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Buried by Selena Laurence
Hiding from Love series
by Selena Laurence
Releases August 4, 2014
* Stand Alone Novel *
Seven years ago, Juan Martinez lost everything—his only parent, his home, his life as he’d known it. Alone, lost, and desperate, he turned to the Reyes Hispanos—the RH—one of the most violent gangs in South Texas. But when you sell your soul to the devil, you pay a heavy price. Convicted of a drive-by shooting, Juan has served hard time. Finally out on parole, he wants to disappear—from the RH, from memories of all that he’s lost, and especially from the gorgeous woman who just showed up next door.
Beth Garcia grew up following after her older brother, David, and his best friend, Juan. She always dreamed of a day when she’d be old enough for Juan to look at her as someone other than David’s little sister. But he disappeared at seventeen, after his mother was deported, and Beth thought she’d lost him forever. When she finds him living at the halfway house next door, she knows he’s still the same guy inside. Determined to save him from himself and the RH, Beth sets out to prove that he didn’t commit the crime he was convicted of. But the path to absolution is dark, and even Beth may not be able to discover the real Juan.
Can a man with a damaged soul and a beautiful heart let a woman with fierce loyalty and unwavering love risk it all to save him? Or will his past bury them both this time?
I think Buried is my favorite Selena Laurence book to date. I think I say that with every book, but seriously, it is. It touched my heart so much. Without getting into a political rant, I have seen this happen more than once and it breaks my heart. Parents do not bring their children up over the border via a coyote unless there are no other options, they feel like life will end if they don’t take the risk. It is one of the most dangerous things that you can do and I can only imagine the desperation a parent is facing if they take that route.
That’s what happened to Juan. His mom brought him up over the border and then she is deported later. His life fell apart. He knows how much she risked to keep him out of Mexico, to shield him. He turned to the Reyes Hispanos and in turn gets sent to prison for his involvement in a drive by.
I loved Beth, that girl doesn’t take no for an answer and she goes after what she wants. Juan tells her to stay away over and over and she doesn’t. She wants to find the Juan she knew and loved all those years ago, the Juan that grew up next door and was best friends with her brother, the Juan who was a part of her family.
There is so much more going on in Juan’s life and it is a dangerous life she is attempting to step into. She won’t let him go through this on his own. She won’t let him slip away again.
I just felt this story deep inside of me. I’ve seen the desperation and fear in peoples’ eyes. I’ve seen my own husband worried about family that are still in Mexico because of everything that is going on down there right now. I felt those feelings in Buried, just the repercussions of choices made.
It was just a beautiful love story full of action and drama and she managed to tie it in with the Lush series. 🙂
Thank you so much for my copy of Buried!
The Hiding from Love series
Selena Laurence is the Barnes and Noble Bestselling author of what she likes to call Edgy Contemporary Romance. Her books have been Amazon Top 10 bestsellers in multiple categories including Multicultural Romance, Hispanic Fiction, Urban Fiction, Military Romance, and Romantic Suspense. Her New Adult romance, Hidden, won the 2014 Reader’s Crown Award for Contemporary Romance of the year.
Selena lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and spends a hell of a lot of time at soccer games, on her laptop, and reading. She requires a Mocha Latte every day to function, keeps a goldendoodle at her feet most of the time, and has more kids than she or Mr. Laurence know what to do with.
Selena is also author of the Lush Series, a story of four high school friends who form the rock band Lush. Take a ride with rock stars, men, brothers, and lovers, as Joss, Walsh, Mike, and Colin discover what it means to succeed, to fail, to hurt, and to love.
A Lush Betrayal
(Joss & Melanie)
For the Love of a Lush
(Walsh & Tammy)
Low Down and Lush
(Mike & Jenny)
Coming Fall 2014
Not Everyone’s Mama