“The love triangle between Oliver, Loren, and Nicky was written beautifully. I kept going back and forth of who I wanted her to end up with. The ending was definitely a page turner for me-secrets, rumors, lies got cleared up. I was shocked and amazed by all the turn of events. Very well written and kept me on the edge of my seat.”

“A beautifully written novel exploring the variant loves a woman experiences in her young adulthood. The author proves that 40 year old divorcees aren’t the only ones in need of getting their grooves back. I’m interested in finding J. Alyse’s previous work. Great read!”



Loren Soto meets Nicholas Grey at the age of fourteen on sleepy Kiawah Island – and ever since she can’t seem to shake him no matter how hard she tries. They grow together, developing a love affair torrid enough to send a mountain crumbling to the ground. And just as everything appears to be set in place, Nicholas interrupts the course and marries Loren’s oldest friend and Charleston’s princess, Sadie Vansant instead. Disillusioned and angry, Loren then occupies her time with Oliver Russo, a Vansant childhood friend who mysteriously returns home just in time for the wedding. Loren then begins to notice that there may be more to Oliver and Sadie’s friendship than they let on, and subtle truths and revelations inevitably lead toward an unveiling of secrets that no one, least of all, Loren, is prepared for. 

Throughout the novel, I combined a little bit of what I loved best in life: music, art and love.  Without these three things, I don’t think life would be nearly as worth it.

In this excerpt I pulled inspiration from the classical Arabic tale: Layla and Majnun and listened to Nayanna Holley’s On Love and Fear extensively.

The concept of star-crossed lovers driven to a semblance of madness by their feelings and the inevitably of their proximity to each other has always fascinated me.


Kiawah is a sea island, or barrier island, on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Located 15 miles (24 km) south of Charleston inCharleston CountySouth Carolina, it is operated today largely as a gated beach and golf resort — the Kiawah Island Golf Resort — with spacious villas, beaches, large and acclaimed golf courses, and other attractions. In the 2000 census, Kiawah Island’s population was 1,163; as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and used by the U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes, the island is included within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area. Alternative spellings and variants of the name itself include “Kiawa,” “Kittiwar” (in DuBose Heyward’s novel Porgy), and “Kittiwah” (in George Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess).

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