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Today, just for fun, I’m sharing a bit from Irresistible, the story of a young woman who’s lost the ability to see any beauty or joy in the world. She’s been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the summer at a luxurious resort in upstate New York, and Rise has made the trip in hopes of reuniting with her two-year-old nephew, Billy, and her late sister’s husband.
Her stay at the Lindenhurst is complicated by the relationship that develops between her and the resort’s very handsome and very wealthy young owner. Samuel Mills wants nothing more than to put a smile on Rise’s face, but the last thing she wants is some man meddling in her life.
In this excerpt, Rise is at the depot awaiting the arrival of Warren and Billy on the next train.
EXCERPT FROM: IRRESISTIBLE
The morning air fairly crackled with anticipation and happiness. Rise hugged herself with joyful abandon as her gaze traveled over the platform again.
When a tall, dark-haired gentleman stepped out and walked her way, her breath caught in her throat.
“Mr. Mills! What are you doing here?”
“You look enchanting when you smile.” Samuel beamed at her. “Not that you don’t look enchanting all the time.”
Seeing him annoyed her. How dare he show up at that precise moment to spoil her happiness! She turned away, intent on ignoring the handsome man with his devilish smile and charming manner.
“I understand your brother-in-law and nephew are arriving this morning.”
Rise wanted to snap back that it was none of his concern, or toss off a quick-witted remark to prove how little she cared about him, but all she could do was smile. Not because of Samuel, of course. Not because her heart had begun to race the moment she’d heard his voice. No, it had nothing to do with him.
“I’m so excited, I can barely contain myself,” she told him in a shaking voice. When the train’s whistle sounded in the distance, Rise grabbed hold of Samuel and truly jumped with joy. “I can’t believe I’m finally going to see Billy again!”
Samuel’s smile broadened. “It’s good to see you so happy.”
Something in his tone of voice made all the alarms go off in Rise’s head. She pulled away and stared up at him, her look both knowing and accusing.
“You did this.” She waited, but he made no response. “You did! Without even bothering to say a word to me! What gives you the right, Mr. Mills, to take it upon yourself to contact my brother-in-law? How dare you—”
The rhythmic clanging and chugging of the locomotive drowned out the rest of her words as the train pulled into the station. With a hiss and a screech of its metallic brakes, it shuddered to a stop. Rise wanted to say more, wanted to tell off Samuel Mills. He deserved a piece of her mind for his meddlesome ways. All her anger and fury faded as soon as she saw Warren step down to the platform, little Billy squirming in his arms.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little excerpt.
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