For Better & For Worse
by Quint Emm Ellis
GENRE: Christian Romance
These ex-lovebirds are busy building a nest for one. But can she be convinced to make room for him, too?
Despite attending the same congregation and university, Ashe and Stephen’s circles had never seemed to cross.
One class project changed everything…for the better; until secrecy and youthful indiscretion pulled them apart.
Will an unexpectant reunion in their adult years allow Ashe and Stephen to rewrite a history riddled with regret and heartbreaking choices?
She watched him visibly flinch before grinding his teeth, seemingly steeling himself against her onslaught.
She made a move to rise from the table.
“Now, Ashe,” he said, grasping her hand to stop her advancement. “We have to talk about this. If we’re going to work together you can’t just walk away again.”
“Me walk away? Again?” she hissed, looking up at her surroundings before calmly reclaiming her seat, glaring at him.
In as low a volume as she could muster she continued.
“You’re the one that walked away, Stephen. Well before I ever left.” And there it was; the quavering in her voice. The dreaded tightening of the throat that threatened to turn her words into the mewings of a lamb. But she couldn’t stop now. “And you didn’t feel the need to resolve things, then.” She wrenched her hand from his. “So if you have even an inkling of compassion reserved for me, don’t pretend to feel any obligation to patch things up, now.”
After managing to detangle her legs from the bench, she faced him. “As a matter of fact, the best thing you can do for me right now is leave me alone.”
She turned to stomp away, crashing into the muscled arm and shoulder of a man that’d been walking up to their table.
“Hey! Slow down there,” Luke grumbled good-naturedly as he steadied her with a gentle hand on her elbow.
Ashe swallowed, her eyes glistening even as her expression shifted from shock to embarrassment.
“Sorry,” she said quickly as she darted around him to continue her escape toward the house in search of a bathroom.
Stephen stood to follow her; but Luke smoothly slid his body to block his path.
“I’m telling you, Man. Whatever it is, it’s best to let it go for now.”
I love Contemporary Christian Romances, especially if they are new or current. The current events and relatable products makes it easier to follow the story line. I love how the Tiny House movement was the backdrop for this book. Tiny Homes are so trendy and I, like many of you, would love to have one of these.
This book is well written and I was able to jump right in and know what was going on. Some books take me the first third of the book before I understand who the characters are. I really liked the characters Ashe and Stephen. They seem really down to earth and are trying to make sure they follow their Christian convictions now that they’re older and wiser.
I loved how they used accountability with their friends to keep their relationship on the right level. Although they had made mistakes in their past, they worked hard to make things right. Their Christian friends helped them, but would his parents accept that his girl-friend was an African American?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
– Toni Morrison
Quint Emm Ellis enjoys penning plots centering around unabashedly nerdy, introverted, cinnamon-roll mantic, passionate, fallible women who happen to be black, who happen to be Christian, and who happen to love an uplifting and, possibly, inspirational story.
She enjoys listening to audio books, watching movies, finding great deals and spoiling her cat and dog rotten. Her dream is to be able to walk around in loose pajama pants all day and geek out while mastering niche crafts like music production, film editing and electro etching.
Amazon Author Page: https://amazon.com/author/QuintEmmEllis
The book will be $0.99 during the tour.
I love Christian Romance Books: Have You Got Another Book Planned? Or anything from your backlist you’d like to share?
I’ve always felt pretty blessed upon finding a good romance novel with Christian themes and/or characters. It’s nice to read a novel that aligns with my faith, and offers all of the warm and fun feelings I think we all expect from those mini-vacations. It’s hard to find that combination in Contemporary romances. It can also be difficult to find romances featuring female main characters and male main characters who are over forty. Not to mention leads who are curvy and involved in interracial relationships. So I started the journey in 2021 to contribute to that very specific space. I’ve since developed two series.
“The Bonfire Circle” series is a three-book series featuring my debut novel, “Whatever It Takes”. This book was written over several months before I decided to take the plunge and share it with the world. My pleasure in learning that there were readers with whom the book resonated prompted me to continue the series by building off of the book’s closing scene.
My latest series is titled “The Sisterhood of the Tiny House Revolution”, and it follows the overlapping stories of four friends falling in love with the men who are helping them build their dream tiny homes. “For Better & For Worse,” is the series’ third novel and it will be released on June 30th! The final installment of the series is underway, and it will detail the romance of the most adventurous member of the ladies’ group. I’m greatly looking forward to completing the series. But even more than that, with each book I get the chance to know all of these beautiful characters that much more.
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE: Quint Emm Ellis will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.a Rafflecopter giveaway