One of my favorite parts of any story is when the characters fall in love. I also have a thing for those hot and sexy scenes. Yum! It’s fascinating to experience with the character that moment when they realize they not only love another, but they need them too.
I believe in fate, but I also believe fate can only get us so far. The choices we make can delay or alter our happy endings. When I set out to write the first book in my Love Projects series, TAKING CHANCES, I wanted to explore a couple who wasn’t ready for the other. I enjoyed their sexual tension. When they finally gave in, their love was explosive.
For the second book in my Love Projects series, TAKING COURAGE, I wrote a couple that should be ready for the other. They still found ways to mess things up of course. In the exclusive excerpt below, you’ll see how Simon is doing once he realizes he needs Janna, but has stepped back to allow her to find her own courage and make the right choice for her.
“I shouldn’t have left her alone.” Simon glanced at his clock, convinced the minutes were moving slower. “Keller and his crazy advice.”
“Don’t second guess yourself.” Jake handed him a beer. “You told me yourself that Janna needs to work through this on her own.”
“What time is it? I think my clock needs new batteries.” He checked his pockets and pulled out his phone and took a deep breath.
“Why don’t you sit down? We have a few hours yet before we need to be at the club.”
“I should have followed her father and made sure he left town alone.” Simon sat on the couch and took a swig of his beer. “He’s a real piece of work. I’m not sure what I’ll do if she moves home.”
“I don’t think you’re going to have to worry about that.”
“Don’t be so sure.” He rubbed his knee. “I hardly gave her much reason to stay. I didn’t treat her real well at the start of the week and haven’t told her what she means to me. I probably don’t look like much of an alternative.”
“That’s bullshit. There might have been a misunderstanding to begin with, but you two worked past that and found a reason to get to know each other. Your feelings for her are real, and I’d bet hers for you are, too.”
“I have been looking out for her needs.” He checked the clock again. “I can’t stand this waiting.”
TAKING COURAGE BLURB:
Janna’s ready to make over her life and get out from under the controlling thumb of her father. She doesn’t want another failed arranged marriage. She’s ready to do whatever it takes for the career she wants, enter the lifestyle she craves, and to earn the trust and love of the man that has captured her heart, but heartbreak and career hiccups seem to be her destiny.
Simon’s still recovering after his last submissive lied her way into his life. He’s not ready for Janna and how she pushes against his prejudices. He needs to decide if he’s willing to lose her or if he’ll fight for her love and submission.
Where you can find TAKING COURAGE (Love Projects 2)
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S.J. MAYLEE BIO:
S.J. Maylee fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. She’s finding the happy endings for her characters one steamy story at a time.
When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her caring for her garden, laughing with her two young sons, or dancing to her husband’s music. She’s a PMP (Project Management Professional), Nia instructor, and coffee addict.
As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together.