Review + Excerpt: VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE (Once and Forever) by Lauren Stewart @ReadLaurenS

Review + Excerpt: VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE (Once and Forever) by Lauren Stewart @ReadLaurenS

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Review + Excerpt: VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE (Once and Forever) by Lauren Stewart @ReadLaurenSVirtually Impossible by Lauren Stewart
Series: Once and Forever #2
Published by: Off the Hook Publishing
on July 5, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Fairytales aren’t real…but love is.

Sara has a kick-ass life—loyal friends, a house in San Francisco, and an amazing job as a virtual assistant. It's perfect…except that Sara doesn’t actually exist. She’s just a borrowed name that Andi Clark hides behind. Using a fake identity lets Andi stay safely shielded behind the screen of her computer and concealed from the real world. With her history, pretending to be someone she’s not is the only way Andi can make up for the mistakes of her past. Not exactly ideal, but hey, no one’s life is perfect.
Hayden Bennett’s life is pretty damn perfect. He’s married to a beautiful woman, lives in a luxury apartment, and is prepped to take over the multi-million dollar company his father built. Perfect...except that his wife is madly in love with someone else, his career is meaningless, and he’s forgotten how to live, let alone be happy. But when Hayden hires a new virtual assistant named Sara, her sharp wit and intelligence leaves him wanting something more. Something real. Something incredible.
Two people need to wake up to understand how perfect they are...for each other. If they can't, any chance either of them have of finding a happily ever after will be virtually impossible.
This highly-anticipated sequel to DARKER WATER is a standalone contemporary romance inspired by Sleeping Beauty. VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE is Hayden and Andi's story, and this is how their fairytale begins:
Once upon a time there was a woman who made the mistake of trusting the wrong man. And that mistake led to another. And another and another, each more damaging than the last. But the woman was as ignorant of her mistakes as she was of the damage they caused. Until she was punished for them.
Around the same time, but in a totally separate part of the city, lived a noble man and his beautiful wife. Though their castle was the envy of all, its empty halls echoed of loneliness and regret. For the man had lived his entire life asleep, and both of them remained silent of who they truly were and what they truly wanted.
And then one day, the woman entered the man's life and forced him to awaken...


my thoughts

Woohoo!!! I found another TOP PICK of 2016!!! Virtually Impossible by Lauren Stewart ROCKED my freaking world! It was so so so BRILLIANT! Lauren gives us a modern-day twist on Sleeping Beauty that will just make you melt! It’s fresh. It’s SEXY. It’s chock-full of beautiful and wonderful ANGST! I LOVED every single word.

“I was incredibly attracted to someone I’d never laid eyes on. All I knew about her was that she had an amazing sense of humor, was smart and hard-working. She was so full of life and, somehow, she’d woken me up, made me laugh, and I wanted more. She made me want more – of life and of her.”

I discovered Lauren Stewart late in the game. I was recommended DARKER WATER by a fellow blogger and I was hesitant because I’ve never read this author’s work before. And as I started in on the novel, I became more and more confident that the author was going to take me where I needed to go…and alas, I FELL IN LOVE with her writing, with her characters, and with her prose. When you find a new author you can connect with, it’s just so damn refreshing and exciting. Needless to say, DARKER WATER became a favorite of mine that year. When I found out about Virtually Impossible releasing, I did everything in my power to get my hands on an ARC. I needed more of her spectacular writing like I needed my next breath. When this popped up on my iPad, I was nothing short of elated. Diving in, once again, I became immersed in the reading experience that is Lauren Stewart’s writing. There was page after page of an intense sexual chemistry…and the two main characters haven’t even met face to face yet. I mean HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?! As the story went on, and as my heart and stomach took multiple nosedives, I came to the conclusion that there was NO putting this book down anytime soon.

“This is real, isn’t it?” I asked, running my hand down the side of his face to his shoulder. “What we have?” 

“It’s the most real thing I’ve ever experienced.”

Andi and Hayden were just plain magic together. Their journey to one another was unique and beautiful. Two people just going through the motions on a daily basis, find one another and become more. This sensual and intense romance will make you blush…make you laugh…and of course, make you cry. Their road to a happily ever after was a tough one, but no less beautiful. This isn’t your typical romance and that is what made it special in my mind. I laughed. I cried. I cursed. I cried some more. There is no doubt in my mind that Lauren Stewart’s second book in her Once and Forever Series, will become an instant bestseller! Stewart is totally kicking ass in this genre and I hope she continues on with this series and continues to give us romances that we won’t soon forget.

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quoteToday’s torture was ‘spinning’. Seriously, who comes up with this shit? Twenty-five sweaty women pay good money to ride fake bikes while horrible music blares and a man in tight spandex shorts yells at us for being lazy. And we do this by choice? Even worse, we actually had to sign up in advance for this crap, just to get a spot.

“Do you want to press charges?” Emilia asked about a mile in. At least, I’m assuming we’ve gone a mile. I wouldn’t be sweating this much otherwise, right?

“What are you talking about?” I yelled back. Thankfully—and I use the word in the most ironic way—we’d gotten to the class early enough to snag two bikes next to each other. But even so, screaming was necessary.

“Hayden Bennett.”

“Hayden?” My guess is that she waited until now so that I’d have no more oxygen flow to my brain and wouldn’t be able to understand what she was talking about. Well, boy was she wrong—I wouldn’t have known what she was talking about five minutes ago. Did that mean we could stop now?

“I’m not sure how we’ll do it without your name coming up, Andi. But if you want to press changes, I’ll support you.”

“You have no idea how confused I am right now.” And I couldn’t blame a runner’s high because we’re biking to nowhere. Plus, I don’t actually know what a runner’s high feels like. It’s supposed to make this easier, isn’t it? And not so excruciating? “Why would I press charges against anyone, let alone Hayden?”

“Sexual harassment doesn’t have to be physical, Andi. It can be verbal too.”

I stopped spinning and waited for her to follow. Because obviously, I wasn’t the one with impeded oxygen flow. “He didn’t sexually harass me physically or verbally, Emilia. Why would you think that?”

The instructor yelled at me, his voice the only sound more piercing than the music. “Don’t stop now! We got a long way to go!”

He was kidding, right? We weren’t going anywhere. But, evident by the amount of glares I saw in the room, everyone else seemed to think I was holding back our journey or something, so I started pedaling again.

Emilia wiped her hair from her face. “First, you tell me to reassign him because you thought you might have crossed a line—which I totally didn’t believe, by the way and why I tried so hard and so successfully to talk you out of it.” She puffed out a few breaths as if she were in labor. No irony there. “But if my advice pushed you into something harassment-ish, I’ll never forgive myself.”

“There’s only one thing you should never forgive yourself for, and that’s making me do this class. But you didn’t miss anything where Hayden is concerned. Or was concerned. Promise.” I crossed my heart, holding it an extra moment to make sure it wouldn’t explode. I swear someone told me exercise was supposed to be healthy. Liars.

“I figured, but I had to ask.” Her non-pause made me wonder about the honesty of our relationship. But before I could call her on it, she started talking again. Well, huffing and puffing and talking again. “Especially after he called and practically begged me to convince you to work for him again. For more money, too.”

“He begged you? Are you sure you’re not getting him mixed up with one of the other men who can’t live without me?” At least that’s what I tried to say—my wheezing probably made some of the words incomprehensible. “I don’t think Hayden has needed to beg for anything in his entire life.”

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About Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart grew up reading Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, James Clavell, Piers Anthony, and Agatha Christie, which explains why she can’t seem to stick to one genre at a time. She loves emoticons and hates when people speak in the third person, so…

I got to the more romantic stuff pretty late, but romance was what changed me from an obsessed reader into an obsessed reader AND writer. I think my writing style comes from a mash-up of my early favorites and my new ones, women like JR Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Nalini Singh, Charlaine Harris, and Janet Evanovich. Wow, how much would you pay to be invited to that dinner party?

I want to make people think, cry, and giggle, not necessarily all at the same time (although it’s great when it happens). In every one of my books, you’ll find elements of other genres – fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women’s literature, all with a touch of humor and a lot of sarcasm.

Because what doesn’t kill us should make us laugh.

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