Friday, March 30, 2018

Blog Tour ~ #Excerpt ~ Withholding Nothing by Victoria Bright

Today we have the blog tour of WITHHOLDING NOTHING by Victoria Bright! Check it out and grab your copy today!

Title: WITHHOLDING NOTHING

Author: Victoria Bright

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Withholding Nothing:

The girl code “Chicks before d*cks” should include that no friend can steal another friend’s boyfriend—or marry them. When Ashton Carter's "good idea at the time" revenge plan lands her in hot water, she never expected to see her ex again—especially in court. A few thousand dollars in damages later, she snags a job as a phone sex operator and seeks out a roommate to help fund her "stay out of jail" expenses. Having a roommate should’ve been helpful—except when they turn out to be the hot, yet douchebag mechanic working on her car. When Ashton learns that her new roommate has been the sexy phone sex caller, lines begin to blur between real life and fantasy. It was supposed to be a no-strings-attached situation; neither of them were ready for love again. When a surprise visit from an ex shakes their forming foundation with an ultimatum, Ashton is forced to face the truth of her feelings and make a choice. With her budding relationship and livelihood at stake, Ashton has to untangle the lines of reality and fantasy in a last ditch effort to protect her heart.  

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Excerpt

“My mom used to tell me that sometimes things fall apart so that better things can come together.”
She turned her head to look at me, her gaze feeling as if she was looking into my soul. “Do you believe that?”
“I want to,” I admitted softly. “But now I don’t know anymore.”
She turned her gaze back to the stars appearing in the sky. “I like to believe there’s someone out there that will prove that belief to be true. Everyone has a soulmate.”
“Yeah,” I said. A burning urge to tell her how I felt about her ignited in me. Maybe it was the intimacy of our conversation or seeing how angelic she looked laying next to me. I could almost see a younger version of herself staring up at the stars, dreaming a dream that would shatter before her eyes and leave her heartbroken. Despite her failed relationship, she still held on to the hope that love was out there for her. It was hard to continue being pessimistic about love when a woman still believed in it despite her devastating break up.
“Even though it was devastating at first, I’m kind of glad things happened as they did,” she said.
“Why’s that?”
“Sometimes we hold on to toxic things more so for comfort than love. I was comfortable with Steve. He wasn’t the best boyfriend. He made me feel like an inconvenience sometimes and didn’t really make me a priority. But I stayed because he was all I knew and I thought I’d be losing out on something if I left.” Her eyes met mine. “Sure, the first few weeks after we broke up were hard. He’d been my first love and I hadn’t lived my adult life without him. So to suddenly be alone, and be betrayed by my best friend no less, was a tough pill to swallow.”
“It’s his loss,” I said. “Any man would be crazy to give you up.”
She gave me a soft smile. “Thanks. Any woman to give you up would be crazy too.”
“Oh really?” I teased with a smirk. “Weren’t you the one that said—”
She silenced me with her lips, her warm hand resting against my cheek as she kissed me. I rolled over onto my side and put my arm around her, pulling her closer to my body. Her lips parted when my tongue brushed against them, her tongue finding mine. A different type of warmth washed over me as I held her in my arms. My mother’s words bounced around in my head. Sometimes things have to fall apart for better things to come together. 
I’d spent the last few months being jaded about love, afraid to make myself vulnerable to another woman because of what happened with Kayla. Perhaps things happened for a reason. If Kayla would’ve said yes, I would’ve never left Virginia and I wouldn’t be next to Ashton right now. It was so strange how I quickly developed feelings for a woman I’d met a few weeks ago. She finally pulled back and looked at me, her thumb stroking my cheek. My heart screamed to tell her how I felt, but my mind brought all my insecurities to the forefront. What if she didn’t feel the same way? What if she wasn’t ready to hear that? What if she rejected me?
“What’s on your mind?” she asked softly. 
I swallowed hard. “Ashton, I…”
She jumped up as a bell rang in the distance. “That’s the dinner bell. Come on,” she said and hopped off the futon. I sighed and slowly stood, watching her as she skipped down the stairs, her dress swishing around her knees. 
“Come on, slow poke!” she called out, stopping next to the Beetle and looking up at me. I ground my teeth as I walked down the steps to meet her, my unspoken truth tucked into the back of my mind.
I think I’m falling in love with you.



About Victoria:

Victoria Bright is from a small town in North Carolina and currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina. You can usually find her hoarding bottles of Cool Blue Gatorade, playing The Sims when not writing, or obsessing over Camaros.  

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