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Today, I've got an excerpt from Fall From Love!
Today, I've got an excerpt from Fall From Love!
Excerpt 2 – Holly’s POV
“How are you?” Carter asks and seeing his sympathetic eyes makes my stomach turn, letting me know that this is real and not a dream. This isn’t something I can wake up from.
“Fine,” I mutter, swallowing hard. It’s not that I’m fine, I just can’t think of anything else to say.
“Do you have a minute to talk?” he asks and, for a moment, all I can do is stare at him.
“Um… I’ve... I’ve gotta go,” I stutter, stepping out of the line and making my way back to the booth, back to Jenna. I want to leave and go home. I’m not strong enough to handle this. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this—that I could move on—but it’s clear to me now, I’m just not ready yet.
“Jenna!” I shout when I find her swaying to the music.
“Beer for my lovely date,” she yells over the music, handing me a fresh bottle.
“I’m ready to leave,” I lean over and shout into her ear.
“What? Why? I thought you were having a good time?” Her face falls more and more with each passing second.
For a split second, it pains my heart to see her looking at me like this, but then I’m quickly reminded of who is standing right behind me. I can feel him there. “I’ve had a good time, but I’m ready to leave now.”
Then her eyes shift from my face to someone standing on my left. “Oh, shit.” She looks back at me, her eyes wide and wearing a pained look on her face. “Okay, we can go.”
“Holly, can I please talk to you? Just for a minute?” Carter is beside me now, yelling in my ear, wanting me to hear his pleas over the music.
“We have to leave,” Jenna shouts to him before I can even answer.
“Please, I just want to—” Carter begins again, totally ignoring Jenna, but before he can finish Jenna pulls me away and we make our way to the bar.
The memories from that night are coming back at full speed. I’ve done such a great job of putting them away—far away—and now, with one look at his face and one word from his lips, it’s all coming back.
“Hey!” Jenna yells to the bartender, squeezing in between a few people, but never letting go of my hand. “I need to pay my tab.” She turns back to check on me. “We’ll be out of here soon, okay?”
I nod and glance around, refusing to look behind me, knowing all too well who is back there. The guy Jenna had been flirting with earlier catches my eye. He’s sitting at the bar just a couple seats down from us. With a serious look on his face, I see him shaking his head at someone behind me. Before I can even turn to look and see who it is, Jenna is pulling me again, making me feel like a rag doll as we squeeze between the crowd, bouncing off people as we fight our way to the front door. Finally, we make it outside and I feel the cold air rush over my body, allowing me to feel like I can breathe again.
We get in the car and begin to back up when a hand starts knocking on my window.
“He just doesn’t fucking give up, does he?” Jenna stops the car, cusses again, and then looks over at me.
I swallow hard and close my eyes. “Just roll it down.”
The window begins to lower and Carter is bent over, making his eyes level with mine. “Hey, it’s pretty clear you don’t like me very much.” He pauses and looks down towards the ground. “But I just wanted to see how you were doing and let you know that I’m here for you.” He hands me a napkin. “Here’s my number… Call if you ever want to talk or if you need anything.”
I take the napkin and before I can respond, Jenna rolls the window back up and continues to back out of the parking lot.
Call if you need anything is written diagonally across the napkin along with his name and number below it.
“Hey, does the girl’s night offer still stand?” I ask, folding the napkin in half and stuffing it down into my purse. I need a distraction and quick.
“Sure, whatever you need.” She looks over at me and grins, but it’s easy to see that her face holds more remorse than anything.
Synopsis: Struggling to put her life back together after a tragic mountaineering accident kills her college sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Holly Treadwell is trying to set aside her grief, forge ahead in school, and find herself again.
When Carter Hansen, a guy who brings back horrible memories from the night of the accident, finds his way back into her life, Holly’s unsure if she should let him in. He terrifies her in more ways than one and invokes feelings in her that she thought were buried forever. Regardless of her fears, she knows she must face him in order for her heart to heal.
Everyone tells Carter that what happened on the mountain that night was just a terrible accident, but even then, he can’t help but carry around the guilt and is unable to forgive himself. He’s drawn to Holly and being near her helps ease his conscience and gives him the release he needs.
As Holly and Carter’s relationship grows, they begin to realize that the more time they spend with one another, the more their wounds begin to heal—her grief and his guilt. But when Holly learns the details about the night of the accident—what everyone has been keeping from her—it will rip open old wounds and tear apart what they’ve both worked so hard to overcome…
About the Author
Heather London is a young adult and new adult author who loves to write stories full of romance, fantasy, and science fiction. She is a lover of only the finest of coffee and premium craft beer, but will settle for anything chocolate, regardless of its quality. Heather lives with her husband in Dallas, TX where she is currently working hard on her next project..
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