I Don’t Want to Want You-A Heart to Heal Preview 3

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We’re getting closer to the release fo A Heart to Heal! Are you excited, because I am! In my next excerpt you witness Devin’s reaction after coming face to face with Shayla. He’s not thrilled that he can’t forget his old feelings.

And before I get into the excerpt here’s a quick announcement. I’m doing a book discussion on my first novel You Can’t Plan Love on my Facebook fan page. This Sunday (April 28) at 7:00 p.m. EST. Stop by and ask me any questions you have about Malcolm and Kenyatta.

Now the excerpt. Enjoy!

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Chapter 2

Devin ran through every curse word he knew as he carried Shayla to his truck. He’d known she was back in town. Half his patients were buzzing about what happened to her in Atlanta and were eager to fill him. Helena was small, so he’d mentally prepared himself to see her. He’d expected it to be at the grocery store, if she came with her mom to a doctor’s appointment, or at some community event. He’d even imagined seeing her in Columbia now that her friend Tasha was married to his friend Jared. For each of those scenarios he’d thought out how he would react. How he would treat her with the cool indifference his best friend Malcolm had down to a science. He would participate in any necessary small talk, comment on the weather, and move along as if she wasn’t the woman who’d shredded his heart years ago.

But for all that preparation, he hadn’t come up with a response to seeing her trip over her own feet after one glance at him. His concern pushed aside all thoughts of acting indifferent. Not surprising. He could never stay indifferent when it came to Shayla.

When they reached his truck, he unceremoniously dumped her in the passenger seat and slammed the door. He should’ve let her limp home, but as a doctor he couldn’t leave her injured in the middle of the trail. Plus, Hangman’s Woods wasn’t the safe place it had been in the nineties. With dusk approaching, most hikers left as unruly teens and other folks with ill intentions began hanging along the trails.

He jumped into the driver’s seat and started the engine. “You shouldn’t be running in the woods this late in the day,” he said as he drove out of the lot.

She crossed her arms under her breasts, pushing the swells higher above her sports bra. He gripped the steering wheel and jerked his eyes away. Focus on the road.

“I’ve wandered those trails too many times to count. I won’t get lost,” she said.

“I know, but you haven’t been here in years. Once it gets dark all types of whack jobs start hanging there. Hikers don’t even camp anymore after a family was robbed two years ago.”

“Oh,” she said. “I’ll remember that next time.”

He glanced at her out of the corner of his eye. “Don’t make a next time. Just stay off the trails close to dusk. I’d hate for you to get hurt.”

Her lips twisted into a sardonic smile. “I’m surprised you care.”

He sighed. “I’ve always cared, Shayla. I stopped offering my advice because you never listened.”

“You’re the only person I’ve ever listened to,” she murmured.

He thought back to Homecoming and the night she’d broken his heart. “You didn’t always listen.”

She stiffened before turning to look out the window. It was a low blow, and hurts from the past weren’t worth stirring up, but he needed to remind them both why they’d never worked out.

“You know, high school was years ago, can we just say we were young and dumb and move on?” she said still facing the window.

He relaxed his hands on the wheel. “Agreed.”

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About Synithia W
I write love stories filled with passion and drama at night, I improve air and water quality during the day, and I love my husband and kids in between.

2 Responses to I Don’t Want to Want You-A Heart to Heal Preview 3

  1. Brianna Wells says:

    Ugh… I can’t wait!

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