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“Who’s the Poe fan?” I ask, turning toward Luke sitting with his board. His head snaps up and his eyes narrow when he spots the book in my hands.
“I said those books,” he snaps, marching over, pointing at a different pile of books than the one I’m in front of and yanking The Cask of Amontillado out of my hand. I step back, watching and waiting as he grabs the remainder of the collection. He doesn’t even look at me when he storms off, but it’s all right. When he saw what I was holding, his eyes didn’t narrow at me like they usually do. Instead they focused on the books like if he didn’t grab them right away, he’d never get them back. I have the urge to ask him if he’s okay, but my instincts tell me that wouldn’t be the smartest move right now. Instead, I just head for the other pile and move the books in silence.
It takes me a while because I feel the need to alphabetize them as I move each one. Once I’m done, I look around the store space. It’s one large room, aside from the door that reads restrooms. They have posters of upcoming releases on the wall, and judging by how they are placed, the posters serve as a guide to which books are in what section of the store. With a little makeover, this store could be a popular place.
“It would be really neat if you maybe made one of the back corners a reading nook. It’s actually really common for bookstores to have a spot like that. Maybe even add a table or two and sell coffee. Or what if you had book signings? That would be cool. You could add some couches in different parts of the store, or those cute little round chairs in the corners so people can read parts of the book before they decide if they want to buy it. Or you could have some program where kids under a certain age can come in and read for free,” I suggest, getting carried away with my vision. But Luke is on his phone. Texting, I assume, since the last few times I’ve looked at him, he’s been looking down. He sighs and shoves the phone in his pocket. He must do it with more force than the ordinary person because it tugs on his jeans, revealing a glimpse of the spot just above his hipbone.
Yep, that area is toned, too.
“Buy furniture, add a coffee shop, and remodel every corner of the store? Do you hear yourself? If you focused on more than what you think, I’m not really in a place to redecorate. Most people don’t just have money whenever they need it. You of all people should understand that, right?” He dismisses my ideas fast. My heart races as I swallow and look away from him. I only wanted to do something helpful, but he’s right. I didn’t think about money … I just assumed. “I’ve got to head out, think you can manage without me?” he asks. I try to hide my shock. He’s leaving me alone. Here. Finally.
“And what do you want me to do?” I ask, since clearly anything I do will most likely piss him off.
“I don’t care.” He steps for the door. “Actually wait, that’s a lie. I don’t want you in here without me.”
“That’s going to be hard, don’t you think, since I live up there and all.” I point to the ceiling.
“Then you’ll have to wait for me to get back.”
“That’s the first joke you’ve made the entire time I’ve known you.”
He blinks, his face going blank. It reminds me of those guards’ expressions, the ones outside the queen’s palace who never smile, move, or speak.
“I’ll be back in a couple of hours. Isn’t there anything else you can do?”
I’m sure there is, but watching him freak out is the most fun I’ve had in days. Then again, I guess I could find something else on my list to cross off.
Luke nudges me through the door and locks it. He turns, ready to leave me standing there with no way into my apartment. I grab his wrist and then step in front of him.
“You can’t seriously lock me out.”
“I can do whatever I want. I own the place,” he says.
“And I live upstairs.” I take step toward him, my hands on my hips.
“You found a way in before; I’m sure you can do it again.” With one step, he’s towering over me. My eyes flash to his lips before they meet the dark irises staring down at me. His lips part, and for a moment my stomach clenches with the idea that he might kiss me. Which is silly, because it’s obvious that’s the last thing on his mind.
He takes a deep breath and steps back. “I’ll be back in a couple hours.”
And just like that, I’m alone, watching his backside.
About JUST ONE MOMENT:
Skylar Atwood wants to find herself. After years of everyone making choices for her, she’s finally on her own, determined to make any and every decision she can. But being homeless and then accused of breaking and entering isn’t how her new life was supposed to go.
It’s been a year, and Luke Warren isn’t handling his father’s death very well. As the only man of the house now, Luke takes on the role as a provider for his mother and sisters. Working extra hours to help his mom pay the bills and sacrificing all his free time is beginning to take its toll on him. Until he knows they’ll be okay, he won’t quit. Not even vandalism to his family’s bookstore will stop him.
Despite the fact Luke blames Skylar for everything going wrong in his life and Skylar thinks Luke’s the most uptight jerk she’s ever met, the two can’t stop the attraction that continues to draw them together. Giving in to their feelings is the easy part, but one moment can ruin everything. Luke can’t change his past, but his future won’t be the same if Skylar isn’t in it.
Truths are tested and choices are challenged. Just One Moment will capture your heart.
Available October 4th, 2016!