Welcome to my favorite weekly segment! I hope you enjoy the Mid Week Tease, brought to us by our wonderful hostess, Author Sandra Bunino. I’ll be taking a two week hiatus from teasing after today in order to do some blog-hopping. You’ll want to be here for that…Evernight’s 2014 Book Boyfriend Hop is back and I hope you will be too! But for today, I’m sharing another bit from my new free read, Touch of Sin. Here we have Luke and Sarrie who are just about out of ideas for how to handle themselves as they’re stuck in a not-so-pleasant motel room looking after Luke’s younger brother. Sometimes it’s nice to just talk…
Why had he said that? The last thing on Luke’s mind right now was sleep. He’d be careful. Wouldn’t lose control or let things go too far.
He reached over and petted the side of her slinky hair until he felt the curve of her jaw cup in his hand. It flexed and he knew she must be working out some nerves, if his assumptions from earlier were correct.
“Sarrie, I know the conditions could be so much better, but…”
“But what?” she asked, relaxing her face into his hand with each second that ticked by.
“It’s stupid. You’d think I was a jerk.”
“I highly doubt that. You could be anywhere else right now but you’re sticking it out to take care of your brother. Jerks don’t generally concern themselves with others.”
“Absolutely, it’s one of my favorite things,” she said and he loved the freckles he could now see sprinkled over the bridge of her nose.
“If you’re selfish, then so am I. And I’m not selfish. I’m other things but that’s not one of them.”
“I stopped caring two hours ago about your observation. Did you know Oscar’s got a baby on the way? Erby’s been dreaming of living from her own tour bus since I met her delivering pizza. Noah? He’d do anything I asked him to without question. Yet here I am and all I can think about is the next ridiculous joke I can crack to see your face light up with a smile. I didn’t have to bring you with me tonight. I knew what I’d find when I tracked No-No down. I could have kept this from you and you’d have had no idea how bad off he is. I could have done that for them. But I didn’t.”
“Why did you bring me here, Luke? Because you’re right, you could have probably gotten over on me.”
“Told you. Selfish.”
“That’s a cop out. We both know that’s not true. I’ve been nothing but honest with you.”
He closed his eyes. “And I owe you the same thing.” Luke scrubbed his face carefully so he didn’t scrape hers with his knuckles. Having her call his bluff and also be this close eased the rest out. “I’m tired, Sarrie. Really tired.” He leaned over her and turned off the bedside lamp.
“And you don’t mean as in tonight,” she said once he was back on his side.
A groan nearly escaped his mouth when she blindly took a piece of his hair and gently moved it behind his ear as she said that.
“I had a feeling you’d understand. That’s why I stole you away tonight.”