Tuesday, August 5, 2014


BURIED by Selena Laurence
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Hiding from Love #3 
by Selena Laurence
Releases  August 4, 2014
* Stand Alone Novel *


Seven years ago, Juan Martinez lost everything—his only parent, his home, his life as he’d known it. Alone, lost, and desperate, he turned to the Reyes Hispanos—the RH—one of the most violent gangs in South Texas. But when you sell your soul to the devil, you pay a heavy price. Convicted of a drive-by shooting, Juan has served hard time. Finally out on parole, he wants to disappear—from the RH, from memories of all that he’s lost, and especially from the gorgeous woman who just showed up next door.

Beth Garcia grew up following after her older brother, David, and his best friend, Juan. She always dreamed of a day when she’d be old enough for Juan to look at her as someone other than David’s little sister. But he disappeared at seventeen, after his mother was deported, and Beth thought she’d lost him forever. When she finds him living at the halfway house next door, she knows he’s still the same guy inside. Determined to save him from himself and the RH, Beth sets out to prove that he didn’t commit the crime he was convicted of. But the path to absolution is dark, and even Beth may not be able to discover the real Juan.

Can a man with a damaged soul and a beautiful heart let a woman with fierce loyalty and unwavering love risk it all to save him? Or will his past bury them both this time?

5 smooches!!

When I was fifteen, I thought I could have it all… I was a fucking fool.
Juan is not your every-day gangster.  He was an honor-student and star of the soccer team.  Juan had goals and he was on track to make all of them happen… then his mother got deported and he took off and joined the Reyes Hispanos, a gang.  Juan served time for his part in a drive-by shooting and is now finishing his sentence at a halfway house.

When Juan took off, he left his best friend’s family wondering what happened to him, especially Beth, the younger sister.  Beth happens to be working at the women’s halfway house across the street when she notices Juan and tries to reconnect.  But Juan has been through a lot in the time since she’s seen him last.  He is hardened and tries his best to keep her out of his life.

I’m going to find you, Juan.  And then I’m going to bring you home.
Juan has loved Beth since they were children and the last thing he wants is to bring her into his new lifestyle.  He tries to protect her but Beth just keeps coming back.  His resolve weakens at the worst possible time and they both end up in a shit ton of trouble.  Juan will do anything to protect Beth, even if it means he has to give up the small semblance of a life he was looking forward to on the outside.
You lie to the people who mean the most to you.  You don’t tell them what you do all day.  You don’t tell them who you really are.  You don’t tell them what’s possible and what isn’t.  Until, at some point, lying isn’t lying anymore—it’s just… the way you stay alive.
Buried is the story of two people who would give up everything to save each other.  It is filled with secrets, lies,  betrayals... and love that transcends time and circumstance.  What would you be willing to sacrifice for the one that you love above all else? 
I won’t regret it, because for one brilliant, sparkling moment, I had her.
Selena has become one of my go-to authors.  Her writing style and characters never cease to draw me in and Buried did not disappoint!  Selena has a way of ripping your heart out in the BEST of ways.  That ending... Omg!!  Buried is the fourth and final book in the Hiding From Love series but is a standalone novel. 

5 Brilliant, Sparkling Smooches

Love can make you lose it all, risk it all, want it all. But most of all, love can help you have it all.

Growing up, Beth has always had a crush on her big brother's best friend Juan. He's the perfect guy ... athletic, good-looking, smart, respectful, and just an all-around good guy. One day, he is ripped from their lives when his mother is deported. For reasons no one seems to understand, Juan left the safety of Beth's family and joined the RH, a very violent and dangerous gang. Juan's association with the RH lands him in prison.

After Juan's release, years later, Beth and Juan have a chance encounter and her feelings of young love resurface despite his tough and hardened exterior. Beth is convinced the Juan she knew years ago still exists deep inside and she is determined to find him and be with him.

The boy I know is still inside somewhere. He may have strayed but I know deep in the very fibers of my being - he isn't lost. - Beth

As much as Juan might want to be with her too, he knows he will never be truly free from his past and he cares too much to subject her to a life full of danger.

It'll never work. I'll never be free, and I won't bury you with me. - Juan

Beth isn't about to walk away from Juan without a fight. How much is she willing to sacrifice to be him?
And Juan .... just how far will he go to protect Beth from his past, his future, from him? 

Just as people are separated because of wars, because of illness, because of death, Beth and I will be separated because of circumstances out of our control ...  That I would get the brief moment in time to touch her skin, taste her mouth, smell her hair, be inside of her.  I will cling to those memories for the rest of my life .... I won't regret it, because I had her.  For one brilliant sparkling moment, I had her.

 You see, Juan has a bigger problem than the RH and it's about to find him.

Have you ever seen that movie with George Clooney and Salma Hayek ... the one where she dances with the snake? One minute you're watching a movie about two guys that kidnap a family in an RV and the next minute BOOM!!! You are watching a movie about vampires.

HUH? <--- That's what I thought.

That's kind of how Buried is. One minute the book is going down one path and then BOOM! It takes a turn I did not see coming.

And, OMG!, I loved it!

This blook BLEW ME AWAY! I think I felt just about every emotion reading this book ... I cried, I LOL-ed, and my heart broke. Not to give anything away but there were moments in this book that had me sobbing (as in LE SOB) ... for reasons I'd never expect in a million years. Selena is just good like that!

AND! Oh my hottness .... what is it about a guy who has the potential to be the baddest of the bad boys but is just a good guy at heart. *SWOON* Sucks me in every time!

Buried is part of the Hiding from Love series and it stands alone. There is character crossover but the previous books are not required reading.

The Hiding from Love series

(Nick & Lyndsey)
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(Gabe & Alexis)
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(Gabe & Alexis)
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(Juan & Beth)
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Selena Laurence is the Barnes and Noble Bestselling author of what she likes to call Edgy Contemporary Romance. Her books have been Amazon Top 10 bestsellers in multiple categories including Multicultural Romance, Hispanic Fiction, Urban Fiction, Military Romance, and Romantic Suspense. Her New Adult romance, Hidden, won the 2014 Reader's Crown Award for Contemporary Romance of the year.

Selena lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and spends a hell of a lot of time at soccer games, on her laptop, and reading. She requires a Mocha Latte every day to function, keeps a goldendoodle at her feet most of the time, and has more kids than she or Mr. Laurence know what to do with.

Selena is also author of the Lush Series, a story of four high school friends who form the rock band Lush.  Take a ride with rock stars, men, brothers, and lovers, as Joss, Walsh, Mike, and Colin discover what it means to succeed, to fail, to hurt, and to love.

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