One Week by Roya Carmen Blog Tour & Review

Posted June 25, 2018 by sultrysirens in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Reviews by Liz / 0 Comments

One Week by Roya Carmen Blog Tour & ReviewOne Week by Roya Carmen
Published by Self on 06/21/2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A troubled marriage. A one week hall pass.

Gabriella Moore has it all; a beautiful husband, two adorable children, and a dream home. Yet, when, by chance, she befriends Eli online, she falls fast. And hard. She knows she must let him go, and saying goodbye is one of the hardest things she’s ever done, but she resolves to move on and forget about her beautiful stranger.

But then… she makes an unexpected discovery, and it shakes her perfect world to its core. Rules don’t apply anymore. An arrangement is made, and her husband gives her just one week with Eli. The rules are clear: One week. Sex only. No contact thereafter. Seems simple enough, but it’s never simple when it comes to love.

Title: One Week
Author: Roya Carmen
Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance (standalone)
Publication Date: June 21, 2018
Cover Design: Calico Images

I discovered Roya Carmen when I read The Ground Rules, which is part of The Rule Breaker series, which is one of my top favorite forbidden stories and one that nearly destroyed me. So, when I heard she was doing another forbidden story, a standalone, I knew you could not keep me away.

In One Week we get Gabriella Moore’s story. Gabbie thought she had the perfect life. A loving husband, two kids, a beautiful house and the opportunity to dabble in her art. Everything seemed perfect on the outside. She was happy, even if at times she was lonely. She loved her husband, but as a successful best-selling author, he travelled and worked a lot.

So, when Gabbie started talking to another artist online and one that lived in another country, a man, Eli, she did not think much about it. But when things started to go into the grey areas, she knew she had to let Eli go. Even if the thought almost destroyed her. She did the right thing. But when she realizes her marriage is not as perfect as she believed, she decides this is her one chance. Right?

She demands a one-week pass from her husband. Sexy only. Then she will let Eli go and they will work on their marriage. I know this story will not be for everyone. Though I do not agree on how Gabbie got her one-week pass, I understand how it worked within this story. If you give One Week a chance, you will see how sometimes, things work out as they should.

Gabbie loved her husband. She did, but sometimes things change, even as you do not realize it. Meeting Eli was chance, but the week they spend together changes everything. I do not want to spoil anything, except to say, you just need to experience this story.

One Week by Roya Carmen is an emotional story about love, loss, and second chances. Gabbie is not perfect, but none of us are. It will challenge the things you believe in, but at the core of it, it is a story about love.


“Roya Carmen’s storytelling captures you and makes you want to be part of that world. This book hooked me from the beginning; I couldn’t put it down and got to the end thinking “but I want more!” – A Book Lover’s Emporium

“As soon as I saw the blurb I knew I needed to read thisbook. It’s not an easy read, it might shake you a little, but it’s worth it.” – The Bookery Review

“You are the Queen of theforbidden. I loved this story. It captivated me from the beginning…” – Geneva (reader)

Dear Eli,
First, I just want to tell you how much you mean to me. And that’s the problem… you mean more to me than you should. I keep telling myself that we’re just friends, but I think we both know we’re more than that. I’m not exactly sure what I am to you, but you are everything to me. I think about you all the time, every hour of every day. It’s a little ridiculous, to be honest. I am a happily married mother of two, and I should start acting like it.
I’ve really enjoyed our conversations about art and life, but it’s time for me to end this. For a bachelor like you, this is just a fun distraction I’m sure. But for me, it’s so much more, and it really shouldn’t be. What I’m doing with you is not right. I love my husband and my children, so it’s because of them that I need to say goodbye.
I’ll always remember you. : ) And I’ll smile every time I do.
Your friend,
It’s just one or two paragraphs, but I’ve second-guessed every word, have pored over every single sentence, debating whether the right sentiments were expressed. I’ve spent over an hour going over it. Over and over. I’ve read the message more times than I can count. The last thing I want to do is hurt him. He just doesn’t fit into the picture. My picture; John and me, and the kids, and the white picket fence, the perfect life. He should have never been in it. Some days, I wish I’d never met him. Others, I’m so glad I did. For the brief time that I knew him, he truly was one of the best things in my life.
My heart is hammering, threatening to burst as I swallow hard, and finally press on the ‘Send’ arrow. As soon as I do, I feel sick. A heavy weight presses down at the center of my chest, threatening to crush me. I’ve never felt so horrible, so lost.
But it had to be done. I tell myself I’ve done the right thing. For my family. For me. For him.
Our relationship flashes before my eyes — the laughs, the jokes, every single conversation, every wink, every little skip of my heart, his beautiful eyes, and his sweet smile. Damn… his smile.
It all started innocently enough, as these things often do…

About Roya Carmen

Roya Carmen is a busy mom, romance writer, designer, bookworm, chocoholic, and hopeless romantic. There’s nothing she enjoys more than making up stories about love, and sharing them with her readers.

Posted June 25, 2018 by sultrysirens in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Reviews by Liz / 0 Comments


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