Book: Look After Us
Series: Look After You #2.5
Author: Elena Matthews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Hosted By:Francessca’s Romance Reviews
This is the novella of Ava and Ashton’s story.
This cannot be read as a standalone. You must read Look After You first.
The road to true love isn’t always easy… but through all the heartache, Ava and Ashton have somehow made it through—coming out of the other end even stronger.
Madly in love and engaged to be married, Ava is finally getting her happy ever after.
But it seems Ashton’s brother, Tyler, will beat Ashton down the aisle. When he decides to tie the knot, he asks Ashton to be his best man. Not one to miss his baby brother get married, he and Ava fly to Texas to join in the festivities.
Everything is perfect.
Until Ashton’s past threatens to destroy everything.
Ava’s jealousy rears its ugly head as Ashton’s ex-girlfriend hangs on his every word. Even though she knows Ashton loves her, she can’t help but feel insecure, especially since she’s convinced that Ashton’s first love is karma in disguise, waiting to take her happiness away.
As tempers flare and tears fall, Ava knows she’s overreacting.
Or is she?
Excerpt ~ Ava
‘I can feel a bead of sweat begin to roll along my collarbone as I work hard to contain the euphoria that rips through me. But it’s hard when every touch is more sensitive … when every thrust is more exhilarating … when every subtle kiss has enough power to light up an entire city.’
Excerpt ~ Ashton
‘I’m supposed to be the person in her life who protects her … who looks after her, but it seems even I’m not immune to breaking her beautiful, fragile heart.’
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Excerpt ~ Ava
‘I couldn’t imagine not being able to feel the ecstasy that currently fills my veins with pleasure or the unconditional love I feel in every subtle caress and stroke that comes from only experiencing this intense, earth-shattering, all-consuming love with the one person who I simply can’t exist without.’
What The Bloggers Are saying
“After all the anticipation, this book did not disappoint me in the least, it excelled all my expectations.” ~ Ladies Living in Bookland
“Elena Matthews is a wonderful writer that knows how to blend and mold words together so beautifully that the reader gets the full pull and feels every emotion down to the last detail.” ~ Book Hangover Page
“I love that you can feel the chemistry coming off of the pages between Ashton & Ava.” ~ Lover of Things
“The story had me happy, sad, laughing and crying and everything in between. At one point I was howling with laughter.” ~ 2 Girls Who Love Books
“I’ve loved every page of this series and will definitely be reading more by Elena Matthews.” ~ Your Next Hot Read
Excerpt ~ Ashton
“You saved me from a life of misery; you saved me from ever existing without you. You’re my life baby, you’re my everything … you saved me.”
(Author’s notes – This comes just after chapter 6 in Look After You. It’s in the POV of Ashton. Enjoy!)
Damn my fucking pager.
I was moments away from kissing the beautiful, angelic woman who I’m dangerously falling for and my pager goes off. It’s the story of my life. Since the moment I met her, I have told myself being with her would always be a long shot. She’s engaged to another man, she’s in love with another man, but that important fact quickly faded into the background with the way she responded to me; the way her eyes dilated, the way the pulse in her neck began to throb, and the way her foot caressed up my leg. In that moment, I knew she felt exactly the same way as me.
I know I’m treading on dangerous territory, but the pull she seems to have on me is so strong, I find it almost impossible to stay away from her. I know I should stay away; that I need to stay away for both her sake and mine, but even with my heart on the line, I just can’t distance myself away from her. I want Ava like the air I breathe. She’s everything I never realized I needed until the moment I met her.
As I rush back to the NICU, I can’t stop imagining what would have happened back in the cafeteria if my pager hadn’t gone off. If my mouth had inched closer and my lips would have met the sweetness of hers, I would have kissed her as if my life depended on it. As if our lives depended on it. Jesus, just the thought of her pretty lips on mine is making my cock twitch with a surge of excitement, and I’m incredibly thankful that my white coat hides the confinements of my hard-on.
However, it deflates in a millisecond when I arrive on the NICU, and I’m met with a preemie who has stopped breathing completely, and everything I was thinking disappears. I focus on the only thing that matters—saving this baby’s life. Once I manage to get him breathing again with the assistance of the CPAP, I leave him in the capable hands of the nurses and head over to the nurses’ station to arrange an x-ray on his lungs.
“Dr. Bailey,” I hear as I put the phone down with the radiology department. I turn to the nurse behind the desk. “Do you know a lady called Lou? I had a nurse from surgical services call; she said her patient wants to see you, insisting on it actually.”
I smile brightly at the sound of her name. Lou is an eighty-seven year old lady who used to live next door to me, until she got too bad on her feet and had to move into a nursing home.
She’s a sweetheart. She used to love baking, and because she didn’t have any family of her own, she used to come by daily to inundate my best friend, Darnell, and I, with freshly baked cookies. She always reminded me so much of my own grandmother before she lost her battle to cancer; so naturally I took her under my wing. It’s been a while since I’ve seen her, as I rarely get a day off.
Before I take my patient to radiology, I head on down to surgical services to see Lou, making a small detour to the gift shop where I pick out a bouquet of calla lilies for her. I’m directed to her room, and as I enter, I say, “Did somebody order a doctor?” She looks up from the television screen and her wrinkled face lights up.
About The Author
Receptionist by day, author by night, Elena Matthews is from Manchester, United Kingdom, the home of Manchester United, Media city and of course, Coronation Street. When Elena isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or watching guilty pleasures such as Gossip Girl, developing a rather unusual liking to Chuck Bass. And when she isn’t doing any of those things, you can often find her on Facebook, obsessing over Kellan Kyle, book boyfriend extraordinaire
Elena spent three years of her life at Salford University studying media production, to decide she no longer wanted to pursue a career in the media. Instead, it took her another two and half years to realise her calling. Writing. Now she lives and breathes her writing. She even had to tell her colleagues at work whenever she is found daydreaming at her desk, it’s because she is conversing with her characters.
Other Books In The Series
Look After You (Look After You #1)
Look After Me (Look After You #2)