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Extract #3

An action adventure contemporary romance Love, Artifacts, and You by Sarah Ready

My latest action adventure contemporary romance book Love, Artifacts, and You launches October 26th! Check out the third sample from this upcoming romance. After being separated as teenagers, Emma was certain she would never see Andrew again…until now.


Emma:

I squint at him and try to catalogue what I’m seeing.

Tall.

Black hair.

Brown eyes so dark they almost look black.

Sun-dark skin.

A crooked nose broken too many times.

A raised white scar thin as a knife blade over his right eyebrow extending to his hairline.

He looks dangerous. Like a dangerous man. Like no one I’ve ever met.

I see all these parts, but I can’t put them together, because none of it makes sense.

He’s too tall, too wide, too hard, too intense, too…everything.

He’s Andrew, but not.

I don’t stop to think, I lift my hand and put it to the thick stubble covering his firm jaw. I run my fingers over the soft, prickly beginnings of a beard. He lets out a low growl. I feel it vibrate my fingers.

His eyes shift to my lips and he focuses on them like he’s Odysseus returned to Ithaca. Like he’s seeing his home, his love, for the first time in years.

“The sun,” he whispers. I don’t know what he means. I stroke his cheek at the ache in his voice.

He reaches down, his finger hovers over my lip and then he touches the freckle over my mouth. The one Andrew loved.

And that’s when the pieces snap together and my brain finally lets me understand what my soul knew before I even saw his face.

My heart slams against my ribs, aching to get out and go to him.

“Andrew?” I whisper, fear in my voice. Because what if it isn’t him? “You’re alive?”

His shoulders stiffen and his gaze flicks up to mine. The soft, yearning leaves his eyes and they shift to match the man with the long scar, the hard mouth and the crooked nose. But then, as quickly as they went hard, they soften again.

He lets out a silky laugh. “What do you think, Emma? Don’t I look alive?”

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Extract #2

Love, Artifacts, and You – an action adventure romance by Sarah Ready

Love, Artifacts, and You is an action adventure romance that will take you from the jungles of Central America to the small town of Romeo, New York.

Former street kid Andrew Santiago loved Emma with all his heart. That is, until she shattered his life, betrayed his trust, and left him for dead. Now Andrew’s back, wealthy and powerful, and determined to take his revenge on the woman who broke his heart.

Check out this extract from my upcoming action adventure romance Love, Artifacts, and You.


“Right,” Dom says. He puts his hands in his pockets and leans against the glass side of our building. The Suffolk Auction House sign is illuminated above him. “Look. I’m going to be straight with you. I don’t know what grudge you have against Castleton, but I know you’re in love with his daughter.”

At his words I let out a surprised laugh. “Is that what you call it?”

Dom looks up at the darkening sky, brightened by the lights of the buildings.

“I met Van Cleeve for tennis yesterday. He told me Emma’s in a little town Upstate called Romeo. That she’s digging for some lost treasure. He thinks she’ll clear her name. Make the name Castleton great again.”

“Not likely,” I say.

Dom shrugs, “Who’s to say?”

A sudden spark of anticipation lights in me.

The dull, empty feeling I had earlier recedes.

It’s not over yet. That’s why I didn’t feel satisfied. Because Emma’s not ruined, she’s not devastated. I still have more to do. For instance, I could find a lost treasure in a small town before Emma lays her hands on it.

“Did you know,” I say, “I’ve been thinking about taking a trip Upstate for quite some time. Maybe you can do without me for a week or two.”

Dom nods. “I think I can do that.”

“Good.” My mind’s whirring, thinking, planning, anticipating.

Can I do this? Should I? I glare down at the sidewalk. Of course I should. If I don’t, what’s been the point of any of this?

“One more thing Van Cleeve said.”

“What’s that?” I ask, distractedly.

“Van Cleeve said he proposed.”

I look at Dom, “Proposed what?”

Dom shakes his head. “Marriage. He asked Emma to marry him.”

The noise of traffic and the city streets fades, and there’s a distant howling in my ears.

“Andrew? Did you hear me?”

I swallow and shake my head.

“She’s getting married,” he says.

The New York sky is dark and the city lights look like stars. Suddenly, I’m back in the tent with Emma.

“We’d be married?” I whisper to her. I brush my lips over her mouth.

She smiles at me. “Mhmm.”

Then the scene morphs and I see her smiling at Van Cleeve, holding The Heart.

A taxi honks and I’m back in Manhattan, in the present. And the current me, the one who knows that the Emma of my dreams isn’t the real Emma, knows exactly what to do. How to finally end this.

I’m headed to Romeo, to make Emma fall in love.

So I can break her heart.

Cover of the best adventure romance Love, Artifacts, and You by Sarah Ready. This is a romance book and includes friends to enemies to lovers, treasure hunting, and a happily ever after.

Check out my upcoming action adventure romance book Love, Artifacts, and You – available Oct 26th, 2021.

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Extract #1: Love, Artifacts, and You

By Sarah Ready

My upcoming action adventure romance book Love, Artifacts, and You launches Oct 26th, 2021. Do you want a sneak peek into the story? Check out this extract and pre-order your copy today!

Here is the extract:

“What’s the name of her soul mate?” asks Jessie.

Erma shrugs and tosses aside a puzzle piece that doesn’t fit.

“What does he look like then? What was he doing?” asks Jessie.

I lean forward. Do I believe her?

“She knows him,” says Erma. She looks up at me and there’s a hint of compassion in her eyes, like she knows more than she’s letting on.

A chill settles over me.

“Is he blond, blue-eyed?” I ask. My voice sounds distant.

She shakes her head no.

“He’s wealthy, as wealthy as a king. He owns skyscrapers, an island,” Erma says.

One of the older ladies whistles.

Not Andrew. The thought flashes through my mind. Andrew never wanted money or prestige. Although it couldn’t be Andrew. He’s gone. Dead and gone.

I pull my gaze back up from the floor and look at Miss Erma.

“He has power and status,” she says.

I don’t want him. Whoever he is, I don’t want him.

“He doesn’t really sound like my cup of tea,” I say. Plus, I don’t know anyone that fits this description. I shrug. “Sorry. I’ll still look for your treasure though if you like. I could research. Apply for a permit.”

In fact, it’d let me do what I love, outside of the tarnish of Castleton, Inc. and the cloud of the past. A way to move on.

“I’ll take him,” says Petunia. “I’d love an island.”

The lady next to her, she looks like her sister, smacks her on the back of her hand. “We’ll stay out of this one,” she says. “No interfering.”

“Good idea,” says Jessie.

I give Erma a smile. “Thanks for the welcome. I’m sure your predictions have come true in the past, but I don’t think it’s likely this time.”

“That’s what they all say,” mutters Wanda. She pushes up her horn-rimmed glasses.

Erma purses her lips and pats a completed chunk of puzzle into the barn. “Maybe so,” she says. “Oh, well. Gals, we need to finish this puzzle. I’m headed to my niece’s to see the baby in two hours.”

Jessie looks at Erma like she’s lost her mind.

“Oh, well? Ooo-kay,” Jessie says. She turns to me, confusion on her face. Then she shrugs. “Well, anyway. It’s lunchtime. Can I take you out for a welcome to Romeo lunch? I could invite some friends for you to meet. I’ll bring some books, tell you all about the Lost Treasure, then show you to town hall for your permit or whatever you said you need.”

I look back at the table. The ladies all seem engrossed in the puzzle. Me and my supposed soul mate are completely forgotten in favor of a barn puzzle.

“Well, alright,” I say to Jessie. “Thank you. That’s really nice of you.”

Jessie starts to walk toward the exit and I turn to follow. But a stray thought makes me stop and turn back to Erma.

“I’m sorry,” I say, “but did you happen to see what my um…soul mate, I guess…what he looks like?”

Erma looks up from the puzzle and gives me a wide smile.

“I did,” she says.

“Okay.” My throat goes dry.

Erma pauses, watches me.

“What does he look like?” I ask.

“Tall.”

I nod. Okay. Tall.

“Thick, black hair,” she says.

My heart stops for a moment, then with a hard lurch starts up again.

I can feel the soft memory of thick black hair running through my fingers.

I swallow and try to clear the lump in my throat. “That’s it?” I ask.

She shakes her head no, then, “Eyes so dark, they’re almost black.”

The air rushes from my lungs, hard and painful.

A picture forms in my mind of a black-haired, brown-eyed boy. Now a man.

“He’s sun-browned,” she says.

I close my eyes, like doing so can block out the vision.

“Not possible,” I whisper.

Andrew’s dead. We had proof. He died. I would’ve torn the world apart if I believed otherwise.

Erma continues. “He has a crooked nose and a long scar over his eyebrow.”

“Ooh, a pirate,” says Petunia.

“Shush,” says the lady next to her.

I open my eyes and try to focus on Erma. The room spins around me. Andrew’s nose was straight, he didn’t have scars. But it’s been ten years, he might…he could…

“I…I…” I don’t know what I’m trying to say. “Is he in Romeo?” I finally ask.

“Start digging for the Lost Treasure and he will be,” Erma says.

I blink and the room stops spinning and comes into focus. All I have to do is start digging and Andrew, if it really is Andrew, will come back to me.

I know what I have to do.

Petunia laughs. “A treasure hunt and a soul mate. What could be better?”

Cover of the best adventure romance Love, Artifacts, and You by Sarah Ready. This is a romance book and includes friends to enemies to lovers, treasure hunting, and a happily ever after.

Check out my upcoming action adventure romance book Love, Artifacts, and You – available Oct 26th, 2021.

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I am so excited to share the beautiful cover for Love, Artifacts, and You, my next book in the Soul Mates in Romeo Romance series. This is book 4 in the series and is quite an adventure as you can see in the cover. Check out the cover for Love, Artifacts, and You below and pre-order your copy today!

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A love that spans from the jungles of Central America to the hidden caves of Romeo, New York…

Infamous treasure hunter Emma Castleton desperately wants to find the Lost Treasure of Romeo. Emma’s been labeled a fraud and she’s determined to fix her reputation.

She’s also been promised that when she finds Romeo’s Lost Treasure, she’ll finally find her soul mate. But Emma knows that’s a lie. Her true love died ten years ago on a devastating treasure hunt in Central America.

Former street kid Andrew Santiago loved Emma with all his heart. That is, until she shattered his life, betrayed his trust, and left him for dead. Now Andrew’s back, wealthy and powerful, and determined to take his revenge on the woman who broke his heart.

But as Andrew and Emma hunt for Romeo’s Lost Treasure they uncover secrets of the past, buried artifacts, and ever-present danger. Soon, they’re confronted with a choice, what is the greater treasure – true love or revenge?

Love, Artifacts, and You is Book 4 in the Soul Mates in Romeo Romance Series by Sarah Ready.

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Romance writer Sarah Ready writes contemporary romance, romcom, romantic comedy, and chick lit.