Title: This Is Not the End
Author: Sidney Bell
Imprint: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Romantic Leads: Female/Male/Male
On-Sale: January 11th, 2021
Price: $4.99 US
Sometimes love finds you when you least expect it.
A bold and deeply emotional novel, This Is Not the End marks a new way of looking at love, family, and happily-ever-after.
Zacary Trevor is the love of Anya Alexander’s life. Their sometimes tumultuous marriage has survived ups, downs, and all the in-betweens. With successful careers, a lovely home, and a beautiful child, domestic bliss is a hard-earned reality for two people whose hedonistic days are in the not-so-distant past. They’re happy.
Enter Zac’s best friend, the deeply reserved Cal Keller. Zac’s friendship with Cal is the foundation of his career and—until Anya and their son came along—the most important relationship of his life. Cal’s a cipher, someone Anya can’t help but gravitate to, even if they don’t always get along. Even more, she’s drawn to the Zac she sees when he’s with Cal—a careful, cautious version of her husband, someone with hidden thoughts and desires kept secret even from her.
Inviting Cal into their home, deeper into their life, is a risk.
Zac should say no. He knows he should. But he doesn’t. From the first, the hint at the life the three of them could have together is exhilarating. And finding a new definition for family just might be worth the risk to every bond that exists between them.
I’ve read my fair share of polyamorous romance through the years and I usually find them to be incredibly moving or dreadfully awkward. But from the very beginning, I knew that This Is Not the End would be something… more.
Sidney’s characters are connected on a level that I haven’t seen before. The care and maturity with which she approaches their unique relationship is striking. Nothing is contrived. She makes it feel as natural as breathing – even when emotions run high.
Are we bombs now? She asked, and he said very seriously, Yes, I think so. Maybe that’s the price for getting to have something this powerful.
It’s the love that really shines through. The love of Anya and Zac and their absolute commitment to their marriage. The love of Cal and Zac that could only come from years of devoted friendship. And the love that they all shower on their infant son, PJ. Through thick and thin. Come what may. It’s exactly the way it should be.
So don’t be surprised if you end up leaving just a little bit of your heart behind in these pages...
“We’ll work on you,” she promises. “Eventually we’ll make it that you won’t be so afraid to lose good things that you don’t risk reaching for them.”
An Excerpt from This Is Not the End ~
On Friday night, Anya makes a veritable vat of her low-calorie beef bourguignon so there will be plenty of leftovers, and the kitchen smells rich and warm by the time the doorbell rings.
About The Author ~
Sidney Bell lives in Colorado with her amazingly supportive husband. She received her MFA degree in Creative Writing in 2010, considered aiming for the Great American Novel, and then promptly started writing fanfiction instead. More realistic grown-ups eventually convinced her to try writing something more fiscally responsible, though, which is how we ended up here. When she’s not writing, she’s playing violent video games, yelling at the television during hockey games, or supporting her local library by turning books in late.
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