To the world at large Samantha has it all: marriage to her high school boyfriend Jason, now a wealthy entrepreneur, a fifteen-year-old son and a residence in the smart part of town. But Sam has managed to survive her marriage only by suppressing the dark secret that she was forced into a marriage she never wanted and obliged to sacrifice the love of her life. On a visit to her hometown she meets for the first time in fifteen years the man who should have been hers, Kelly Ty. The onetime schoolboy nerd has turned into a handsome, bronzed surfer of international acclaim. Sam realizes that the pain of losing her, which drove him to success, was ironically the best thing that ever happened to him...but the indefinable sense of emptiness within her continues to grow. Lisa Reed takes us back to Sam's school days, interspersing past and present, as the story unfolds. The tension between Sam and Jason mounts, and she lights the fuse... LISA REED Lisa Reed is by vocation a sensational writer, by profession a teacher of children with special educational needs and, through her marriage to Dizzy Reed of Guns n' Roses, she is right at the centre of Californian rock. Fifteen Years is Lisa's third novel. Her debut novel, Sabra's Soul, took us to the heart of the Californian rock music scene in a story of love, lust and betrayal. In her second novel, Ember's Flame, the heroine is drawn into a love triangle with the man she is to marry and the man she knows she can never have. A true Californian, where she still resides, Lisa is the mother of two beautiful daughters.