With her best friend happily married and now pregnant, Sam Matthews should be overjoyed. Instead, she can only see what is missing in her life. Pushing her emotions aside, she retreats to a piece of her past that she’s kept hidden, something that even her best friend knows nothing about.
Taking a step into her future, Sam moves to North Carolina where she once again encounters Mark Robertson. He is persistent and hard to resist, and little by little, he uses his charms to break through Sam’s walls.
As Sam starts to open her heart to Mark, she convinces herself that the past should stay in the past. But when her past creeps into the present, her secrets could cost her every hope and happiness in her future.
Scene where Allison walks in on Sam
Right as his hand reached underneath my shirt, I heard a gasp from behind me, and both of our faces looked back to see Allison standing in the doorway, holding a container of bakery cupcakes. She was turning redder than a beet.
She gave a small wave. “Oh geez. Hey, you guys. I was surprising Sam with some, um…I’ll be going now.”
Allison hastily laid the cupcakes inside the door on the floor. She was biting her lip, smiling, and not making eye contact. She was embarrassed and amused at the same time. I was completely horrified and frozen.
Mark looked at me and then jumped up as Allison was about to turn and dash. “Hey, Allison, don’t go. I was helping Sam out with a problem when she fell.”
Allison stood there, motionless, as she eyed him and then glanced my way. Mark casually smiled.
Hell, he’s better at keeping a cover than I am.
I started to sit up, and nonchalantly, I pulled down my shirt. She caught the gesture and was trying to keep it together at the obvious cover-up. Her lips were pressed so hard together that they were turning white. Mark looked at me to help him sell the lie, but I was totally tongue-tied.
Allison walked over and so sweetly gave him a little pat on the shoulder. “Glad you were able to be so neighborly. That’s really nice of you.”
With Allison’s response, I totally lost it as I was sprawled out on my entryway floor, remembering the conversation Allison and I had just had. Mark started laughing, too, and Allison gave us that knowing smile. It was funny that all of us were acting so juvenile when we were adults.
Turning to me, he said, “Sam, I’ll see you later. Allison, it was good seeing you.”
Allison looked at Mark. Still being just as sweet as can be, she said, “I’ll text you when I’m leaving in case she needs help again.”
Mark winked at me and replied, “I’d appreciate that.”
He turned and made his exit. Before he was out of earshot, Allison started laughing, and then I started laughing all over again. We were near tears. Chortle boxes were officially turned on. After today, I was never going to be able to give her shit again about that kiss she had given Damien on the football field.
As we began to settle down, she leaned against the wall and fanned herself for effect. “Girl, the heat coming from that floor scene I walked into…”
Damn it. That was exactly what I had done to her after that damn kiss on the football field. Right now, I wanted to slap myself for everything I had teased her about. Paybacks are a BITCH.
“What? He was only helping me out.” I busied my eyes on the floor as I lifted myself up, trying to look innocent.
“I guess it could be considered help…if you define it as his P helping your V.” She started laughing again as she picked up the discarded cupcakes. “I hope you realize all the paybacks that will be coming your way from all the shit you’ve given me.”
Promise Me is the third book in the Trust Series.
Kristin Mayer is a wife, a proud mother, and a full-time Analyst and Import Manager. Since an early age, she has always enjoyed reading and writing. While visiting her father one weekend, he suggested that she should take up writing again. With family and a career, she didn’t give it a lot of thought, until a story entered her mind and wouldn’t leave. It just kept forming and developing over a couple of months.
At the beginning of 2013, she decided to sit down and write it all down, but she kept it to herself. One sentence developed into two, and before she knew it, she had the makings of a novel.
Kristin tries to live life to the fullest during every moment. She loves to travel and meet new people. She holds a degree in International Business and uses it daily in her job. Kristin now adds “author” on her list of jobs, and feels very blessed and thankful.
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