Sunday, November 22, 2015
Stirred by Nancy S. Thompson Blog Tour/ Excerpt
I’m Eden MacLaird, and Fate screwed me good at the age of twenty-one, stole my first love, then my first child. Twenty years later, I still haven't found my happily-ever-after. Sure, from the outside, I have it all, including Declan, my gorgeous, rich-as-sin husband. But things aren't what they seem, and catching Declan in bed with my best friend destroys any dreams I harbor for love, much less sexual fulfillment.
Then in walks Sean Bennett...
Just months away from earning his post-graduate law degree, Sean's smart, driven, and serious, but an unexpected encounter between us in a bar one night changes everything. His best friend, Trinitee, warns against getting too involved, but the heat between us is beyond intense, and neither of us are willing to walk away.
With my marriage in shambles, I'm eager to make a go of it with Sean, despite our sixteen-year age difference. But while I relish my sexual reawakening, I fear giving up the posh life I've grown accustomed to. That life, however, and everything in it, comes crashing down as bodies start piling up around us, and all clues point to me and Sean.
Secrets, betrayal, and revenge threaten to destroy not just my carefully-crafted reputation, but my very life. With our freedom at stake, Sean and I join forces to uncover those plotting against us. But as doubt and evidence mount, I must choose: give in to my suspicions and save myself, or trust our new-found love and save us both.
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With my heart a dry lump in my throat, I stopped breathing when he turned me to face him. His gaze was locked on me. I couldn’t break the connection or pull away.
“Are you so worn down that you no longer recognize the signs? Are you so jaded you don’t remember what true passion and desire feel like? ‘Cause this is it, Eden,” he whispered, cupping his hands to my face, so close, he stole what little breath I had left. “This is your chance to grab the life you really want, the one you were destined for.”
I stared at him, mesmerized. Everything about Sean was hypnotic—his smile gentle and reassuring, his eyes mellow and soothing, his voice low and calm. Each eased away my concerns, convincing me to do things I shouldn’t do, that were completely against my nature.
Maybe it was the last twenty years with Declan that had been against my nature. Maybe it was Declan who’d convinced me to do what I shouldn’t have. What Sean brought out in me, how he made me feel, that was more how I used to be, before Jacob died. Maybe this really was a resurrection, and I was coming full circle. Maybe Fate was giving me a second chance at the life that was stolen from me.
Perhaps I was desperate and simply wanted that to be true, but, looking back at all Declan had done, everything he’d twisted my arm to choose or do, it sure felt like Declan was the one who’d coerced me at every step, every decision, every move. Why hadn’t I ever realized that before? I’d known since day one that Declan was a controlling manipulator. I sighed. Yes, I knew, but, he was so good at it, so skilled at making whatever it was he wanted seem like it was my idea, I never even considered it to be anything but. How stupid could I possibly be? How naïve, how unsophisticated and implicitly trusting.
Talk about being blind. I really was an idiot. Was. Past tense. But not anymore. The light was now on. I could see clearly. And what I saw was Sean. In that moment of clarity, as I stared into his impassioned eyes, I made a decision, one based solely on what I wanted, what I needed, for the first time in nearly twenty years.
Nancy S. Thompson Bio:
Nancy is a California transplant currently living in Seattle, Washington with her husband of 23 years, their son, a student at Seattle University, their giant snow dog, Jack, and his kitty, Skye. She works as a freelance editor for her publisher and writer friends and also has her own interior design business within the model home merchandising industry. When she's not writing or editing, Nancy keeps herself busy by cooking and baking.
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