What is it?
A Rebound Relationship is one you enter soon after a breakup of a significant connection in which you use the new person to distract you from the loss of your former love.
And why should we avoid it?
Let’s ask Dan Marshal
He knows all about rebounds.
He got married at seventeen because his girlfriend of a month was pregnant. Neither were ready for the end of their ‘good times’ but their adorable little girl, Destiny, needed parents.
So Dan stepped up.
While Dan fell in love with his daughter upon first sight, Jackie wanted nothing to do with motherhood. She hated being stuck with a baby and husband while all her girlfriends were staying out all night partying and meeting cute boys.
So three months into the marriage Jackie left, giving up all rights to her child, and never looked back.
Coming from a wealthy family, Dan was able to afford childcare while he went to college. But his adorable child always came first in his life. Later, he started his own business, so he could bring his daughter to work and no one could complain.
Being a good looking, successful guy, Dan was never short of female admiration. In the early years, he dated some really nice women, several of whom Destiny adored.
Everything would be great one day, and then the next, the young woman would return to the guy she previously dated, leaving Dan hurt and his daughter devastated. After the third time, he decided no more rebound dates. And no letting his dates entangle his sweet daughter’s heart.
What this meant practically, is that Dan placed a shield around himself and his daughter, and try as they might, women could not penetrate his emotional wall and he never let them met his child. So while he occasionally dated, few relationships made it past a few months.
And then came Carrie.
So small, yet such a powerhouse. His heart perked up the moment she walked through his office door, letting him know if he didn’t become personally involved in her situation, she would have to take her business elsewhere.
He didn’t know anything about her, but he knew he didn’t want her to go elsewhere.
When he discovered she wasn’t just Trent Lancaster’s E/A, but his girlfriend, Dan tried very hard to build up his emotional wall against her. Even when she used him to help Trent get rid of bad employee, he couldn’t send her packing, because he knew she hadn’t meant to cost him $40K. She even offered to pay him back.
The only thing he didn’t like about Carrie was the guy she loved.
But it wouldn’t last. Trent’s relationships never lasted more than a month.
A month passed, then two. Finally rumors began to fly about Trent’s sexual escapades with other women. Then a rumor began about Trent being engaged to his ex-fiancée.
He was tempted to call Carrie and see how she was taking it all, but he didn’t dare. She’d be hurt, on the rebound, and neither he nor Destiny could be in the fallout. She’d have to recover without them.
Reminding himself of his many rebound dates in the early years, he walled his emotions off and managed not to think of Carrie more than once or twice a day.
Until the Monday he arrived early to work and discovered the tiny Wonder Woman standing outside of his office writing furiously on her notepad.
The moment he touched her back, his barriers dissolved and his world intensified.
Discovering she wanted a job, he hired her on the spot, only to discover she had not yet emotionally left Trent. In fact, she acted as if they were still a couple.
He struggled to rebuild the barriers to his heart. He had to. There were no percentages in rebound lovers. It never lasted. But as fast as he’d build them up, a single smile from Carrie would tear them down. When he determined the cruel game Trent played with Carrie’s heart, he set in motion something that would hopefully break her away from Trent for good.
But even if he succeeded, she’d still be on the rebound and thus off limits.
The first woman he’d truly ever loved, and his well founded rebound rule stood in the way.
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COMING TO REASON
Book Three: A Long Road to Love
Humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance
Carrie has committed to an inter-species marriage with Trent, her billionaire boss. Only, she requested a long engagement to improve his stats. Presently, he is eighty percent dreamboat and twenty percent nightmare.
When he fires her so they can be a ‘normal couple’, everything heads south. Providing her a stark contrast, her new boss is everything a woman could want in a man.
But for Carrie, her heart is taken and thus, her path to reason remains long and arduous.
Liza O'Conner writes books that speak to my soul. Carrie is a character you will not soon forget.
--Rebecca Royce, author of The Warrior series.
I only have one thing to say about Liza O'Connor's A Long Road to Love series: Read them. They're funny. You won't regret it!
--Maria Hammarblad, author of Kidnapped.
Carrie Hanson woke to the loving caresses of her boss and boyfriend, Trent Lancaster. She smiled as he rolled on top of her and dwarfed her petite four-foot-six body. God, she loved the man he’d become.
He possessed many admirable traits now: strong, thoughtful, a wonderful sense of humor, caring, and smart. Unfortunately, he had a couple of qualities she outright wished he didn’t. Due to his terrible upbringing, Trent would erupt into temperamental outbursts over the stupidest problems. Worse yet, he was a billionaire; a six-foot-tall, blue-eyed, dark-haired, handsome bachelor of society. Wolves could have done a better job raising him than his horrid, but thankfully dead, parents.
His eyes sparkled with love as he tugged off her teddy and perused her body. She breathed in at the warmth of his hand. His touch always set her skin on fire.
“I think we’re going to be late to work today.”
With a soft chuckle, she corrected him, “It’s Sunday.”
His eyes rounded for a moment. “I love Sundays.” He captured her hands and moved them to the ornate metal of the headboard, curling her fingers around the bars.
“I love you,” he added and kissed her with hungry passion, while his hands caressed her breasts.
A haze of nirvana enveloped her for a blissful moment, then a jarring ring pulled her from heaven. Releasing the headboard, she slapped the black radio alarm by her bedside, determined to quiet it before it ruined the mood. Unfortunately, the ringing continued.
“No!” she yelped when Trent rolled to the side and climbed off the bed. He reached for his pants on the floor and extracted his phone.
Whoever called had him scurrying to the bathroom so he could talk in private. Carrie hoped a friend didn’t need money. His moments of generosity never worked out well.
She glared at the closed door. Who calls at six in the morning on a Sunday? She sat up, grabbed her teddy, and put it on. They had been so close to having morning sex, something she greatly liked since it put her in a good mood the entire day. However, she’d just discovered interrupted, no morning sex, made her disgruntled and grumpy.
She pushed out of bed and followed him to the bathroom, only he’d locked her out. His action surprised her. He rarely even bothered closing the door, never mind locking it.
Curious, she pressed her ear against the balsa wood. His low, refined voice came through loud and clear.
“Got to go. I’ll see you soon.”
A second later, he opened the door and pulled her into his arms. “Missed me?” He captured her mouth with his.
She pushed away from his kiss, knowing if he planned to see someone soon, he’d booted morning sex to the curb. “Don’t heat me up if you don’t plan to finish what you start.”
A Long Road to Love
Worst Week Ever
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Oh Stupid Heart
“Be warned though, this book is completely different from The Worst Week Ever. Yes, there is still humor, dry wit, situations that you would think...NOT AGAIN but this one humanizes Trent more.” 5 stars - Brian’s Mom – Amazon
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Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.
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