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Blog Tour, Excerpts, Playlist, & My Review for Love In Between By Sandi Lynn


My name is Lily Gilmore, and I was supposed to be getting married today. That was until I found my fiancé having sex with my sister in the church moments before I was supposed to walk down the aisle. I grew up with a father who was a womanizer and cheated on my mother every moment he had the chance. He would even stoop as low as to take me and my sister with him on his trysts when we were younger. Cheating was all I grew up with, and I vowed never to live the life my mother did. After finding my fiancé and my sister together, I moved from Seattle to Santa Monica to start a new life of independence and to focus on my passion for photography, man-free.

My name is Luke Matthews. About a year ago, I lost the love of my life, my fiancé, in a tragic car accident. There are no words that can describe how I’ve felt the past year. My life and all my dreams had died with her in the accident. I exist, and I play my guitar to try and ease the pain. My love was taken away, and I will never get that back.

What happens when the lives of two people who no longer believe in love are suddenly changed by fate?




I wanted us to make love for the right reasons. I didn’t want to be a one-night stand with her, and I’m sure she didn’t want to be one with me. I broke our kiss and looked at her. She had awoken something in me — something that’s been dead for a year.

“What have you done to me, Lily?” I asked her as I ran my fingers through her hair.

“The same thing you’ve done to me,” she responded.

“As much as I want you right now, I think we should wait.”

Lily looked at me and nodded her head. I pulled her into me and held her tight. “I’m scared. I don’t know where this is going. There’s so much I don’t know about you, and there’s so much you don’t know about me. I don’t want us to have sex on a whim and end up regretting it later. That’s not who I am, Lily, and I need you to trust me.”

She whispered in my ear. “I do trust you, and I agree with you.”

I tightened my arms around her. I thought she was perfect before, but now, she’s more than perfect. She got off of me and sat up on the couch. I sat up next to her and ran my finger along her shoulder, making small circles. “Will you go on a date with me tonight?”



I couldn’t stop thinking about Lily and our night together. I didn’t plan on making love to her quite yet, but she wanted me to, and who was I to deny her. I need to tell her about Callie and the accident. I was actually surprised she didn’t ask about my scar last night. My phone beeped with a reminder about the job I needed to do. I snapped out of my thoughts and back into reality; then I grabbed my tool box and headed upstairs to Mrs. Lopez’s apartment to fix her garbage disposal.
“You have that look, Luke,” Mrs. Lopez said.
“What look would that be, Mrs. Lopez?” I asked as I tightened the pipe under her kitchen sink.
“The look of love.”
I chuckled. “Is that so? How can you tell?”
“I can see it in your eyes. They have a new life about them. Who is she?”
I crawled out from under the sink and threw my wrench in the tool box. “I’m not in love, but I have met someone that I really like.” I smiled.
“Ah ha! I knew it!” she exclaimed. I sure hope it’s that cute little blonde that just moved in next door to you.”
“As a matter of fact, it is, and her name’s Lily,” I said as I took the bottle of water she held out me.
“I’m happy for you, Luke. I know you’ve had a rough year, and you deserve true happiness.”
I closed my tool box and picked it up from the floor. “Thanks for the water, Mrs. Lopez. Everything’s working perfectly now. Just call me if you need me,” I said as I walked out the door.
I walked back into my apartment, set my tool box down, then sat on the couch, looking at my phone. I missed Lily already. She’s always on my mind, and it’s driving me crazy, so I decided to send her a text message.
“How about dinner tonight at your place? We can cook together.”
“That sounds great! I don’t cook though.”
“I’ll teach you. We can go to the store together when you get home.”
“Alright, I can’t wait.”
“Me neither.”

Love In Between Playlist available on Spotify:


1. Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth, Emeli Sande

2. Clouds by Letters and Lights

3. Lego House by Ed Sheeran

4. Next to Me by Emeli Sande

5. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith

6. Blurred Lines by Robin Thick, TI, Pharrell

7. #Beautiful by Mariah Carey, Miguel

8. I will by Matchbox Twenty

9. Stay With You by The Goo Goo Dolls

10. I’d Rather Be With You by Joshua Radin

11. She Is Love by Parachute

12. Cruise by Florida Georgia Line

13. Breathe by Ryan Star

14. You And Me by Ryan Star

15. On The Way Down by Ryan Cabrera

My Review :

4.5 Stars

WOW you all are going to LOVE Luke. He is totally Swoon worthy for sure. 

What happens when the lives of two people who no longer believe in love are suddenly changed by fate?

Meet Lily, all her life she has been surrounded by cheating, her father was a womanizer and cheated on his mom through his whole life. The Day Lily is to marry her fiancé she finds him in a room in the church with her sister. Vowing to never live her life like her mother did, Lily packs up and moves to Santa Monica putting her family out of her life and men as well. 

Luke Matthews, a year ago he lost the love of his life in a tragic car accident. He felt he would never get back what he had with his fiancé. He lived his life this last year being sad, playing his guitar and trying to ease the pain of his loss. Luke is totally Swoon worthy in my book. He is caring, supportive, and says all the right things.

Lily and Luke meet when she moves into the building they live in. Sam is Luke’s best friend and helps Lily out by helping her move the boxes into her apartment, which is across the hall from their apartment. Sam and lily become instant friends. When Lily first meets Luke he is rude to her. She becomes rude right back to him. 

As Lily and Sam get to know each other Lily learns that Luke has had a rough last year and Sam explains a little to her about what happened. Lily also explains to Sam what has happened to her.

Thanks to Sam and his pushing them a little Luke and Lily start to become friends, and things grow from there. 

“We aren’t going to have sex, Lily. We’re going to make love, and it’s going to be beautiful, but not tonight and not here.”

We see what happens when two very broken people try to keep distance from each other but in the end they have feelings for each other and they can’t stay away from each other. As they work through their past and issues they come together stronger as a couple.

“I’ll be there with you. I’ll be there for you, and I’ll be there to catch you if you fall."

Sandi did a fabulous job of bringing these two characters together. We watch a friendship grow into a love where neither one likes to be away from each other. Throw in a little drama from lily’s past and from Luke’s and you have a really great story about friends, family and what love truly means. 

This book does not end here, there is a book 2 BUT you are not left with any kind of cliffhanger. It ends in a good spot. 
I can’t wait for book two of Luke & Lily’s story the Upside of Love coming in 2014. 

Thank you Sandi for sending this my way before release. I LOVED every minute of it. 

Even the Clouds will say
There’s nowhere we can get away from
There’s nowhere we can practice positivity
When all I see is me
So let’s drop let’s stop this teenage rivalry
And every heart will break
There’s just no way to keep it safe from
If the only thing that makes it break is
Please don’t give it to me
’Cause seeing you cry makes me want to leave
But losing you scares the shit out of me.
Or maybe, I’ll sail the ocean blue
Or I’d fly a rocket to the moon
But I’m good for nothing without you
It doesn’t matter what you say
I think about you every day, girl, I
Am good for nothing without you
Even the clouds will say
That Saturdays and rainy days were meant to
If you’re indoors and in the arms of somebody
Under the blankets and sheets
Well the sky is clear; it’s the middle of the week
So come my dear, let’s make believe.
Or maybe, I’ll sail the ocean blue
Or I’d fly a rocket to the moon
But I’m good for nothing without you
It doesn’t matter what you say
I think about you every day, girl, I
Am good for nothing without you
Cause I want you
I want you
I want you
To want me to
I want you
I want you
I want you
I do
But I won’t fool this heart anymore
Or maybe, I’ll sail the ocean blue

Author Bio:
I am the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Forever Black, Forever You and the highly anticipated release of the final book in the trilogy, Forever Us. I am the mother of three teenage girls, two cats and two sassy dogs. I love being a full-time writer and spend my days writing. I have a shopping addiction and a severe caffeine addiction. You can usuallyfind me hanging out at the local Starbucks (with my laptop) and shopping in my favorite store, Sephora. I love meeting and connecting with new people, so come find me at:


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