Authors: C.J. Wells
Tags: #The Perfect Plans Series #2
“A pure fairtytale fantasy for grown ups that’s heavy on the hot-as-sin celebrity who falls in obsession, possession, and lust for-ever-after with our lucky heroine.”
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“Alexander Tate. That could actually be a verb. He
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“C.J. Wells wove this story seamlessly with great characters and fantastic writing.”
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“Beautiful, creative writing…written in a style that is a mixture of romantic prose and contemporary work.”
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“C.J. Wells brings us a story of make-believe, but makes it feel so real, it could happen to any one of us.”
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“This is a well-written, addictive romance.”
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“Simply Brilliant…Drama, humor, romance, lust, and ultimately love. Fabulously written…full of twists and turns.”
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“Will thoroughly captivate you…offers romance at its best and a very sexy, erotic, and capitivating story line.”
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“An outstanding romance that tugs at your heart strings and never lets go!”
“C.J. Wells hits it out of the park with a home run…Witty, humorous and boldy written. The sex scenes are even HOTTER! You’ll need a tall drink to cool you off…BRAVO!”
Christie Pastore, Author
“I enjoyed it from the very start and was totally hooked and swooning over Alex and all his hotness. He tugged at your heartstrings and left you waiting for more.”
“Funny, witty, charming, HOT, I mean REALLY HOT (you may need more than a few cold showers while reading), and emotional. The way the Authors describe the emotions, the expressions of each character, made me feel like I was there in person witnessing it.”
Fabiola Francisco, Author
Take a Bow (The Perfect Plans Series #2)
By C.J. Wells
2014 by C.J. Wells
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Take a Bow / C.J. Wells
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This is dedicated to perfect love...
Just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.
“YOU LEFT ME bound to the life you left behind, trying like hell to figure out how to live without you. It seems you still have all of me, Aby,” he says with a sad smile. “It’s taken a long time, struggling to figure out how to live my life alone. But throughout these months, I’ve come to realize that even though you were
me all that time, I was alone all along anyway. I will learn to let you go. Eventually. But you will always have a part of my heart. Always.”
“I’m so sorry, Liam,” I whisper, unsure what I can say to extinguish his ever-present hurt, regardless of his stoic admittance. After spending a good portion of your life with someone, gauging happiness and pain becomes second nature.
Unless you’re a good actor, of course.
Something for which Liam has never been good at
, I note, taking measure of his charming face, tilted down, staring at his lap. I can see his pain masked behind a slight edge of bravado and acceptance. No matter how much you succumb to it, or how right the reasons, I can admit that we’ve both lost something special.
Liam’s gaze darts to mine at my pleading apology and I reel further in my envelope of shame and regret. “No, don’t. I don’t need your apology. We were both living a lie - both of us wanting, needing, something more.
should be apologizing to you. I held you back, I see that now. I think I even did it knowingly out of fear that you’d leave me.”
This is so surreal. The man sitting across from me is not the Liam that I knew so well. He’s a man who’s clearly grown since the demise of our marriage. He’s calmer, more reflective. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.
He looks as handsome as ever. His short brown hair casually styled, his bright blue eyes warm despite the pain they reflect. I’m almost tempted to reach out and run my fingers along his slight stubble - a kneejerk reaction after so many years together.
“It’s okay, though,” he continues, grabbing my hand with a gentle squeeze. “I’m fine, Abs. Great, actually.” He offers a small grin. “It took a while, but I’ve finally started to turn my life around. I even bought a bike.”
“That’s wonderful, you’ve always wanted one.” I’m elated to see the splash of pain quickly fade from his gaze, replaced with boyish excitement.
“Yeah, it’s pretty cool. I’m leaving next week, touring through the States. Might make my way to the west coast and stay awhile. Find someplace nice in L.A.”
“Good for you, Liam. I know you’ve always dreamt of traveling through California. You must be excited to go.”
“No kidding,” he laughs, looking down at his hands in his lap once more. “I’m excited, and thankful.”
“Thankful to you,” his gaze returns to mine, “…for finally knocking some sense into me. For pushing me to live out my
dreams as well.”
I lower my head shyly, not quite sure what to say as I sit across from my now ex-husband, the signed divorce papers like a beacon on the table in front of us. I feel completely overcome, overwhelmed that the man who was once my
, whom I left brokenhearted in my search for more, is now thanking me for giving him
freedom. Who knew that such a tragic story could turn out so fulfilling?
Yet the irony is lashing. I’m back in my hometown, having walked away from my freedom,
dreams - discarded back in England - while Liam is now off to fulfill his. My penance perhaps?
“Say something,” he pushes.
“I’m not sure what to say,” I look up to him. “I’m happy for you. It makes me happy to know you’re happy. I truly never meant to hurt you.”
“I know, Abs. And I’m not going to lie and say that you didn’t. You did. But I realize now that everything is the way it should be. We can both fight for the life we’re meant to have,” he pauses, offering a gentle smile, seemingly filled with thought. “I see you’ve snagged yourself a hot-shot boyfriend,” he jokes halfheartedly.
Ugh… the media gossip
. Of course he’s seen the images of Alex and I by now. I wince at the reminder of Alexander Tate, the incredible, sexy actor - the man of so many women’s fantasies. The wonderful man I left behind in London without a word.