Title – Swoon
Author – CM Foss
Publication Date – April 2, 2015
Spin-off Companion Novel to Shiver
I’ve never been your typical girl. I didn’t grow up in a warm fuzzy family, and emotions weren’t something I needed now. Love has never been something I could wrap my mind around, so why bother? I know what I’m good at. I’m a great friend, have a passion for healing others, and a way with horses. I can be all those things at the same time without ever discussing my own feelings.
I’ve always been told I have a way with words. It’s one reason I manage the family business so well. I can wine and dine with the best of them, selling bloodlines and high-priced stallion services over a five-course dinner. I’m able to talk myself into or out of just about anything and anyone.
Young and carefree, living worlds apart, they indulged in what seemed like the perfect fling.
Until Lawrence decided he wanted more.
Until Steph’s careful world fell apart.
Until they had to decide if love was worth the fight.
Swoon is a standalone romance with spinoff characters from CM Foss’s previous work, Shiver. I was incredibly grateful to get the best friend’s story, especially considering how much potential I felt when I came across her in Shiver. Swoon is a ride filled with ups and downs of angst and laughs, but one that left me feeling love and hope above everything else.
“Love is simple. Life interferes and makes it seem complicated. But it’s one of the clearest emotions to have.”
We were introduced to Steph and Lawrence in the first book, and Swoon is readers finally getting their connection explained. What I appreciated the most about this book was how opposite the roles seemed to be from what I normally come across. Rather than having the stereotypical girl being so sure of her relationship, Steph ran from anything that came remotely close to feelings for someone else. She was fiercely independent and I felt like she often took on the weight of the world without any desire to ask for help. On the other side of the token, Lawrence was so sure of what he wanted and beyond intuitive. Where he so easily could have run or pushed, his motives were always in the right place. He wanted to give Steph time to figure things out for herself and in many ways to mature. When these two were together, the push and pull of their relationship just worked for me. I loved that it took them so long to get on the same page, but in a realistic nature. Their chemistry was amazing and could be felt with every sizzle and pop!
“I breathed into her soul and she breathed into mine because that was the only way we could be. The way she made me feel alive was measured by more than the beating of my heart.”
The equine theme and setting isn’t one that I come across all that often in the romance novels I read. The passion and dedication in the lifestyle shines through the pages and I honestly think it could make anyone love and believe in its teachings. The things that these characters are doing with the therapy and the lessons, and using horses to do them, is incredibly inspiring. I love that reading their actions inspires me and makes me want to actually be a better person.
“I was always amazed at how differently people handle what they perceive as tragedy.”
I took a gamble when I stumbled upon the writing of CM Foss. However, I’m considering it an ultimate win. I found an author who pours her heart and soul into her writing and it’s hard not to become passionate and engrossed. I discovered characters that burrowed their way so deeply into my heart and inspired me to want to do more. I found a book that I was able to escape into for a little while and never want to leave. Swoon had me shivering and swooning and falling utterly in love with these circumstances. I’m incredibly excited to see what this author comes up with in her next book!
Ten minutes later, I had to walk back through the kitchen to get some laundry from the dryer in the mudroom. I had a towel wrapped around my waist and that was it. Steph’s eyes followed me, her eyebrows raised as she sipped on a glass of wine and lazily stirred whatever was in the pan. I winked as I passed by.
I returned a minute later dressed in sweatpants and a T-shirt.
She was still in the same position. “That was indecent.”
“What? The towel?”
She pursed her lips and nodded.
“Sweetheart, you’ve seen me in less. And what we’ve done together could never be considered decent. You’re lucky I was covered at all.”
She laughed loudly, taking another long sip from her glass and turning back to the stove.
I reached into the fridge for a beer and popped it open. “Sure you don’t need me to help?”
She responded without turning around. “Nope. Why don’t you find something on TV to watch and I’ll bring dinner in just a sec.”
I nodded as I walked to the living room, really just to myself since she wouldn’t look at me. Sighing heavily, I sank down on the couch and closed my eyes for a moment. I’d lied earlier. I was tired. Not only was I pulling long hours in the saddle, but I’d been spending most of my free time on the phone with clients from home. A couple of them were causing problems, and my dad needed me to talk them off the ledge. It’s what I excelled at.
I was startled awake by the sound of a plate being set on the table in front of me and the feel of the couch dipping as Steph sat down, smirking.
“Gosh, you need to get in better shape.”
“Shut up,” I muttered as I sat up, rubbing my hands over my face. At least now she seemed infinitely more comfortable in her own skin since she had something to tease me about. “I was just resting my eyes.”
“You were snoring.”
“I was not.” I started to laugh.
“I don’t snore,” I insisted.
“How would you know? You’re sleeping.”
“Someone would have told me.”
“No girlfriend would ever mention it,” she pointed out.
I shook my head. “I wasn’t talking about a girlfriend.”
“No one-night stand would ever mention it.”
“You just did!”
There was a moment of silence after I blurted that out. Steph’s eyes were wide, but when they met mine, we both erupted into laughter, doubling over, shoulders shaking. My stomach actually hurt by the time we were finished. Steph wiped under her eyes and I took a deep breath, relaxing back into the couch with a sigh.
“Let’s face it,” she said. “I’m more than just a one-night stand.”
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I live in beautiful Northern Virginia with my incredible husband, two awesome kids, three dogs, and two budgies. My husband and I both grew up riding and competing horses and have our own equestrian operation that we run together. In my spare time, I read through the hundreds of stories awaiting me on my e-reader.
My love of books started early, and my mom used to ration my reading time so I didn’t go through them too quickly. I love all things romantic, whether it’s dark or light or silly or dirty, but I really love a happy ending!
In my small moments of quiet time, you’ll find me sipping on wine and reading while any movie where people randomly burst into song or dance plays in the background.