Rising Ridge by Alexa Jacobs Release Date: October 30th 2015 Summary from Goodreads; Olivia Reynolds was free. Twenty years old, living in New York City, and having absolutely no idea what she wanted to be when she grew up, every day would be an adventure, or at least that was the plan. When a phone call from her brother lands her back in her home town, and dealing with an unexpected tragedy, she comes face to face her brother’s best friend Dean and realizes that the feelings she had buried long ago were still there. Dean Winston has lived with the fact that Olivia walked out of his life two years ago, and was never coming back. With her back in town, he struggles to be the friend that she needs him to be, and not the lover that she once wanted him to be. With lines between childhood friends and secret lovers once again blurring, Olivia must decide between the possibilities of her future and the ties of her past. Some strings just refuse to be cut.
Welcome to New York
Olivia! Every morning that she wakes up in her little apartment in
NYC, she looks out her window and sees the freedom that she has been
longing for all her life. The birds in the trees know how she feels.
It’s a new day, dawn and life for our girl and she is feeling good.
The Funeral –
Band of Horses
Chapters 2 & 3:
A mixed bag of
emotions are revealed between Olivia and Dean during the travel back
from New York to Rising Ridge. She is dealing with the death of her
parents, and her up and down relationship with them. She is
internalizing her feelings for Dean, which she has only ever seen as
something she does to drag him down. With both relationships, she
very much feels the coming up only to be held under, the coming up
only to show you’re wrong.
– Smashing Pumpkins
Olivia sees her
relationship with Dean as nothing more than stolen moments. She loves
him, would give him anything in the world that he asked of her. He
asks for nothing, just be with him here and now. Yesterday does not
matter, and tomorrow is so far away. This is the time that we have,
make the impossible possible. Even in the moments of a dream, all she
ever has is tonight.
Kinda I want to –
Nine Inch Nails
To know Elle is to
love her, and her wildly free spirit. Of course she would be bopping
along to this song while grocery shopping when she runs into Connor.
She has spent a lifetime loving this boy from a far, and she can’t
make sense of it. She can’t shake the feeling, she’s allowed
herself to be no closer than from across the way, yet she simply
cannot make the feeling go away. It’s the moment she begins to
think…maybe, just for tonight.
I’d Rather be
with you- Joshua Radin
Connor tries so hard
to be the man that everybody needs him to be, and they all see him as
brave. But he wants to be bold. He wants to just jump sometimes, or
scream. When he looks at Elle, he begins to realize that he needs
like a girl like her in his life. He needs to just jump like she
does, be the man that she sees him to be. She is the pieces of him
that he is missing.
Fly Away –
Because Rohan is so
fucking cool, and of course this is the song playing when he takes
Olivia out on a date. As Olivia gets to know Rohan, she begins to
relate him to the freedom that she craves. He encourages her to do,
be, see, go. Fly away, so very high.
Fade into you –
Olivia has made up
her mind that she is leaving Rising Ridge, and she is leaving
everything and everyone behind. That includes Dean, and the
relationship that they never had. She looks at him, and sees nothing,
as they never had the love that she feels in her heart. But it is
there, it is the truth that she sees when she looks at him. She knows
that he will live his life, that he will remain just a shadow of
hers. She wants to take that breath that is true.
The Story –
The story of Didier
and Lorraine. It lasted a lifetime, and as he sees it, every one of
his stories begins and ends with the love of his life. They were just
made for each other.
Mr. Brightside –
Stay the Night –
Zedd & Hayley Willams
Almost Lover –
A Fine Frenzy
Chapters 13 &
It started out with
a kiss, and what oh what has happened since then? He’s jealous of
her, she’s jealous of him and they can’t quite keep their hands
off each other.
They find each other
in these moments, upside down. So give in, let go. Olivia knows that
she and Dean are never going to be right, they will always be a
little broken, but sometimes…who cares. Just stay the night. She’s
trying to convince herself more than she is trying to convince Dean.
Olivia finds that
she needs to say Goodbye to Dean, for good. She loves him so much,
but for both their sake, she must let go. He was always almost the
greatest love of her life, and that is where he is doomed to stay.
Whatever you like
– Anya Marnia
Elle has made up her
mind, she is going to get her man. She’s going to do or be whatever
it is that he wants her to be. She dresses exactly how she thinks
he’d like, she makes him dinner, and gives him a glimpse of what he
could have. He can have whatever he like, she just wants him.
Crash into Me –
Dave Matthews Band
Dean sees Olivia as
something that does exactly this, crashes into him. She shows up in
unexpected corners of his mind, and in his heart. She has a hold of
him that he cannot explain, when he’s with her, he just gets lost.
Even though he knows he’s bad for her, he finds himself unable to
deny her requests, or his own desires.
LA Woman –
Enter Anna. Enough
All I wanted –
Even in New York,
settling into the life that she waited a lifetime to have, Olivia
realizes something is missing. She wanted freedom. She wanted a
career. She wanted to see the world. No..not really. All she wanted
She is Love –
Olivia has realized
that Dean is her one constant. He is the home that she is looking
for. He let her go, and have her ways, and explore. He is love,
and that is all that she needs.
Give it Away –
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dr. Feelgood –
Everlong – Foo
It’s okay to swoon a little.
About the Author
Alexa Jacobs was born and raised in the suburban outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland. She met her husband through friends in high school, and began what turned out to be a short lived career in the financial industry. With her first child, she became a stay at home parent and threw all of her energy into becoming the queen of Pinterest before Pinterest was a thing.
When her second child headed off to kindergarten, Alexa thought that it was time for a career change.
After a decade with at least one child underfoot 24 hours a day, it was time for her to discover who she was going to be when she grew up.
Turns out, she was a mom who sat by the window and cried the entire day on that first day of “freedom” from early parenthood.
A few months, and many kindergarten volunteer days later, she sat down at the computer and dusted off the rough draft of a story she had crafted years ago. That draft turned into her debut book, Rising Ridge.
Alexa is a member of the Romance Writers of America, and participates in many writer circle groups.