Lily Black’s Books

Are you looking for a great new read? Storm of Attraction is the first book in a series of romances set in the picturesque small town of Willowdale, and features a HEA with a female black belt, the Ranger who broke her heart, and a seriously scary stalker. Both ecopies and paper books are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, and wherever fine books are sold. Read a short excerpt below, and thank you for stopping by!

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Spoiler-free Excerpt:

She stepped forward. “Clearly, I was wrong to challenge you. This all smells amazing.”
“An amazing meal for an amazing lady.” When she stopped short, Drew realized instantly that she took his comment as a compliment of her looks—and didn’t appreciate it. He plowed on. “What you did tonight, the way you handled yourself with your cats, you were amazing.”
Alexa flushed a little, but she continued to her chair and sat. Drew caught a scent of something citrusy as he pushed in her chair. Her hair fell in smooth waves of honey brown and looked incredibly touchable. She’d freshened up before she came out, he was sure of it, and his chest swelled a little that she’d taken the trouble. Drew took his own seat across from Alexa.
She cleared her throat, but her voice still sounded a little husky when she spoke. Maybe she was as nervous as he was. “What do we have here? I recognize some of these but don’t know their names.”
She sounded impressed, and Drew felt a flood of pride. “The one with the shrimp is couscous paella, and beside it is roasted eggplant and feta, which you can dip with pita chips. This orange soup is a pumpkin curry soup, and then of course there’s the salad, which has asiago cheese.”
“Wow.” Alexa’s eyes spoke her enjoyment, and she made an appreciative sound after popping in a chip full of the eggplant and feta.
Drew couldn’t help himself; he spooned up a bit of the pumpkin soup and passed it to her. “Here, try this.”
She barely hesitated before taking the bait, and when she did, her eyes flew wide open and her mouth made a sensuous little pout. “Mmm, that’s good!”
Drew grinned and just managed to stop himself from spoon-feeding it to her. He was getting way too much of a thrill out of feeding her. While he would like to think it was all motivated by a protective desire to follow Detective Rawlings’s orders and make sure Alexa ate, the burning in his groin said otherwise. He could watch her eat all evening without caring about his own food, if only she’d let him.

Back Cover Description:
Alexa Wolving has just one rule: never give a guy a second chance. That works just fine in the safe life she’s built. In the charming town of Willowdale, her day job as a librarian balances perfectly with her evening job as a black belt instructor. But when she attracts the attention of a stalker, Alexa’s carefully built world begins to crumble.

Drew Cosimo knows he broke Alexa’s heart five years ago when he took his first Ranger assignment and disappeared from her life. Now that he’s out of the army, he’s moving back home to Willowdale. He’s not looking for a fight, but making peace would be easier if Alexa hadn’t told the entire town he was a money-grubbing jerk. Despite the tension between them, Drew is quick to offer his protection when a stalker forces Alexa from her home.

As the stalker’s attacks escalate, Alexa and Drew are forced to face their painful past and the simmering attraction between them. They must fight to save each other before everything they care about goes up in flames.

 

Praise for Storm of Attraction:

Once I began reading, I just couldn’t stop. Alexa was a strong female lead, and while she could seriously kick some booty if need be (and it definitely “need be” at some point in this book), it was nice to see her considering other options, like giving a particular blast from her past another chance even though she is staunchly against do overs when it comes to relationships. Hey, I’m not saying she’s going to make it easy or that she actually succumbs to those feelings still sizzling away after all these years, but even the moment’s thought she gives it is a triumph when considering her past. Drew, on the other hand, could fulfill all your military man dreams in the blink of an eye…too bad he’s stubbornly hung up on the only girl that really got beneath his skin. Why too bad? Because, as I said, she’s not going to make it easy, nor does he really deserve it to be with the exit strategy he employed the last time they were in each other’s lives. Guess it’s a good thing fate (and a crazy butt stalker! Eeek!) is pushing them together (and testing their limits of self control) despite the imminent danger they are BOTH in….

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In the end, it was a thrilling rush of a read that while filled with heart stopping action, danger, and suspense, still held enough battles of the heart to keep a romance fan’s hopes alive and well.
–An Amazon Reviewer

I truly enjoyed this story between Drew and Alexa, whose story really started five years earlier when they had a whirlwind romance before Drew went off for basic training. Throughout the years, his parting comments to her affected both of them and the ramifications would not be known until years later when they came face-to-face once again.

I must admit that I can’t recall reading before going to bed, only to have elements of the story chase me into my dreams and turn into a full-blown nightmare, so much so that I woke up and was afraid to go back to sleep, yet afraid to keep my eyes open. It’s not often books affect me to the point that they interfere with my sleep, but Storm of Attraction surely did.

I enjoyed that the story contained elements of mystery and suspense, yet the violence wasn’t gory. I also appreciated that the romance in the story was relatively clean. I felt the chemistry between these two characters and can’t help but wonder where they go from here. They definitely seem to belong together.
–An Amazon Reviewer

Ms. Black has done a remarkable job of giving second chance love a “chance” to re-kindle that old flame!

–Tome Tender

Although I’m shamefully under-read in contemporary romance, Lily Black’s debut, STORM OF ATTRACTION, has charms not limited to any one genre. Her meticulous scene-setting paints a vivid picture of place and, unforgettably, food (seriously, Black should release recipes with this book), but far more critically this skill creates the atmosphere which is critical to a romantic thriller. Alexa and Drew are the classic former-lovers-turned-to-enemies whose paths collide in the wake of a violent stalker. And though Drew is a former Army Ranger, Alexa is no damsel written solely to provide a plot line for the hero. I spent almost as much time re-reading the martial arts action as the kissing–and I have very little interest in martial arts. Perfect reading for a snowy day. Or a lazy, sunny one.

–Laura Andersen, Romantic Times award-winning author of The Boleyn King

“…this book is first in a new series, which is yay! I highly anticipate the next book…”
–Aure’s Book Blog

 

The next novel (a companion book) in the Willowdale series will have…

A senator’s daughter.

A wounded warrior.

A love that’s a lost cause…

And the scheming black mailer who will see them destroyed or dead.

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