Release Date: June 11, 2017
How much can a man take before he breaks?
1,843 days. That’s how long I survived in that hellhole. They tried to break me, but I resisted. And I owe it all to the memory of warm summer nights, the scent of peaches, and the one woman who loved me more than I ever deserved to be loved. Now, I’ll do anything to get back to her.
Only Shelby Eubanks isn’t the girl I left behind all those years ago. She’s someone else, a stranger. My Shelby-my little green-eyed firecracker-would never give up her dreams, would never disappear into her mother’s ambitions. But I won’t give up on her. On us. I may be broken, and scarred, and not the man I used to be, but I will do whatever it takes to remind her of the story of us.
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Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.
Holy crap!! Tara Sivec you have completely out done yourself with this book. I am emotionally exhausted (and blissfully happy) from the journey you just took me on with The Story of Us. This love story was so gripping that it left me feeling emotional and raw – I absolutely loved it.
More often that not, it felt like everything was against the two main characters in this book. But then you experience the magic of Shelby and Eli together and everything else just disappears. All you feel is the love and passion they have for one another. It is amazing.
At the start of the book, you meet Shelby and from all outside appearances she’s a typical southern princess. Although, you quickly realize how much more there is to this character. After losing her one true love, Eli, she has spent the last six years heartbroken and becoming a person she herself cannot stand. However, you learn that her behavior and everything she’s done was to help the one man who broke her heart.
Eli has spent the last five years as a prisoner of war. Tortured and beaten for years – he has survived the most inhumane behavior that one could possibly imagine. What carried him through were his thoughts about Shelby – memories of her laughter, her smell and her dreams – all the little details that he fell in love allowed him to escape the horrors of his every day life.
When they are finally reunited, they have a quite a few issues that they need to overcome. Not only do they have to overcome all the hurt created by their past but they have to figure out how to share with one another the hard truths about their lives apart. It’s intensity left my heart completely exposed and aching. I ignored all of my responsibilities so that I could be and Shelby and Eli’s world and get to experience their happily ever after.
The Story of Us was one of the most brilliantly written books that I’ve read in a long time. I cannot recommend this book enough – you do not want to miss this romance. It is a must read.