Book & Author Details:
Push Me, Pull Me by Vanessa Garden
Published by: Limitless
Publication date: August 25th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young

Since Ruby Milton’s mother committed
suicide, she’s forgotten what it’s like to be seventeen.
Saddled with taking care of her toddler
brother and alcoholic father, Ruby has no time for fun. She also can’t shake the
growing resentment she feels for her mother’s decision, which left her unable to
grieve without anger and regret.
Then she meets blue-eyed musician Byron
Black, who challenges everything she believes.
Byron refuses to let anyone control his
life—or his death. When he left the city behind, he was in search of somewhere
where nobody knew his secret. What he didn’t expect was to meet a beautiful
redhead whose views conflict so completely with his own. But as their romance
deepens, he begins to doubt his choices and decides to return to the city…for
one last chance.
When Byron disappears, Ruby will stop
at nothing to track him down.
Upon finding Byron, Ruby discovers his
devastating secret, and a battle of wills begins. Byron doesn’t want her to know
this part of him. He has to deal with it by himself, even though the idea of
losing her tears him apart.
Will they be able to see each other
through the darkness?
Or should they save their hearts and
just let go?


“Are you in a lot of pain?” It was a stupid question. My eyes travelled to the
front of his shirt.
He pulled back a little, as if to protect his wound
from my intrusive gaze.
“I’m fine, Ruby,” he said, but
kept his eyes trained on the ceiling, his expression unreadable.
“How long have you had this one for?” I reached out and gently traced my
trembling finger along the thin silvery line on his face and neck, moving from
his jaw down to his collarbone.
Byron closed his eyes and exhaled raggedly. “A long time.
Don’t look at it,” he rasped. “It’s ugly.”
I swallowed thickly and gazed at the fine structure of
his face, at the thick lashes resting against his cheekbones and the sensual
swell of his lips. “Nothing about you could ever be ugly.”
At my words, Byron opened his eyes and fixed them on
me. He gently tugged my arm and waist, rolling me on top of him. He breathed
hard from the exertion.
I blushed from being so close to his face and sat up,
straddling him, my thighs on either side of his waist.
“You’re so beautiful, Ruby,” Byron whispered, his hands finding my hips.
I shifted slightly, conscious of the growing hardness
I could feel beneath me.
Outside, the sky was darkening, but there was just
enough light coming in through the window for me to see the look on Byron’s face. I’d never been looked at like this before.
“Come here,” he whispered, sliding his hands from my hips up my lower back, gently
pressing me down.
I bent and hovered over him, careful not to apply any
pressure to his chest, but Byron wrapped an arm around my waist and slid a hand
behind my neck and gently pressed me down so that I could feel every inch of
his firm body beneath me. The sensation made my pulse quicken and my heart
stutter. A flush, hotter than the recent weather, burned through my veins and
heated my body.
Against my neck, Byron’s breath came faster.
Our lips came together, soft and chaste at first, but
as soon as our tongues touched the kiss grew deeper and harder. Byron’s hands slid up my back to tangle
in my hair while I ran my hand through his.
He moaned softly and suddenly the kiss kicked up a
gear. Our hands crossed paths and we entwined our fingers together, briefly,
before moving on to touch each other’s bodies, wherever our hands could reach. Every inch
of Byron felt hard, whereas, beneath his careful touch, he made me feel soft
like I was something delicate and precious. It was exquisite.
I couldn’t get enough of him. I wanted to somehow meld us into
one person.
I drew him tight against me and he groaned against my mouth,
the sound sending a jolt of excitement to my lower belly, that is, until he
stiffened beneath me and pushed me off.
I hadn’t pleasured him, I’d hurt him.
“Are you okay?” I knelt beside him, horrified at what I’d done, my hands hovering over his chest. 
Byron remained on his back, his chest rising and
falling in short, sharp rasps, his jaw tense, his hands twisting at my bed
“I’m so sorry. Is it bad? What should I do?”
“It’s okay. Don’t be sorry,” he whispered hoarsely, looking away. “It’s not your fault, Ruby. It’s me.”
“I’m the one who crushed you,” I said softly.
He sighed and steadied his breath.
“No. I mean, I shouldn’t be here, doing this…starting something with you…” he met my eyes, “…something that
can never really go anywhere.” He exhaled, it sounded harsh and angry. “Remember, I’m leaving soon, Ruby.”
I tied my hair up with the band I kept around my wrist
and tried to keep my face neutral so that he couldn’t see how I really felt about him leaving. We’d only just gotten to know each other.
I liked the guy. I didn’t want him to leave.
“Is this to do with your music? Because you want to tour? Or because of
this…this thing with your parents?”
Byron smiled down at the bedcover, but it was a
bittersweet smile. “I wish this was about something as simple as music.”

A bookseller and Young Adult author, Vanessa loves nothing more than
immersing herself in the exciting world of books. When she is not gushing about
her favourite reads with customers, or mentally casting actors to play the
characters in her books, Vanessa enjoys hanging out with those she loves

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The When, Where, What, Why and Who of Push Me, Pull
When did you decide to write Push Me Pull Me?
I decided to write Push
Me, Pull Me
while I was waiting to hear back from publishers who at the
time were looking at my first Young Adult novel, Captivate.
For a while I’d been
tinkering around with an idea for a contemporary YA set in a small town (I’d
only written books with fantasy elements up until then), and, needing a
complete break from the fantasy series I’d been writing, I dived head first
into Ruby and Byron’s story.
Where did you write it?
I wrote the first draft
of Push Me, Pull Me in two of my local cafes. Seeing as a lot of the
story is set in a bookstore cafe, being in that environment really helped me to
lose myself in the story. The daily coffee and cake helped too!
What is your favourite scene from Push Me,
Pull Me
Without a doubt the
explosive kiss scene, where Byron and Ruby lock lips in the rain during a
thunderstorm! It’s sizzling!
Why did you decide to include a bookstore in
the setting of Push Me, Pull Me?
I was working at a
lovely bookstore at the time and this greatly influenced the one in Push Me,
Pull Me. Plus, I’d always wanted to write a meet-cute set in a bookstore. Now I
have! 🙂
Who is your favourite character?
This is like asking who
your favourite child is! I love all the characters in Push Me, Pull Me,
but I’d have to say Ruby, because she is such a strong individual and I really
admire her for her strength despite the many difficult situations she faces.
But I love Byron too! He is so beautiful and mysterious and… he’s a musician!
*sigh* I’ll always have a bit of a crush on him…



giveaway (INTL)

  • Push Me, Pull Me coffee mug filled with heart shaped chocolate and a $10
    Amazon gift card.



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