June 20, 2014

Lexi By T. Gephart ~ RELEASE DAY & FMR REVIEW

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Title: Lexi (Lexi 0.5)
Author: T. Gephart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2014

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Synopsis
The ending of an unhealthy relationship leaves Lexi Reed damaged, broken and alone. Fighting against self-doubt and an unsupportive family she runs away to Europe in an effort to not only heal but to discover who she is.

Settling in Rome had never been the plan but when the opportunity presented itself Lexi rolled with the punches. Lexi doesn't believe in a happily-ever-after, instead she enjoys the spoils of the majestic city and the many men that crossed her path, vowing to never again give away her heart.

When Lexi flirts with Riccardo Cassius, a good-looking stranger, she has no idea that he is the youngest son of one of the wealthiest and most influential families in all of Rome. The knowledge that he was “off-limits” inciting her desire for him further. Just one night, that’s all she asked. What Lexi hadn’t counted on was Riccardo’s unwillingness to let her walk away.
Rebelling against his conservative upper class family and the crazy relationship rules she has imposed, Riccardo fights to keep Lexi in his life and defy the odds. How far will each of them go? Will Lexi allow Riccardo into her heart or is she destined to break his?

Lexi is a standalone novella in the Lexi Series. The prequel to A Twist of Fate, it delves into Lexi’s past and explores how she evolved into the impulsive, feisty woman who doesn't allow other’s ideals to define her.

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It was with a heavy heart that I opened the book of Lexi.  Reading the final installment of this story is like saying "Goodbye" to a dear friend.  Lexi, the book, is a prequel to A Twist Of Fate.
Lexi starts off with a bang. The big break-up scene that is the catalyst for Lexi to become the ball-busting outspoken take charge woman that she is.  Broken and full of loathing for the person she had become, Lexi pulls herself up and figuratively washes away the remnants of her existence until all that is left is a core of steel.

Needing a change of scenery, Lexi goes to Rome with a few dollars in her pocket and her worldly belongings in suitcases.  She waits tables in an Italian restaurant with her flatmate and friend Stefania.  Being flatmates works out very well for them both - Stefania taught Lexi how to speak italian and Lexi is teaching her english.  Both Stefania and Lexi are outrageous flirts and enjoy clubbing together.  Stefania falls in and out of love like most people change their pants.  Lexi doesn't allow herself to fall in love; she doesn't want attachments; doesn't want strings of any kind.  She's only in it for a night of sex - nothing more. 

One fateful night a group of American gents are meeting their italian friend for dinner and drinks at the restaurant.  The gents are instantly enamored of Lexi and she is happy to flirt with them until their friend arrives.  Here is a peek into Lexi's thoughts when she sees the friend:
"WOW, was pretty much the first and only word that came into my mind.  He was tall.  I didn't really know how tall, but he was tall enough that even in my highest heels he would still tower over me.  Not that I was measuring him, and if I was I'd rather take my ruler to something other than his height."  

  Stefania gets all quiet and funny when she sees the friend too.  She tries to warn Lexi that Riccardo is Riccardo Cassius of the Cassius family.  Lexi agrees to go on a date with Riccardo despite Stefania's warnings about his mob-like family.  Riccardo and Lexi hit it off and wind up spending the night together.  You'll have to read about what happens when she tries to leave in the morning - it is too funny.  Irregardless of how it began, Riccardo and Lexi keep seeing each other publicly but it's not a "real" relationship per their agreement.  

   So I am guessing you want to know how Lexi winds up back in Australia - I can't tell you - it'd spoil the book.  What I can tell you is that T. Gephart does throw us a bone in the end - although this is the last of the Lexi series - the band Power Station continues to live on in subsequent books.  
I enjoyed reading Lexi.  I feel she (the author) does Lexi, the character, justice although I would have liked to seen more lead up to the big break-up.  The book definitely gave good insight into how Lexi became the ball-buster that she is.  T. Gephart has a way with characters - I love the dialogue the characters have with one another and the smart-alecky comments.  I can almost see the characters playing out the scenes before my eyes.  Although this may be the last book of Lexi, I have feeling she will be putting in an appearance in the Power Station books.  T. Gephart if you are listening - do Riccardo, Emma, Mark and Stefania get their own books too?
  
This fan can't wait to get her hands on your next book!

~Review by Carmie~



About The Author

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T Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.

T's approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.

With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary. They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have travelled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley the wonder dog.

An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident who didn't lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate. She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn't let it go.

T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colourful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey - she is well and truly enjoying the ride!

Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.

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