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Release Day Blitz : Stalemate by Lisa Suzanne




Emme Ford loves her job as a bar promoter. She runs in the same circles as musicians and socialites, getting paid to party with them. She’s content with life just the way it is, and she has no interest in marriage, kids, or growing up. But what happens when the party’s over?

Axel Jones wants to marry Emme, but she denied his proposal. They both pretend it didn’t affect their relationship, but it did. A wedge divides them, and now they’re stuck in a stalemate. What do you do when one person wants more and the other doesn’t?

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“I just wanted to come here to talk.” He finally looks up at me and tugs on his hair again before running a hand over his beard. “I’m frustrated, Emme.”

“I know you are,” I say softly. “But I’ve made it clear what I need.”

“Yes, you have, but what about what I need?”

He’s right, and I know that. He’s got needs that are different from mine, and his aren’t being met in this relationship.

I don’t answer, because I don’t actually have an answer for that.

“We’re stuck, Ems. We’re at an impasse. A stalemate. What do you do when only one person wants more?”

“You wait.” My voice comes out with more vehemence than I intend, and I suppose that’s maybe the first real sign of emotion Axel’s heard from me in a while.

“What if I don’t want to wait?”

I glance away from him, because something deep in my heart knew where this was leading. “Then we have some decisions to make, I guess.” I say it softly because it’s not what I want. I don’t want to end things with Axel.

“I think we do.” His voice is quiet, too.

***ARC Provided by the Author for an Honest Review***

In a couple of recent books commitment seems to be one of the main conflicting issues being dealt with by one of the lead characters. What I found refreshing about Lisa Suzanne’s book Stalemate is that it’s the leading lady Emme who has a bit of a commitment phobia. 

For those who read Clickbait, you will already be aware of Emme and Axel. You don’t need to read that book but I would suggest buying that first. I love knowing the whole story and sometimes, regardless of whether a book in a series is a standalone, or not you always get some vital background history that helps you relate more. 

Axel wants what his cousin is getting, the perfect wedding with that perfect girl, and in Axel’s eyes that girl is Emme. For Emme though, she has been burnt before and isn’t looking to walk down that path again. When Axel asks Emme to marry him she laughs him off, telling him no. 

Can two people get through the awkwardness of a denied proposal, and continue on with a kind of friends with benefits – no strings attached relationship?

This is a great read and I am happy to recommend. 


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About Lisa Suzanne

Lisa Suzanne is a romance author who resides in Arizona with her husband and baby boy. She’s a part-time college instructor and former high school English teacher. When she's not cuddling baby Mason, she can be found working on her latest book or watching reruns of Friends.  

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