With release day quickly approaching (can you believe summer’s almost over?) it seemed like the perfect time to share another excerpt from Breaking His Rules and, of course, do another giveaway!
It was after ten when Jake pulled up to the curb in front of her townhouse. The porch light was on and bathed the small garden and walkway near the front door in a warm golden glow. Inside, the house was dark. Paige was either upstairs in her bedroom at the back of the unit, or she’d decided to spend the night with Rob.
“You talked to Gentry, didn’t you?” Melissa asked the question that had been on her mind ever since she’d seen Trey head toward the men’s room not long after Jake had done the same thing.
“We had a brief discussion.” Jake’s fingers tightened on the steering wheel. “I didn’t lay a hand on him. If that’s what you’re worried about.”
“The only reason I’d worry is because I wouldn’t want you to get into any trouble because of me. Him, I couldn’t care less about.”
“My father taught us to respect women. What Gentry said to you was out of line. I took it upon myself to call him out on his behavior.”
“I guess he thought I’d be flattered that he found me attractive.”
“His success has gone to his head. He’s got women panting after him all the time and he takes advantage of that situation on a daily basis, according to J.T.”
“Well, he picked the wrong woman tonight. I wish I would have had the nerve to deck him. Paige would have done it in a heartbeat.” She sighed. “Paige thinks I need to stand up for myself more. She says I always turn the other cheek and let people like Shauna and Denise get away with insulting me.”
“Is that true?”
“Yes,” Melissa admitted, with a tentative nod. “I was always heavier than all the other kids. When they made fun of me it was easier to pretend it didn’t matter instead of confronting them.”
“But it did matter, didn’t it?”
“It hurt.” Her heart clenched at the thought of those painful times. “A lot. Luckily, I had Paige. I don’t think I would have gotten through school if she wasn’t there with me. She fought my battles for me. No one would dare say a word to me when she was nearby.”
“You’ve never struck me as the kind of person who wouldn’t stick up for herself.”
“That’s because you don’t really know me.”
“I think I do.” Jake reached up to brush a lock of hair from her cheek, and then quickly lowered his hand. “That strength you think you don’t have is there. Inside you. One day you’ll figure that out.”
Breaking His Rules will be released on Monday, September 8, 2014 and is available for pre-order now at the following e-book retailers:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | KOBO | iBooks | iTunes | Carina Press
And now for the giveaway! Just leave a comment on this blog post and win an e-book copy of one of my books: Love in the Afternoon, The Winning Season, A Christmas for Carrie or Catching Heat OR you can choose a print copy of either Love in the Afternoon or The Winning Season. The contest is open internationally and will close on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 9 pm PST. Good luck!