It's a love TKO on today's edition of March Inspirations. Brynette Turner's, Restoring Love finds a woman in a predicament of having to choose between the love of two men. Will she buckle under the pressure, or will she stand strong and make the right choice?
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About Restoring Love...
Amina is 49 and ready for a second wind to blow some excitement into her love life. Too bad Jason, the tall, dark, piece of sweet chocolate was so much younger. Fifteen years is a deal-breaker right?
Obviously not to the very persistent and sexy Jason. He was captivated by Amina's ageless face and shapely body, even if she did try blowing him off. But, fate was on his side. The gorgeous project manager was actually in charge of the renovation of a building his electrical business was contracted to rewire. There was no way he wasn’t going to use seeing her every day to his advantage.
If Jason thought he’d be Amina’s only admirer, he needed to think again. Her boss Wesley—patient, observant, and aware that he might have allowed Amina to take his interest in her a little too lightly—refused to step aside for a young man who didn’t realize her worth.
Thanks to one twist of fate, a mistake Jason may not be able to correct, and an opportunity Wesley won’t let slip away, Amina finds herself with more attention than she ever would have imagined.
The choice is hers to make. Who to love? Who to choose? No deadline. No pressure.
No pressure? Yeah, right.
On Tuesday, Amina was surprised to look out the window and see Jason leaning against his truck outside the Victorian manor. The fixtures he needed to install wouldn’t arrive for another week. She took a deep breath, went outside, and walked across the lawn to where he was parked.
“What are you doing here?” She pulled sunglasses out of her pocket and put them on.
“We need to talk.” He reached a hand towards her but dropped it when another contractor pulled up behind him.
“There’s nothing to discuss; and even if there was, I wouldn’t do it on a job site. I broke my rules; it was a mistake. I learned my lesson the hard way.” She hoped the glasses hid her pain. “I hope our business relationship won’t be too awkward going forward.” She watched as he looked away, his jaw clenching and his eyes getting dark. What does he have to be mad about? she thought.
“We need to talk, Amina.” He shoved his hands into his pockets. “There are things I didn’t get a chance to say the last time I was at your house. Important things.”
She saw Wesley pull into the driveway and get out of the car. He was holding a canister but stood there leaning on his car watching her. Watching Jason with her. Her stomach flipped.
“Don’t do this, Jason. You disappeared on me and you’ve explained. I understand, all right? You want to hold on to us; but you don’t need to. I don’t want you to. I just want to forget and move on.” Is that pain in his eyes? she wondered.
He admitted, “I’ve tried to give you some time and space hoping that maybe we could work things out eventually. But honestly, I’m miserable without you. This isn’t working for me and I don’t believe you’ve stopped caring either. What we have is stronger than one mistake and a few weeks of separation.”
Amina stared at him long enough to be moved by the silent pleading in his expression. Still, she said, “I have to go,” because that was all she could manage. She turned and walked toward her boss.
“I brought the drawings for your meeting with the landscaper. Eric said you forgot them.”
“Thanks for saving me a trip back to the office.” She tucked the canister under an arm.
Wesley looked at her with a puzzled expression, looked at Jason—who was still leaning against his truck—and then back at Amina. Even though she still had on the glasses, he could see her sadness in the way her head tilted down slightly and her shoulders slumped. He had promised he would fix her broken heart. “Does that mean you have time to go to lunch with me?”
“You’re always feeding me,” she complained lightly.
“That’s because I like your curves and I know you don’t eat right.”
She allowed herself to be escorted to the passenger side of the car, well aware that Wesley had possessively placed a hand on her back.
“Is it over?” he asked as he slid behind the wheel.
“Does he know that?”
“I told him.”
Wesley waited for her to say more. When she didn’t, he started the car and reached over to hold her hand as they drove to the restaurant.
Lunch was uncomfortable. Wesley decided to talk about his latest efforts to interview architects to replace one who would be retiring at the end of the year and Amina did her best to be attentive. She offered suggestions because that’s what she’d always done and what he expected. But she avoided meeting his eyes as often as she could get away with. She barely ate.
“I should have realized it was him, Amina. It’s always been obvious to me that he was attracted to you. Still, I didn’t take it seriously. And now, well, I didn’t consider that your relationship might not be over.”
“It’s over, Wesley.” She pushed a chunk of tomato around her plate.
“No, it isn’t. He still wants you, and you’re still too hurt to really let go. And then, there’s the fact that you need to interact with him; it won’t be easy.” Amina swallowed hard but didn’t say anything. “I don’t want to know details, but do you think he can make the same mistake twice?”
“Not exactly,” she answered after a long silence. “But, I also don’t know whether I can forgive him or go back to wanting what I thought we had. Some mistakes can’t be undone.” It was Wesley’s turn to be silent. Because they were trembling slightly, Amina folded her hands in her lap. “What happens next—between you and me?”
“What I feel and want haven’t changed.” He squeezed her hands reassuringly. “I already knew that you were coming out of a bad relationship and that it’ll take a little time for your heart to heal.” He rested his arm across the back of her chair and gently caressed her shoulder. “I still want to date you because you’re an amazing woman. I’m not thrilled about the prospect of having to compete; but if that’s the situation, there isn’t much I can do about it. As for our professional relationship, I promise that if things don’t work out between us, I’ll be mature about it, suck it up, and step back. But you’ve got to promise to always be honest with me, all right?”
“All right.” The thought crossed her mind that maybe Wesley didn’t deserve to be pulled any deeper into her drama. He’s a good man, she reminded herself. Do I even deserve him? She excused herself from the table and headed for the Ladies Room so that she could pat her face with some cold, wet paper towels.
What was happening? Jason obviously wasn’t willing to walk away from what they’d shared, but neither was Wesley. The realization confused her. Both men were right about her still having feelings for Jason. If she was honest, didn’t she also have feelings for Wesley? Could she juggle both men? Should she? Just the idea made her feel overwhelmed.
Amina emerged from the restroom as Wesley was handing their server the leather folder with his credit card in it.
“I asked her to bring a box for your meal,” he said as soon as she was settled in her chair. “Do you want me to take it back to the office for you? I can put it in my fridge; you might be hungry later.”
“Thank you.” She reached over and put a hand on his arm. “I don’t know what I’m doing,” she admitted.
“Really?” He gave a teasing grin. “I don’t believe for a second that this is the first time you’ve had two men vying for your attention.” He leaned sideways in his chair so that he could give her an appraising look from head to toe and back up. “Naw; I don’t believe it.”
Amina laughed and told him how ridiculous he was. Then, she leaned over and gave him a soft kiss on his cheek.
Brynette Turner, primarily writes contemporary and African American romances. Her featured project is Restoring Love, a full-length novel about a career-minded woman who is ready for a second chance at romance and excitement after her daughter is grown. What she finds instead is a love triangle that forces her to confront what she really wants from a relationship. What she learns about herself and who she chooses surprises even her.
Prior to releasing Restoring Love, Brynette was most proud of her three-book paranormal (psychic) romantic suspense series. The Dream Catcher Series is comprised of Premonitions, Loving Night, and Heart Shadows. In 2014, she published the companion stand-alone books Time for Tenderness and Monica's Healing about African American sisters with very different personalities. These women surprisingly find that, even though they aren't close, being damaged by the same upbringing means they actually might need each other to figure out how to maneuver through some of life's pitfalls. Detour, Brynette's debut novel, was also published in 2014. In it, a sassy and ambitious business woman learns that life's goals sometimes take a turn for the better when you run into love on a business trip, but that doesn't mean the change in plans make for a smooth path. After publishing Restoring Love, Brynette published a series of short reads (novellas) that deal with a variety of romantic situations. As her readers will attest, Brynette writes about romance with the some very steamy sex scenes! She honestly believes in love at first sight, the perfect match, and happily ever after.
Brynette is the mother of two grown daughters, lives in central Ohio and is trying desperately not to become the Crazy Cat Lady although she loves the animals, has two, and can't resist feeding any strays that wind up on her doorstep. When she's not reading, attending festivals, or watching movies, she's working on those decades worth of story ideas and half-finished novels. She has great plans for sharing her writing talent with the world.
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