A Promise Kept
By Anissa Garcia
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Evan is drawn to his new neighbor. Grace is the exact opposite of the women he normally encounters. Enticing, down-to-earth, and confident, she captivates him. She has no problems facing off with Evan, and he soon realizes Grace is much more than just a challenge. He wants to prove himself to her.
Grace can see the man beyond the actor, and with more than just her pride at stake, she needs to hold tight to her promise before Evan breaks through all her walls, exposing her heart.
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Jake opened his gift from Evan with permission from his mom and everyone was in admiration as he received his own replica blaster from the set. There was also an autographed photo of the entire cast included. Grace beamed and when their eyes locked, she felt her nerves shoot all through her body and straight to her core.
When Evan’s attention was dragged away by Jake, Grace felt a whoosh of relief. His gazes on her were getting way too intense. They were the type of stare a girl dreamed of being on the receiving end of. The type of look that only happened in romantic novels adapted into films. The way Mr. Darcy looked at Elizabeth Bennet, Colonel Brandon’s want of Marianne Dashwood, or Mr. Rochester’s powerful need for Jane Eyre. It wasn’t a good thing that she was comparing those gazes at all. It meant she was liking it way too much. She was beginning to like Evan too much.
She went inside to wash her hands before cake would be served. She observed herself in the mirror and saw her cheeks blushing just by thinking about the man outside who was making twenty kids extremely happy. He was great with kids. So what? Lots of guys were great with kids. So what that he was funny and romance novel handsome? Grace had met plenty of men who fit the criteria of perfection before. It didn’t mean that they were the right guy for her. And she wasn’t sure Evan was either. Get yourself together, Grace. She exited the restroom and yelped as two hands yanked her aside, enclosing her against the wall.
“Hi, Gracie.” Evan grinned with a playful mischief that made her belly flutter.
“Hello, Captain.” She placed her hands on his chest and played with the gear on his uniform. “You’re looking like you’re ready to save the world.” She gazed at his full lips and licked hers out of reflex.
A small groan escaped from his throat as he roamed her face. “So you met Hank, I see. He really likes you, Grace.” He cupped the back of her neck, staring at her with a need so passionate she couldn’t breathe.
“I…” She gulped, feeling the electricity tingle in her stomach all the way down between her legs. “I like him too.”
“Do you?” His eyebrow raised in a lively gesture. “Do you like me?”
“That’s still under review.”
Her breathing elevated as his thumb ran over her mouth. She felt her body responding to his as he pressed up against her. An uncontrollable whimper exited her and she couldn’t stop what was already in motion. Even if she wanted to, the pull was too strong, his masculine hands touching her was earth-shattering. Every caress from him felt like she was an instrument he knew how to play with expertise.
“Let me help you decide then.”
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