Title: Love in Rewind
(#1 of Audio Fools)
Author: Tali Alexander
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult, NA, Erotic
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“When the fairytale ends, there’s only one way back…REWIND”
Emily has the life every woman dreams of.
At 29, she has two beautiful kids, a live-in nanny, housekeeper, cook, and every imaginable luxury in the posh Upper East Side townhouse she shares with her drop-dead gorgeous husband, Louis Bruel. His company, Bruel Industries, owns a big chunk of New York City’s most sought-after real estate, and together Emily and Louis embody the perfect hot fairy tale couple for ten happy years of marriage.
But when Louis mysteriously starts pushing Emily away, becoming distant and secretive, she is forced to search for the truth among the lies, scandal and heartbreak of his past that threaten to shatter her world. What she finds out will test the strength of her love and her vows to the man of her dreams.
Can Emily and Louis rewind far enough back to a time when life was simpler and love was all they needed? Follow their story with the help of some of their favorite songs from the 80’s to discover just how deep and how far love will go.
Excerpt . . .
“Emmy, can we talk this out? You're starting to scare me. Emmy, honey, say something!”
“Jen, can you do me a favor?”
“I would do anything for you, you know that. Just say the word.”
“I need you to keep an eye on Rose and Eric for me.”
My sister looks confused. She wasn't expecting this.
“You have a live-in nanny and a housekeeper. Why would I need to keep an eye on them?”
I take in a breath that feels like fire mixed with acid going down my chest.
“I'm going to go away for a little bit. I need to make sure you and Mom can be around for my babies while I'm gone. I need to know they're getting love from family and not just the hired help.”
“Emmy, where are you going? And what's 'away for a little bit' mean? I don't know what's going on. This is not like you. Can't you just go talk to Louis? Let's call him now.”
“Jenna, I didn't tell you but we've been having some problems. It doesn't affect you guys. I don't want you to get involved. I know you care about him and he's a big part of your business. What's happening between us won't affect any of that. I don't know where I'm going or for how long yet. But I need to go. I have a lot on my mind. I need to try and make sense of my life. My world is about to change drastically. I need you to understand. Please make sure my kids are okay. Promise me?”
“Emmy, I promise I will take care of your kids, but you need to work this out with Louis and not take off somewhere.”
I nod, leave some money on the table, and walk out before I break down and die at The Plaza. In hindsight, my nightmare last night was just a pleasant interlude to the real nightmare that just manifested itself for me in full Technicolor.
I walk back to my so-called home in a haze. I don't know how long it takes me to walk those few blocks to my house. Once I get to the front porch of my townhouse, I just stand there like a pedestrian admiring someone else's beautiful real estate. I finally walk in. I go over to the playroom to see my blond-haired boy grin from ear to ear.
“Mommy, look what I made. It's a hand puppet. We used Daddy's sock and macawoni for eyes.”
“Eric, that's very creative. Come here, my baby boy.”
“Mommy, I'm not a baby. Wenée is a baby, I'm a man.”
“Who told you you're a man?”
“Daddy said I'm a man.”
I smile and the tears I’ve been holding back since I first saw Louis earlier come flowing down. Whatever happens to us, Louis Bruel loves his kids. He would never abandon them like he’s done to me.
“Mommy don't cwy. I can be your baby if you want.” I take Eric in my arms and inhale his delicious scent. “Don't cwy Mommy,” my beautiful, sweet boy repeats into my neck as I hold him close. At this moment, I know that if eleven years ago, someone with a crystal ball had shown up and told me that Louis would break my heart and destroy me, I would still do it all over again. I would still fall for him and love him and marry him. Even knowing it would all end and hurt for the rest of my life. I would do it all over again, just to have my kids.
“Where is Rose?” I ask Marni, the nanny.
“Rosy is watching a movie in her room.”
“Eric, Mommy is going on a trip tonight. I'll be back soon. Promise Mommy you'll be a good boy.”
“Is Daddy going, too?”
“No, baby, just Mommy. Aunt JenJen and Nana Adele will come see you every day. Daddy will be home with you, too.”
That seems to make him happy. He smiles, showing off his cute little dimples. God, he's beautiful, just like the man who made him.
I go to see my daughter upstairs. I walk up the stairs feeling like a stranger in my own house.
“Hi, Mama, I love camp so much better this year. Almost all the same kids as last year. I was picked first for the dance off group today. And do you know what Jake said to me at lunch today?”
“What did he say?”
Without missing a beat, she answers, “He said he wants to kiss me. Eewww, Mama, he is so gross. I would never kiss him.”
“Good, no kissing boys.”
Rose and Eric are both blond like me with different variations of my eye color. They have Louis' features, though; hence, you can’t mistake who their father is.
“Listen, my love, I wanted to talk to you about something. I'm going away for a little while. I don't have all the details yet. I just know that it's very important that I go. Aunt Jenna and Grandpa and Nana will all be here for you and Eric. Daddy will also be here.”
Rose looks at me, seeing right through my pain. I’m afraid she sees how scared and lost I am. I try as hard as I can to channel all my bravery, to make us both believe that I am a strong woman and not a hot mess.
“Mama, are you okay? Do you want me to come with you?”
“Thank you, baby. I need you to be my big girl and help with Eric.”
“Why isn't Daddy coming with you? Are you mad at him?”
“Baby, Daddy is very busy. I love you all more than anything and I will come back as soon as I can.”
I hug and kiss my sweet little child. I remember me and Louis bringing her home from the hospital when she was just born, and here we are, discussing kissing boys, and Louis is leaving me for someone else.
If I could call Sara right now, I would say to her, “Simply Red, ‘Holding Back The Years,’” or maybe I'd say, “Cher, ‘If I Could Turn Back Time,’” or better yet, I wouldn't say anything at all...
About the Author . . .
Tali’s fans will finally get their third and final book in the series titled, LOST IN REWIND, which is set to release on September 1st 2016.
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