It’s here! It’s here! I’m so excited Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride is here! I’m visiting Romance Lives Forever and Staci Troilo today, celebrating the release. Yesterday I was hanging out with Rochelle Weber and Thursday I’ll be on The Write Way Cafe! Please stop by and say hi, and learn more about where this story came from, and catch a few more sneak peeks!
I’ve been thinking about this book for years. Years and years. I’ve only been married once, and hope to stay that way, but I felt for Alyssa and her three failed marriages. Going back home was a hard decision for her, especially knowing what she would face.
Jake was kind of the opposite. Where Alyssa felt repressed by her large family, Jake loved it. He couldn’t imagine leaving, even though she wasn’t there anymore. They both decided to stay away from each other, but that’s usually easier said than done!
Excerpt from Never A Bridesmaid, Always A Bride
They walked through the trees to the edge of the water. She gasped when she saw what he’d done. When she spun back to look at him, tears brimmed in her eyes.
“Why are you crying?” he asked, rushing to set his dinner down. He took hers from her and wrapped her in his arms while she cried softly.
When Alyssa finally stilled and took a deep breath, she leaned back, keeping her arms around his waist. Jake rested his forehead against hers again, loving to see her so close. When she’d first left, he’d asked Marie for a picture of Alyssa. He used to stare into her eyes like she was there and tell her everything that was going on. Even though she wasn’t there, he felt better talking to her.
“I’m sorry. I don’t think anyone has ever done anything like this for me. It’s really sweet, Jake.”
He kissed her nose and then her lips, finally giving up the fight he had with himself to keep their night sex-free. Just one taste of her lips and he was hard and aching for her. She whimpered and pulled him in tighter and he knew he was a goner. He’d do anything she wanted him to do.
When they came up for air, Jake rested his forehead against hers again. “I’m sorry you didn’t have someone who treated you the way you deserved to be treated.”
She smiled. “I did. But I was too stupid to realize it.”