I loved you once. A love I thought irrevocable. A love I mistakenly believed could transcend both time and circumstance. Under the influence of my dimwitted, naïve, traitorous heart, I became intoxicated with what I now know was simply a figment of my self-indulgent imagination. So drunk on the feeling, I couldn’t see what was right in front of my face. So foolishly enamored, I blindly followed my heart into the depths of an emotion that would ravage me.
Years later, I know now what I wish I knew then. I am stronger. Smarter. Tougher. I will not allow myself to be broken again.
I loved you.
I raged for you.
I wept for you.
And now, I’m letting you go.
Under the Influence is the journey of two childhood friends that spans the course of five pivotal years in their lives. It is a story about their discovery of true friendship as it blossoms into first love, their experience of crucial sacrifice and ultimate betrayal, and their endurance of agonizing heartbreak on the way to finding lasting redemption.
Under The Influence is a book, where the words seep into your bloodstream and swirl around, whilst making their way to your beating chest; so they can simultaneously tug and tear at your heartstrings. In both, the best and the worst possible way. LB Simmons writes about a connection so deep that it can’t be broken. Over time, over space, tested on all fronts; it’s impenetrable.
What brought Dalton and Spencer together was a series of unforgiving events. Resulting in a broken 13 year old boy, living a life tainted with pain and heartache. But, like a ray of sunshine Spencer is the girl who unknowingly melts away his sadness.
Enduring years of close proximity, hidden feelings and hidden fears, Dalton & Spencer are at an impasse. As they both deal with an internal battle of emotions, they must decide whether to take the plunge and shift from friends to lovers. Spencer is willing and Dalton has a laundry list of reasons why he shouldn’t but, nevertheless they take the plunge.
Their souls are fused as one and together they experience a version of love that is honest and devastatingly beautiful; they have what people long to feel. Setting the truth and their guilt free, Spencer and Dalton have the possibility of a future … Until they don’t.
As their separation spans over five years, L.B. Simmons will have readers reduced to tears. The words on the page are pure heartache, loneliness, anguish and devastation and a blanket of heaviness shrouds this story with a darkness that is so, so bitter sweet.
Did time change them?
Can they finally be together?
Do they still want to be together?
As they face so many unanswered questions Simmons shows off the growth, maturity and determination of her main characters, the influence and love brought about by her secondary characters and above all the unyielding perseverance, that is love.
“I will always belong to you. regardless of what you’ve done, what you do, or what you will do, I will forever be yours…”
L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.