Today, HJ is pleased to share with you L.L. Collins’ new release: Exposed
What do you do when all your secrets– and your heart– are exposed?
Natalie Anderson has spent her life being strong for everyone else, always putting herself last. But that has come with a price because the stress and secrets are affecting every part of her life. Looking and acting the part is one thing, but feeling it is another. She knows she’s at a crossroads and she needs to make a change, starting with loosening up and living a little.
Kai Pierson is done being a grunt. He’s finally worked his way up the ladder and he now finds himself a rep at the hottest label, representing the hottest band in all of rock music. He’s living the life…alone, but he’s okay with that. It’s the way it needs to be.
Though they’ve never met in person, they become friends and spend hours talking about life. When the chance to meet arrives, neither of them are ready for how they feel when they see each other for the first time.
But when Natalie’s secrets are exposed, will she be able to put it all behind her and find her own happiness, or will the lies destroy her once and for all?
Enjoy an exclusive excerpt from Exposed:
He was killing me.
Completely and totally killing every single cell in my body.
He had to know what he was doing to me.
He kept touching me.
He looked at me like he wanted to kiss me.
The why of it all threatened to come screaming from my mouth but I held my tongue.
I always wanted to ride a horse and buggy through Central Park, but I couldn’t focus on a single word the guide was saying because Kai had his arm over my shoulders and his damn fingers tracing patterns on my skin. I wanted to grab his face and kiss the hell out of him, and that confused me.
From the second we got into the town car at the airport, he gave me this vibe I didn’t understand. He looked at me like a man looked at a woman, not the way a friend looked at another friend.
At dinner, I could barely choke down any food I was so knotted up over him. And now…
I wanted to ask him, but I was afraid. I needed to know his end game. If he was just overly affectionate, fine. I knew he said he was a hugger, but this was different. I never met a guy like him before. He was the same friendly guy I’d gotten to know over the last several months, but there was something I couldn’t quite put my finger on with him since I got here.
What my brain said was different than what my heart said.
I had the feeling it would be a long few days.
I knew I had the tendency to read into things. Just like when I had a thing for Tanner, I saw what I wanted to see. I justified. Rationalized.
By the time we got back, and Kai helped me down out of the buggy, my nerves were shot. It was just about dark, the lights of the city taking over the fading sunlight.
“Did you like it?”
If I could think with you so close to me, yes. “It was great. I’ve always wanted to do that.”
Kai grinned. “You ready to go back to my place? I’m always exhausted after traveling, so I’m sure you’re ready to relax.”
Relax—I wasn’t sure I would sleep a wink over the next few days. “Sounds great. I want to see your little piece of New York.”
“Well, it’s not much to see. You barely get into it, and you’re at the end.”
He linked his fingers with mine again. I looked at him out of the corner of my eye as we walked. I almost asked him if he acted like this with all of his friends but kept my mouth shut.
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L.L. Collins loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and two boys, reading, and writing. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out made her lifelong dream of becoming an author come true in the self-publishing world. She’s the author of the Living Again Series and the Twisted Series, plus a new standalone, Back to the Drawing Board. Visit LL on her website, www.llcollinsauthor.com and on all social media. Look for more of her emotionally charged novels soon!
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