Title: The Secret World Of Alaina Downs
Author: Rebecca Rynecki
Genre: New Adult/Fantasy
Number of Pages: 252
When Alaina stumbles into a world that she only thought existed in her mind, she is understandably a little bit freaked out. Who wouldn't be? Characters that she had written down years ago are walking, and talking, and telling her that she is the only one who can save the princess and the kingdom of Isleen. Um...okay. As she travels down to the southern kingdom with Sir Gabriel, a really hot knight, she falls off horses, has an interaction with an evil witch, gets attacked by a sea creature, and even falls from lust into love.
Gabriel growled softly. “I want to be with you!” he shouted.
“How?! I'm leaving to go home in the morning. You just said that you're not coming with me., so you're never going to see me again in a few hours!” she replied, her voice cracking on the last word.
“Stay. Stay here with me.”
She swerved around back to face him. “What?”
He threw his arms up. “Stay here. Stay in Isleen.”
Alaina chuckled mirthlessly. “I can't! My family is not here, my whole life...no.” Alaina shook her head. “I wouldn't have anything to do here. What would I do? I was only brought here to...you know, save Isleen, right? I don't have anything to do!”
“I know that we could be together,” Gabriel said softly.
“Together? Together as what?”
He licked his lips. “Everything.”
“Everything?” She shook her head as tears started to run down her cheeks. “I can't. This isn't my world. I...I've been attacked by crocodile sea serpent things, there's half men, half bird...creatures! There's no underwear!” Alaina laughed. “I know how dumb it sounds, but, I need those little things in my life back. I can't...I can't just sit around while you go off and do knightly things. I can't.”
“You could do more!”
“Like, what?” she spat. “I'm not royalty! What would I be doing except for waiting for you?”
“Right,” he whispered.
“I'm sorry,” she sniffed.
“Yeah.” Gabriel wiped the tears away from his eyes. “Me too.”
“So...I mean...you're really not coming with me...are you?” Alaina asked.
He slowly shook his head. “No. And, you're not staying here?”
“No.” Alaina swallowed. “I should...” she gestured towards the castle, “I need to get some sleep.”
“I can go with-” Gabriel started to offer.
“No.” Alaina lifted her hand up to stop him. “That would not be the best idea right now.”
“I told you that I wasn't like her,” Alaina whispered.
“The woman. The woman who took advantage of...” She shook her head. “You know, I'm tired of feeling rejected.”
Gabriel reached for her, only to have her step away. “I'm not-”
“You're not?! I left David. I left my boyfriend because it turned out that he couldn't fully commit tome, at least, not in the way that I was hoping.” Alaina watched as he stilled in front of her, silent. “I made the mistake of falling for you. It was silly of me to believe that just because you're from...here, that you would be different.”
“You told me that I was,” he said, hushed.
Alaina snorted. “Well, turns out that I was wrong...wasn't I?”
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A graduate of Hollins University in southwestern Virginia, Rebecca now lives in the hills of Connecticut with her husband and young son. When she's not working as a librarian or plotting out the sequel, she bakes, dances around the house...and sings...really badly. The Secret World of Alaina Downs is her first book.
Where to find Rebecca:
Feb 18 Hanging With Bells
Feb 19 Library of Lights
Feb 20 Forget The Housework, I'm Reading
Feb 21 My Cozie Corner
Feb 22 Amy's Book-et List
Feb 23 The Bookmaven
Book two: The Knights Ill Thought Bargain
Two years have passed since Alaina and Gabriel left. Forty years have passed in Isleen. The king is dead. The queen's powers are weakening, and an evil sorceress is intent on furthering her own agenda. An agenda that involves a bargain that Gabriel made.
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