Karen’s Killer Book Bench: LOVE’S REQUIRED, Love & Redemption Book 1 by Aja #AfricanAmerican #Women’s Fiction

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Love & Redemption Book 1


Only Love Can Heal What’s Broken …

Camille “Cami” Douglas doesn’t have it all figured out. In fact, she is known for making a lot of mistakes in the name of living-it-up and following her free spirit, but this time she has bumped her head and broken her own heart in a way that has taken its toll. She’s done. Logan Graham, also known as “Angel” by fellow paramedics, has issues of his own, but his came from a 911 call he responded to months ago that still gives him nightmares and makes him avoid the people closest to him. Two people, each broken apart by life’s choices and circumstances, form a deep friendship because of one’s need to be saved and the other’s need to be hero. Both have to learn to use LOVE to heal old wounds and to redeem their battered souls.


Love & Redemption Book 1


“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, man. I mean, I couldn’t believe she was out like that.” 

Logan had been trying to wrap his brain around it all from the moment he realized that this wasn’t a normal call he responded to. Cami was full-spirited, vivacious, always smiling and if not smiling, intense. 


And yes, a little screwed up. 

Something he could tell just by looking at her.

He officially met her for the first time during the rehearsals for his boy’s wedding. He was struck by how beautiful she was but then he thought she was just as intense as Amara. But after the wedding when they took the photos, she was the silly one. Making jokes and not doing what the photographer asked at all. He loved it. So naturally, he’d hope that they could share a few playful moments before they headed back to the winter dreariness in Pittsburgh, but as they talked at the bar it became clear she was preoccupied. She was constantly checking her phone, frowning whenever she saw or didn’t see something she liked. So he moved on and found a willing tourist to spend some time with.“I don’t know everything, but I know things have been rough for her lately. Sometimes my wife goes into another room to talk to her. I hear her soothing voice murmuring, like she’s trying to help Cami through something monumental. But Amara is private, and I respect how protective she is about her closest friend, so I only ask is Cami cool? And she’ll say, ‘she will be when she learns.’”

“Learns what?”

“Hell if I know. We are talking about women, Lo. What man you know that can figure them out?”

They both sat back in their seats at the same time contemplating the point. Logan was the first to speak up.

“I think with lots of listening and maybe with the understanding that it won’t make sense, we can make sense of it.” He looked over at Noah who just stared back at him with a blank expression. Then they busted out laughing earning a scowl from Amara who was still pacing in her jeans and one of Noah’s white V-neck undershirts she liked to confiscate from his underwear drawer every chance she could get.

“I think you need to go and comfort Doll. You know how she can get when we huddle together for too long.”

“That’s only because you used to call her Misery.”

“And how does she know that, huh?”

“It’s called pillow talk.”

“Yeah well, you don’t sell out your homies when you trying to get laid while lying on your pillow.”

“See if you’re saying that when it’s your woman looking at you all smoky-eyed and wet from hours of loving and asking you for your secrets,” Noah said with a grin that brought out the dip in his cheek.

“Too much info, man,” Logan said, shaking his head.

“You went there.”

“And you’re a punk.” 

Noah didn’t deny it, he just looked at his beautiful wife as she took a call on her cell phone. Probably the call she’d been waiting for since she had tried reaching Mr. Douglas, Cami’s father. With it being so late, or early, depending on how you saw one o’clock in the morning, she was sure he was asleep. She had promised that if he hadn’t called or answered by two-thirty, she would go over there. He sent Joseph over there instead. “Knock it down if need be.” Joseph, being a fan of Amara, said he’d do whatever.

About Author Aja…

Aja is the writer of sensually erotic and passionate women’s fiction. Her stories allow readers to experience realistic, inspiring, and soulful interactions and intense passion while overcoming life’s challenges. She is inspired by soulful music and sensual art to craft her stories. Her published works include the Love & Passion series and the Unexpected series with Roy Glenn. Love’s Required is her latest release.


Links to Aja’s website, blog, books, etc.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2EeSsVk

Aja’s website: http://www.ajathewriter.com

Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/Aja/e/B00K30K138/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aja_thewriter/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AjaTheWriter

FB Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/ajathewriterbooks/


**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Aja will give away an ebook copy of LOVE’S REQUIRED to one lucky reader who shares on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog what they’ve done to heal after heartbreak.

Thanks, J.D.R., for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

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4 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: LOVE’S REQUIRED, Love & Redemption Book 1 by Aja #AfricanAmerican #Women’s Fiction

  1. Samantha says:

    Looks like it will be an amazing book with lots of depth. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Docter says:

    Good morning, Aja, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I love stories of redemption. They’re so meaty! Thanks for sharing your book with us today!

  3. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    Oh my goodness! What a set-up! Hooked!
    Thanks, Karen and Aja!

  4. bn100 says:

    nice excerpt

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