Everything We Are
Darby Blake & Sienna Ray
Publication date: June 21st 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Thea Jenson has her future meticulously planned out. Graduate from college. Get a job. Marry her high school sweetheart and have two beautiful children. When she decides to transfer schools, her brother suggests she move in with him and his unruly hockey roommates. Everything in her life is going according to her plan . . .
. . . until she bumps into Kyler in their kitchen and sparks fly.
Kyler Rose, the starting center for the Northport University hockey team, is done for the moment he lays his eyes on Thea. But he can’t allow her to become a distraction. He’s determined to make it to the NHL. That’s if he doesn’t get booted for failing grades first. And even though he’s on scholarship, it doesn’t pay his bills or provide for his family. Neither do the tips he earns from his bartending gig. When an offer to make some fast cash falls in his lap, he takes it, thinking no one will care if he gets hurt . . .
. . . except Thea does care.
But just as Kyler finds a way to navigate his feelings for Thea, an unexpected link to his family comes to light and he finds himself in the fight of his life to protect those he loves the most – his family.
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I never really thought I’d be that person—the one who switches school after a year because they’ve changed their whole career path. It’s not as if the change is because some big scandal went down. There was no sordid affair with a teacher, no cheating on a test, not even the slightest hint of any wrongdoing. The plain fact is, I quickly discovered the major I was studying was not for me. It took a while for realization to set in. I thought my plans were set in stone since ninth grade. Graduate from college with a summa cum laude, become a successful defense attorney defending high-profile cases in the state, get married and have kids. Now my direction has changed, and a high-flying defense attorney has been replaced with a nutritionist and dietician.
There is another reason for this change; one I haven’t admitted to anyone. I feel like I’m stuck. I’m floating around in no man’s land with a future I’m not sure I want anymore. The trouble with having a life plan from an early age is the risk of growing out of it. It seemed like a good idea when I was fifteen and obsessed with crime dramas. It’s only when you start hitting the books and going to lecture upon lecture you realize it’s not as glamorous as it seems. I quickly discovered the legal profession is not for me.
So here I am, leaving my hometown of Silver Lake and moving three hours south, where I’ll attend the University of Northport for the next three years. The Health Sciences department at Northport is one of the best in our state, which is the reason I’m transferring there. My career choice may have changed, but my ambitions for graduating summa cum laude remain the same. It helps that my older brother, Jude, goes there. Thankfully, I get to share a house with him and some of his teammates. Jude is on Northport’s ice hockey team, and if he wanted to, he could easily be drafted to the NHL. At the moment, though, he’s set on graduating and “conquering the world,” his words, not mine.
Darby Blake is a pen name for New York Times Bestselling Author Heidi McLaughlin. Darby’s first novel, EVERYTHING WE ARE, co-written with her best friend, is due to be released in June 2022. Learn more about Darby by visiting darbyblake.com
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Sienna Ray is a quietly introverted author living in the UK. She lives with her other half and despite aspirations to be an author in her school days, has only just recently embarked on her writing journey. Her debut novel, EVERYTHING WE ARE, co-written with her best friend, is due to be released in June 2022.
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Elaine G says
Thanks for sharing the excerpt. Sounds like a good book
Debbie P says
Sounds like a great book.
Bea LaRocca says
I like the cover, synopsis and excerpt, Everything We Are sounds like a great story and I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing the author’s bio and book details
Ken Ohl says
This book looks so intriguing
My niece would love this, she loves romance and sport so much!
I think I would enjoy this book it seems like a good book to read this summer.
Audrey Stewart says
Darby Blake and Sienna Ray are new authors to me but I want to thank this blog for the introduction.
I look forward to reading this book.
Maria Malaveci says
Sounds like my kind of read! Love the cover too!
Everything We Are by authors Darby Blake & Sienna Ray sounds like an exciting and entertaining book.
Barbara Montag says
I enjoyed reading this well done excerpt!
Thank you for sharing this.
Kim Kern says
Sounds like a great story.
Molli Taylor says
i like the blub, i feel like i could really get lost in this book
Marcy Meyer says
Sounds like a good story. The cover looks great.
Judy Thomas says
It sounds like a great read, thank you for sharing it.
Rita Wray says
Sounds like a good read.
Cathy French says
I love story lines romance or not that involve sports. I love the character name, Kyler
Bridgett A Wilbur says
I just love your cover and excerpt.
Julie Bickham says
I’m adding this to my summer reading list.
shannon zeidan says
This sounds really intriguing. I’m excited to check it out.
Amber Lee Kolb says
This is awesome!! It’s always interesting when you think you have it all planned out and life throws you a curve ball that ends being way better than the original plan.
Tina R says
This sounds like a good story. Thanks for sharing the excerpt.
Glenda M says
This sounds interesting! Cute cover too!
Shelly Peterson says
I look forward to reading this.
Joye I says
I have added this one to my TBR list
Cali W. says
Great excerpt and giveaway.
This sounds like one that I would so love to read this summer and I love the cover too.
Thea and Kyler sound like interesting characters. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for sharing!
Susan Smith says
I like the cover and excerpt. Sounds like a cute book.
Deborah D says
How long was the writing process?
I like the cover and think the book look interesting.
sherry fundin says
i’ll watch most any sport
Angelica Dimeo says
Love the cover
Latifa Morrisette says
Sounds like a good read.
Dianne Casey says
Sounds interesting. Would really like to read.
What an interesting book! Great excerpt. I’d love to read more.
Cool looking novel.
Sarah L says
Good book for Summer reading.
Thanks for the contest.
Deb Pelletier says
The book sounds interesting.
Sandra Dufoe says
Sounds like a great read and love the cover.
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wendy hutton says
very nice cover, thanks
Eva Millien says
Congratulations on your release of Everything We Are, Darby and Sienna, I enjoyed the excerpt and your book sounds like a great book for me to read and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and the blitz! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful day!
MargaretAnn Rice says
Nice cover, excerpt well done .. on my bucket list for summer reading.
Margaret Smith says
Sounds like a very enjoyable book. Congratulations on it’s release.
Victoria Alexander says
Sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing!
I love a good sport romance read. The cover is unique, but I like it!
Terri Shaw says
This sounds like a great read.
Cynthia C says
The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.
paige chandler says
Looks like the sparks really fly. Fun book
Abigail Gibson says
This book looks amazing!!!
David Hollingsworth says
I like the sound of this book!
Ann Fantom says
This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.
The book sounds like an interesting read. Love the cover!
Penny Branson LeBaron says
I like the cover, the blurb and the excerpt.
Cindy Merrill says
Sounds complicated, yet fascinated by this, nonetheless.
Tony Platz says
From the excerpy it sounds like a very good story .
Sounds like a great read. I love that it is written by best friends.
The cover looks great.
Love this – the male MC sounds swoon-worthy
This seems to explore two different types of life not going the way it has been planned out, one for each of the main characters.
Christy R. says
The book sounds very good. Best of luck with the success of it !
Cindi Knowles says
This sounds like a great sports romance.
Amy Green says
This book is great for fans of sports romances with some intrigue and die-hard family loyalty thrown in! It’s like a high stakes version of the Jane Fonda movie, ‘Tall Story’!
Can’t wait to read this!
Dreaa Drake says
This sounds so good!!
Betty Curran says
This sounds like a book I’ll really enjoy reading