Friday, March 1, 2019

Excerpt Reveal: The Sweet Bride

The Sweet Bride by Ciara Knight is LIVE!

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Zoey Dixon grew up with her two sisters in a small, football-obsessed town. She managed to escape the Friday night lights and the turmoil of tutoring her high school jock crush by running into the arms of a college professor. A relationship that must remain secret to protect his advancing career in academia. A situation she doesn’t mind since her parents proved long ago that happily ever after only exists in stories. But when Zoey returns to her hometown for Christmas vacation, her high school crush confesses he’s always loved her. Between his confession and her college professor’s growing emotional distance, she’s questioning her entire view on life, her future, and more importantly her concept of love and being loved.

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“You okay? Sadie’s sweets shoot you into a sugar coma or something?” Kevin placed a hand on my upper arm, and I thought the chocolate melted instantly. I swallowed hard—too hard. A loud gulp echoed in the empty bakery.
I pressed the napkin to the edge of my lips, blotting each side like a proper lady. “Nope, plenty left. Sorry. You startled me.” There, that was a good enough reason to fall through the dark hole of childhood crushes and public humiliation.
“Thanks.” He sat in the chair across from mine and dug into the puff pastry. “How've you been? You look amazing.” He cleared his throat and shifted in his chair. “The blonde hair suits you. I mean, it’s been awhile, so I didn’t know you had changed it. Haven’t seen you since your Mario Andretti escape out of Magnolia Corners.” He leaned in, resting an elbow on a knee. “You were amazing. I have to admit I was a little shocked.”
“Shocked?” I cleared my throat and held my head high but lowered to my chair. “You think girls can’t drive or something?”
“Not saying that. And don’t ever tell my three sisters that you thought I meant that either.” He winked.
My heart fluttered.
“Then why were you shocked?” At least this time I managed to speak without a high pitch to my voice. Perhaps I could maintain my dignity in front of Mr. High School Crush after all.

“That a brilliant, talented, sweet, intelligent college scholar who lived for books could outrun the police.

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Ciara Knight is a USA Today and Amazon Bestselling author who writes 'A Little Edge and A Lot of Heart' that spans the heat scales. Her popular sweet romance series, Sweetwater County (rated PG), takes readers into small town romance full of family trials, friendly competition, and community love.

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