Rachel Reviews SWEET ALIBI by Adriane Leigh

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From USA Today Bestselling author Adriane Leigh comes a passionate contemporary romance about giving in to desire so sharp and sweet it threatens to consume...

Georgia Montgomery is desperate for an escape from the life she’s been leading. The perfect job, the perfect apartment, the perfect boyfriend—all are on the cusp of driving her over the edge. On a whim, she buys a beach house on the North Carolina coast, eager to spend a summer with her college friends. She thinks she’s found the perfect balance, until one pleasure-seeking playboy turns her world on its axis. Georgia tries to ignore the tornado of emotion that sweeps through her system whenever Tristan Howell is near, but just like an addiction, one look, one taste, one touch is never enough.

The chemistry is scorching and it isn't long before the slow burn ignites into a full-blown wildfire that threatens to consume anything in its path. But Georgia and Tristan can't shelter their love from the outside world, and the moments of exquisite passion they share aren't enough to sustain the relationship. When scars from the past resurface--will their hearts meld together as one? Or will outside forces tear them apart, leaving an empty shell where love and passion once thrived?

*Note: The characters in Sweet Alibi are real and flawed--they make bad decisions and learn hard lessons. It contains a love triangle, a sweet alpha-male with a broken heart, and a leading lady that doesn't always know what she wants. If you love a character-driven romance with a hard-fought happily-ever-after, Sweet Alibi is for you. (Formerly published as The Morning After and Light in Morning duet, now with more than 10,000 words of never-before-published BONUS content!

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“You’re getting wet.” Tristan lifted a finger and tucked a stray strand of hair behind my ear. I licked my lips nervously, my eyes locked with his. His touch set my skin on fire. I held my bottom lip between my teeth painfully, willing myself to feel anything other than my stomach rolling and the arousal throbbing between my thighs. His eyes darted down to watch my mouth as his lips parted lightly with his breath.
“Georgia,” he whispered as he leaned into me. His lips grazed mine and my eyelids fluttered closed.
Why wasn't I pulling away?
God, I needed to be pulling away, like two minutes ago.
I should have moved my chair away from his when I sat down. Being in Tristan's space did things to me, delicious things like the hair rising on the back of my neck and goosebumps dancing across my skin. My stomach flipped, my breathing hitched, and a slow ache settled between my legs.
“Tristan,” I breathed as he brought his hand to my jaw in a light caress, just like he’d been doing a minute ago to the weathered wood of the deck chair. I parted my lips and the air escaped my lungs in a rush.
“I don't know what this is between us, Georgia, but I want to find out,” he said on a breathy exhale.
“Me too,” I whispered and pressed my lips to his. His soft, slightly salty lips tasted heavenly as I ran my tongue along them. He opened his mouth and our tongues brushed together as his hand cupped the back of my neck, fingers threaded in my hair, thumbs brushing my cheeks. He pulled me closer to him and before I knew it I was adrift in the heady sensation of Tristan.
I lost myself for those few blissful moments attached to his lips. I knew there was a reason I shouldn't be doing this, but for the life of me, I couldn't remember what it was. I ran my palm up his arm and over his shoulder to tangle in his hair.
But the hair was too long. It didn't feel right. It was foreign, and yet the pull I felt to continue to kiss and caress was undeniable.
“Kyle.” I pulled away quickly, mumbling the name. I licked my lips where Tristan’s salty-sweet taste lingered. The feelings that were swirling inside my body and filtering through my head were terrifying and new and right all in the same breath. Tristan watched as my thoughts aligned.
“I’m sorry. I don't know what just happened or why I said what I did, but it can't happen again.” I rushed back into the safety of the house, leaving Tristan alone in the rain.

Holy Shitballs Batman...
Are you looking for the feels book of the year?  Look no further...I think I had perma tear tracks the entire time I read this.  It's not like Sweet Alibi is downright sad, it's a mixture of emotions that seem to hit me just right.  It's Georgia and even though we don't know what she went through at the beginning of the book, you can tell she's just always got that sad, defeated feel behind her...and you can't help but want to understand WHY.  That whole vibe just made me sort of morose and I found it amazing that an author could make me feel so despondent.  Such a way with words, description and characterization.  It's so easy to sit back and think "Well Georgia, you cheating witch, serves you right if no one loves you anymore"  and yet I found myself easily in her shoes, making similar choices, especially once we found out just how Kyle came to be in her life.
Adriane Leigh is a goddess with words.  I've NEVER read a story by her that left me feeling wishy washy or unhappy. Even when Georgia wavers and can't choose between Kyle and Tristan, it didn't make me feel as though Georgia was an annoying character, I felt as though she's had such a rough time of it that she simply can't accept the fact that she could possibly be happy.  That she could feasibly choose happiness and light over fear and devastation.
~Love yourself this summer. Love yourself enough to follow you heart..."
"Silas..." I whined.
"Just try," he said as he smoothed his hand down my hair. "Just try for something beautiful."
And DAMN...was this beautiful.  It was beautiful in it's complexity, it was beautiful when it came down to it's simplicity...
I felt for Georgia, with Georgia...She was easy for me to connect with and I honestly didn't want to stop reading this at any point in the story.  I pretty much read the entire "part 1" in one sitting...accomplishing nothing but working my way through a kleenex box LOL.  Then I MADE myself go to bed (2 am) got up and wanted to continue...but I did the chores that had to get done and THEN I could curl back up on the couch and delve back into the life of Georgia without feeling guilty. 
I'm not ususally a fan of dual POV...but with Tristans' I LOVED it. Even though there were times I was frustrated that we seemingly had to repeat a chapter, I ended up liking the variation more than I normally do.
This book gives you SO much.  Angst, love, hate, tears, laughter, jealousy, cheating, love triangles, amazing characters, great secondary characters, such amazing chemistry, such devastating memories, complacency, tender touches, screaming agony...you never know which way to turn. You're never really sure who you're rooting for. You damn certainly don't know how it's going to end.
I honestly have to say, this is one of the BEST books I've ever read...not just this summer, this year, or since I've joined the bookie community...but EVER...and we're talking a LOOOOOONG time here.
5+ Simply Amazing Stars

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Adriane Leigh was born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and now lives among the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore.
She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer.
She is married to a tall, dark, and handsome guy, and plays mama to two sweet baby girls. She is a voracious reader and wishes she had more time to knit scarves to keep her warm during the arctic Michigan winters.
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