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A Will to Change

Beth Rinyu
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In A Cry for Hope you meet Jamie’s carefree younger brother, Will. Now read his story…

Will McAdams is a New York City firefighter who has always lived in the shadow of his older brother, never quite measuring up to his parents standards. He lives his life without regrets, and answers to no one. The women love him and he uses that to his advantage, making it clear that he only has one use for them.

Gabby Spencer is a nurse in the burn unit of a busy New York City hospital. Her guarded personality doesn’t allow many people into her life and her patients take the place of her lack of family. She masks the pain that she is harboring deep inside with quick wit and sarcasm.

When Will becomes one of Gabby’s patients they form a special bond and soon become each other's solace. But Will doesn’t see her like every other woman in his life. She means the world to him and he feels an underlying need to always protect her – most of all from himself. Even though he wants her more than he’s ever wanted any other woman, he’s not willing to take that next step and jeopardize everything they have. When jealousy and pain begin to overtake their once perfect friendship, will Will's fear of falling in love and never measuring up, cause him to lose the one and only woman to ever own his heart? 

* This is a companion novel to A Cry For Hope and can be read as a stand-alone.

Gabby rambled on until our food came, only stopping when her eyes lit up at the size of her burger.

“Told ya!” I teased.

“Told me what?” she asked, taking a bite from her fry.

“I saw the look on your face when you saw the size of that burger.”

“This little thing?” she asked, looking down at her plate. I nodded. “Oh please, Will. I’ve had bigger ones than this in my mouth.” I almost spit my ice tea all over the place. “I meant burgers, pervert!”

“Mmm hmmm, I bet you did!” She smirked as she smothered her burger in ketchup and relish. “Geez, Gabby. Why don’t you have some burger with your ketchup and relish?”

“I love ketchup!” she said, licking it off her fingers.

“I can see that!”

“Don’t you?” she asked, opening her mouth wide and taking a bite.

“Yeah, but not half the bottle. Definitely not relish, though.”

“Mmmm….you don’t know what you’re missing!” she said, taking another huge bite. “Here, taste.” She held the burger up to my mouth.

“Gabby, it’s drenched in -.”

“Come on, Will. Don’t be afraid to try new things.” I opened my mouth and took a bite. It wasn’t half bad. “Not bad, is it?” she asked with her adorable grin as she picked up the napkin and wiped the ketchup off my face.

I took the top bun from my burger. “Lay it on me, Gabby girl!”

She held her hand up to give me a high five before picking up the bottle of relish and ketchup. “Woohoo! Sister Gabby has made you see the error of your ways. Bless you, Will,” she giggled.

She squirted on the ketchup and relish, and lifted her burger up to her mouth. “Come on, Will. Let’s do it together,” she teased in an overly sexy voice.

“You are a piece of work, you know that?” I chuckled.

She took a bite of her burger at the same time as me. I never thought that someone could actually look adorable chewing food, but Gabby proved that theory wrong. She swallowed it down and took a sip of her milk shake. “Was it good for you?” she asked. Neither one of us were able to control our laughter. It didn’t get any better than being here with her.

We met Will in A Cry for Hope. He is Jamie's playboy, firefighter, younger brother. Will knows how life can change in an instant so he is determined to live it to the fullest and do what he wants when he wants. He holds himself back and has limited true connections with women and even with his own family.

I was commitment phobic and wasn't ashamed to admit it. I could never imagine myself with one woman for the rest of my life. The mere thought of the same piece of a** forever depressed me. 

When Will ends up in the hospital, he meets burn nurse, Gabby. She brings a little happiness to his days as he is recovering. Her life is  also in a rut and she feels powerless to change it. All she really has going for her is her work.

These two lost souls develop a witty, engaging rapport that turns into a true friendship that builds at a realistic pace. They truly begin to look out for the other and provide balance. They become friends who could read each other so well in some ways and were so clueless in others. 

I loved them together. She truly made Will a better person--one that cared about someone besides himself and brought out a loving, protective, vulnerable man. But also a confused, scared,and jealous one. But he had insecurities that clawed at him and was paralyzed at the through of losing her from his life so did not want to jeopardize that.

What Gabby and I had was something special, something that I never had with any other person. We had a connection and that was so much stronger than sex.

And Gabby was just adorable, sassy, sweet, strong, and had a huge heart. But deep down she was also somewhat broken, insecure, and felt inferior. But she really had no clue how high up on a pedestal Will placed her. 

He was my knight in shining armor. The one and only friend that I knew I could always depend on. 
Their connection had a sweetness about it and underlying chemistry. But it built slowly over time. It was not insta-love, insta-lust, or insta-sex. This timeline was realistic even if it at times it got frustrating seeing them deny,  miscommunicate, and push each other away. It both made me appreciate that it was a more natural progression, but also made me want to speed up the pacing because I was dying for them to move forward. I seriously wanted to shake sense into both of them at times. 

But they needed each other in ways that neither of them even realized. They were catalysts for each other and they challenged each other to make important changes in their lives and face issues that had deep impacts on their lives that they had been avoiding . 

There are twists and turns that made it more special and emotional. It was engaging, funny, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. We got to see a bit more with Hope and Jamie and his family that we met in the first book. But this one can be read as a stand alone. We met some of his friends that added both comic relief and some drama to the story. And they both had family dramas that added conflict as well.  It was told in both Will and Gabby's points of view so we got to know each character intimately and understand their hesitations and fears. It was a sweet story of hope, growth, love, and fate. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
A Cry for Hope
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Hope McAdams life as she knew it ended on the same day that her eight year old son’s did.

Eight months later she's trying to regain some semblance of normality, while trying to repair her once perfect marriage to a man who was her best friend, but now a complete stranger. Coming to the painful realization that she must fix the hole that’s deep within her heart, she goes home to the place that she grew up in hopes that time and distance will heal her wounds and lead her back to the man she loves.

Nick Abate is an old friend of Hope’s whose heart is also on the mend. He’s home on leave from the Marines, and when he and Hope reconnect, their friendship picks up right where they left off, years ago

They both begin to heal and feel whole again with the help of each other. But when their friendship crosses the line, will Hope be able to forgive herself and move on, or will the guilt that she is harboring once again cause her to slip back into the place that she has just escaped? 

What happens when two tortured souls place their trust in each other? Will they find their way back to the ones they love or will their hearts remain connected forever?

Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen - or in today's world a touch of the keyboard. I am the author of The Exception To The Rule, An Unplanned Lesson and Drowning In Love (releasing July 2013) I am currently working on a sequel to An Unplanned Lesson....stay tuned!

My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I was born and have lived in New Jersey my whole life. I'm a mom of twin teenage boys, a teenage stepson, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon! I am married to a wonderful guy - but we'll keep that between us, I don't want him getting a big head! 

Thanks for taking the time to learn about my books and me! If you decide to read them (and I hope you do!) please be sure to go on and review it for me - yes, even if you don't like it!

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