Thursday, September 5, 2013

Disconnected Review

Author: Bethany Daniel
Genre: Young Adult Romance

A Fast Paced Love Story!

Liam and Katy were high school sweethearts. Shortly after they graduated they ran off to Vegas to get married. Liam does theater acting and it's there that he is discovered by Excite Entertainment and flown to L.A.

Once he's in L.A his marriage takes the backseat to rubbing elbows with Hollywood's biggest and brightest. One night Liam throws a big party and Katy comes into their house filled with half dressed women. When Katy says she's going to leave, Liam doesn't believe her until he comes home from filming and finds a note that tears him apart.

Four years later, he's tried to move on but never let go of the love he has in his heart for his Katy. It's in a little town they are filming in that their paths cross again and Liam has to try and convince Katy that their love is worth fighting for.

This is the retelling of Reconnected from Liam's POV, however it CAN be read as a standalone. 
   Find Reconnected here

Disconnected, that's how I've felt the last four years since Katy walked out of my life. I admit, when I found myself in Hollywood back then, I let it get to my head. There was just so much out there, and it gave me culture shock.
          Unfortunately, I took it out on Katy-- the one person who saw past all that crap and still loved me for just being Liam. That party that Mitchell Fallon and the other Excite execs talked me into having to "rub elbows" with Hollywood’s elite cost me my marriage. I haven't been able to forgive myself ever since.
          Now I'm on a plane to Georgia with my best friend, Scott Adams. We've been in this whirlwind together. He was picked up by Excite around the same time I was. 
          "Ready to find us some Georgia peaches, man?" Scott asks from beside me in our first class seats.
          I just roll my eyes and run a hand through my hair. "I don’t know man, doesn't it ever get old?"
          He looks at me like I've lost my mind as he puts his hand against my forehead. "Are you sick, Liam?"
          I shove his hand away and sigh. "I'm just thinking about everything, ya know?" I shrug and look down at the floor.
          "You have to let her go sometime," Scott tells me in a whisper. "I know you still love your wife, but she left you, man. You have to focus on your future. You're the big man now! You can walk into any building and have every woman in the place throwing themselves at you. Maybe there's someone you're really meant to be with out there."
          I just shrug, "Yeah, maybe."

          The next morning, Scott and I are heading over to a local college. Excite wants it to be a PR opportunity, show we are all about education or something. 
          As soon as we step into the Dean's building, there are at least 40 girls that suddenly need to be in that building for something, of course.
          "Liam! Scott! Could you please--please autograph something for me?" a girl stammers as she grabs some paper and a marker out of her bag and lunges at us with bugged out eyes.
          "Sure." I flash a grin at her. "Who should we write it out to?"
          "Laney," she breathes, and after both Scott and I  have signed she squeals and runs into the group of girls, who then join her in squealing.
          "I'm so sorry for that." A secretary shoots a look over at the girls. "Dean Paul is ready to meet with you in his office."
          We nod and follow her down the hall where there's a plaque with "Dean Paul" in golden letters. As we enter, he quickly stands and smoothes down his suit. "Mr. Adams, Mr.  Warren," he reaches his arm out to shake our hands, "It's a pleasure to meet you. Would you like a tour of our school grounds?"
          "Sure," Scott pops in with a smile. I bet he has pictures of college girls rolling through his head. "We'd love to."

          While we're walking through the grounds, Dean Paul goes on and on about the history of the place and I halfway tune out.  Anywhere I go, if I catch a glimpse of a girl with long brown hair, I always stop to see if maybe--just maybe--it's Katy. I know it's a really long shot, but I've never stopped looking. She's always in my thoughts and I can't ever just forget her like she seems to have forgotten me. 
          We walk into the middle of the courtyard area and as the Dean is sweeping his arms around, I see someone that walks just like Katy, with a small bounce in her step and a habit of tucking her hair behind her ears. She's holding onto the hand of a tall guy with cropped brown hair.  She has the same hairstyle as Katy, too... the same one she's had her whole life, since she always refused to cut it much shorter or dye it. My heart is pounding. There's no way, right? Here in Georgia on some itty bitty college campus?
          Without realizing it, I step away from the Dean, Scott, and the bodyguard and move closer.  My eyes are glued on the girl, and then she looks directly at me before continuing the conversation with the boy she's talking with. It's Katy. My Katy.
          "Oh my God, Katy?"  I can't hold in. It's her. It's really 100%, honest to God, my Katy. Right there, walking with another guy.

          All the anger I felt that day four years ago bubbles up inside me and I take off in a run to where she is. "Katelyn Marie Warren!"  I yell at her and notice her flinch.
          The guy I saw her with pulls her behind him. "Dude, I don't know what your problem is but you have the wrong girl. Her name is Kate Parker, not--whatever you just said," he says with a shake of his head.
          I couldn't help but laugh, albeit humorlessly at that, "Oh, really? And who exactly are you?" I ask him as I cross my arms and steal a glance at Katy. She hasn't told this guy a thing. He has no idea she's a married woman.

Bethany Daniel lives in Texas with her husband and 2 sons. She enjoys reading, photography and, of course, writing. Bethany really found the passion for writing again this last year and came up with the idea for Reconnected after years of following Hollywood gossip and reading books about girls always chasing the guys and thought it would be nice for it to be the other way around. 

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