Hello and welcome to the Hump Day Hook. I am returning to my debut novel, and today I offer an excerpt from Love Hurts (A Redcliffe Novel), with a scene from the beginning of this passionate and powerful love story.
I led Jack into the small storeroom and then through the adjoining door into my kitchen. Once inside I turned back to Jack, trying not to throw myself at him. I crossed my arms and leaned against the cupboards in front of the window. He looked at me with those piercing blue eyes and then his gaze dropped to my neck. In a quick stride he was in front of me, gently moving my scarf and reaching out to touch the bruise with fingers that were cold. How had he seen the bruise? I was sure I had fixed the scarf properly this time, and Liz said she couldn’t see anything under it. I winced, more from the coolness of his touch than from the pain.
“Jessica, I am so sorry, I didn’t realize how rough I was with you.” he said, voice taut with emotion.
I shook my hair back and blinked slowly, then looked into those amazing eyes.
“It’s fine honestly.” I said, “I didn’t even feel it until this morning. So why are you here?”
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