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As Long As We Got Love: The Alexander Series, #8

As Long As We Got Love: The Alexander Series, #8

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As Long As We Got Love: The Alexander Series, #8

Length:
188 pages
3 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Dec 19, 2017
ISBN:
9781386239963
Format:
Book

Description

At Padma Alexander's request, the family all assemble for a two-day family reunion at her grand estate in the Outer Banks. The week leading up to the reunion proves to be uplifting for some couples and challenging for others.

Gabrielle and Tyson are still blissfully in love, but something he keeps from her has her questioning whether he 'settled' for her and isn't living up to his full potential.

Dilvan is still battling feelings of worthlessness with his bipolar diagnosis. Some days he takes his medicine. Other days he doesn't. The constant mood swings are proving to be too much for Eden as she hides a secret that she's afraid to tell him. She loves him, but there's only so much she can take.

Preston and Tamera are both busy with their writing careers. Their current lifestyle is carefree, eating out on a regular and always busy with work, but Preston has been thinking more and more about starting a family. Tamera is not on board, at least not while she's trying to get her business off the ground.

Lalita searches for a purpose. Prasad can't understand her reasoning since he provides her with everything she needs.

Charity runs a school that was only supposed to be a summer school. She ends up opening a year-round, after-school program, but Heshan thinks it's too much for her to manage. 

Henry considers dating again but thinks he's too old to get back in the game. That is until a woman visits the pastry shop who piques his interest...

Padma would like nothing more than to get all her family together for this reunion but will the drama surrounding these Alexander couples turn this reunion into one big disaster?

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Discover the entire Alexander Series:

The Millionaire's Arranged Marriage, Book 1
Watch Me Take Your Girl, Book 2
Her Premarital Ex, Book 3
The Object of His Obsession, Book 4
Dilvan's Redemption, Book 5
His Charity Challenge, Book 6

Different Tastes, Book 7

Publisher:
Released:
Dec 19, 2017
ISBN:
9781386239963
Format:
Book

About the author

TINA MARTIN is the Amazon #1 Bestselling author of over 70 romantic suspense novels, novellas and short stories. She currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.tinamartin.net


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AS LONG AS WE GOT LOVE

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

AT PADMA ALEXANDER’S request, the family all assemble for a two-day family reunion at her grand estate in the Outer Banks. The week leading up to the reunion proves to be uplifting for some couples and challenging for others.

Gabrielle and Tyson are still blissfully in love, but something he keeps from her has her questioning whether he ‘settled’ for her and not living up to his full potential.

Dilvan is still battling feelings of self-pity with his bipolar diagnosis. Some days he takes his medicine. Other days he doesn’t. The constant mood swings are proving to be too much for Eden as she hides a secret that she’s afraid to tell him. She loves him, but there’s only so much she can take.

Preston and Tamera are both busy with their writing careers. Their current lifestyle is carefree, eating out every other night and always busy with work, but Preston has been thinking more and more about starting a family. Tamera is not on board, at least not while she’s trying to get her business off the ground.

Lalita searches for a purpose. Prasad can’t understand her reasoning since he provides her with everything she needs.

Charity runs a school that was only supposed to be a summer school. She ends up opening an after-school program that would extend for the entire year, but Heshan thinks it’s too much for her to manage.

Henry considers dating again but thinks he’s too old to get back in the game. That is until a woman visits the pastry shop who piques his interest.

Padma wants to see everyone all together for a good time, but can a reunion bring everyone together, or will their individual issues cause nothing but drama?

YOU CAN ENJOY As Long As We Got Love as a standalone story, but if you’re interested in other Alexander books, please see below.

*Books 1-4 MUST be read in order.

*Books 5, 6 & 7 can be read as standalone books as well as this family novel.

The Millionaire’s Arranged Marriage, Book 1 (Tyson | Gabrielle | Dilvan – Love Triangle)

Dilvan Alexander and Gabrielle Robinson are entered into an arranged marriage agreement by Dilvan’s mother, Padma Alexander. Dilvan doesn’t want Gabrielle and makes it clear to her that he doesn’t find her attractive. Shortly after the marriage, the abuse begins, but Gabrielle is rescued by Padma, who sends her to live with Dilvan’s cousin, Tyson Alexander.

Watch Me Take Your Girl, Book 2 (Tyson | Gabrielle | Dilvan – Love Triangle)

Tyson doesn’t want to become involved in any relationship drama, but he develops feelings for Gabrielle that he can’t simply brush off. Seems Dilvan has had a change of heart and wants her back. It doesn’t help matters that Dilvan and Tyson can’t stand each other.

Her Premarital Ex, Book 3 (Tyson | Gabrielle | Dilvan – Love Triangle)

Can Tyson and Gabrielle be happy when Dilvan is lurking around, seeking the perfect opportunity to be alone with Gabrielle? Also, in Book 3, Heshan Alexander thinks about settling down and Dilvan tries to mend his relationship with his brothers.

The Object of His Obsession, Book 4 (Tyson | Gabrielle | Dilvan – Love Triangle)

Dilvan’s obsession is clear – he even feels like he may be the father to Gabrielle’s baby, even when he and Gabrielle are no longer together.

Heshan overhears a conversation between his mother and Lalita (Prasad’s wife) and now, he struggles with telling Tyson that the baby he has on the way may not be his.

Dilvan’s Redemption, Book 5 (Dilvan and Eden’s Story)

Dilvan is on a path to redemption but knows he has to leave North Carolina to truly focus on himself. Therefore, he leaves for Belize and settles into his vacation home there.

Heshan Alexander hires a woman he meets online, Eden Eason, to look after Dilvan while he’s in Belize. But when Dilvan discovers that the woman was hired to watch him, will it send him off the deep end yet again?

His Charity Challenge, Book 6 (Heshan and Charity’s Story)

Now that all the family drama seems to have dwindled down, Heshan is free to focus on Charity Eason, a volunteer at Padma’s Food House. He’s had his eyes on her for a while, but she’s been busy rolling her eyes at him. Baggage from a previous relationship has taught her not to trust anything a man says, and how can she like Heshan when his mannerisms reminds her of an unfaithful ex?

Different Tastes, Book 7 (Tamera and Preston’s Story)

By day, Tamera Alexander is a food health inspector. By night, she’s a food blogger for Charlotte Magazine, writing about tasty eats and reviewing area Charlotte restaurants.

Preston Michaels, owner of Charlotte Recreational (another Charlotte magazine), writes an incredible review for his sister’s restaurant, hoping to help boost sales. But when his sister informs him of a bad review published by Tamera on Charlotte Magazine’s blog, he knows the time has come for him to have a face-to-face meeting with the competition.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Special thanks to my family who supports me on this writing journey. To one particular beta reader (D.W.), thanks so much for the feedback and hilarious book discussions. And to my wonderful readers – you guys are amazing! Thanks for hanging in there with me and understanding what a Tina Martin book entails. You make this writing journey worthwhile.

Happy Reading,

Tina

AS LONG AS WE GOT LOVE

Chapter 1

-*- Tyson and Gabrielle -*-

GABRIELLE STOOD AT the sink, her hands submerged in white, foamy bubbles as she manually washed the last of the dishes. She just finished dinner with the family, after which Tyson fed and sang their baby girl, Amryn, to sleep. He also gave their son, Tyson Junior AKA, T.J. a bath. Finished with kid duty, Tyson was standing next to Gabrielle with a pale yellow and white checkered dish towel drying a few plates after Gabrielle had rinsed them, being the dutiful, always there, ever loyal husband.

A smile kissed Gabrielle’s lips as she thought about him. He was everything she ever wanted – more man than she thought she could handle with his tall stature, broad shoulders, a chest like that of a sword-wielding emperor and the stamina of a great conqueror – but that was part of the adventure. Part of what made her fall so deeply in love with him. The other part was his mild temper. Add all that together and she had one heck of a man. A tall, chocolate, square-jawed king. On a daily, he made goosebumps travel the length of her limbs whenever he was close to her and sometimes when he wasn’t.

What are you doing, Tyson?

Helping you with the dishes, sweetheart.

You know you don’t have to do that, Gabrielle said glancing at her capable husband. The man could do it all and he’d proven that from the first day they met. He was there to rescue her from an abusive relationship. He made her feel worthy of love again after she’d been conditioned to believe she wasn’t. It was his love, his determination, his unwillingness to allow her to give up on herself that made her see nothing but love when she looked into his copper brown eyes.

I know I don’t have to. I just want to help.

You cooked that delicious dinner. That’s helping. The pot roast was amazing and that coconut cake still has my mouth watering. You really outdid yourself with dinner tonight.

Good. I aim to please. That’s the reaction I wanted you to have. Now I know for sure I’ve thoroughly done my job.

You have. You always do, now go sit down and rest a bit, she told him, snatching the cloth out of his hand.

He took it back then requested she continue handing him dishes as she had been doing.

That’s the last one, she told him, handing him a white, silver-rimmed ceramic plate. She glanced at him, his muscles more specifically. Two kids later with the man of her dreams, she was still having trouble grasping how a man so much older than her, so much stronger, could be the most caring and gentle human being she’d ever encountered. But that’s what he was – what he’d always been to her.

I saw you checking me out, he said with a smirk after he’d put the last of the dishes away and walked up to her.

Gabrielle attempted to hide a smile. You did?

Un-huh.

I was trying to do it on the sly. Should’ve known I’d get caught.

He laughed a little, showing a brilliant, heart-stopping smile as his hands cradled her waist, holding on to her as her backside was pressed up against the counter where they’d been on dish duty. He gently brushed the tips of his dish detergent-smelling fingers across the hair on her temple. Why do it on the sly when you know I’m all yours? You can look at me, touch me, tease me, kiss me, he said before taking a quick kiss of his own from her lips. You can do whatever your heart desires, baby. I’m all yours.

Staring up at him, her heart melted in her chest. Not only was he an amazing father and husband – Tyson Alexander had it going on. It always amazed her how she was able to stare into those deep russet brown eyes of his and gorgeously constructed face without completely falling to pieces. He did it for her. Made her feel hot all over with a sizzling craving to be cooled off. Made her feel loved and appreciated. Adored. He was the standard all husbands should follow, and lucky for her, he’d put a ring on her finger.

Gabrielle closed her arms around him and squeezed, her head press right up against his pecks. His heart. He was her heart. She was certain she was his. She could tell by the way he held firmly onto her, keeping her close to his body – holding her like he could have her in this position forever. Like, if they so happened to dissolve into each other, he’d be just fine with it.

I love you, Gabrielle.

She loosened her grip on him to connect her eyes to his so he could see her truth as she spoke it. I love you, too, Tyson. With all of my heart, I do. Gabrielle raised herself to her tiptoes and eyed up his lips. Almost instantly their lips collided in sweet submission, tongues tangled into carnal immersion as he lifted her up from the floor and placed her on the countertop, standing between her opened legs as they kissed their way into another dimension. Tyson’s grip was a strong one as he held on to her, kissing her with determination – the sheer power of his mouth clamping down on hers, suctioning her tongue into his mouth while she tried her hardest to get a handle of his fleshly, muscular tongue that he knew how to use, whip and lap all around her mouth. Every single time they kissed or made love –

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