Sometimes, believing the lies we tell ourselves is easier than dealing with the truth.
Once, I wanted to die. That was the night I met Guy.
The strange man with flowers stepped from the shadows and saved my life.
Guy. Dimpled smile. Body of a surf god. Smart and funny. Running out of time.
We became travelling companions through life, ticking off items on our bucket lists.
I’d hidden from happiness for years and kept my life under strict control. Guy showed me how to step into the world and experience more,
he brought light into the shadows and helped me through the darkness.
I became Phe again. I lived.
There’s just one problem.
We fell in love and this wasn’t part of our plans.
I thought we could face the future together, but Guy has a secret which changes everything.
Guy lifts me onto the kitchen bench and presses himself between my thighs,
hands wrapped in my hair as his mouth bruises mine. Desperate to join his attempt to
throw us away from the direction our conversation headed, I grip his hips with my
legs and match his intensity.
Sometimes when Guy’s hands are on me, his skin against mine, I want to cry.
Not because one day he’ll never touch me again, but because he stirs in me something
new. Guy’s touch and kiss delves to the heart of who I am and frees the emotions I’ve
hidden for years. We’ve spent days and nights exploring each other’s bodies, in denial
that with each moment we’re together, we become more than lovers.
Guy rests his hands around my waist, holding me in place. His fingers bite
into my skin, but I don’t care, barely notice. Only when he stops kissing me do I
realise my lips are swollen from the fierce passion of the last few minutes.
Guy drags a thumb across my mouth. The hidden is unguarded for a moment
as our eyes meet in understanding.
“Are you okay?” I ask.
“I love you, Phe,” he says, pushing damp hair from my face.
His admission knocks down the foundations of the lies we’ve lived out, and
the tears I promised I wouldn’t cry over him sting my eyes. “I knew this couldn’t stay
The eyes searching mine aren’t filled with tenderness but with confusion.
“Why do I love you?” he asks, wiping my face with both hands. “Why did we do that?”
Lisa Swallow Bio:
Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, including the best selling Blue Phoenix rock romance series. In between running a business, looking after her family and writing, Lisa sometimes finds spare time to do other things. This often involves swapping her book worlds for gaming worlds. Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.
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