Rising Ridge by Alexa Jacobs {Excerpt, Playlist + Giveaway}





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.




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I found her sitting on a blanket watching the evening sky. I said nothing, but I poured a glass for her and sat down. I poured a glass for myself, and we toasted to the beauty of the sun and the elegance of the stars. We drank, and I told her of my life. I told her that I came to this country with hope for a good education; I had a head for business and wanted to make millions. I come to work at my uncle’s vineyard and had to work from the smallest job on up. I told her that I had nothing in my pockiets, no money to offer. But I tell her of what I see for the land, for the harvest, for the wine. If I work hard and I learn, one day he would leave it to me, as he had no children of his own,” he said.
“And she fell in love with you then?” Cat asked, as it was always the next question.
“Pas. She fell in love with the grapes.” He smiled. “She asked for a second glass. God have mercy and thank you, Lord for that second glass.”
“What happened when she drank the second glass?” Cat asked, her favorite part.
“Ah. The earth moved, mon amour. She looked at me, and I could not help but want to kiss her. She was so beautiful, the most beautiful girl in the world. I wanted to have a kiss from her to go on living. When our lips met, all of the angels in heaven sang the sweetest song.” He closed his eyes and smiled at the memory.


Rising Ridge Sountrack

Feeling Good – Bassnectar Remix
Chapter 1:
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.

Tonight, Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins
Chapter 6:
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

Chapter 7:

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
Chapter 8:
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 – Lenny Kravitz
Chapter 9:
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 – Mazzy Star
Chapter 10:
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 – Brandi Carlilie
Chapter 12:
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 – The Killers
Stay the Night – Zedd & Hayley Willams
Almost Lover – A Fine Frenzy

Chapters 13 & 14:
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
Chapter 21:
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
Chapter 23:
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 – Brightside
Chapter 24:
Enter Anna. Enough said.

All I wanted – Paramore
Chapter 26:
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 was him.

She is Love – Parachute
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 – Mötley Crüe
Everlong – Foo Fighters

Kitchen Music:
Because…Rohan. It’s okay to swoon a little.




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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.








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