The general theme suggested for this week’s My Sexy Saturday blog hop was around getting Sexy Back – not the Timberlake way but characters rediscovering their feelings for each other and coming back together. With that in mind, I wanted to share a wee excerpt from my zombie romance Love Reawakened.
Garret and Emma missed their chance years ago, and only the most dire of circumstances can even bring them back into contact again. (You can’t get much more dire than an escaped zombie!) These excerpts show the first time they’ve seen each other in several years, and to make it fair I’ll share both their sides of it 🙂
She gave him a small smile. “Garret, it’s been a long time.”
He gaped at her. Emma Strachan was probably the last person he had expected to see. His gaze swept over her, looking for changes the last several years might have wrought. She was small and slight, barely coming up to his shoulder, that along with delicate features meant people always underestimated her. He tried not to smile; they rarely did it twice. She had a quick temper and a wicked tongue. In more ways than one. The thought popped into his head and he quickly squashed it down. Her dark auburn hair was pulled back from her face and plaited down her back and she wore combats, thick boots, and a light cardigan. If he wasn’t mistaken, with dried blood on it and across her hands.
For a second, he felt his stomach drop but she seemed unhurt, and he had to remember that blood wasn’t that uncommon in her profession. One of the things they had in common at least. He forced himself to meet the deep green of her eyes. She was scared, he realized with a shock, and it took quite a bit to scare Emma.
“What the hell have you got yourself into?”
He saw color rise in her cheeks but she met his gaze directly. “I may have lost a zombie.”
He gazed at her a long moment; he hadn’t known she was raising again. It wasn’t like the little witch wasn’t capable of it but it must be serious shit if she was coming to him for help. He sighed, so much for his plan of sleep and a lot more alcohol.
“You better come in.”
Emma followed him into the small apartment, glancing round curiously. It screamed out that a guy lived there: sparsely furnished with old, slightly battered chairs and sofa, a scratched coffee table, strewn with beer bottles, random papers and the odd more grisly item for his work. He began clearing some clothes and
papers from the worn leather sofa.
“Sorry it’s a bit of a mess,” he said gruffly. “I’ve only just got
“Long night?” she asked.
He shrugged. “The usual. You didn’t come here to talk about
She sighed and perched on the edge of the now cleared sofa. He matched his house, she thought wryly. Masculine, rough round the edges and getting more battered by the day. He’d always looked tough, close-cropped hair, usually days’ old stubble, lean and muscular. He’d never make cover boy material but she’d liked that. Now, though, he looked wearied, dark circles under his eyes, and a set to his jaw that hadn’t been there before. He never did look after himself.
She pushed the thoughts aside. It was none of her business what he did anymore. Once she had thought it might be, but that had ended in her being completely humiliated and she was so not going there again. Besides, she had bigger priorities right now.
What do you think – can they find a way to work things out and stop a zombie? If you’d like to find out, you can buy Love Reawakened at the following sites:
Emma Strachan is a professional witch and quite frankly a zombie raising should be all in day’s work. Now, though, something has gone horribly wrong and with lives on the line Emma is forced to turn for help to the one person she never wanted to see again.
When Emma shows up on Garret’s doorstep he knows she must be in trouble-after all nothing else would bring her to his door. Still, he never imagined a zombie gone rogue, or that the blazing attraction between them would be as strong as ever.
As Emma and Garret risk their lives to track down the missing zombie can they put aside past insecurities and trust in each other-before it’s too late.
If you’d link to check out the other great excerpts being shared then have a look here. Happy Saturday – and feel to leave a comment 🙂
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