I am so excited about this month’s free book! It definitely has an edge that I hadn’t ever expected, especially not out of a Christmas story . . . but that makes it all the more exciting for me! I hope you all agree after reading the short excerpt:
“Hey,” Neil said, looking up from the book he was reading.
“Um, hey.” I glanced down at my Kindle, debating on whether or not to go back upstairs to the living room; I didn’t want to disturb Neil, but I had a feeling that this might be my one chance at talking to him alone.
“Something wrong?” he asked, placing a bookmark in his paperback and then setting it aside.
“No, not really,” I said, shaking my head as I rubbed the thumb on my free hand over my fingers. “I was just coming down to read a bit . . . but since you’re here, I was kind of hoping I could talk to you.”
“Oh?” His shoulders pulled back as he shifted on the sofa. “What about?”
“Um . . . ” He looked so painfully uncomfortable. Did I really want to dredge up the past? Would it even matter? Or would he brush it all off, just like he always had? “Never mind,” I said, quickly, turning to leave.
I couldn’t do it.
I couldn’t be the one to open up his wounds, not when it seemed he had a hard enough time dealing with it already. I’d just let him be, let him enjoy his family time, and then, when it was time for him to go, I’d wish him all the best.
“Rey, wait,” he said, just as I placed my hand on the railing at the bottom of the staircase. “Don’t let me make you uncomfortable in your own house. You could sit here and read. I won’t bother you. Or I can go. I’ve got a few phone calls to make anyway.”
With my back still turned to him, I shook my head. “It’s okay. I’m a little tired anyway.”
“When are you going to stop running away?” he asked, softly—so softly that I couldn’t be certain I’d heard him correctly.
My spine straightened as the ice settled into my veins. “What did you say?” I asked, slowly turning to face him.
He stood, jaw tightened, lips pulled into a tight line. “You heard me,” he said, taking a step in my direction. “When are you going to stop running away?”
A dry bark of a laugh escaped my throat. “Me?” I tapped my finger on my breastbone. “What right do you have to ask that question? After everything you’ve done? After all you put me—put my parents—through? Seems to me, you have the roles switched here.”
I turned to leave again, but his hand was at my elbow, holding me back. “No, Reyna,” he said, tone thick and heavy. “I’m not the one confused here. You still feel something. I can see it. In your eyes. In the way you flit your fingers. You wouldn’t still be angry if you didn’t feel something.”
My entire body stiffened as I inhaled deeply through my nose. “How dare you,” I seethed, whirling around to face him, my teeth clenched so tight, they squeaked. “How dare you come in here, and act like I’m the one with the problem. Like I’m the one that ran out on everyone, the one who gave it all up for . . . for . . . for—I don’t even know!” My arm flew around my head in a wild, angry swipe. “I didn’t ask for that damn coat. I didn’t ask for you to leave. And I sure as hell didn’t ask you to come back here and make it up to me.”
His lips found mine, crashing angrily, heatedly, against my teeth as he threaded his fingers through my hair, tilting my head back even further. Stunned and disoriented, I melted a little, let him run his tongue over the part of my lips as his free hand stroked my cheek. But then, all at once, I couldn’t breathe.
I was drowning.
Drowning in a sea of anger, guilt, and regret.
Because the truth was, even though he hadn’t tried to get in contact with me, I hadn’t tried to find him. I had let him suffer all those years, through whatever past it was that had beat him, and I had no excuse. No reason. Except that he was right.
I didn’t want to hurt. I didn’t want to take a risk. And so I’d let him go.
So, what do you guys think? Are you as excited as I am?!
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