Release Date: February 8, 2018
It took Kevin and Ana ten years to find their happily ever after, and they can’t wait to claim each other as husband and wife.
But when one thing after the next goes wrong, they begin to wonder if they’ll ever get to say their ‘I do’s’.
As Ana starts to crumble under the stress, Kevin knows that he needs a plan. Her submission calms her, his control centers them both, and speeding up their path to matrimony seems to be the best course of action.
That is, if they can make it to the altar.
Last year, I was lucky enough to receive an ARC titled Shame (Formally titled Shame Me Not) by Fiona Cole. It was the first book I had read by her, and I had no clue what to expect. I was hesitant but absolutely loved every single word of it. You can read my glowing review here. Shame wasn’t like any book I had read before, and it was a darker topic but so incredibly well done. Kevin and Ana quickly become a new favorite couple and I was estastic when I found out Fiona was writing a new novella about them.
Make It to the Altar gives us the perfect taste of Ana and Kevin’s life after the conclusion of Shame. Newly engaged, Ana dives into wedding planning, and works to have every tiny detail down to perfection. However, it seems around every turn is another disaster. From the flowers to the church, everything is falling apart. The stress is wearing Ana out, and causing strain between her and Kevin.
In true Kevin fashion, he swoops in and saves the day…if you know what I mean 😉
I loved this book just as much as Shame and fell in love with these two characters all over again. Fiona’s writing is so incredibly well done and she pulled me in to this story and made me wish for so much more. This is the fourth book I’ve read by her and her prose captivates me everything single time. If you haven’t picked up anything by her yet, now is the time to do so!
“Shh. Shh.” I ran my hands down her long hair. “We’ll find a new one.”
“Find a new one?” She jerked her head back, brows lowered, mouth pinched. “That church was a miracle, and now it’s fucking gone. Where are we going to find another church, Kevin?” She pulled out of my arms with a humorless laugh. “We’ll add it to the list, right after a new bakery.” Running her hands through her hair, she walked to the edge of the island and tossed her arms wide. “Oh, yeah. We need to find another florist because we won’t be able to get our flowers after some twelve-year-old fucked it all up.”
“What?” I was trying to follow what she was saying, but the way she rambled and was choking back sobs made it difficult. My mind was spinning with ways to keep up. “The flowers?”
“Yeah, just got off a phone call with them.” She turned to me with sad, defeated eyes and just stared. I held her gaze, trying to see what to do next. Her chest moved faster and faster like she couldn’t control her breathing. “Fuck!” she shouted, turning to lean over the counter. “Fuck this stupid wedding. Fuck the people. Fuck the flowers. Fuck the cake. Fuck everything. This is so fuck—”
“That’s enough.” My voice was hard and loud, demanding she stop. Her fists clenched against the granite and her hair fell like a curtain, hiding her face from me. I had to stop her from spiraling out of control. And I only knew one way to do it. It may not have been exactly how I planned our night going, but she needed me to take control and give her a reprieve from thinking about the wedding. “Kneel.”
She stood, shaking her head. “Kevin, I’m not in the—.”
“I said, kneel.” I deepened my tone, not allowing any question whether I was serious and not taking no for an answer. When she turned to look at me finally, I made my eyes hard, steady, ready to take on her pain. She took in a shaky breath as she faced me. “I won’t say it again, Anabelle.”
Swallowing hard, she knelt.
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About the Author
Fiona Cole is a military wife and a stay at home mom with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. As much as she loved science she decided to postpone her career to stay at home with her two little girls and immersed herself in the world of books until finally deciding to write her own. Where You Can Find Me is Fiona’s debut novel and will hopefully be the first of many.
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