#SnippetSunday – “He’d hugged her during her first breakdown…” – #romance #love #read #Free

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A little reminder in the last post, Addy returned home from work to find her house broken in.

DEFYING RULES is set along the Australian Great Ocean Road and tells the story of Ethan Tomlin, single dad, and manager of a hotel chain.

This is still a WIP, so critique away.

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Not to mention the rumours that spread easily in this town. No way did she want the Principal to find out that she stayed at a parent’s house – innocently or not.
Shaking her head, she whispered, “I can’t do that.”
“Have you got a friend you can stay with?”
“I’ve called my parents. Mum will come tomorrow.”
The long exhale told her he still wasn’t happy with the situation, but she’d made her decision, and he should respect that. After all, he was … a parent. A caring parent indeed, but she didn’t really know him. And if nothing else had come out of her relationship with Ryan, she had learnt how to stand up for herself.
“I’ll be fine,” she insisted.
With his hand on her back, Ethan gave her a gentle push towards the door.
He nodded again. “I believe that. You’re still not staying.”
She stopped and everything inside her tensed. On the verge of being annoyed, or even well and truly past that, she met his gaze. “Look, I don’t need a babysitter. I’m big enough to look after myself.”
He held up his hands and gave a slow nod, with only his eyes reflecting his tension. “No worries.” And without another word, he turned and left.
A flicker of guilt shot through her. She hadn’t meant to be so abrupt, but with the stress over the last two hours and his perseverance, it’d come out that way. She wanted to call out for him and apologise, because she remembered only five minutes earlier he’d hugged her during her first breakdown.


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12 thoughts on “#SnippetSunday – “He’d hugged her during her first breakdown…” – #romance #love #read #Free”

  1. Sometimes a person lashes out because they’re scared. Unfortunately, the other person doesn’t know it and backs off with hurt feelings or at the very least is miffed and walks away. Great snippet with true emotions.

    1. Thank you, Karen. Yes, very true. When we don’t feel out of our comfort zone we react differently to what we normally would.

  2. She’s being very careful not to cross the line–she had to be harsh under the circumstances, because he wasn’t taking no for an answer.

  3. An interesting turn that the story took here, but why do I have a feeling he may not have actually abandoned her? Enjoyed the excerpt, could really feel her conflicted emotions.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the snippet, Veronica. And yes, your feelings might be on the right track here. 🙂

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