On 21st of October Most Ardently by Susan Mesler-Evans will release in the world and we are celebrating that fact early with this Pre-Release Blitz! does a dance
For today’s post I will tell you all about the book and the author, you can read an excerpt, there are teasers, and lastly I also got a giveaway. What a party~
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Elisa Benitez is proud of who she is, from her bitingly sarcastic remarks, to her love of both pretty boys and pretty girls. If someone doesn’t like her, that’s their problem, and Elisa couldn’t care less. Particularly if that person is Darcy Fitzgerald, a snobby, socially awkward heiress with an attitude problem and more money than she knows what to do with.
From the moment they meet, Elisa and Darcy are at each other’s throats — which is a bit unfortunate, since Darcy’s best friend is dating Elisa’s sister. It quickly becomes clear that fate intends to throw the two of them together, whether they like it or not. As hers and Darcy’s lives become more and more entwined, Elisa’s once-dull world quickly spirals into chaos in this story of pride, prejudice, and finding love with the people you least expect.
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Susan Mesler-Evans is a writer, college student, D&D enthusiast, theatre nerd, and horrific procrastinator. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Susan now lives in Florida, and can often be found reading, scrolling through Tumblr until 2 AM, overanalyzing her favorite fictional characters and relationships, bingewatching comedies on Netflix, thinking about writing, and even, on occasion, actually writing. Most Ardently is her first full-length novel. You can find her at susanmeslerevanswrites.com.
“Darcy, hi,” Gianna said, her face brightening. “I was starting to wonder if you’d gone up to your room for the night.”
“I wouldn’t have left without saying good night,” she said, sipping at her drink.
“I met Elisa.”
“I see that. Are you having fun?”
“Good.” Darcy then addressed Elisa directly. “I suppose I don’t need to tell you that this is my sister.”
“No, Willow already covered that when she introduced us,” Elisa said.
“Where is Willow, anyway?”
She shrugged. “Your guess is as good as mine. After she introduced me to Gianna, she sort of took off.”
Gianna spoke up. “Prob-probably playing cards with Keegan and Christina again.”
Darcy rolled her eyes. “I wish she wouldn’t. She always wants to gamble.”
“It’s not like she can’t afford it,” Gianna pointed out.
“I know, but it’s not proper.”
Gianna slid off the stool. “I—I can go look for her, if you want.”
“You want me to come with you?” she asked.
She shook her head. “I’ll be okay.”
“Okay. I’ll be here.”
Gianna turned to Elisa. “It was great to meet you,” she said. “Can I message you on Twitter or something?”
Elisa smiled, nodding. “Please do. It was great to meet you, too.”
She grinned, before scampering off.
Elisa took a sip of her drink, before glancing at Darcy. “She’s a really sweet girl.”
She nodded. “I know. Too sweet for her own good, sometimes.”
She sighed, thinking of Julieta. “I know what you mean.” There was a pause, before she suddenly remembered what Wick had told her about Darcy. Feeling her chest tighten, she was unable to resist asking. “So––I had dinner with George Sedgwick a few weeks ago.”
Darcy’s grip on her own glass tightened. “I really, really wish you hadn’t done that,” she muttered.
“Does the phrase ‘Winchester Academy’ ring a bell?” she asked.
She glared at her. “I don’t know what he told you, but rest assured, it wasn’t the truth.”
“Why should I believe you? It’s your word against his.”
“Why should you believe him?”
Elisa opened her mouth to argue, but nothing came out. So she sat there, stewing in silence, before getting to her feet. She wanted to put distance between them, and not just because of the mess with Wick. Darcy was utterly infuriating in many ways, and a lot of those ways, if she was being honest with herself, was because, on paper, she was the exact sort of person she would’ve had a crush on. Completely gorgeous, but also smart as hell. Even with the attitude problem, it was sort of hard to tear her gaze away sometimes.
Like a train wreck. A hot, hot train wreck.
“Leaving so soon?” Darcy asked.
“I want to check on Julieta,” she said.
“Fine.” She shrugged. “Thank you for being nice to my sister.”
“Anytime,” she said. She hurried off before she could get trapped into another conversation.
She really did like Gianna, and Willow. Honestly, she had difficulty grasping the fact that they were so close to Darcy. Had they met her? Of course, some closeness was almost unavoidable, since the three of them were raised together. But they seemed to genuinely like her. Not just love her––like her. She was almost certain the two of them didn’t know what she’d done to Wick.
Then again, maybe they did know, but loved her too much to care?
Elisa shook her head. That couldn’t be it. Even if Charlene or Julieta pulled something like that, she wouldn’t be able to get past it without a damn good reason, or at least some serious action taken to make up for it.
No, some things couldn’t be excused.
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