Title: Fears And Scars (Damaged Hearts, #2)
Author: Emily Krat
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 25th
SynopsisOne lie can destroy everything. What will a pile of them do? A chance encounter changed everything for Ryan and Liz. Five months later, they have an all-consuming love, a deep emotional bond, an explosive sexual chemistry, and a newfound trust. They’re engaged and on the way to their happily ever after. The only problem is a secret from Elizabeth’s past that Ryan has been hiding. The truth will come out. Will it set Ryan and Liz free or break them apart and destroy their dreams? Life challenges every relationship. Ryan and Liz will learn that secrets aren’t their only problem. “We’re strong. We’ll survive this. We can survive anything.” – Ryan. Warning: This book contains mature themes and thus is intended for adult readers only. (18+)
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ExcerptRyan Once we’re in the car, I ask the driver to turn the heater up to blast the chill out and then press the magic button that sets privacy partition up.
“What are you up to?” Liz asks as I pull her into my lap. God, I missed her—her voice, her smell, her lips … her everything.
“I can’t believe I have you in my arms again.”
She brushes her palms along my cheeks. “I was in your arms two days ago.”
“Yeah, ages ago. As soon as we step inside the hotel, I’m going to rip anything and everything from your body,” I murmur, nipping her ear. My cock aches in my jeans. My hands skim down her back to her firm ass. There’s a mountain of clothes between us, and I’m desperate to get them off.
“Right in the lobby?” she whispers seductively.
“Right in our bedroom, smartass. Then I’ll lay you down on our bed and lick your sweet pussy the way you like.” I pause to lick her wrist and smile when her face flushes. “I can’t wait to be buried inside you.”
“Ryan,” she says, leaning away from me. “I can’t wait for us to … do those things, but we aren’t going home. I have a surprise for you.”
“Yeah.” I watch as she flips over the ‘Mr.-Best-Fiancé-Ever’ sign and read the words “Let’s set a date” written in black marker. My hands stills, and my heart trips heavily against my ribs. “When you proposed, I thought it was crazy. Things happened so fast, we barely knew each other, and I was cautious. But I knew.”
I suddenly have a hard time swallowing. “You knew?” I parrot.
“When you find the right person, you know right away.” Her eyes caress me. “I was also scared that if I let myself plan a life with you, something bad would happen. After I lost my parents, I lost faith. You helped me find it again. You breathed life into my lungs. You came into my life and have been consuming my body, my mind, my heart ever since. Ryan, you are a gorgeous, kind, intelligent, ambitious, tender, loyal, protective, caring man.” Her voice shakes as she goes on. “I believe we have been given a gift—a rare love. I want to be yours in every way. I want to bear your name, to share your highs and lows, to always be by your side. Let’s move in together and set a wedding date.”
A kind of warmth I never knew existed before swims through my veins, but guilt also simmers beneath my skin. I should have told the truth about her parents sooner. My heart races as I study her, debating on the right words before moving a wayward piece of hair from her cheek.
“Liz,” I start.
She must feel me building up to something or notice the tension in my shoulders. Either way, she takes my face in her hands and strokes my cheeks with her thumbs. “I’ve waited for this moment for so long. I wanted to make it memorable. And I want to make you happy, Ryan. Because you make me crazy with happiness, with love, every second of every day. I’m sorry for the reservations about setting a wedding date, I doubt nothing anymore. I only hope you haven't changed your mind.”
“Of course not. God, Liz. It’s my biggest dream for you to be my wife.” Her eyes sparkle with happiness, no trace of loneliness or sadness lurking there. She's so different from when we first met. I let it go, again. I’ll find another time. All I care about right now is making her happy.
“I’m messy, Ryan. I never put things where they belong. I—”
“You think I don’t know that by now? We’ve been alternating between the hotel and your place for five months, baby.”
“Living together full time is different. You’re a neat freak. You might get sick of me.”
“Not possible, but then again, who's talking who into moving in?”
“Me. I want it, Ryan. I’m just scared.”
“It’s going to be perfect, Liz. You’ll see.” Leaning in, I kiss her with everything in me. “Let’s go pack your things. I want you moved in as soon as possible.”
(This excerpt has not been proofread so there might be slight changes in the forthcoming edition.)
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About The Author
Always an avid reader who consumes whole books in a single day, Emily Krat is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page. For her writing stories and developing ideas for novels is a true passion and a dream come true.
Emily is a chocolate junkie, “Grey’s Anatomy” fan, and admirer of good music. She loves summer rains, warm blankets on cold winter nights, as well as traveling, sleeping in late, watching TV shows, cooking, and baking. When she’s not writing or rewriting, she loves spending time with family and friends