Love has to be about more than drunk hook-ups and kissing in the rain … right?
After many failed attempts at rehab, Izzy Sundall moves to Oregon from Idaho to live with her aunt and uncle and work at their dog kennel. Fed up with disappointing her family, Izzy vows to never take another drink or sleep with another guy who doesn’t value her. Well, she vows to try.
When she meets Duncan Fieri – clean cut CrossFit God and former dog handler with the military police – Izzy is sure a good guy like him won’t look twice at a bad girl like her. But, he does look at her. Duncan has been where Izzy’s at and he thinks they can help each other navigate the tricky landscape of addiction and falling in love.
That is, until Izzy screws up, because that’s what she does. But maybe this time she’ll find the strength to love herself enough to let Duncan love her too.
Open Door Love Story series:
Keywords: New Adult, CrossFit, Alcoholism, PTSD, addiction, military, dog handler, athlete, AA, NA, unconventional romance
Stacey Wallace Benefiel is the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, the Penny Black trilogy, the Day of Sacrifice Omnibus, the Open Door Love Story series, and multiple short stories. She sometimes goes by S.W. Benefiel or Reina Stowe, but knows she’s not foolin’ anybody.
Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her two young kids who have old people names. When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, or driving the kids around, Stacey is most likely volunteering to do all the things or running to relieve the stress of volunteering to do all the things.
1986: Gracie and Mike - Backstory about Zellie's mom and Avery's dad.
If You Leave - The story of what happens to Gabrielle after Glimmer.
Surprise, Surprise - A story told from Raleigh's point-of-view about a special date he's planned for Melody. Takes place after Glow.
His First Everything - An extended scene from the end of Found. Yes, that scene.
As Avery takes her hand and leads her out onto the makeshift dance floor, Zellie is overwhelmed by her first vision of his death; shocking because not only are they both covered in his blood, but they’re old, like thirty-five, and she is pregnant.
Afraid to tell anyone about the vision, (she’d just be labeled a freaky black magic witch, right?) Zellie keeps the knowledge of Avery’s future to herself and tries to act like any other teenager in love. When they get caught on their way to a secret rendezvous by her mom and his dad, they are forbidden to see each other.
Convinced that their parents are freaking out unnecessarily, Avery and Zellie vow to be together no matter what. They continue their relationship in secret until Zellie learns that their parents are just trying to prevent her and Avery from suffering like they did. The visions are hereditary, they’re dangerous, and if they stay together the visions will come true.
Now Zellie must choose between severing all ties with Avery, like her mom did to prevent his father’s death, and finding a way to change Avery’s future.
And someone is working to make sure none of these things happen.
Discover how it all ends when Zellie and the gang finally track down Mildred and fight to right the wrongs of The Society’s past, present and future.