Title: Unforeseen Heartbeat (Second Chances #2)
Author: Maureen Mayer
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: February 24, 2014
Synopsis for Unforeseen Heartbeat:
Used… Broken… Confused…
It only took one drunken mistake four years ago for Maddie Harrington to learn that when you fully give yourself over to a man, you should never expect anything in return. Since that night, her views on love have become distorted, believing men would only want her for the pleasure her body could bring them. She in turn finds herself hooking up with random guys but never keeps them around long enough to see if there could possibly be something more.
That is…until Hunter Bryant enters the picture.
When the handsome pre-med student shows up in the right place at the right time, captivating her with his stormy gaze, she immediately pushes him away, thinking he’s no different than any other guy. The deeper Hunter delves into her life, trying to break through her iron-clad walls, the more she begins to question whether she is truly capable of opening her heart up to another man.
Maddie soon finds herself forced to make a difficult decision, one that will forever change both of their lives. Will she shut Hunter out of her life for good, or will she finally open up her heart and allow herself the life she never dreamed she deserved?
“Are you okay? Can you tell me if it hurts anywhere?”
His voice sounded like heaven, but my body still refused to cooperate and answer him. Why was he asking if I was hurt? I felt fine, other than the fact that I seemed to have lost all motor function and the ability to speak.
I started to get some feeling back in my arms and legs, and I felt my body cradled against another that was almost twice my size.
“Did he…did he touch you anywhere?”
Touch me? Who…? Oh he must have meant Tucker. What ever happened to Tucker? He was carrying me up the stairs, but I couldn’t remember much after that. Asshole must have left me up here alone.
“Please, Maddie, I need you to focus if you can. This is important. I need you to tell me if he touched you anywhere…inappropriately.” I could hear the concern painfully dripping from his voice, and to be honest, it was starting to scare me.
As the numbness subsided, and I regained more feeling throughout my body, I noticed a sharp pain shooting up my wrists as though they had been sprained. Jesus, what the hell happened to me?
My heart was beating rapidly, and I could feel myself beginning to hyperventilate, but then I felt lips, his lips, pressed against my throat, just over my racing pulse. His warm breath cascaded over my throat, causing my heart to race even faster, but soon my breathing matched his and I was able to calm myself.
“Better?” he asked softly.
“Yeah.” I finally peeled my eyes open to find a symbol that I had only ever seen in doctors’ offices tattooed on his forearm. It looked like a staff with wings, entwined by two snakes. Such an odd looking thing, and yet, I felt better knowing that the one whose arms I was currently wrapped up in bore that symbol…like he was my savior. My protector.
“Do you think you’re okay to stand?”
I squeezed my eyes shut and tried to ignore the pain in my wrists as I nodded my head. He gently tucked his arm beneath mine and wrapped it across my back, allowing me to place all of my weight on him. My body still swayed unsteadily, and seeing this stranger towering above me brought back the image of Tucker’s body hovering over me while he painfully pressed my wrists into the mattress. Oh fuck, what did he do to me?
My heart rate picked up again, and he cupped my face, focusing my attention on his stormy gray eyes and forcing away the fuzzy images that had yet to make any sense.
“Shhh, you’re okay. He can’t hurt you. You’re safe now.”
You’re safe now. Safe. I repeated those words over and over in my mind, and when they had finally sunk in, I opened my eyes one last time to look at him smiling down at me. His lips looked so soft, and I reached up to trace my finger along his bottom lip, but my hand never made it there before I slipped back into the darkness.
Maureen Mayer was born, raised and currently resides in Buffalo, NY with her loving and supportive family and boyfriend of 9+ years. She’s always had a love for the outdoors, and when the city isn’t buried under snow, she can be found hiking, fishing, camping or lying on the beach. She’s a sucker for off-color humor, but holds a sweet spot for sick and twisted horror films. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in bed with her kindle, diving into a steamy romance novel and falling in love with the latest book boyfriend.
Unforeseen Heartbeat Playlist: https://play.spotify.com/user/1244690782/playlist/1OC5ZL8XNXEvOiUAb9An94
So Happy I Could Die – Lady Gaga
Should Have Known Better – Hinder
Demons – Imagine Dragons
Don’t be Afraid – Green River Ordinance
Let Love In – The Goo Goo Dolls
Ready To Love Again – Lady Antebellum
The Only Exception – Paramore
Only You’re The One – Lifehouse
Changed By You – Between The Trees
Bloodstream – Stateless
Every Night – Imagine Dragons
Dick in a Box – The Lonely Island Ft. Justine Timberlake
The Other Side – Jason Derulo
She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
Perfect – Burn Season
Wanted – Hunter Hayes
Unconditionally – Katy Perry
Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning) – Vertical Horizon
Hesitate – Stone Sour
Take Your Time – Cary Brothers
What If – SafetySuit
Daylight – Maroon 5
Can’t Forget You – My Darkest Days
Small Bump – Ed Sheeran
Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls
Everything Has Changed – Taylor Swift Ft. Ed Sheeran
Makes Me Hold On To You – Griffin Peterson
Love Song – 311
Unforeseen Heartbeat Book Trailer:
Youtube link: http://youtu.be/AkM2nXgIvo8