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Now or Never




Now or Never by A.J. Bennett
Release date:  June 19. 2013
My rating:  StarStarStarStar (actually 4.5 stars)







Twenty-one year old Grayson Alexander finally breaks away from an abusive relationship and finds herself free for the first time in three years.

Determined to enjoy her new-found freedom, Grayson is intent on sticking with 'no strings attached' relationships—one-night stands, and steamy sex.

But she didn't plan on Derrick.

Her attraction to the sexy man in uniform quickly turns into an unhealthy relationship. They both try to resist the pull, but neither can stay away.

When tragedy strikes, Grayson realizes it's now or never—walk away or make it work.
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Oh my!  Words cannot describe what this book did to me!  I could not put it down!  It ripped my heart out… then repaired it… then ripped it out again! 
I was hesitant with this one at first.  The abusive relationship storyline scared me.  I don’t do well with abusive relationships.  I was relieved by this book.  It wasn’t what I was expecting!  It was so much more, in a good way!
Grayson is broken.  She has serious abandonment and loveless relationship issues. When she leaves her abuser to start a new life, I couldn’t help but to root for her.  When she allowed her sister to teach her a new coping mechanism, I wanted to slap her.  However, by the end, her new found freedom wasn’t just freedom, it was self-discovery and acceptance. 
The relationship between Grayson and Derrick will make you angry, sad, and happy, all at the same time.  You will find peace in the bond these two form, even though they are both in denial just how strong that bond is.
There isn’t much I don’t like about this book.  I did anticipate in seeing a little more psychotic tendencies from her ex, but it wasn’t a deal breaker for me.
I, irrefutably, will be recommending this book to just about everyone I know!  This book is one of those you will not be able to put down.  It will always be on your mind… Even after you have finished it.  I was so in to this book, I couldn’t wait to go back to read some more until I realized I had finished it already.  I don’t think I have ever read a book where I finished it but was so wrapped up in it that I forgot the story was over!!
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Excerpt
Why was she acting like an idiot? He was just a guy; he probably didn’t even give her another thought after their brief eye gaze exchange.
Once she got her drink, she made her way to the cream and sugar stand to grab a napkin and hightail it out of there. Grayson turned to leave and slammed into a solid wall of muscle.
Shit.
Coffee spilled on her hand and down the front of his black T-shirt. As she held the remains of her coffee out of harms way, her chest pressed firmly against his. Horrified, she lifted her gaze.
He cupped her elbows with both hands and steadied her, his startling green eyes ringed with gold swept over her. Then he reached around her, grabbed a napkin, and wiped the hot coffee off her hand. She caught herself giving him the once over while she had his gaze elsewhere; he was so hot, his dark red hair was so fitting to his rugged facial features.
“You alright?”
Grayson mumbled something that didn’t sound like English. Her breath caught at her throat as she took in his powerful frame: his legs were slightly parted and his faded jeans clung to his muscular thighs. His T-shirt was stretched over his broad shoulders.
He smiled instantly softening his hard face. “Why don’t you come and sit down with me?”
“Um, what?”
He tilted his head towards his seat, “The cafe is full. You can share my table.”
Good grief.
All she did was make eye contact with the guy, and now he thought that gave him the right to invite her to sit down? She’d clearly been in a relationship way too long, because she had no idea how to react to his question. A part of her was curious about this man who made her heart rate speed up with just a glance, but a much bigger part of her wanted to turn and run. She just got out of one relationship; she wasn’t about to start another the moment she drove into town. Besides, she’d always heard two redheads were a disaster waiting to happen.
No thanks, she thought, I have had enough disaster in my life for at least five more years.
Although, her mother claims she’s only half redhead, the other half light blonde. So maybe it would only be half a disaster?
Snap out of it Grayson, she thought, trying to get her shit together and not look like a blabbering idiot.
“I can’t. I have to meet my family. But thanks for the offer.” Grayson tried to step by him, but he widened his stance and blocked her.
“Can I at least give you my number?”
Oh my God, Grayson thought, this guy was persistent. He was hot as hell, but come on.
“Do you hit on every girl who walks through the door?” Grayson asked with a little attitude in her voice; she couldn’t let another man gain the upper hand on her so fast.
He laughed, his eyes crinkling at the corners, and she wondered how old he was. “Not all of them.”
AJ
Author with A.J. Bennett
1. Now or Never is your debut novel how long did it take to write?
I worked on Now or Never for several months. It was a slow process. I’ve been intrigued by the New Adult genre. I love that sex is not taboo in the genre. And the age bracket is great. The college years are about finding yourself and experiencing life without the boundaries of your parents.
2. What are you currently working on?
I’m almost finished with my second novel. It’s going to be called Unintentional Virgin. It’s been fun to write and can’t wait to release it. After that I’m going to start on a book about Luna the twin sister in Now or Never. Because I’ve had so many request to find out what happens with Grayson and Derrick. I thought that would be a good way to see where they are and also learn more about the free spirt Luna.
3. Do you have a favorite writing snack?
Popcorn. I LOVE popcorn.
4. Where do you prefer to write?
I really enjoy writing in cafes. There is something relaxing about that environment. Not to mention it’s a great place to people watch.
5. Some authors still hand write and then type on the computer. What about you?
Goodness no. My handwriting is terrible and I probably wouldn’t be able to tell half of what I’d written. I’m all about the laptop. I love to move around while I’m writing.
6. How would you describe your two main characters?
Grayson is a bit lost and confused. She recently got out of a horrible relationship and has never experienced any other men so she goes a little overboard. And she does it for the wrong reasons. She is really drawn to Derrick but not ready to believe he could possible be the one for her.
Derrick is hard to figure out. He had been hurt in the past. The only woman he ever loved cheated on him with a friend of his. So for the last few years he’s been unwilling and uninterested in settling down. When he meets Grayson he knows he’s going to fall so he keeps her at a distance.
7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read, go hiking and hang out with my husband.
8. Do you have any advice for new writers?
Write everyday was the best piece of advice I’ve received. Even if you don’t feel like it. It’s good to get your brain in the routine.

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