Wednesday, March 9, 2016

You don’t always marry your soul mate

With: Lauren Reign

Congratulations to "Taurus", the winner in Lauren's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Any avid reader of romance has, at one point or another, read a story where childhood best friends fall blissfully in love. He’s been protecting her for years, warning all other men to back off from her. She’s never been interested in anyone else, spending every free moment with only him.

Soul mates meant to be.

But what happens when these kindred spirits stay just friends?

I’ve had the same best friend since adolescence. We were born one month apart and next door neighbors in a rural Massachusetts town. As kids we had a rare, instant bond that some never feel with another human being. All of our free time was spent together and even with the distance of me heading off to The University of Tampa, the deep friendship remained intact. Our genuine, timeless connection one that no individual could ever fracture.

This person means the world to me and he happens to be a man.

Growing up, it was assumed that he and I would end up together. My parents loved him and joked of our impending marriage often. His family didn’t blink an eye when they saw me in their house hours on end daily because it was our routine. We were a package deal, which made me enemy number one with any of his girlfriends. Did they all hate me? Yes. Did it bother me? No, because I was the constant while they were just passing through.

But we aren’t in love and never have been. We kissed only once when we were sixteen and partaking in some underage adult beverage debauchery. It felt all kinds of wrong and never happened again.

I love this man fiercely. I would take a bullet for him and I would be on the next flight out of Tampa if he ever needed me, but he will only ever be my amazing best friend.

Ryan was my inspiration for Colton, one of the main characters in Web of Deceit. The friendship Colton has with the heroine, Kalli, is very similar to how ours is to this day.

Above is a picture of us at his wedding in July. Yes, I did crop out his wife, so hopefully she doesn’t see this blog post!! J

Comment with the name of your best friend to enter to win a signed paperback of Web of Deceit.

Web of Deceit

FBI Special Agent Colton Brady is an important person in Kalliope Winters’s life. He’s been her savior, pulling her out of the darkest of days and rescuing her from herself on more than one occasion. She trusts him implicitly, but he’s hiding something, and it may cost them their lives. A cracked serial killer obsessed with Kalli is stalking her. She’s completely unaware of this until she wakes up painfully zip-tied to a chair, severely beaten, and close to death. Now she has to rely on Jaxxon, Colton’s twin brother, a man she’s craved since adolescence, to keep her safe. Jaxxon is moody, arrogant, and bossy as all hell. His demeanor is as lethal as his sinfully good looks and he will stop at nothing to keep his current assignment, Kalli, alive. But Jaxxon is also lying to her.

Published by The Wild Rose Press

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Lauren Reign is a graduate of The University of Tampa. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida, with her fiancé and their two rambunctious dogs. She is an avid reader, suffering from an obsession with all things romance. When she’s not engrossed in getting the characters in her head down on paper, she’s busy saving the world, one spray tan at a time.

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  1. My sister Lu is my best friend. She is 9 years older than I and always has paved the way.
    This book looks great. Can't wait to read it.

  2. What an interesting post, one tends to think 'soulmates' will always end up in love and together, but of course that is not always the case and it's good to be reminded friends can be soulmates too. Love the premise of the book, too!

  3. My best friend forever is Carolyn. We have been friends for 58 years, grew up together. Our lives are so parallel to one another's that if something happens in my family it will probably happen in hers or at least something very similar. She is my kindred spirit and I love her and her family, don't know what I would do without her. As an example, when my brother dies she was on vacation two states away. I couldn't reach her. She saw where I had called and told her husband that I never would have called her on vacation unless something was wrong. She got in her car and drove for over a half an hour to get to where she had a signal on her phone. Then she called me. That is the type friend she has always been to me.

  4. I have two best friends - my twin sister, Jody, and Maggi who I have known for over 44 years. I can't imagine my life without them.

  5. My youngest sister Chris is my Best Friend... We get on each other's nerves at time, but are definitely there for each other...

  6. I love hearing about best friends this strong that never had romance. It drives me crazy when people say it's impossible without sex getting involved. I've had serial best friends over the years. My first one was my mom's best friend's son, and we might have been like you guys if circumstances hadn't interfered when we were still little.

    I grew up in Western Massachusetts! Where was your rural town?

    1. Ooh, lucky you! I always wanted to be that close to the water. :)

  7. My BFF is named Steph and we've known each other since high school. We were originally a trio with a wonderful man named Jake, but he died 2 years ago from cancer. I know having one best friend is a treasure but having 2 was heaven. It took us a while to adjust from going from a trio to a duo but we've managed. Thanks for the great post and congrats on the new release!

  8. I love it when we authors can rely on our own experiences for character, theme, setting and conflict. This sounds super. My Best Friend from earliest memory: Janie.

  9. My best friend would be my sister Vicki. Only a year apart in age. Life goes on, but she is a constant in my life.


  10. Beckie

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  11. Best friend is Pat.

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