Immaterial Defense

Once and Forever

Book 4
Off the Hook Publishing
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She’s all alone in the darkness.

He’s lighting up the stage.

But not even the brightest spotlight can reach the shadows of a broken soul. 


Declan

Every wanna-be rocker dreams of the day when crazed fans will pack their shows. But the more people worship me as some kind of musical god, the more I realize why singers are called "performers." I'm just a pretender. A fake. 

I need something real. Something to break through the revolting glamour that's bled into every part of my life. And for one perfect night, I found that in Sara. 

Then she ran. 


Sara

No sane woman would’ve ever walked away from Declan Hollis after only one night. But walking away from him was the safest move for both of us.

I've spent so much time burying my old self in the past, trying to erase the vulnerable person I used to be. I’m smarter now—men are dangerous, and relationships are doubly so. 

But the more time I spend away from him, the more I want to go back.

I may end up shattered all over again. Or maybe, just maybe, he'll be the one to help me pick up the pieces. 

 

***Immaterial Defense is a standalone contemporary romance***

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About the author

Lauren Stewart grew up reading Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, James Clavell, Piers Anthony, and Agatha Christie, which explains why she can't seem to stick to one genre at a time. 


She got to the more romantic stuff pretty late, but paranormal romance was what changed her from an obsessed reader into an obsessed reader and writer. Her writing style comes from a mash-up of all her early favorites and her new ones, women like JR Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Alice Clayton, Emma Chase, and Janet Evanovich. Wow, how much would you pay to be invited to that dinner party?

Lauren wants to make people think, cry, and giggle, not necessarily all at the same time (although it's great when it happens). In every one of her books, you'll find elements of other genres - fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women's literature, all with a touch of humor.


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Because what doesn't kill us should make us laugh.

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Publisher
Off the Hook Publishing
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Published on
Sep 25, 2018
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Pages
370
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ISBN
9781942700005
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / New Adult
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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This content is DRM free.
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Can you call it an office romance if we've never actually met?


 

Sara has a kick-ass life. She has loyal friends, works from home, and sets her own hours as a virtual assistant. 

 

Perfect...

 

Except that Sara doesn't actually exist. 

 

She's just a borrowed name I use when I'm hiding behind my computer screen. But pretending to be someone else is the only way I can earn enough to make up for the mistake I made and the lives I ruined. 

 

If I hadn't typed my new boss' name into that search engine, none of this would be happening. I wouldn't want to know anything about his personal life, and I would do a quick change of the subject if he ever asked about mine. I could do my job without worrying if all those outside-of-normal-business-hours texts and chats seem like two sarcastic people talking or like two sarcastic people flirting. 

 

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Damn it, if I'd never found out what an amazing man Hayden is, I wouldn't want to cry every time he calls me Sara. 

 

But hey, that's life, right? And nobody's life is perfect.

 

 

Actually...

 

 

My life is pretty damn perfect. I'm married to a beautiful woman, live in a luxury apartment, and am prepped to take over the multi-billion-dollar company my father built. 

 

Perfect...

 

Except that all of it is a lie.

 

My wife is madly in love with someone else, my career is meaningless, and I forgot how to live, let alone be happy. 

 

But when I hired a new assistant online, it finally occurred to me that life wasn't meant to be endured. It was meant to be lived. Without Sara, I never would've known what it feels like to be happy or to want someone this badly.

 

It's unimaginably stupid to fall for someone at work, but I can't seem to stop it from happening. Sara's the best assistant I've ever had, the most interesting person I've ever spoken with, and the most beautiful woman I've ever known.

 

I'd give up everything I have to be with her, and I still have no idea what she looks like. That has to change. I've never felt like this about anyone, and I'm out of patience. I need to be in a room with her, to touch her to see if she's real. 

 

Unfortunately, the only way to get what I want is for a lot of good people to lose everything they have.

 

 

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***standalone contemporary romance/romantic comedy (no cliffhanger)***

 

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Virtually Impossible is Hayden and Andi's story, and this is how their fairytale begins:

 

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Around the same time, but in a totally separate part of the city, lived a noble man and his beautiful wife. Though their castle was the envy of all, its empty halls echoed of loneliness and regret. For the man had lived his entire life asleep, and both of them remained silent of who they truly were and what they truly wanted.

 

And then one day, the woman entered the man's life and forced him to awaken...


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Synopsis

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But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…

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