by Q.B. Tyler
Bittersweet Duet, #2
Publication Date: July 26, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction
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“Lead us not into temptation…”
Dr. Will Montgomery had already given into his temptations.
He’d tasted the forbidden fruit, again and again for months.
Despite the obstacles in his way, he claimed the beautiful Charlotte Pierce and fell head over heels in love.
She was finally his.
But a stolen love, a forbidden love— comes at a price.
And in the aftermath of their affair, Will finds himself backed into a corner desperate for an escape from the chaos.
Chaos that threatens to destroy him and reveal the secrets he’d kept hidden.
Secrets that may just cost him everything.
And if there’s one thing Dr. Montgomery should have learned by now is the truth always comes out.
*Bittersweet Addiction is the final part of the Bittersweet Duet.*
DON’T MISS HOW IT ALL STARTED! BITTERSWEET SURRENDER, PART ONE IN THE BITTERSWEET DUET!
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“I was in a relationship with two men and neither were giving me up.”
That thought flashed through Charlotte’s brain like a bright neon light as she followed her husband out of her marriage counselor’s office.
The office where she’d sat twice a week as she tried to repair the glaring problems in her marriage.
The marriage that she’d fought hard to save to a man that wasn’t fighting alongside her. She’d been lied to, ignored and used as a pawn to climb his ladder to success. Charlotte was broken, not just her marriage.
But, then she met Dr. Montgomery and everything changed.
They say love is patient and kind of course, but what happens when that love comes at the cost of everything?
Love was a force that took no prisoners when it decided to strike and Charlotte had been hit—hard.
By a man that wasn’t her husband.
By the very man who was supposed to save her marriage.
I never have to feel alone again. My heart reacts to her words and I have her in my lap kissing her like our lives depend on it before she can say anything else. I don’t speak, I let my mouth do the talking for me as my tongue winds with hers. I wrap my arms around her, holding her tight against me as the pain of talking about my past bubbles inside of me. My mouth waters again thinking about what I planned to do after I left this room, but Charley’s tongue wipes away the feeling just as quickly. I pull away from her when I feel like we both need a breath and rest my forehead against hers. “God, where have you been all my life?”
She doesn’t say anything, because I don’t think she really has the answer. Finally, she speaks, her voice just above a whisper. “I would have wanted you if we met in high school. Or college. I would have made you feel wanted. Special. I would have protected you from them. I’ll protect you from them now. You’re not alone, Will. Not anymore.” My nose rubs against hers, my eyes fixed on hers as they penetrate me.
That’s the thing about meeting your soulmate. They know what you need to hear sometimes before you do. I’d never used the word alone. Or lonely and it’s like she could feel it just by looking in my eyes.
“I love you,” I tell her as my heart pounds so hard I wonder if it’ll fly out of my chest. A part of me wishes it would so she could see my heart only beat for her.
Even if I was keeping a secret from her.
“I love you too. I wish you’d open up to me. Stop hiding from me. Whatever it is you’re holding onto, let it go. You don’t have to carry it all on your own.”
I’d said that so many times, I wonder if she’s just merely telling me to practice what I preach. Share things with your partner. You’re in this together and you need to share the weight of the baggage you bring into your relationship. One person can’t do it alone.
But what happens when the baggage is too much? So heavy it overpowers the relationship and forces it to break creating irreparable damage?
This is why people have secrets.
This is why people feel they have to carry things alone.
It’s why marriages end.
It’s why I have a job.
ABOUT Q.B. TYLER
Write. Wine. Work. Repeat.
A look inside the mind of a not so ex-party girl’s escape from her crazy life. Hailing from the Nation’s Capital, Q.B. Tyler, spends her days constructing her “happily ever afters” with a twist. Romantic comedies served with a side of smut and most importantly the love story that develops despite inconvenient circumstances.