(Less Than Zero, #5)
Publication date: February 17th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I’ve made promises I’m struggling to keep.
Because my past is too dark and painful.
Zoey is everything to me, my beautiful soulmate.
I can’t bear for her to think I’m broken.
But pressure’s building and I’m losing control .
Will one fateful day destroy everything I’ve ever dreamed of?
My life with Ty is idyllic.
This past year has been everything I dreamed about and more.
It’s just—I can’t shake this feeling.
Something’s going on with my fiancé.
I can’t help but wonder, is he hiding something from me?
Will his past demons prevent our perfect future?
Happily ever after can mean so many things.
Faith is tested.
Will Ty & Zoey survive the biggest challenge of their lives?
Is the deepest love endless?
ENDLESS ENCORE is Book 6 in the Less Than Zero Rockstar Romance Series, and is the sequel to ENDLESS.
It is strongly recommended you read Books 1-4 before reading any of the “ENCORE” sequels, otherwise you will be spoiled!
Get ready for more stories of captivating passion!
Trigger Warning: Content in this book deals with childhood abuse and severe neglect.
CHAPTER 1 – TY
How did I get here?
I’m all alone. Away from my wife. My band. For who knows how long. Not that it matters. I’m not certain if any of them will ever speak to me again after I blew my life to smithereens. I know I wouldn’t. After all of the love and trust my band brothers showed me over the years, how did I repay them?
I lied to them.
Treated them like shit.
Blamed them for things that weren’t their fault.
Selfishly made them put up with my bullshit.
Worse? I sold Zoey a package of goods I couldn’t deliver. I sucked her back into my life for my own selfish purposes. Hiding my truth. A truth that has bitten me in the ass, just as I knew it would. A truth that has changed the very fabric of my life and that of the people around me.
Zoey is the only woman I’ll ever love, and after what I did? Things will never be the same. For that, I take full responsibility. Doesn’t make it easier to bear. I’m a realist. There’s no way she could possibly honor the commitments we made to each other now. There’s no way she could possibly still love me.
Let alone stay married to me.
I’m in agony. Every part of me aches. My heart. My body. My soul.
It’s completely my fault. All of this could have been avoided. Years of therapy gave me all the tools. Stubbornly, I ignored the warning signals when they were blaring everywhere around me. Instead, I rushed Zoey into getting married before she knew what she was really signing up for. Begged her to get pregnant before confessing a past that would permeate every part of our future. All in some desperate attempt to hold on to her.
To hold on to us.
Sure, I’d convinced myself I was fine. Healed. Hell, I thought I knew better. I really, really did. I was lying to myself, though. And lying to everyone who matters to me. I’ve destroyed my life. Irreparably so. My past few months have been a master class in reckless, impulsive behavior. Now, I’ll pay the price forever.
With everything that I’ve lost, there’s one important reason I’m here. A singular motivation. I want to get well. Need to get well. If only to be part of my son’s life. To have a chance to be the father I know I can be. I’m going to do anything and everything I can to make it up to him, even if he hasn’t been born yet.
I may have burned my bridges with everyone closest to me, but I’ll never do that to him.
I set Zoey free last night. Just like she did for me all those years ago. I get why she did it now. When you truly love someone, you want them to have everything good in the world. Even if it’s without you.
Especially if it’s without you.
CHAPTER 2 – ZOEY
I gaze up at my gorgeous fiancé, Tyson Rainier. After a whirlwind few months of travel, we’re in bed in our house in West Seattle. I’m tucked under his arm, my cheek rests on his chest. His other arm is flung over his head. Chocolate waves of his long mane cascade over the pillow. A smattering of stubble spreads across his square jaw. Little puffs of air dissipate from his full lips in a steady rhythm.
Ty’s band, Less Than Zero or LTZ, is nearing the end of its year-long hiatus to reset and recharge. His bandmates are busy working on their own passion projects. Ty started a foundation and appointed me CEO. We’ve done a lot of work with the leadership team, but mostly Ty and I have spent the entire year goofing off. Traveling. Laughing. Talking. Dreaming. Eating.
Living life. Together.
Building our life. Together.
On our terms. Finally.
Before he was famous and I was only eighteen, we were forced apart. It took eight years, a series of misunderstandings and a few speed bumps, but we managed to reunite. Get to know each other again. Now, we’re engaged and, hopefully, soon we’ll get married. I wouldn’t trade the past few months for anything. I’ve never laughed so hard. Loved so deeply. Felt so connected to one human being. We’ve been making up for lost time, and if I had any doubts before, I definitely don’t now.
Ty and I are meant to be.
With the band’s hiatus coming to an end soon, we’re slowly transitioning out of vacation mode into a routine. Our new normal. Neither of us are sure exactly how it’s going to work, but so long as we’re together again? Nothing can come between us.
Because we don’t take anything about our relationship for granted. Not after too many missed years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds.
I treasure every single moment we have. Ty is a very complicated man, but also the most honest, kindhearted, generous person I know. My eyes mist a bit as I think about how far he’s come from the young man he was when we first met. Unlike me, he grew up with nothing except an addict mother who’s so far gone, she tried to sell fake stories to the tabloids last year for a big payday. I admire my fiancé so much. He’s never been defined by his past. Instead, he single-handedly pulled himself out of the gutter and made something of himself. Despite the odds.
God, I love him. Really and truly love him. Every single part of him.
“Are you watching me sleep?” Ty’s eyes slowly blink open. He yawns and rolls to his side so he’s facing me. “Who’s my creepy girl?”
For some strange reason, we both love to watch each other sleep. We’re self-aware enough to know it’s kind of psycho, so we’ve made it into one of our many inside jokes. I smooth his hair away from his forehead, laughing. “That’s me. Don’t worry, I haven’t been creeping on you for long.”
When she was only 15, Kaylene Winter wrote her first rocker romance novel starring a fictionalized version of herself, her friends and their gorgeous rocker boyfriends. After living her own rockstar life as a band manager, music promoter and mover and shaker in Seattle during the early 1990’s, Kaylene became a digital media legal strategist helping bring movies, television and music online. Throughout her busy career, Kaylene lost herself in romance novels across all genres inspiring her to realize her life-long dream to be a published author. She lives in Seattle with her amazing husband and dog. She loves to travel, throw lavish dinner parties and support charitable causes supporting arts and animals.
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