Book Blast: Chasing Luck by Brinda Berry


Sometimes surviving doesn’t feel lucky. Especially when you’re a sole survivor…

At the age of seven, Malerie walked away from a bombing that left hundreds dead—including her mother. When a crazed gunman kills her guardian on her eighteenth birthday, Malerie suspects there may be more to her survival than luck. A mysterious code holds the key to her future, and a reluctant white knight holds the key to her heart.

A loner wearing emotional armor…

Ace is a twenty-year-old entrepreneur focusing on two things in life: financial security and a life without ties. A life that doesn’t risk losing the ones who matter. When Ace is hired to secretly act as a bodyguard for Malerie, he faces an unwanted attraction that threatens to sabotage his heart. Can Ace find the courage to love a girl with a death wish?

17

MALERIE
Give me a line and a rhyme. Give me your heart in words.~ Jelly Bean Queen

Patterns of light shimmy along the ceiling of the hotel room. The heavy, brocade curtains are open and a filmy, sheer curtain blocks the bright sunlight. My cell alarm buzzes, and I reach over to press the display. The hotel is quiet this morning.
Ace lies beside me, deep in sleep. Hes on his back and his chest is bare. Oh, yeah. That would be because I practically tore his shirt off last night.
But Im not embarrassed like I should be. Hurt? Yes. Like walking into the ocean with a thousand paper cuts. Rejection of epic proportions.
Im glad I let myself experience something so I dont have time to regret anything. The boxes reveal bad things from the past and the future. I will die soon. Of this, I am sure.
Death is coming for me but not before I can have the things I want so badly.
His chest rises and falls and Im relieved hes asleep. I need time to myself to analyze why he stopped us.
I inch over to where he lies and hover with my lips over his. Just one kiss for the sleeping prince who didnt desert me when everyone else has. The touch of my lips to his is fleeting and I move off the bed as gracefully as possible.
I grab some clothes so I can get into the bathroom and change. I have things to do.


 
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Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She has a BSE in English and French and a MEd in Learning Systems Technology. She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality. She doesn’t mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she’s not working the day job or writing a novel, she’s guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.


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