand and stroke the tip of his cock. On a harsh intake of breath he slams his lips onto mine.
“Travis, please,” I mumble into his mouth, my voice needier than I intended.
A groan born of pleasure vibrates from his throat reaching me as he impatiently puts on a condom. Before he goes inside me, he whispers my name and places his lips on top of mine. I moan out his name, pushing my pelvic upwards, welcoming him.
At first, his movements are just as devastatingly slow as before, and it’s easy to match his tempo. He kisses my face as I grab the back of his head, but I don’t stop. I can’t stop. My hands are everywhere. Touching, exploring. His muscles twitch beneath my hungry fingers.
I whisper his name, my voice pleading for more, because he’s all that I can think about. Emotions burn behind my eyes so I close them painfully shut.
We move together faster, his left hand cradling my face so I open my eyes to him. Intensity brims from behind his eyes and I stop breathing as we watch each other. With my nails digging into his shoulder, I scream his name while his hand caresses the nape of my neck. After a few final jerky thrusts, Travis rests his forehead to mine. Together, we catch our breath.
Rolling me over so that I’m lying on top of him, he runs his fingers over my upper arm, leaving a blazing trail in the wake of such a simple touch. Playfully, he bites my bottom lip.
Yessi Smith lives in South Florida with her husband, seven-year-old son, and newborn baby. She is also owned by a neurotic border collie and “ferocious” rottweiler.
She has a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s in human resource management. She has held several jobs, from picking up dog poop to upper management positions. Now, she hopes to leave the business world behind, so she can live full-time in a world that does not exist until she places her fingers on a keyboard and brings it to fruition.
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