Excerpt from The One That Got Away & Giveaway!!
Thank you so much for having me Lisa!! Along with this post, I am giving away a PDF copy of The One That Got Away to one lucky commenter!
Second Chance Love
The One that Got Away, for me, was a real joy to write because for the first time ever, the characters came to me at the same time. Mostly, I think of a character, write their details down and wait for their ‘other half’ to come to me. Sometimes this can take a long time, and other times, it can be really easy. Will and Cammy just popped into my mind at the same time. I was so happy that I got the bones of the book written in a fortnight. This, for me, is just brilliant. It meant that I was still high on the new story idea, and still excited to write it, and I feel that it shows in the story.
Cammy and Will are such a deliciously complicated pair. I loved writing them. And I adored writing the whole idea of second chance love. It intrigued me, enough that I wondered what it must be like to live without the one person your heart yearns for. It must be agony every day. So many things, from music, to smells, must bring the thought of that one person—the one person you need, the one person you cannot have—to pop into your mind.
When I wrote The one That Got Away, I realised that no matter how fast and far you run. You cannot run away from love. Once it has you in its warm, comforting—heart stopping grip, there is no way back.
When William Adams is forced to return to his home village to bury his drunk, violent father, memories of his first love rise. Driven from his childhood home at eighteen, William had begged his girlfriend Cammy, to go with him. With only a bag of clothes and a twenty pound note, he had nothing to offer her, except his love and devotion. When she refused to flee with him, Will was crushed. He left his town and his first love and vowed never to return.
Ten years later, regret and unfinished business force him to rescind his vow.
Camilia Jones, pub owner and bitter singleton is stuck in a rut. Constantly hurt by the popular misconception that she is miserable and surly, and not able to move past the attack that ruined her life and left her permanently scarred. She is tired, broken and utterly alone. When William Adams, the man who stole her heart arrives back in the village, Cammy feels her old self come back to life.
Cammy stood before him. She seemed to stop herself from taking a step back and Will didn’t know what to say. She swallowed hard and then bit her bottom lip. Will watched with fascination, his heart hammering with the understanding that Cammy was no longer looking angry, no longer refusing to meet his gaze. She was staring right up at him, with…heat…in her eyes.
“Cammy,” he breathed. He sounded stunned, blindsided to his own ears. He stepped back and allowed her into the room, and he was utterly amazed when she smiled and followed him in. She awkwardly looked around, her gaze falling upon the bed, and Will had to fight the need that suddenly pulsed through his veins.
Not yours anymore…
“Can I get you—anything?” He coughed awkwardly when he remembered he was in a hotel room, and of course had nothing to offer—except maybe a bottle of water.
She grinned and shook her head, and then as if catching herself she dropped her gaze.
“Uh, I just wanted to—uhm…”
Will stepped closer and lifted her chin with his finger. She gasped but didn’t pull back. Her hazel eyes locked onto his and Will felt a tremor of desire roll over his spine, down his back and straight to his cock. She was beautiful.
“Don’t apologize—not to me.” His thumb stroked over her jaw. He wanted so desperately to touch her mouth, to kiss her lips until they were breathless like they used to be. But he didn’t know what she would do, and now he had her calm and gentle he wanted to keep her that way. But he still allowed his thumb to stroke her cheek.
“But I want to.” She spoke quietly. Will could still hear the desire in her voice. It was like a fire in his groin, an animal inside him that roared to get out.
Lust was painful when held back.