Dare Me is releasing in just a few days (March 28th!!) and the author just sent over an excerpt AND she’s giving away a Kindle Fire right here on the blog to one lucky commenter!
What’s the book about?
Coworkers… and a few drinks and a dare. “My name is Saige Phillips. I never walk away from a dare.”
Two fleeting smiles.
A dare that will change my life.
That’s all it takes to send me plummeting into the arms of the mysterious Holt Hamilton. Behind his crystal blue eyes is a secret, one that screams danger but calls to me anyway.
My name is Saige Phillips.
I never walk away from a dare.
Oh yesssssss I love the sound of that!!
Ready for that excerpt?
“Look.” I point to the dark sky. “The Big Dipper.” My voice breaks as I say it, and I have to swallow hard. Looking at the stars brings back so many memories, good and painful. I will never forget how long it took my dad to show me where it was in the sky and for me to tell the difference between it and the Little Dipper.
“I don’t see it.” He tips his head backward and squints.
“Right there,” I whisper, pointing right at it.
He shakes his head, his arm brushing against mine. “I still don’t see it.”
I sigh. I remember how my dad would point and talk me through finding it and how frustrating it must’ve been for him, but not once did he get frustrated with me. He was always so patient and would help me locate it time and again.
“Come here.” I sit down on a large plush outdoor chaise fit for two. Holt sits down next to me, and we lean back. “See right there.” I point. “Those seven stars. From the end, the stars are Alkaid, Mizar, Alioth, and Megrez. Now go to the bottom left corner. That is Phad. Across on the bottom right corner is Merak and the top right corner is Dubhe.”
“I see it,” he says excitedly and points his finger to the sky. “Aside from a degree in interior design, did you also major in astronomy?” he jokes with me.
“No.” I chuckle. “I did spend a good deal of time taking astronomy and space studies classes, though. Is that nerdy?”
He laughs quietly. “Not nerdy, but I would’ve never guessed that about you,” he says, turning his head to look at me. “What made you interested in those classes?”
I rest my head in my hands and lean back into the plush cushion. “My dad,” I say softly. I fight down the lump that’s forming in my throat. I clear my throat and hope that it masks my emotions. “Before he died, he used to spend hours showing me how to find it. We’d lie out in the grass on the front lawn at the farm, and he’d show me all the constellations he knew. I could never find the Big Dipper, though. I was always looking too high in the sky. He’d say, ‘Lower, Saige.’” I can’t help but smile at the memory.
He smiles with me. “He taught you well. You knew exactly where to find it tonight.” His voice is soft and caring.
I shrug one shoulder. “I’ve pretty much mastered it by now.” Without thinking, I go on. “For a long time, I couldn’t look at the sky. It made me angry, and I missed him too much. Now it brings me comfort. It’s how I connect with him.”
Holt rolls over on his side and faces me. “Thank you for showing me.”
“You’re welcome. Thank you for agreeing to have drinks with me.” I try to get up from the chaise but Holt stops me. “I should get going. It’s late—”
“Stay with me.” His words cut me off. His eyes, full of want, search mine.
I almost don’t know if I heard him correctly, so I just stare at him in disbelief. “What?” A chill sweeps through me as a breeze picks up, and I run my hands over my arms.
“You heard me, Saige. Stay with me.” His voice grows needy.
“I can’t do that. We can’t do that.” I look up at him. Because I want to do that. But I can’t. I most definitely can’t.
He presses his palm to my cheek, his thumb gently sweeping over my lips tenderly. “Stay,” he urges again, and all logical reasoning escapes me.
I look away from him, dropping my eyes to his chest. My hair billows around us as the wind kicks up. “I can’t.” My heart is racing wildly in my chest, and I weigh every consequence of staying with him in my mind.
“Holt…” I pause.
“I dare you, Saige. Stay with me.”
I dare you. Those three f**king words will get me every single time.
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How to enter for a chance to win the Kindle Fire? Just leave a comment here and by 10pm EST, Sunday March 27th 2016, I will randomly select one winner. The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. The Kindle will be sent to the winner directly by the author.
Giveaway open to US & Canada but all are welcome to comment!
About Rebecca Shea:
Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Unbreakable series (Unbreakable, Undone, and Unforgiven) and the Bound and Broken series (Broken by Lies and Bound by Lies). She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons’ football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters.