This week’s excerpt is from one of the most emotionally draining books I’ve ever written (yet). I love these two – even though I tortured them quite mercilessly…
Excerpt: MacKenzie Saves the World
“Step away from the car, please,” she said in a loud, confident tone that carried across the lot. “I have pepper spray, and I’ll use it if I have to.”
A deep, familiar chuckle wafted toward her on the breeze as the figure straightened, holding both hands up in submission as he took a few steps away from the car and into the pool of light from a nearby streetlamp.
“Easy there, tiger,” Josh said, his amused expression becoming clear as she drew closer. Letting her arms drop, she shook her head, stowing the pepper spray again.
“Why are you here?” she asked, not entirely sure she wanted to know the answer. He dropped his hands and came closer.
She started to step back, but he reached out, gently grasping her upper arms to hold her in place.
“I tried to stay away,” he said, his tone serious. “And if you’re smart, you’ll tell me to leave you alone, though I’ll be perfectly honest – I’m not sure I can. There’s just something about you…” he raised one hand to caress the side of her face, his fingers trailing lightly down over the side of her neck.
She looked down at his chest, trying not to tremble at his touch. This was it. She had to choose whether to let him in and probably get hurt, or keep him out and do her best to forget that she had feelings for him.
Walking away was the smart thing to do. And she was nothing if not smart.
He coaxed her to look up with his hand, and she saw the same angst that must be in her eyes reflected in his.
“This is a really bad idea,” she murmured. He gave her a slight nod.
“I think we’ve established that pretty well at this point.” He waited another heartbeat, and then took a step back. “So we’re going to be smart then, right?” His hand slipped away from her skin, leaving her bereft of his warmth.
She could do this. She could get in her car, buy herself dinner and go home. Maybe she’d cry herself to sleep, but maybe not. They hadn’t even kissed, for crying out loud.
He nodded again at her silence and turned to walk away.
“No,” she whispered, willing him to stop. But he didn’t, and an overwhelming sense of panic shot through her, made her take a step forward, and then another until she was running after him.
He turned at the sound of her footsteps and opened his arms, gathering her close as she reached him.
When his lips touched hers, it was quite possibly the most right thing she’d felt in a long, long time.
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