I’m hard writing and juggling that task with real life at the moment, but I am determined to not let the noisy voices in my head get the best of me. I thought I’d share with you a sneaky excerpt from Trust. This is unedited and subject to change. 🙂
Once inside our room, I kicked off my shoes and face-planted on the bed. The mattress dipped beside me, causing me to bounce and then shift into Luca’s space. I welcomed the heat of his hand on my head as he stroked the hair out of my eyes as I angled my face to look at him.
I shrugged no committedly.
Hand still stroking my hair, he scooted down so he lay beside me and were face to face. My anxiety and frustration about Chris and the vineyard was quickly pushed away when his warm breath brushed against my skin. I closed my eyes at the sensation and opened them abruptly when Luca moved even closer to me. His thigh brushing my leg, his lips barely an inch away from my own.
“Is it the vineyard?”
I nodded, my eyes flicking from his lips to his eyes.
“Freaked you out, huh?”
This time a small smile tugged at my lips. He knew me so damn well.
“You know, it’ll all be okay. You don’t have to be involved with the vineyard at all. You could even sell it.” He ran a knuckle against my skin when I didn’t answer immediately. “You’re in control here.”
His palm opened and held my cheek as he lazily stroked his thumb across my cheekbone. I sighed into his hand, relishing the caress. “I know. It just took me by surprise, you know.” He nodded as I continued. “I don’t know what to do. Don’t get me wrong, the wine was kick-arse.” I laughed and focused on the smile playing on his lips. “Just when everything is beginning to make sense, something seems to trip me up a little. It doesn’t even have to be anything significant.” I pulled away from him and lay back with a frustrated sigh, our legs touching. Awareness settled through me, peaking my confusion and throwing my irritation for a loop.
“What can I do? What do you need?”
I pulled my bottom lip between my teeth and thought of a multitude of possibilities of how Luca could help me. Most involved his lips on mine, on my skin. Not the most practical solutions while I was mixed up, but it was one hell of a temptation.