It's another 20 Days of Romance post, and today's excerpt makes you take a look within. Why do we pretend, when we're faced with what we want, and we know what we want, but we continue to deny ourselves?
Rae's excerpt is a bit of steam, a bit of attitude and spunk, and a bit of introspection. I love her writing style and flow. Check her out!
Blur by Rae Lamar
A Kindle copy of Blur by Rae Lamar
Book Synopsis | Blur by Rae Lamar
Jade Warner is back home. The bad part? Starting over. The best part? Reconnecting with Kyle Malone. Picking up where they left off years ago, it feels just like old times…except for the mutual attraction and questionable feelings, which are all brand new. For Jade and Kyle, it’s unthinkable to hook up given the history of their fail-safe friendship but anything can happen when you live under the same roof… and once that line between platonic and romantic is crossed, all bets are off.
What starts as bliss soon turns bleak when the blinders come off. Jade and Kyle have always been opposites, but they soon realize that it’s going to take a lot more than attraction and assumptions to reach happily ever after.
The easy choice? Return to what’s left of their friendship.
The hard truth? Sometimes you can’t go back.
AN EXCERPT FROM BLUR
Jade was still posing when Kyle cut the music, a distant look in his eyes before he lowered his camera and straightened from his crouched position on the carpeted floor. In seconds, he stood and flipped the switch to kill the lighting, causing her to blink at the sudden change in illumination.
Even as her vision adjusted and Kyle began putting things away, Jade kept smiling.
She was feeling fantastic.
Better than she had in a long, long time.
Something about the combination of the heels, the camera, the music, and the atmosphere had her soaring. It was so much fun and so incredibly intoxicating and so… perfect.
Jade had definitely held on to her nervousness at the start, but Kyle worked his magic and had her flaunting and posing like she’d been modeling for years. She couldn’t remember the last time that she’d felt so bold and free, so glamorous and sexy… and it was all because of him.
He’d told her she was beautiful.
With his words but more so with his eyes.
Like right now.
“We’re done?” she asked, knowing the answer but hoping to continue. “Already?”
“Yeah.” He looked at her… through her. “I have everything I need.”
Standing tall in her heels, she pinned him with a welcoming stare. “You sure?”
Responding to the glint in his eyes, Jade took one step after another, slowly closing the distance between them as Kyle stood rooted in place, loosely gripping his camera. Her heart was beating wildly in her chest but she kept moving forward, step by step, compelled by what she believed she saw in his eyes… but the closer she got to him, the more that glint dimmed.
And, in a way, so did he.
“Get dressed,” Kyle said, his face expressionless. “I’ll see you upstairs, okay?”
Jade hesitated, wanting to reverse whatever just ruined the moment. Instead, she tucked a strand of hair behind her ear and nodded. “Okay.”
She retreated to her room and slowly undressed, careful not to remove her makeup and newfound confidence. A short while later, she returned to the family room in boy shorts and a tank top and found Kyle casually sitting on the arm of the sofa, camera in hand, scrolling through what she was pretty certain were the pictures he’d just taken of her.
She plopped down on the cushion beside him. “Did they turn out all right?”
“They’re perfect.” He glanced at her. “You wanna take a look?”
“Nah. It was hard enough actually doing it. Let me have that small victory for a little while… I’ll tackle the seeing part later.”
After an uncomfortable laugh, silence covered them. Not knowing what else to say, Jade took off for the kitchen. “I’ll be back. I need some water.”
“Grab me a bottle.”
When she reached the island, Jade braced her hands against the countertop.
This was dumb.
Dumb, dumb, dumb.
She opened the refrigerator and snatched two bottles of water with both hands before kicking the door shut. Closing her eyes, she took a deep breath and began bouncing around in place as she tilted her head from shoulder to shoulder like she was getting ready for a title fight.
Soon, Jade was still again.
Cool and collected, her eyes finally opened.
All this pretending was no longer an option.
She wanted him.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rae Lamar is a mild-mannered consultant by day and fiction writer by night who calls Atlanta home. She is the author of the Aris series along with other works of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. On a perfect day, Rae can be found on the top floor of a swanky beach resort, sitting on the balcony of an ocean-front suite with a book in her hands and food at her fingertips. SN: She rarely has perfect days. Visit her at RaeLamar.com.
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