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Sunday Snippet: Behind the Glass by Kristen Morgen

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 About the Book

Behind the Glass  Behind the Glass Cover
Author:  Kristen Morgen
Publisher:   Self-published
Released:  June 30, 2014
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Author contact links:   Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Website
Purchase links:  Amazon, Goodreads

Snippet

“I’ve tried to stay away from you, Rebecca. Believe me, I’ve tried. But tonight, like I said, I had a moment of weakness.” He locked eyes with her again.

As she slowly thought this through, something occurred to her.

“But, what about the bookstore?”

A look of genuine conflict crossed his face.

“I promised to leave you alone, to let you have your place to escape. It took all of my will power to stay away, knowing you were there.” He looked down after he spoke.

“So, why now? Why here?” she asked, hoping he would look at her again.

“Like you said, Claire’s persistence is … impressive, and I couldn’t seem to stop myself from coming knowing you would be here. I’m sorry,” he said, as his eyes met hers again.

You’re sorry?” she sighed, realizing the irony of the situation.

As she looked at him, images of her dreams filled her mind, followed by the intense guilt from this morning and for what she felt at this moment. She couldn’t deny the unexplainable completeness she felt when they were together, and she knew it was unlike anything she had experienced with Brett. It wasn’t until she met Michael that she truly understood the difference. She also knew she simply didn’t have it in her to be unfaithful to Brett or to break his heart. Her personal principles forbade it. She would never adequately be able to convey how sorry she was.

She could feel the sudden tears brimming in her eyes, betraying her.

“I shouldn’t have come. It was selfish. The last thing I wanted to do was upset you. Please forgive me.”

As he spoke, he automatically brushed his hand over her cheek, comforting her.

His very touch sent unexpected shivers down her spine and made her tremble slightly. She lightly caught her breath as she unconsciously leaned upward toward him. It seemed the closer they were to each other the more intensely drawn to him she became. At this moment, her actions were admittedly somewhat out of her control.

In response, his grip became slightly firmer and his hand moved back toward her neck. He leaned in slowly, trying to control himself but she was quickly moving in toward him at the same time. Their faces remained inches apart for what felt like an eternity, neither of them daring to cross the line.

They gazed deeply into each others’ eyes until finally Michael closed his and gently kissed her forehead. She closed her eyes at the gentle touch of his lips to her skin. Slowly their hands naturally found each other as they stood with only their foreheads touching for several minutes until Rebecca finally spoke.

“I can’t,” she whispered with tears streaming down her face.

“I know,” he whispered back, “it’s okay.” His voice was amazingly soothing.

This however, was anything but okay, and Rebecca desperately wished she could stay here with him like this forever. She had never felt conflict like this in her life. She wished she could put her conscience on hold and think with her heart instead of her head for once. She realized all too clearly that her dream had become reality.

As if on cue, a knock at the front door interrupted them.

They both flinched guiltily and took a step back from each other. Rebecca quickly wiped the tears from her face as she tried to compose herself. Michael sighed and gave her a long solemn look before he turned toward the foyer to answer the door.

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