#SnippetSunday – “He was more surprised than mad.” – #romance #love #read #Free


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A little reminder in on of the previous posts, Addy returned home from work to find her house broken in. I’ve edited it a bit to keep it shorter.

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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Ethan stormed into the house, still frustrated with Addison’s stubbornness. All he wanted to do was help. He was worried, because a break-in like this was very unusual in Fermosa Bay.
He threw his keys into the little bowl next to the entrance door and went into the kitchen for a cold glass of water. Suddenly, but with great intensity, he remembered her body close to him. Her gentle sobs against his chest. To see her so fragile had hurt him inside, despite knowing her so little.
Ethan made himself a cup of tea when his phone rang. He checked the ID. It was a local number he didn’t recognise. Slightly annoyed by the late call, he answered it abruptly.
“Hello, Ethan speaking.”
There was a moment of silence before a female voice said. “Good evening, Ethan. It’s Addison Ryker here.”
Raising his brows in surprise, he remained silent.
“Please don’t be mad and hang up.”
He was more surprised than mad.
“How can I help you?”
He knew he was an arse for being so frosty. After all, it’d been a stressful situation for her and he’d possibly been a bit more insistent than he should’ve been. Yet, he still worried about her being on her own in the house. And as much as he admitted he was attracted to her, he knew this was more the caring part coming out in him. If ever something like that should’ve happened to Emily, he’d hoped for someone to look after her. As he listened to her, he left the lounge room and went back into the kitchen.
“I need to apologise for my behaviour this afternoon.” Her voice still sounded fragile and everything inside him tightened. “I think the thought of leaving my house to let the burglar win freaked me out. I can’t let this person win. And even though I’ve only been here for a few weeks, it’s my home, and I feel most comfortable at my home.”


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12 thoughts on “#SnippetSunday – “He was more surprised than mad.” – #romance #love #read #Free”

  1. I’m sorry to hear she thinks she should apologize for the decisions she’s made about her own home. I’ll be interested to see how he reacts. Good snippet, Iris.

    1. Thank you, Siobhan. I think it wasn’t just about staying, but the way she reacted towards his idea.

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