Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Spotlight & Giveaway - Love This Life (Love's Great Adventure Series, Book 2) by Theresa Troutman

Love This Life
(Love’s Great Adventure Series/Book 2)
Author: Theresa Troutman
Cover Design: James
Publication: June 9, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance 18+


“All I want is you.”
Tess Hamilton has a ten year plan—every milestone mapped out to reach her educational, career and life goals. Happy to be moving in with her fiancé, Sebastian, she didn’t anticipate a dangerous attraction to another man, a life-changing event, and a terrifying journey of self-discovery. They were definitely not a part of her master plan, and now Tess wonders if any part of her scheme will come to fruition. Sebastian Irons is getting everything he’s ever wanted out of life. Leaving his playboy image in the past, he’s finally become the better man he longed to be when he left England and came to America. Madly in love with his fiancée and ready to start their life together, everything is seemingly perfect—until a series of unexpected events threatens to tear them apart. Can Tess and Sebastian survive the curveballs life throws at them? Will their love crash and burn, or will they get their long-awaited happily ever after?


Tess walked into her first class, which was Government. She took a seat in the front row, eager to hear her professor's lecture. Everyone else who entered the room headed for the back of the lecture hall, leaving Tess all alone. She tapped her pen on the desk with nervous energy.

            The professor entered the room. He looked ancient with his short, white hair and slightly bent posture. He wore a tweed jacket and eyeglasses with think black frames that slid down his nose. He reminded Tess of Doctor Magnus Pike from the Thomas Dolby video for She Blinded Me With Science. The professor cleared his throat to get the studentsattention.

            Just then, a late arrival burst through the door. So nice of you to join us Mr.?

            Miller,the young man replied.

            Do have a seat Mr. Miller, quickly. And see that you arent late for my class again.

            The young man quickly scanned the room with a grimace, not happy to sit in the front row. He walked over to Tess and sat next to her. The professor began to scribble on the blackboard while Tess turned to observe Mr. Miller.

            The first thing Tess noticed was how good-looking he was: strong features, a dimpled chin, brown eyes, and light brown hair. He was wearing khakis and a pale blue polo shirt.

            Man, my brother was right when he warned me about that old coot,he whispered to Tess.

            You were late for class,she reminded him.

            No, I was exactly on time,he countered.

            Tess grinned as she shook her head, amused at this guys carefree attitude. He reminded her of Sebastian, only with an American accent and a smaller budget for his wardrobe.

            Im Dan, by the way,he introduced, reaching out his hand to shake hers.

            Tess Hamilton,she whispered, hoping the professor wouldnt scold her too.

            The professor turned around to lecture the class. Tess dutifully took out her tablet and began to take notes.

            Ninety minutes later, Tess packed up her books to go to her next class. So where are you off to next?Dan asked, standing from his seat.

            English with Professor Sutton.

            Me, too. We have a half an hour. Want to get some coffee?

            I dont drink coffee,she said as they walked out of the lecture hall.

            Tea, soda, milk?he pressed.

            You dont give up, do you?Tess marveled.

            Nope. Come on, whats the harm?

            Okay. I could go for a Diet Coke.

            Thank God,Dan sighed with relief. I need to surround myself with as many smart people as possible.

            What makes you think Im smart?

            The smart ones always sit in front, eager to observe and learn,Dan explained.

            You say that like its a bad thing.

            Oh, not at all. It was a compliment, not an insult.

            Why do you need me? You did get into NYU, after all. Theyre very selective of who they pick.

            Dan laughed. He had the most wonderful laugh. His eyes seemed to twinkle, and laugh lines appeared in the corner of his eyes.

            Please let me in on the joke.

            Theyre not picky when your mother is one of the esteemed professors and your brother is getting a Masters.


            Yeah, and that leaves me. Not the sharpest tool in the shed,my father would say.Dan held open the door to the cafeteria so Tess could enter first. He poured himself a cup of coffee while Tess grabbed a can of Diet Coke from the cooler. They walked to the cashier and Dan paid for them both before Tess could reach for her wallet.

Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre, traveling and is an active member of the SCBWI. Works by Theresa include My Secret Summer (YA romance), A Special Connection (New Adult Romance), and Life's What You Make It - Love's Great Adventure Series Book 1 ( Mature YA romance)

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