Happy Birthday Jessica! We are super excited to be hosting the Love Square Blog Tour on S&S today. To celebrate her birthday today, Jessica has given Sugar and Spice an exclusive peak into book 2!
Title: Love Square
Author: Jessica Ingro
Release Date: July 18, 2013
Genre: Contemporary / Erotic Romance
A love triangle gone bad...
He was the one guy I couldn't get enough of. One look from him would make me melt. He was the one I always wanted to love me, but always seemed so far away. Now he stands before me and he's turning my world upside down.
At one time I would have done anything to be close to him. But will that anything include betraying the man I pledged myself to and that loves me faithfully?
Samantha Monroe had it all. Or at least everyone thought she did. A career on the rise, a gorgeous husband, great friends and a beautiful home. So why does she feel so alone and empty? When she reconnects with an old flame, lines are tested and compromises made in a quest for happiness.
Jacob Matthews always wondered what happened to Sam Monroe. When fate brings them together after all these years, he can't help but wonder if it’s meant to be. But when he meets his perfect woman, there is no doubt in his mind she's his soul mate.
Will the search for happiness cost them everything or will their love square show them what really matters?
Love Square Series – Book 2 Exclusive Excerpt
Copyright © Jessica Ingro
**Disclaimer: This content is unedited and subject to change**
I clutch the phone in my hands. My palms are sweaty and the adrenaline coursing through my body has me pacing.
This is it.
This is the moment I confront the bastard and tell him “Game on!” He thought that he could fuck with my life… well he has another thing coming. I might be a little late to the game, but I’m the player to beat. The odds are against him at this point. When Sam finds out what a manipulative bastard she is married to, I can’t see her wanting to stay with him.
Of course, I’m not sure she’ll want to be with me either. I’ll worry about that later though. First step is dealing with Aiden.
“McGee, Smith, Rodman & Associates. Penny speaking. How may I help you?” A friendly sounding woman answers the phone, just as I’m ready to hang up.
“Aiden Parker, please.”
“I’m sorry. Mr. Parker is unavailable right now. Can I take a message for you?” Not exactly what I expected, but I’m not about to leave a fucking message. I turn up the charm in my voice, knowing it usually works on the “Pennys” of the world.
“It’s extremely important I speak with him. Will you please tell him Jacob Matthews is on the phone? He’ll want to talk to me.” Or at least I expect he’ll want to talk to me. If he knows what’s best for him he will anyway. And if he doesn’t, I’ll march my ass down there and embarrass the fucker. I’m sure his co-workers would love to hear what Mr. Parker has been up to lately. How he has to lie and scheme in order to keep his wife.
“One moment, sir,” she says before placing me on hold. I smile at the soft tone of her voice, knowing my charm hasn’t failed me.
I resume pacing and think about all the fucked up things I’ve learned over the last couple weeks. The fact that Brooke was paid to take me from Sam still pisses me off so much that I can’t see straight. How I could allow myself to be so manipulated, I’ll never know. Sure she showed signs of being unstable, but I never would have pegged Brooke as being a calculating and conniving bitch.
Penny’s voice breaks me from my thoughts. “Mr. Matthews? Mr. Parker will speak to you now. Please hold.”
The phone rings twice before he picks up. “Parker,” he says sharply into the phone.
“We need to talk. Meet me at Murphy’s tonight at seven.” My tone leaves little room for negotiation, I mean business.
“I don’t know what you think we have to talk about, but I’ll be home with my wife and daughter tonight.” I can hear the smugness in his voice and it pisses me off even more. He might think he’s at the advantage, but he’s got another thing coming.
“You know exactly what we need to talk about, and unless you want my next call to be to your wife, I suggest you do as I say.”
There’s a long pause. He’s probably trying to figure out how I know and how he can finagle his way out this. Unfortunately for him, there is no way for him to get out of this one.
“Fine. I’ll be at Murphy’s at seven. But if I find out you so much as breathe Sam’s way, I’ll make sure you live to regret it.”
“I’m not worried about you or your threats. Just be there,” I say before hanging up the phone.
I set my phone down on the table and head to the bathroom. I strip out of my worn sweatpants and t-shirt before reaching in to start the water. Once it’s good and hot, I step in and let the spray wash over me. The hot water is relieving my tension, but my mind is spinning with the possibilities of how this meeting with Aiden will go down. Even though I have him by the balls on this one, I don’t think he’ll be at all gracious with my demands. Given the fact that they have a child, he isn’t going to just walk away from her without a fight.
I’m not an idiot. I know Sam has a decision in the matter, which is why I’m going to force his hand. The last thing I want to do is cause her any more pain, but this isn’t my doing. It’s his. You can’t lie and cheat your way into someone’s heart and not expect to face the consequences once you’re caught.
I turn the water off and wrap a towel around my waist. I walk over to the sink and wipe away the condensation on the mirror with my hand. The man staring back at me looks pathetic. My eyes have dark circles under them and my face is scruffy with an uneven beard. The last two months have been a rollercoaster and I’ve definitely let myself go.
I reach for the shaving cream and razor. It’s time to bring myself out of the darkness and guilt that has consumed me. I can’t continue to feel sorry for myself. I need to take control of my life and make things right again. Tomorrow I’ll start back at the gym and begin the necessary steps for getting reinstated at the department.
One day at a time, and one step at a time. My sister’s words echo in my head.
After dressing, I grab my keys and head out to Murphy’s. I chose to meet Aiden in a public place because if I didn’t, I might be tempted to kill him. At least this way we’ll be more likely to act civil to each other.
I walk into the bar and breathe a sigh of relief that the place is slow since it’s a Tuesday. The last thing I want is a large audience. I find Aiden standing at the bar with his back to me. As I approach he turns and gives me an arrogant look.
Maybe I’m not as put together as I thought I was, because that one look causes my restraint to snap.
“You son of a bitch!” I shout as my fist connects with his jaw.
I have to hand it to Jessica because she wrote a book that is about infidelity and wrote it well. If you can't stand reading about cheating, steer clear of this book, this book is not for you. I don't condone cheating in any way, shape, or form but don't mind reading about it. Jessica did a great job of executing this story....I could not put it down..it was like watching a bad train wreck, you know something horrible is coming, but you just can't stop watching...so much angst and emotion. 4 stars.
Relationships are complicated, they need nutured and women need to feel loved. Real life gets in the way and sometimes it's difficult to maintain the perfect connection and spark. People fall in and out of love all the time. Unfortunately, this is exactly what happens to Sam and Aiden's marriage. After ten years of being together, they find themselves basically roommates. The stress of being unable to conceive has worn on their marriage. They've went seven months with no sexual relationship and neither one are really taking the necessary steps to bring back the spark they once shared.
When Samantha has a book signing in a different town, she reunites with an old flame Jacob, who used to set her body on fire. She tries to fight the attraction but fails, this quickly turns into a affair. Jacob desires Sam and shows her the attention that has been lacking in her marriage. Their passion is consuming and Sam loves to feel wanted again. Just when things are heating up with Jacob, Aiden dedcides to show an interest in their marriage and rekindle the love and passion they once shared. Now Sam is torn....does she stay with her husband or give into everything Jacob makes her feel? Just when Sam thinks she has made her decision another twist or square is thrown in that will have you on the very edge of your seat!
"Life is messy and complicated. What we grow up thinking of as black and white is anything but. Gray areas are everywhere."
I enjoyed this story and loved the way it worked out! This is a great debut for Jessica and I can't wait until the next book. Even though I didn't agree with what the characters where doing, this book is a very realistic look at life and marriage and what can happen and go bad if you don't spend the time to make your relationship work.
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Jessica grew up in Central New York. She spends her days as a Security Analyst at an IT consulting company. She spends her free time reading books and developing ideas for her own stories. Writing is her secret passion that she’s been fostering since elementary school, when she wrote her first book about a puppy. Writing has always been one of her secret dreams and she can't wait to share her stories with the world.
She currently lives in New York with her husband and three dogs.
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