A First Love Never Dies (Spi-Corp, Book 1) by Margaret Taylor


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Book Synopsis:

In this Science Fiction Romance Action Adventure, Janel Canton must be pregnant by the time Fleet Commander Pearson Acto catches up to her again and only one man will do for that. Her one true love, sexy Montana Sheriff Jake Reeves. But returning to Earth she finds he's still mourning his dead wife and has become very comfortable in the small-town life. Will introducing him to reality of the Universe be enough for him to move on to a new love and a new home in the stars? Sheriff Jake Reeves never thought the nerdy girl he and his cronies picked on in High School would someday become a star ship captain capable of holding her own in just about any situation. But when he meets up with Janel again at their 20 year reunion, that's exactly what he finds! Gone is the nerdy little mouse that never fought back. In it's place, is a rough and tumble, no holds barred, drop-dead gorgeous woman who he's going to have one hell of a time not falling in love with... Join these two as they make their way through a Universe that isn't as grand as it might seem at first. Help them overcome dangers, misunderstandings, betrayal's and near-death experiences to find the kind of true love that can only exist in a sweeping Space Opera. Let Janel and Jake introduce you to the worlds beyond our own tiny corner of the Galaxy... Explore the Universe, One Book At A Time...

My Review:

This story was out of this world. It was fantastic and I instantly feel in love with the world that rocked my emotions page by page. Very original and intriguing storyline. Janel is an empowered and awesome heroine. I could not get enough of her! She was a woman that could really handle herself and best of all she knew what she wanted and was going to get it. But really, at the end of it all she was still a woman who was truly looking for love. Janel heads back to earth for her HS reunion in hopes of getting pregnant. Her journey or well, fight, to do so is one for the records. In the end though, the fight that ensues is not one you saw coming. The story line is a roller coaster of plot twisting event after event. With a plot line like this, and characters like these, this story was a super exciting and a real page turning novel. Exceptional writing in this book. It was a super easy read to get lost in. I cannot wait to read book two with the ending that this one had. It was nail biting.

Exclusive Teaser:

Jake Reeves rubbed a hand across his still stinging cheek, sighing darkly. Damn the woman! How dare she! Dare she what? Do, do what it was she was planning to do, that’s what! His little inner voice snorted at him and he sighed again. Damn the woman! He’d poured his heart out and she’d responded with a cockamamie plan to steal his sperm! The nerve, the very nerve! So what if their childhood pranks might have gotten out of hand now and again. So what if they’d teased and humiliated her now and again. That was no reason to hold a grudge for over 20 years… Wait…wait just a minute. Didn’t she say something about love? What were her words? Something about having loved him for a very, very long time? But how was that possible? He hadn’t even looked at her, in that way in high school! He couldn’t have. Or, or did he. Thinking back on it, on her and how she’d looked back then, the image of pop-bottle glasses, dowdy clothes and acne covered face was replaced by Stella’s picture. Granted she didn’t have the pop-bottle glasses or acne, but her clothes had been dowdy and unassuming when they’d met. She’d been smart, like Janel, quick witted with a snappy come back for anyone that gave her shit. Had Stella’s life been similar to Janel’s? Had she been the geeky nerd who got teased by all the popular kids too? Would Janel have turned out that way if she’d stayed on earth? Would she have lost the acne, the glasses and gained a sense of confidence born out of a need to survive the cruelty of children? Would she, like Stella, have drawn his eye eventually? Following that thought came the question of whether or not he’d felt so guilty about his treatment of Janel that he’d latched onto the first girl that looked similar to her in his later years? No, no it was nothing like that. He’d been drawn to Stella because she ignored him at first; the proverbial forbidden fruit. As he’d gotten to know her though he found there was so much more under the surface, that love was inevitable. Maybe guilt played a small part, but it wasn’t the overall reason he’d been attracted to his dead wife. But was it the reason he was attracted to Janel now? Did he feel so guilty that his body was responding in the only way it knew how? He shook his head. No, it wasn’t that. It was something else. She was so different than she had been back then; so confident, so sure of herself and her capabilities. She had something Stella never would, even if she was alive. No, Janel had, he paused his thoughts trying to place a finger on it, Janel had… Janel was truly a beautiful person. She was kind, and gentle, truly caring for those around her. That was it. She didn’t put up false fronts, didn’t worry what others thought. She was an individual; she didn’t feel the need to run with the pack as it were, or as it had been back in high school. But then again, thinking about it now, she never had. That was one of the reasons Tara had singled her out. He remembered it clearly. Tara had been jealous of Janel’s aloof attitude all those years ago. Despite the acne, the glasses, the clothes, Janel held herself erect, shoulders up, head high and that scared the blonde beauty queen. “Oh!” Tara had growled, stomping a petite foot. “I really, really dislike that bitch!” He remembered it all now, years later. They’d been sitting in the lunchroom, gathering together like typical teenagers. It was the first day of their freshmen year and Tara was already scheming and planning ways to get herself into the upper echelon of the popular kids. Janel Canton had just entered and was standing there gazing around at the forming cliques. “She thinks she’s better than everyone else. Always has,” Tara said, her voice dripping with sarcasm. “Just because she’s smart! I tell you, the nerve!” Jake remembered looking around and spying the object of Tara’s tirade. “I don’t think it’s that T,” he’d said cautiously. “So what if she’s smarter than you. You’re definitely prettier…” Everyone at the table had laughed good-naturedly but it wasn’t enough for Tara. “Well, I think it’s time to put her in her place! Show her exactly who is going to rule this school!” And there it had started, continuing on for the next four years until graduation day when Janel had just up and disappeared from existence. He could admit, at least now, that he’d all but forgotten about her until that fateful day late last year when Mitch had asked him to look for her. After that, and his lack of findings, he’d begun to wonder about her, wonder how she’d turned out. Most of his classmates had stuck close to home. Getting married, having children, getting jobs in and around Franklin. Following in whatever family traditions might be available. But not Janel, no she’d just disappeared…poof, gone from their lives almost as if she’d never even been there. “Hey dad.” John’s voice jerked him out of the past. “Hey son, how’s it going?” “Fine, fine, you?” he asked, sliding up onto the crate next to him. He nodded toward his head toward Jake’s red cheek. “Everything ok?” “Sure son, why do you ask?” “Um, dad…it’s a small bay…” “Oh.” Figures! He sighed. “How much of that did you hear?” “Um dad, again, small bay,” he said pointing around. “Was kind of hard to miss?” “Oh.” He waited for John to say something else but he didn’t. “Look son, I’m sorry. I hope you don’t think less of me for kissing another woman.” John laughed, shaking his head. “Dad, you’re so old. Look, I know you loved mom, but honestly, she’s dead. It’s ok to move on. Personally I was hoping you’d have done it sooner than this, but I like Janel, she’s cool.” “You do? She is?” John nodded vigorously. “Sure, what kid wouldn’t want a step mom with her own space ship?”