CROSSING PATHS by Melanie Stinnett

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The crossing paths of friendship, family, love, and loss are often complicated.

June Deckert and Caroline Smith sparked a friendship in college that carried them through graduation. Although they are complete opposites in every way, they have spent the last four years inseparable.

That is, until now.

June finds herself falling for a man who seems unattainable. As she works side by side with him on a new media campaign, their feelings for each other come alive. But when his actions start to speak louder than words, she wonders if she’s missing something.

Meanwhile, Caroline is fighting against her feelings for a recent acquaintance, and she decides to keep her new love interest a secret from June. Overwhelmed by these new emotions, her moods change swiftly, swinging up and down like a yo-yo.

While June and Caroline try to maneuver their way through new relationships, Caroline starts lying to June to protect her from a truth that threatens to break her heart and tear them apart.

In the end, Caroline’s deceit will test their friendship, and June will have to decide if her chance at love is worth putting her heart on the line.

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Kbird’s Review

Although the author wrote this book alternating between the characters and their point of view, it flowed very nicely. It was interesting to be able to see into each character’s life, both from them and from the other characters. I had fun reading this book, my emotions went from smiling to anger. Melanie Stinnett did an awesome job of making me laugh, smile and cry. This is a romance book with just the right amount of “heat”.
Caroline and June became best friends their first year in college, even though they had very different backgrounds growing up. June is more settled which works well mixed with Caroline’s live in the moment attitude. Both girls get jobs in Texas after college so they can still be around each other. June’s family is from Texas and Caroline spends a lot of time with them. Although the girls are so close, they don’t tell each other everything.
At one Sunday dinner with June’s family, Caroline meets Liam. Liam is June’s brother. Both Liam and Caroline discover an instant attraction to each other. Since they are both worried how June will react, they keep their relationship a secret from her. That and the fact that neither one of them has ever had a long standing relationship.
June meets Cohen at an airport while on a business trip. The two of them both feel the electricity between them. Cohen decides to go to Texas and oversee some business and they see each other again. However they too, keep their relationship a secret. But Cohen is harboring his own secret from June. Can their relationship survive? Can June and Caroline’s friendship get past the lies too?
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About the Author

I have enjoyed reading and writing since I was very young. Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of spending time with my mom or grandma reading a good book. Over the years, it never crossed my mind that writing my own novel would be an attainable goal. After reading several independently published novels by Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover and others, I decided I needed to give that dream a chance. So, I began writing. My debut novel, Crossing Paths released on August 28, 2013.

When I’m not reading and writing, I enjoy spending time with my three favorite guys: my husband and my two little boys.

In addition to being an author, I work as a Speech Language Pathologist to provide therapy to adults who are dealing with speech, language, cognition or voice deficits. My day job is rewarding in many different ways and I love having the opportunity to help others in a time of need.

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