Title: Everly After
Author: Rebecca Paul
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: October 21, 2014
All truths burn bright and clear. I’m still waiting in the dark.
Everly Monteith has traded her life of glitter, parties, and self-destruction for waitressing at a Parisian café. She’s put the tragedy that sent her across the Atlantic in the past—until her toxic ex shows up and sends her reeling once more. Her fresh start begins slipping away until a smug British war correspondent crashes her party. But falling for Beckett means letting down her guard, something that might pull them both into the dark.
There are beautiful lies in this world, and it takes me being chased through a hallway at a rave to decide this girl is one of them. But even the most beautiful lies aren’t worth chasing.
Twenty-five-year-old Beckett Reid is forced into sabbatical after being kidnapped on assignment in Afghanistan. Back in Paris, he locks himself away to work on a novel, focused on saving his budding journalism career. But when he meets an enigmatic American heiress, his plans are quickly negtlected. Everly is the perfect replacement for dangerous war zones, even if she does leave glitter on everything he owns. Reckless and wild, she runs through life making more mistakes than anyone he’s met, but Beckett is determined to fight for her, even if he must face the messy truth that he must fight for himself first.
*This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.*
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“At least you’re honest.” She drops my hand, and I stiffen, expecting her to leave. I’m not ready for that yet. I like what we’ve carved out for ourselves this afternoon. Outside of Paris, we understand each other. It’s nice to finally be with someone who appreciates the beauty of quiet. The necessity of it.
Everly stands and faces me. “You know what I think?”
I look up at her, shielding my eyes from the sun pouring around her small frame, and shake my head. “I never know what you’re thinking.”
She grabs the hem of her T-shirt and yanks it over her head in a quick swoop, then chucks it at my face, laughing. I peel it away and place it beside me on the warm rock. She’s already stripping out of her jeans, not trying to hide from me, not embarrassed.
She throws her jeans at me and dives into the pellucid lake, slicing through the water almost without a splash. A church bell rings out in the distance, echoing in the quiet aftermath of Everly’s quick jump into the unexpected.
I’m on my feet, waiting for her to come up for air. I clutch her jeans at my side when she finally springs up from the water, sputtering.
“I was thinking—” She brushes back the tangled hair from her face. “—I never swam in a French lake.”
I chuckle. “Isn’t it cold?”
“Freezing. Jump in. We have sins to atone for.” She waves her hand and dives back down, blowing out bubbles that ripple across the surface. When she reemerges, she waves again, but I shake my head, happy to be stranded on this rock. I’ll have even more to atone for if I jump into this lake with Everly.
She laughs and flings her wet bra at my chest, her eyebrows raised in invitation. “Skinny dipping is like Paris. It’s always a good idea.”
About The Author
It began with a boy who survived a plane crash in the wilderness.
I discovered my love of writing during a fifth grade writing assignment for Hatchet. After that, I knew I wanted to be a writer.
Always the hopeless romantic, I write late Victorian and Edwardian historical romances as well as contemporary New Adult romances.
I am a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), as well as the New Hampshire chapter (NHRWA) and the New England chapter (NECRWA). I contribute regularly to the Modern Belles of History blog, a site dedicated to writing, reading, and researching 20th century women’s historical fiction.
When I’m not writing, I’m most likely reading or daydreaming about my next travel adventure. I live in New Hampshire with my husband and our cat, Bella.