Stand-Alone: yes Series: Blackbirds, Book 1 Publisher: Hot Java Press Publication Date: October 18, 2019 Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Literary, Family Saga Heat Level: Sensual
ETHAN’S CHOICE: BLANK PAGES I BY LILY JAVA He thought he planned for everything. But, what he didn’t plan for, was her.
Whether we are we born into the world a blank page has been argued since the time of Aristotle. Is it nature or nurture that makes us who we are? Do we choose our own fate, or are we chosen for the roles we play?
Serena Clay is a golden girl living in a soulful, turbulent time. Beautiful, intelligent, pragmatic, and so well cared for, one would think she’d be better prepared. But there’s no way, she could’ve known how overwhelming and passionate it would be to fall in love, until she met Ethan Vance—a fierce, charming, and enigmatic young man.
Ethan Vance lives a life filled with secrets and lies. He longs to be free of them as well as of the violent family legacy they stem from. With careful planning and avoidance, he hopes to keep the woman he dares to love and the person most precious to him, in his life forever. When things go bad as they often do, Ethan has a choice to make but now his heart won’t be the only one on the line.
My thoughts: 💖💖💖💖💖
We are captivated by the Vance family (Ethan, Serena & Elliott) in Blackbirds and while you don’t necessarily need to read Blackbird beforehand, Ethan’s Choice: Blank Pages I enlighten you how they got there.
If there was ever a time when opposites attract, it was with Ethan and Serena. Ethan born into lifestyle of violence, illegal businesses, secrets and being prep for a legacy that he has no intention of carrying the torch. He was privy to the family business early and made it his life mission to be a completely different man than his uncle and father. Serena led a carefree life compared to him, with parents that were not only supportive of her, but both loved her unconditionally, giving her the freedom to explore life in living color.
Neither of them could deny a chemistry so powerful and instant! With each being what the other needed, perfect pieces to the puzzle, you couldn’t help but feel the passion and anguish throughout the pages. The decisions he made to keep his father at a distance were to keep Serena safe, but when the sins of his father come to him for collection, he makes the only decision he could to keep it from touching the one good thing in his life…Serena. He did the one thing, he vowed to never let anyone do to her…Hurt.
Lily Java delivers an emotional tale of love, life, decisions and sacrifice. Great read and so worth the wait!!!!
Stand-Alone: Yes Series: Blackbirds, Book 2 Publisher: Hot Java Press Publication Date: October 25, 2019 Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Literary, Family Saga Heat Level: Sensual
SERENA’S VOW: BLANK PAGES II BY LILY JAVA Keeping her promises has often meant sacrifice. But is it ever too late to try and live your best dreams?
Sometimes, re-imagining your life is your only road to salvation.
Long ago left by the man she loved and trusted, with a young son to raise alone, Serena Vance is now a grown woman. The vows she and Ethan made to each other, she has had to forget. Now there is nothing more important than helping her son become the best man he can be. But will reaching that goal come at the expense of her own happiness?
Ethan Vance is a lost, broken man—angry, alone, and teetering on the brink of disaster. The people and things that meant the most to him are disappearing from his life one by one. Every day has become a nightmare, and to survive he must turn his life around.
But is it ever too late to have a second chance at living your best dreams?
In the winding journey these two former lovers take further away from each other, they both lose a significant part of themselves. To thrive again, they must re-invent their lives apart … and maybe, in doing so they will find their way back together.
When Elliott Vance sees his parents, Serena and Ethan, together for the first time, holding hands; it causes a tectonic shift in his perception of reality. Answering all the questions that bubble to the surface, will not always be easy or pleasant. But, there’s always a beginning, a middle, and an end to most stories, including Serena and Ethan’s.
The reconnection between Serena and Ethan Vance will lead to explosive revelations and a thousand and one questions about their past. But will it also give them and their only son Elliott, the closure they all so desperately need?
‘Ethan’s Choice: Blank Pages I’ and ‘Serena’s Vow: Blank Pages II’ by Lily Java brings full circle the story of Elliott Vance’s parents, Serena and Ethan, first introduced in the novel ‘Blackbirds’.
Review coming soon…..
ABOUT LILY JAVA
Lily is a freelance writer, blogger, and novelist who writes fiction in numerous genres. When she isn’t writing, Lily raises money for arts and cultural organizations or plans special events in iconic landmarks throughout her beloved hometown: New York City. A resident of Brooklyn, Lily is a true ambivert, who enjoys solitude just as much as she likes meeting and talking with other passionate readers and writers.
“I think every story is a love story of some kind. The whys and wherefores are usually as interesting as who or what you love, but you only know that if you delve deep. So in life, in love, and most definitely on the page, that’s how I like to do it.” –Lily