Friday, July 2, 2021

I watched him... longer than I should have. #FriendsToLovers #SmallTownRomance #SecondChanceRomance

Down the Rabbit Hole cover

Love and secrets are a tricky combination

For Emily, going home isn’t easy, especially when her small town never felt like home in the Have you ever had a best friend you loved? But never pursued them because you knew they had a better life to live?

Emily and Luke were those best friends. When Emily returns home to care for her estranged father, their attraction can no longer be denied. Self-control dissipates. One kiss turns into two…

After all these years, destiny will bring them together but secrets could tear them apart.

**This is a standalone romance with medium heat**

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Excerpt - Emily

Luke had been strange all morning. It was weird. Up until our visit to Brodsky’s he’d been fine. His normal Luke self. He seemed to change after he’d held my hand. Maybe he’d read my thoughts when I’d looked at him. He’d always known what I was thinking, sometimes before I did and at that moment, in that store, in front of Callum, I’d thought about kissing him.

I was so stupid. Luke had never shown any interest in me other than being friends even though he was always there for me. Always. I enjoyed spending time with him more than anyone else in the world. Had he read my mind and freaked out?

Filling the kettle, I shook my head. I kept busy, getting the cups out of the overhead cupboard while I waited for the kettle to boil. My thoughts strayed to Luke’s lips, his strong arms, his hands—so much bigger than mine but so gentle, roaming across my body. I dragged my thoughts away. There was no point ruining our friendship for a kiss.

The kitchen door creaked as it opened. Luke came in, running his hand through his hair. He was nervous. What had I done? One stupid slip had led to this. Not even a kiss. A dream of a kiss.

Need a hand?” he asked, coming over to where the cups were sitting.

My saviour,” I said, giving him a hip bump. I wanted the old Luke back. I handed him the plate of Tim Tams and started pouring the cups of tea. He grabbed one and took it outside. I watched him leaving, longer than I should have, but damn his arse filled his shorts nicely.

About the Author

Cynthia Terelst is an emerging Australian author based in regional Queensland, where the sun shines 283 days a year. She is a project officer by day and a writer by night. Cynthia’s mother introduced her to a lifelong love of reading, for which she will be forever grateful. With love for the written word instilled in her, she wrote her first picture book at the age of 8, about her lost cat, Fluffy.

Cynthia writes contemporary romance and has four books published in her Love Down Under series. She refers to her writing style as ‘heat with heart'. In her novels, she likes to share a little bit of history, some Australian scenery and a whole lotta love. Her novels do not shy away from difficult topics, as she feels that they should not be ignored.

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Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello, Cynthia!

Welcome back to Beyond Romance, and congratulations on the new release. I hope it does really well!

Colleen C. said...

I like the sound of this book

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