Beyond the Seduction
Book 3 of the Reluctance Series
by M. A. Stacie
Release Date: April 23 , 2015
Published by The Writers Coffee Shop
Genre: FICTION / Romance/Erotica ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-379-9
He held out his hand between them. “Take it. I can be the one. I wasn’t lying when I said I’d catch you. You just have to let me.”
For a man who thought he had everything, Trace Jacks sure had nothing now.
After one letter blows his life apart, Trace is clueless how he can move on. He stumbles through the days, never accepting the grief that flows within him, and finding it easier to bury his loss. To him, if he doesn’t think about it, then it never happened. Burying the hurt, he continues with his new life. Hiding from the truth becomes a lot easier after he takes his niece to her dance class, striking up an interesting conversation with her teacher.
Shae Bennett is happy to keep things fun, enjoy-ing Trace’s seduction and his spontaneity. She’s reluctant to get serious with anyone; she has enough going on in her life. With him she can forget about her concerns for her mom, her tumul-tuous relationship with her father, and stress of running the dance studio. With him she can be herself, and it becomes all-consuming.
When the fun begins to slip, when reality starts to encroach in the worst possible way, their relationship unravels at an alarming speed. Neither one is willing to end what they’ve come to need so deeply, but each of them has issues that can only be dealt with alone.
Can Trace and Shae unhook the chains that hold them back? Is their newfound love strong enough to battle back to one another?
“Shae?” he called out, but his words got lost in the music as he descended the stairs. He didn’t say her name again, because the moment he saw her he was transfixed.
Shae was dancing.
She’d pushed the couch against the far wall, leaving space in the center of the room to move. Instead of yesterday’s clothes, she now wore a pair of tight black shorts and a loose gray tank. Her feet were bare. They hit the floor with a small slap.
Being careful not to disturb her, Trace lowered himself and sat on a stair, still watching her every movement. He doubted she’d hear him even if he did make a noise. Shae was locked in her moment, oblivious to the world around her.
The music was haunting, conveying her sad-ness, and as she pirouetted, he saw it on her face, too. Shae was crying. He expected it, though the fact that she was doing it while dancing made it harder for him to see. Dancing had bonded Lisbeth and Shae, and now it was all she had left of that. Trace couldn’t bring himself to disturb her.
Her arms swirled, her body swayed, each movement graceful and smooth. She covered the floor in three quick steps, followed by a deli-cate jump. It amazed him that she kept her poise during the leap, enough to point her toes. When she repeated the move, he watched her fingers this time, and smiled when she pointed those.
~~ABOUT THE AU-THOR~~
M. A. Stacie is never without a book or her eReader. A voracious reader, with a love of sexy yet angst-ridden novels, she adores getting lost in new worlds. Her need to write did not grip her until after her second son was born, when her previous rambles became fully fledged stories.
She describes herself as one huge contradiction, and though not the most conventional of hobbies, she counts getting new tattoos as one of hers. Running keeps her sane, along with knitting and listening to loud music.
M. A. Stacie lives in the UK with her husband and three sons.
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Praise for Beyond the Seduction
"Trace Jacks we met in book 1 of the Reluc-tance series, he was the brother of Dale and worked at the Metro. In book 3 we find out more about this lovable character other then him being Big brother to Dale, we get to delve deeper into his life and I for one was truly excited!
Trace is having a rough time of it, this is the un-derstatement of the century! He just found out his girlfriend had cheated on him - multiple times!! Not only that but his daughter isn't really his. Needless to say he is one messed up dude and needs to stay as far away from the female population as possible.
Until he meets Shae his niece's dance teacher who for the first time in weeks has made him crack a smile.
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3 Intensity Stars
This story starts us off with Trace Jacks receiving some bad news, that changes the course of his life forever. News that burn him to the core and breaks his happy life. On the flip side we're given Shae Bennett. A lovely ballerina attempting to keep it all together. Operating a ballet studio while her mother recovers from surgery, Shae is more than happy to take on the responsibility that the studio hands her daily. Teaching classes for little ballerinas, Shae and Trace meet when he drops his niece off for her first class. All Trace's anger over his current situation goes to the wind when he meets Shae. She seems to amuse him, and keep his troubles away. For Shae, there is an instant intensity when she looks into Trace's eyes. It's as if she can see into his soul.
Trace is the lead guitarist for the band, Wasting Light. On a girls' night out, Shae and Trace bounce up and a little sexy luster scene is given. It was cutesy and hot at the same time. I became a little perturbed because Trace never came off as the player, man-whore type he was portrayed as. To me he just seemed to be a sweet boy with the bad boy facade.
Trace and Shae decide to quell the intensity and lust that swirls around them both. One night, no strings attached. Trace is very clear that he isn't looking for more than a sexual, get lost in the moment type of relationship. And Shea is more than happy to oblige. She has her own problems she is trying to run from. A sick mother, a mortgage for both her house and the dance studio, and lastly a sperm donor of a father that just puts the final nail in their (her mother and herself) coffin.
As they story progresses, Trace battles with the unveiled secret that continues to emotional tear him apart, while Shae gets more and more bad news concerning her mother's health. They use each other as their own forms of escapism. Trace seems to always be around when "the shit hits the fan" with Shae, she opens up to him, but he isn't quite as willing to reveal his inner demons to Shae. The pain is too much and he feels that if he reveals his demons, he will become even more vulnerable and it will make the truth a reality.
M.A. Stacie gives us differing people, that collide in dance, they teach and learn from the other. A soft ballerina and a bad boy musician. Each gaining strength and learning to persevere with the support of the other. Sometimes, all its takes is one step. This was a really sweet and endearing novel, and I do hope that Shae and Trace get their happy ending. My most awe-inspiring moment in this book, was when Shae grew some balls and stood up to her father.The fact that M.A. Stacie used real life situations, made the dynamics in the book more appealing.
*ARC provided via NetGalley on behalf of the author for an honest review* Thanks!!