Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. Today’s selection comes from my book, The Best Love (the full synopsis is below). After spending the day with Alex, running errands she’d rather not run and fantasizing about things she’ll never have, Julieta steals something that will remind her of him.
“Your company made the excursion bearable,” she ventured, finding enough courage in her to flirt, even if it was innocently.
“Just,” she said, then without giving herself enough time to reconsider her actions, she leaned onto her cane, rose onto her toes and kissed him on the cheek. If ever there was a time a kiss could be justified, this was it and she was going to take advantage of it. His face was clean-shaven, and he smelled so wonderful, she almost lost her footing. But she did not; and as quickly as she kissed him, she withdrew and dropped back down to her feet, proud of her thievery.
Julieta didn’t look up immediately, but when she did make eye contact, she saw Alex lean down and kiss her. Not on the cheek, like she did him, but on her mouth, with lips so warm and supple, Julieta forgot how to react.
“Ever since the accident…”
Julieta cringes every time she hears those words. Everything lately is a result of ‘the accident’, and she is so over it: after almost losing her life, Julieta’s had to make adjustments to deal with some of the challenges she now faces – physical therapy to regain use of her leg, lost school time and lower self-esteem, among them.
However, none of those changes compare to the ones in the people around her: her brother Manny is pushing her like he’s never done before; her sister-in-law Sonia is nesting and treating her like a daughter; and Manny’s friend Alex is now offering her the attention she’s been craving from him for years. So maybe good things do come out of bad situations…
Except that when Julieta finds out why Alex has been so attentive, her world comes crashing down. With her already-fractured family now at odds with each other, she is ready to give up on the notions of fate and love and happily-ever-after’s, when another accident shows them that sometimes the best love is one that begins accidentally.
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