MMMM Nothing like a hot, steamy meme first thing in the morning ;). Swoon #YABound is a weekly meme in which we book lovers share the moments in a book we are reading that got our hearts poundin'.
This week, I'm going to feature an excerpt from a book I'm going to read. The author was kind enough to direct me to a sneak peek of her book, and not only did it hook me, it got me swoonin'.
Secrets. Lies. Deception. For the past six years, Samantha Hunt has lived with the belief that the untimely death of her parents was the result of an unfortunate accident—that by the cruel hand of fate, she had been left an orphan. But it was a lie, a terrible lie told to her by those who wanted to keep her in the dark. And the truth... when revealed, will change her life and haunt her forever.
Suddenly plagued by a series of events which find her in danger and in need of a savior, Samantha is repeatedly rescued by the mysterious and elusive Shadow—a stranger who seems to know more about her past and the tragedy which befell her family, than she does. Drawn to him despite the antagonism she feels whenever in his presence, Samantha soon discovers that Shadow is not what he appears to be. Determined to learn his true identity and why he has come to Mystery Falls, the small town in which she has spent all of her seventeen years, Samantha not only uncovers the secrets he refuses to share, but also the truth about her own past. A truth which forces her to acknowledge that things are not always as they seem, and sometimes, not even those close to you can be trusted.
Resolved to seeking justice for the unwarranted death of her parents, Samantha embarks on a journey which brings her perilously close to her own demise. Can Shadow use his angel powers to save her yet again, or this time, will he be too late.
::and the moment you've been waiting for::
Standing in front of Shadow, I looked into his eyes, and was overcome by a sudden burning desire to kiss him. Without stopping to consider how he would respond, I raised myself onto my toes and leant towards him. And in that instant, he disappeared.
Surprised, it took a few seconds before the embarrassment and shame kicked in. It was the first time I had ever attempted to kiss a guy, and to have Shadow reject me, cut deep. Without bothering to see where he had gone, I walked to the edge of the stream and wished that I had not behaved so impetuously.
He came to stand behind me. “Samantha, I know you don’t understand, but seriously, you don’t want to kiss me.”
Remaining motionless, I whispered, “Why?”
In the dark, I could hear each breath he took as he tried to form a response. Eventually, he said, “How do I explain?”
Recognizing that the question was directed at Shadow himself, and not at me, I remained silent.
Placing his hands on my shoulders, he turned me to face him. In a voice loaded with desire, he said, “Do you have any idea how hard it is for me to resist you when we’re standing this close to each other?”
Forgetting any shame I felt, I murmured, “Probably as hard as it is for me to resist you.”
He smiled. Then, once again solemn, he said, “You know if I do this, if I kiss you, you will belong to me forever.”
Inside my chest, my heart was racing. Staring at him with the same serious expression he was directing at me, I replied, “Then let me belong to you forever.”
What's got you swoonin' this week?
Happy Reading Everyone :)
~ Keely ~