Something There In Between by S. Ferguson
Publication Date: December 19th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
After a life full of cruelty, Bree is left with no one to turn to—except him.
Declan, who’s suffered his own fair share of tragedy, sees the girl on the park bench with the sad eyes and Converse shoes as a kindred spirit —and a chance to redeem himself. He couldn’t save his mother. Maybe he can save her.
But is Bree too broken to let him in?
Declan may be her only hope for solace, if he’s strong enough to break down her walls. Will she risk letting him in … or let her pain consume her?
This book is intended for readers 18 and older. It contains violence and references of rape and child abuse
That does it for me.
The idea that someone is hurting her causes a rage I’ve only ever felt once before in my life to flow through my entire body. I clench my fists and decide now is the moment I confront her. Is there another asshole bothering her now? Did her douchebag ex make an appearance? I will fucking end whoever did this to her. I know without asking that Jake would have my back on that move. I’d be willing to bet money Ron would as well. It takes every ounce of strength I have, but I wait until the night is a little closer to being over before snatching her arm and pulling her through the doorway into the dark kitchen. I spin her around to the wall beside the doorway, leaning down so we’re face to face, eye to eye.
“You’re gonna tell me what the fuck is going on, and you’re gonna tell me right the fuck now. Is someone hurting you? Why are your knuckles all bruised? You been fighting?” I fire off everything at once, realizing I sound like a nagging girlfriend, but I need to know she’s okay. I NEED to get this off my chest.
Bree sighs deeply, her warm breath fanning across my neck, making me aware of our proximity. I have her pinned to the wall, my left hand is still gripping her shoulder, and my right hand is on the wall above her head. I’m being a bastard, and using my size to cage her in. I watch her closely for signs of fear, but she almost looks bored, and mostly just annoyed. I know she can still refuse to answer, but I’ll be damned if she gets away from me until I have my say.
She raises her eyes to give me an angry glare and I feel my dick twitch. Seeing fire in her eyes as opposed to the sadness they always carry makes her ten times hotter. Fuck, I’m an asshole. Something is seriously wrong with her, and I’m standing here getting turned on.
“I’ve just had a lot on my mind. I’ve been…training. You know exercising and punching a bag. That’s why my knuckles are bruised.” She raises an eyebrow at me, daring me to question her more. I smirk down at her…she has no idea who she’s messing with.
“You need to wear gloves then. You’re going to ruin your beautiful hands. You’re not actually sparring are you? ”I ask, my voice deeper than I intended. I’ve never been this close to her before, and my dick is currently trying to punch its way out of my zipper to reach her.
She glances down, and I have a moment of horror when I realize there is no way she’s going to miss my erection. I’m a healthy boy, and my jeans were already on the tight side. Her breath hitches, and she jerks her eyes back up to meet mine.
When I see the heat in her eyes, I swear I almost come in my pants like a teenager. Bree is fucking turned on by me. I can work with this. Letting go of her shoulder, I put my hand on the wall, completely closing her in, and lower my head towards hers.
“I don’t fool around with Ron’s guys,” she says softly, making no move to avoid my quickly approaching lips.
“Good thing I’m not one then,” I say, my mouth forming a smirk. I’m now so close to her lips I can feel their warmth on my own.
“YO BREE, where ya at?” I hear Jake yell from outside the door. His voice is like a splash of cold water, causing me to jerk back, and the moment is gone.
“My brother is an asshole,” I grumble, lowering my hands to adjust my erection, and backing further away from her.
“Your brother just stopped me from making a stupid mistake,” she says, before walking out of the door.
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When I saw the blurb for S. Ferguson’s debut novel Something In Between I was intrigued. I am always up for a good angsty read. But to be honest, what sold me was when I was contacted by her husband, letting me know the book was coming out. After I picked myself up from the floor where I just MELTED — seriously I. Melted. (Let’s be honest — as I read romance novels I am imagining a man who is devoted to me and my passions… and then here is this wonderful husband supporting his wife’s career. I was sold!) I jumped on getting this book. But I was also nervous. I knew nothing more about the author, her writing anything than the blurb and that I had already fallen for her hubs! All I could think — Please let this be a good book. Please. Please. Please.
Well, let me tell you, Something There In Between far exceeded any hopes and expectations that I had had. This did NOT at all read as a debut novel. The writing was excellent and drew me in right from the start. I had to sit and read it cover to cover because I needed to know what was happening. My heart was so heavy as I was reading because it ached for what Declan and Bree lived through… but at the same time, I found so much healing as they found each other and developed a relationship. Life is NOT easy and some people suffer through extraordinary things — for me, it is how they come out of it. What they do? How they live each day. And this book showcased this in so many different ways.
The characters were so beautifully broken and flawed. Yet together they fund a way to be whole again. And by together I don’t necessarily mean they needed each other to find themselves.. but that all of them (side characters included) supported one another in the quest for self-discovery. I loved the emotional growth that you get to see in the book… watching Bree blossom was just wonderful. And seeing how she was surrounded by people who truly loved her (even when she couldn’t see it) helped to soften the tears on my heart from all she had suffered.
I found it be a beautiful, emotional rollercoaster that I was on. I just loved everything about this one and can’t wait to see what else S. Ferguson has in store. I know that I will be anxiously awaiting her next release!
I received a complimentary copy of Something There in Between.
Meet S. Ferguson:
Ferguson is a military wife and mother of thee. She loves to find beauty in the flawed and broken.