Darker Water

Darker Water by Lauren Stewart Book Summary

Some fairytales begin with a kiss...


My secret to happiness is to be completely upfront with what I want and, trust me, it has nothing to do with Laney’s heart. Her lips? Hell yeah. A few other parts of her body? You better f*cking believe it. But her heart? Nope. Not even a little.

Until it does…a lot.

Forget I said that. I don’t have feelings for anyone. They were all ripped out of me when I was a kid.

This thing between Laney and me could be great. But we have to follow certain rules. We have a good time—no dates, no sleepovers, no expectations. When one of us is ready for something new or if she starts getting too attached, we move on with no hard feelings. Win-win, and everybody’s happy.

I came into this thinking it would be the same thing as it had always been and she was like any other woman.

It isn’t. She isn’t. 

But how do I tell her she deserves someone better—someone who can love her, someone who’s not broken—if I can’t seem to let her go?


I finally get it. And to think, it only took my heart being pried out of my chest and stomped on five separate times by men who claimed they loved me. That’s got to be a record, right?

Let me put it as simply as I can.

Fairy tales aren’t real. Love is a lie. And, at least in my experience, sex never comes with a happy ending.

Fortunately, I still have a battery-operated boyfriend who’ll never fall out of love with me. I won’t walk in on him in bed with another woman either. Nope. As long as I keep supplying him with fresh batteries, B.O.B’s only purpose in life is to make me happy. 

And, damn it, I deserve to be happy. I’m a nice person. I work hard. And, most importantly, I've learned an important lesson: To never, ever let a man near my heart again.

Unfortunately, some people never learn.

***Be ready for a lot of laughs, a bunch of swoons, and a few tears from this standalone romantic comedy.***

“I finished DARKER WATER last night. I loved it. I can’t wait to read the next one!” - Katy Regnery, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

"Perfect spontaneous combustion material. I was all smiles and giggles, until suddenly - bam - tears started flowing and the sob-fest commenced." - The Book Enthusiast Book Blog

"This officially sits on my Favorites list for Romantic Comedy" - The Book Bee

***DARKER WATER is a standalone contemporary fairytale retelling inspired by The Frog Prince***

Once and Forever, the series...
began as a dare from a friend who believed I would never be able to write a standalone novel with a happy ending. To prove her wrong, this seven-plus book contemporary romance series came to be, each with its very own happy ending. Along with a lot of snark, some angst, and a very hot, very alpha hero. All the books will take the theme or symbol from a different fairytale and then quickly go in another direction. And it ain't towards Disneyland, folks.
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Virtually Impossible (Once and Forever #2)
Deeper Water (Once and Forever #3) Carson and Laney's after happily-ever-after
Immaterial Defense (Once and Forever #4)
Darker Water is a friends with benefits story inspired by The Frog Prince, and this is how Carson and Laney's fairy tale begins: 
Once upon a time there was a young woman who lived in a tall glass tower in the middle of a city. She wasn't incredibly beautiful but she was attractive, probably somewhere around the eighty-fifth percentile. She was smart, kind, honest, and good with animals.
But the most beautiful thing about her was her heart, for it was made of the purest of golds. Unfortunately, she wasn't very good at taking care of it, and over the years, it lost its shine. Because every time she met a prince, she believed him to be perfect--strong but gentle, brave, and caring. So, she would show him her heart and give it to him to hold, thinking he would take care of it.
What she hadn't yet realized was that there was a curse put on her...at some time...by someone. And the curse was this: The moment the woman gave her heart away and kissed the prince--believing it to be true love--the prince would begin to change. Sometimes slowly, other times quickly. But he always turned into a frog. And although the frog would give her heart back to her, each time it was a little more worn, a little less brilliant.
But the woman didn't give up trying to find a prince who would remain a prince, knowing that somewhere out there was someone who could heal her heart and break the curse by remaining a prince after she kissed him.
Then one day, she finally understood the curse's power. No one could heal her, she would never find a prince, and the curse would never be broken.
And so, clutching what was left of her heart, she gave up her search.

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- Amazing read5 star

I would definitely recommend this story. I have laughed and fallen in love with Carlson & Laney story.

- Dark Water5 star

I read this book once before, but I was about a quarter way through it before I realized I read it once before. That might indicate it was not memorable, but I think it has been a few years. I like a romance book that also offers out loud laughter, and this is one of them. I can guarantee you will not be sorry to read this one.

- Fantastic!5 star

This book really is fantastic! The plot line is realistic and relatable while also funny and steamy. You will be rooting for both characters from the beginning and I couldn’t stop reading. I highly recommend this story as it is a great read with well built characters, a creative plot and humor and happiness throughout!

- Decent3 star

This story drags a lot. There is a lot that could’ve been taken out and you wouldn’t even notice anything was gone. Overall, the story was cute, I just had a hard time following at times.

- Loved it!5 star

It’s always difficult to find stories I connect to. Stories that made me feel everything the characters are feeling. Thankfully I found this here. It was a great stand-alone. Steamy and full of love. We love ourselves a happily ever after. Would really recommend!

- Couldn’t put it down5 star

Loved the characters and how they helped heal each other without even meaning to

- Carson and Lane are so good together5 star

Great Love Story with lots of laughs and old fashioned courting. It's a full story and takes you through their journey to find each other. It's quite adorable and has serious storylines as well, woven in this book. I would recommend reading this book.

- Do yourself a favor. READ IT!!!5 star

Loved Laney. In love with Carson. Perfect love story between two imperfect people! To read it is to love it!

- Really Good4 star

Love Carson! Love Laney's sarcastic mouth!

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- Amazingly sweet5 star

Had me holding my breath, laughing, frowning and every emotions in between loved it

- Loved it!5 star

This was really, really good. First book I’ve read by the author, I’ll definitely be looking for more

- Excelelnt4 star

Great story and writing. I couldn’t put this book down, the story was a little different from the norm and totally enjoyable.

- Totally in love5 star

Loved the writing style and the background of the characters made for an interesting life element. Read in a day with smiles and tears!

- Amazing!!5 star

Really captivating story.

- A must read5 star

Brilliant book, definitely recommend it

- Wow!5 star

I can’t even explain how good this book is! Seriously giving this book 5 stars is the biggest understatement of.. well.. ever! It’s one of those books that you just want to devour in one go while trying to tell yourself to slow down so you can enjoy Carson and Laney for as long as possible but knowing the story is too good to even attempt that kind of self control. So you settle for going to bed at 3am - knowing it was completely worth every minute- and looking forward to reread!

- Awwww5 star

Loved This book and story was brill... Carson and lane are so sweet!! Loved there humour.. Made me laugh... Good read gx ❤️

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Yeah these are clocks. From ancient egypt. The darker one is a fragment of a water clock from ancient babylon.

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@LGGrey_Darker - the towel in the water.

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