Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.
I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance.
Isn’t that what we all do? Survive?
Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more…complicated.
Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom.
I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared. He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget.
But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?
My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.
We all take for the simple memories in life for granted—long walks on the beach, texting with our loved ones, going to the movies, romantic getaways. Yes, we appreciate them and enjoy the moments, but I don’t think we stop to realize that some people don’t have the chance to live these experiences. Within the walls of a hospital somewhere, there is someone who is dreaming of having a normal existence—dreaming of experiencing all the moments in life that they can’t live themselves. Within These Walls by J.L. Berg will make you thankful for all the things in life that you often take for granted.
Lailah has spent most of her life within the walls of a hospital. Born with heart defect, she has had to go through many surgeries and never had the chance at a normal life. With an overprotective mother—rightfully so, she has lived a guarded existence.
“…I was going to be stuck within these walls for quite a bit longer.
Freedom has suddenly vanished before my eyes.
Back to Jail I go.“
Jude is overcome with grief. Having lost the love of his life in a tragic accident, he is emotionally and physically unable to move on. The hospital where he lost his one true love has become his home—a place he doesn’t want to leave behind in fear that he’ll lose his connection to his past. Working as a CNA, he avoids getting close to anyone and making any connections.
“I didn’t want to heal, and I certainly didn’t want to move on. I hadn’t left my old life behind and taken a job where my fiancee died to soothe my soul. No, I came here each and every day to mourn the life I’d selfishly taken, and I would remain here to to exactly that…”
Jude and Lailah meet and sparks fly. He doesn’t know how to handle his attraction to her at first, but finally gives into it. The love they share is magical and Jude did everything he could to give Lailah the love and life she deserves.
Lailah has a bucket list—one she calls her ‘someday’ list. She has added dreams to her list for as long as she can remember. Craving to be “normal”, she truly wants these ‘someday’ wishes to become a reality.
“Go on a roller coaster.”
“…go to prom.”
“Be kissed until I’m breathless.”
One by one, Jude works to help her cross as many of her wishes of her list of as he can. He was an amazing character who I fell in love with. Lailah was so strong, just amazing.
“I want you, Lailah. I want all of you in every way, but it won’t be here, not like this. I want you slow and tender, fast and hard, and everything in between.”
Wow… LOVE HIM! Within These Walls is a story of hope, love, and making the most of each day. J.L. Berg did a wonderful job of allowing you to feel the bond between two broken people grow.
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About J.L. Berg
I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for ten years, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We were married young, barely out of high school. Everyone told us we were crazy and stupid. We’ll be celebrating 12 years of marriage this year, and I love him more every single day. We’re living proof that true love knows no age limit.
We’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters who continue to amaze and inspire me, and are probably making me go a bit insane. I’m obsessed with yoga and pilates and am a complete chocoholic. I apologize in advance for the amount of sweets in my book.
I’m absolutely obsessed with romance novels (duh) and probably could have built a vacation home with the amount of money I’ve invested in them over the years. Romance novels take you to another place, making your heart race, emotions swell, passion run free. After so many years of meeting hundreds of fictional characters and discovering their worlds, I found myself creating my own.
I am represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.