Friday, June 20, 2014

Excerpt, Giveaway: Love This Life By Theresa Troutman

Love This Life (Love’s Great Adventure Series/Book 2)
Author: Theresa Troutman
Cover Design: James
Publication: June 9, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance 18+
Tour presented by: Literary Quill Promotions

“All I want is you.”
Tess Hamilton has a ten year plan—every milestone mapped out to reach her educational, career and life goals. Happy to be moving in with her fiancé, Sebastian, she didn’t anticipate a dangerous attraction to another man, a life-changing event, and a terrifying journey of self-discovery. They were definitely not a part of her master plan, and now Tess wonders if any part of her scheme will come to fruition.

Sebastian Irons is getting everything he’s ever wanted out of life. Leaving his playboy image in the past, he’s finally become the better man he longed to be when he left England and came to America. Madly in love with his fiancé and ready to start their life together, everything is seemingly perfect—until a series of unexpected events threatens to tear them apart. Can Tess and Sebastian survive the curveballs life throws at them? Will their love crash and burn, or will they get their long-awaited happily ever after?

Sebastian walked into the condo to find Tess dressed and ready to go. She was standing in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Manhattan, the lights of the city twinkling and bright. He walked up behind her and placed his hands on her shoulders. Happy birthday, Tess.
            Tess turned around to face him. I like the new suit. You look very dapper.
            You take my breath away,he whispered, leaning in to kiss her. The kiss was quick and sweet. Sebastian took her hand, saying, Follow me.
            He guided Tess to the guest bedroom and opened the door. Inside, the bistro table was  dressed with their finest linens, china, silver, and crystal.
            Its just like the efficiency,Tess said, looking over at Sebastian.
            I wanted to re-create the first time I cooked you dinner. I hope you dont mind were not going out tonight.
            Tess threw her arms around his neck. I love it!
            Sebastian escorted her to the table and pulled out the chair. Tess sat down and quickly unlaced the straps of her shoes, kicking them off under the table. She admired the centerpiece of roses and inhaled the fragrant scent of the blossoms.
            He left the room momentarily, and then returned with Alice in tow. She placed salad plates on table. Sebastian cooked dinner, Im just helping out for tonight. I hope you enjoy it,she said to Tess.
            Tess didnt touch her salad; she simply stared at Sebastian, a single tear of joy escaping her eye. Thank you so much. This is perfect. You remembered every detail.
            Sebastian reached over and took her hand. Youre welcome, darling.
            Alice continued to bring course after course to the couple as they enjoyed their dinner. They talked with ease. Sebastian couldnt help but wonder if things were finally getting back to normal.
            At the end of the meal, Alice bought a birthday cake to the table. It was six-inch round chocolate cake with buttercream icing. There was one candle on top of the cake, glowing like a beacon.
            If thats all, I think Ill leave you for the evening,Alice said, handing the knife to Tess.
            Thank you, Alice.
            Alice winked at them and closed the door as she left the room.
            Make a wish.
            Tess closed her eyes, waited a moment, and then blew out the candle. Its too pretty to eat,she lamented.
            We dont have to eat it right now,Sebastian said, standing up from the table. He offered his hand to Tess, who willingly took it.
            Sebastian escorted her into the living room. He walked over to the CD player and hit the play button. Roxy Musics Avalon started playing. Dance with me.He swept Tess up in his arms and moved to the music, swaying to the slow, melodic song. Tess pressed into him, leaning her head on his shoulder.
            When the song was over, Sebastian looked at Tess and saw the happiness in her eyes. He felt as if he had recaptured a magic time they had shared long ago. Sebastian raised her hand to his cheek and tenderly kissed her palm. I love you, Tess.
            He felt the time was right, so he got down on one knee, reached into his jacket pocket, and pulled out a red Cartier box. Youre my world. Marry me and I promise I will spend every day for the rest of my life making you happy,Sebastian said, opening the box to reveal a stunning 1/2-carat Asscher cut diamond set in 18-karat gold.
                                                                              * * *
            Tess looked down at Sebastian: his eyes were full of love, his expression full of hope. She honestly hadnt been expecting a proposal, especially in light of their current situation. Tess had gotten her wish. All she wanted was to move forward with Sebastian, and here he was presenting her with the opportunity. She certainly wasnt about to let it slip away. Yes. All I want is you.
            Sebastian stood up and removed the ring from the red box. Tess held out her trembling left hand, and Sebastian slipped the ring on her finger. It fit perfectly; that didnt surprise Tess at all.
            A tear escaped the corner of Sebastians eye and Tess brushed it away with her thumb. Dont cry,she begged.
            Im so happy you said yes,he admitted, feeling simultaneously relieved and elated.
            Tess stood on her tiptoes and crushed her lips against his. Sebastian didnt hold back this time; he put all his pent-up emotions into the kiss. It was tender at first, and then it spread like wildfire, hot and eager, setting his heart racing.
            Tess pulled away, gasping for air. Make love to me, Sebastian.

Theresa Troutman lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their crazy dog, Niko. She loves reading, theatre, traveling and is an active member of the SCBWI. Works by Theresa include My Secret Summer (YA romance), A Special Connection (New Adult Romance), and Life's What You Make It - Love's Great Adventure Series Book 1 ( Mature YA romance)

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