by: Kianna Alexander
Series: Brothers of Theta Delta Theta
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
First in a mainstream contemporary romance series featuring successful, tight-knit former fraternity brothers from Kianna Alexander.
What would you give for a second chance?
Xavier Whitted, CPA and city council candidate is excited to get away to the Crystal Coast for his best friend’s wedding. He is shocked when he runs into his high school sweetheart there, the only woman he ever truly loved.
Dr. Imani Grant is just about ready to open her own dermatology practice when a serious wrench is put in her plans—in the form of Xavier Whitted. Old feelings resurface along with old secrets from the past. Imani isn’t willing to go there, until Xavier starts a new campaign: win Imani back—no matter what it takes.
Hi Kianna. Welcome to Read Your Writes Book Reviews. How are you?
I’m good and busy, thanks for asking!
No problem. Congratulations on your upcoming release, Back to Your Love. What can readers expect from this book and the Brothers of TDT series itself?
Readers can expect a peek into Black Greek culture, through the eyes of someone who went to an HBCU and took it all in. I never pledged but I’m very observant, and have always been interested in the kinds of community work carried out by these groups. There’s also a very strong theme of 90’s R&B running through the series. As for the brothers, get ready for a group of men who are gorgeous, intelligent, and hardworking, have a passion for youth and community service, and will go to great lengths for the affection and pleasure of their heroines.
Sounds good. Tell me about Xavier Whitted and Imani Grant.
Xavier and Imani have history, from the days they were high school sweethearts. He’s always thought of her as the one that got away, while she’s done her best not to think of him at all- that hasn’t really worked, though. The story opens as the two of them run into each other at a wedding, and the embers of passion are soon reignited.
What do you love about second chance romances?
I want to believe that life gives us second chances. Not just with love, but with the myriad other mistakes we make. There’s something really wonderful about that idea, that we could do it over and do it right. Aside from that, I feel a romance is a bit more realistic if the couple has some kind of past history, which is why friends to lovers and second chance are my favorite stories to read and to write.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without? Okay, fine, you can list three.
My family, books, and music.
Sounds great. Kianna, thank you so much for taking time to answer some questions for me. Congratulations on the new series.
“Remember our senior trip to Atlantic Beach?” The deep timbre of his voice broke into her thoughts.
She smiled. “Sure, I remember.” How could she have forgotten that trip? It was the first time she’d experienced the special magic that could exist between a man and a woman.
“It was right after your eighteenth birthday, wasn’t it?” His gaze went past her, as if he were looking out over the surface of the water. “That last night still sticks in my mind, you know.”
She watched his face, saw the wistful expression. Up until now, she’d had no idea men held on to memories like that; then again, Xavier wasn’t like any other man she’d ever known. “Really? You still think about that night, all these years later?”
He nodded. “Why not? That night was special to me.” He paused, shifted his gaze back to her. “You were special to me. You still are.”
A shiver went down her spine. She stopped walking, and he stopped with her. There, in the circle of his arms, she let her feet sink into the warm sand as her mind drifted back to that night. Her eyes closed, and she could clearly recall the sensation of his warm mouth on her skin and the way she’d felt when he’d taken his kisses between her thighs.
He whispered in her ear, “We’d made love before that night. But that was the first time I took you…there.” A soft groan escaped her, because she knew just what he was referring to. She’d given him her virginity on her birthday. But that night, the last night of their senior trip to celebrate their high school graduation, had been the first time he’d brought her to orgasm. That night, he’d effectively branded her, leaving an imprint on her body and soul that could never be taken away.
The feel of his lips pressing against her throat brought her back to the present. He placed a few fleeting kisses along her neck, trailing across the shoulder bared by her dress. “God, Imani. I can still hear you moaning, calling my name. It was like a song, like sweet music to my ears, baby.”
Her knees went weak, buckled beneath her. The steadying strength of his embrace kept her upright. “Xavier…” He smothered her words, placing his lips against hers. As the kiss deepened, she wound her arms around his neck and pressed her body close to his. Every nerve, every cell in her body cried out for this, for his touch, his kiss. Her tongue darted between his lips, and he suckled the tip of it. The action drew a groan from her.
His large hands slipped from her waist to move lower, where he gave her behind a series of gentle squeezes.
She groaned again, the sound muffled by his kiss. Having him touch her this way was sheer delight, sending her senses reeling.
He broke the kiss, straightened. “Baby, I think it’s time we went upstairs. I would hate for these fancy clothes to be ruined in this wet sand.”
She loved being on the beach, loved the feel of the breeze coming off the water as it played over her skin. She didn’t know if it was his touch or the two glasses of champagne she’d had, or both, that was quelling her good judgment. At that moment, her desire for Xavier overrode all else. “Let’s go.”
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Like any good Southern belle, Kianna Alexander wears many hats: loving wife, doting mama, advice-dispensing sister, and gabbing girlfriend. She's a voracious reader, history nerd and craft fanatic. Kianna lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids, and a collection of well-loved vintage 80's Barbie dolls.
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