Meet Zoey & Nate in this sexy, emotional stand - alone!
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You don’t know when…
You don’t get to choose if…
When it’s time to join…you’ll know.
You might think you want to be a member—but trust me this is one club you don’t want to join. It’s not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.
The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. My brother was recently bestowed membership and joined many of our ancestors before him. I know I’m next. This is my destiny, and I was ready to yield.
But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate’s presence controls me. I’m overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.
Nate doesn’t believe in destiny.
But I do.
And if there’s a way to cheat it—I must.
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My jaw practically hits the table.
The chocolate crêpe!
I can’t believe it.
Harnessing all of my willpower, I fight the sudden inclination I have to leap around the table and jump onto his lap. I always tell people I prefer dessert before a meal, but never has anyone taken me seriously.
Tension coils deep in my belly. Lust flows through my veins running faster and faster with each passing second. I look over at him and as soon as I see his face, I can feel myself coming unhinged. Urges I can’t deny surface. The need to know the taste of his lips, to feel his hard body,
to be able to lick the chocolate he just ordered off his chest, and to slide my tongue down his stomach so I can taste him.
Looking thoughtful, his return gaze slowly changes to one of concern. “Have you stopped planning for your future because you don’t think you have one?” he asks softly.
Remnants of our conversation must have been lingering in his mind. Slamming my eyes shut, all of the erotic images I had conjured up immediately disappear as I fight to breathe.
Suddenly the air becomes thick in my lungs and I can’t get it out. I take deep calming breaths. As the haze around me dissipates and I fight off the panic attack, I hear a fumbling in front of me. I force myself to lift my lids. Nate is attempting to open my clutch. “What are you doing?”
“Trying to get you your inhaler.” Panic seems to drown out the deep green of his eyes.
I push to my feet and give him a disbelieving look. “I’m not having an asthma attack.”
“You’re not?” He sounds uncertain.
Shaking my head, I set my napkin on the table. “Excuse me, I have to use the ladies room.” I walk inside the restaurant, realizing I have no idea where I’m going. Looking around, I find the bathrooms immediately.
Just as I pull the door open, a hand covers mine. “You’re upset.”
I drop my head. “No, I’m fine.”
Fierceness grips his voice. “You’re lying.”
Summoning all of my willpower, I raise my eyes.
Nate lifts my chin. “You didn’t let me finish. I’m trying to understand you. I want to know why, if you believe in destiny, you’d change your path. Why wouldn’t you do what you had always planned on doing? Why change your course? Personally, I think destiny is bullshit. I also think not pursuing your dream is bullshit too.”
Caged by his body, his scent, his presence, I look up into his burning eyes and I can see compassion there. I believe he wants what’s best for me. If I think I know him through my brother, he thinks he knows me through my brother as well. And Zach wanted me to continue my education. His dream was that someday I’d be Dr. Zoey Flowers. Nate knows this.
“Zoey?” Nate’s voice is questioning. Low. Maybe even slightly fearful.
“Nate”—I press my finger to his lips—“I think I need to tell you something about myself.”
“What?” he asks.
In all our e-mails after my brother’s death, I never mentioned the real reason for my delay in coming to Miami. I keep my eyes open even though I want to close them. “I had a breakdown shortly after Zach died. I took a leave from my job. I couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t plan one day, let alone the next. And somewhere during that time, I let any plans I had for the future fall to the wayside. I don’t know what I want anymore.”
Shock appears on his face. “Why didn’t you tell me in any of our e-mails?”
The truth is hard to admit. “I actually looked forward to your weekly e-mails. But I did lie to you. It wasn’t work that kept me from coming to get my brother’s things. It was me and my inability to cope.”
Nate stares down at me.
My entire focus is on him. “Don’t think I’m crazy. I’m not. Really, I’m not.”
His gaze continues to pin me in a way that makes me think he understands me.
It holds me in place. Keeps me calm.
“Zoey, God, I don’t think that at all,” he breathes. “I can understand how that would happen.
With everything coming at you at once, and the shock of Z’s death, coupled with the revelations about your family, it was just too much. I get it.”
I just stare at his lips, longing to kiss him. My body is filled with so many wants and needs, and all these new urges I’ve never felt before.
And all I want is just for him to set me free.
About the Author:
I live in Florida with my husband and four kids. I've always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, I wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. I went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise my family. I currently work part-time with my husband and full-time embracing one of my biggest passions—writing.
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“They say the dead don’t speak. They say the dead will never leave you. They say a lot of things about the dead. What they don’t tell you is what you’re supposed to do when they weren’t who you thought they were.”
The 27 Club is not one that you would expect. It’s not an elite club that members are rushing to join. The 27 Club is a family prophecy that states that you will unexpectedly die at the age of 27. After Zoey’s mother died at age 27, and now her brother, Zoey believes that it will be her destiny, too.
Zoey is having a hard time accepting that she is now 27. After losing her brother, she fears that the “27 Club Legacy” will ultimately be her destiny. Afraid to live her life and plan a future, she finally decides to go to her brother’s home in Miami to see if he was truly happy before he died. She wants to know how he lived his final years and who he spent them with.
What she discovers is nothing at all what she expected. She meets her brother’s best friend, Nate, and he helps her unravel her discoveries.
Nate doesn’t do romance. He doesn’t spend time with a woman more than once, but Zoey is the exception. They have an immediate connection neither of them can deny. The only problem is that Zach made it clear he didn’t want Nate and Zoey to be together.
“Zach said, ‘No matter how much I’d like to trust you with her, I never could. You’d only break her heart. You’re just not capable of that kind of relationship. So stay away from her.’ He was pretty clear. So this” –Nate points between the two of us- “is wrong.”
Will they listen to Zach? Or will they hold on to each other to deal with the past that burdens them both, and the future Zoey fears?
This book is my favorite by Kim Karr to date! I was thoroughly surprised by how much I LOVED this one. It was so different than I expected from the blurb or the cover. I couldn’t read 27 CLUB fast enough!
Kim Karr creates the perfect characters! Nate and Zoey complimented each other perfectly. They were two damaged characters that helped each other overcome their pasts and fears. 27 CLUB’S twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. I had no idea what to expect the whole way through the story. Was it what I expected when I read the blurb? Not at all, but I am so happy with the outcome. The 27 CLUB was such a breath of fresh air and is a story I won’t soon forget!
“I look up into the night sky, and look at the stars — there are so many of them. And as I stare into the wonder of the sky, I can’t help thinking, Stars are born, they live, and they die—just like people. Some shine bright, some twinkle, some are faint specks you can barely see. The lives of stars vary, their vibrancy does too — but once they burn out they extinguish, and then they fall from the sky.
It’s that the way of life?”
*Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review!
The 27 Club was nothing like what I expected from the blurb or the cover. What started off a little mysterious in the beginning and at times had me wondering which way the story was headed, finished with a flawless ending. I didn't want to let these characters go.
This story begs the question - do we have control of our own destiny, or will life end at some predetermined time? Zoey recently lost her 27-year-old brother, Zack, and she fears the same fate awaits her. Death any day, now that she's twenty-seven. Through the generations, several of her family members have also died at the same age, hence The 27 Club.
Zoey heads down to Miami, a few months after her brother dies, hoping to find some sign that he led a happy life there and to get some type of closure. What she doesn't expect to find is someone that changes everything, her brother's best friend, Nate. They have intense chemistry from the start and it awakens something in her. Usually the responsible one, she wants to throw caution out the door and live her life or what little time she might have left, with no regrets.
Nate doesn't do relationships and Zoey's convinced that fate could step in any day, so a summer fling in Miami is all that either of them can commit to. They live in their own bubble of hot sex, tender moments and in a way it's healing for both of them. Zoey starts to realize that it's so much more than just a fling for her, but does Nate feel the same way? Does she even have a future? It's so worth the read to find out.
"I need you next to me when I wake up in the morning and lying beside me when I fall asleep at night. I need you like the air I breathe."
What I love the most about Kim Karr's books are the intense connections she creates between her characters. It's impossible to deny the strong feelings between Zoey and Nate from the moment they meet. Of course, Nate was my favorite part. He was a broody, sexy guy, hiding a huge, but damaged heart. And there were a few times that he let his vulnerability show and it was heart stopping. I just couldn't get enough of him.
"Are you sure you want me?"
There were a few things that felt disjointed and maybe even a little odd along the way, but it didn't change how I felt about the story. I expected some pivotal things to be revealed about her brother and more so about Nate, but that's not what happened. It wasn't about one huge truth being uncovered, it was more little things happening throughout. The story had a different feel to it, and I appreciated that.
*Complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*