I’m so excited to finally share the cover of If I Say No, Book 2 in the Say Something Series with everyone. My cover designer, Shari, hit it out of the park on her first attempt. I absolutely love it. I can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on a copy of If I Say No. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this book. It’s my favorite one to date!!! Until then…enjoy the cover for now.
Release Date: TBA (End of December)
Reid Harder thought his life was seemingly perfect. He had the woman he loved and nothing could go wrong. The only exception comes in the form of his brother—Rhett.
Set on revenge, his brother will stop at nothing to make Reid pay for his past mistakes. Teaming up with the FBI, Reid is determined to put an end to his brother once and for all. But sometimes, fate has other plans in store. His relationship with Liza is falling apart, enemies become friends, and family becomes his worst nightmare. With the future unknown, Reid must figure out a way to make amends with his past if he wants to move forward with his future.
“Don’t you get it?” She isn’t softening. “I’m broken – we’re broken. I told you I’m incapable of giving you what you want and you pushed anyway. This wouldn’t be happening if you would have just stayed away. If you would have honored my rejection the first time and just kept being my boss. You brought this upon yourself. You knew I was broken and you insisted on fixing me. Well, guess what? I’ve thought about it, and I don’t want to be fixed. I don’t need to be fixed.”
Her words slam into me and I realize the truth in them. I did push her. That’s all I’ve ever done. What’s happening here isn’t just about my selfishness or my inability to let her in. This has been a seed growing since the very first time I met her. Since the moment I technically blackmailed her into meeting me at Gravity. It was never my intention, but I’ve made such a mess.
“I didn’t want to fix you,” I tell her. “I just wanted to love you. I thought maybe you could love me in return.”
“I am incapable of love. Since that day I found my mother’s body, that piece of me died with her. It didn’t matter how much I hated her or my father. The pain of it lives in me each and every day. I thought I could love you, and I really thought I did. But I was more caught up in the idea of being loved by someone. I know now that I can’t return what you’ve given me.” Her voice weakens. “It isn’t you, Reid; it’s me. I’m the one who is messed up.”
I slam my hand against the desk and push out of my chair. “That’s an excuse, and you know it. When are you going to realize you can let go of the past and move on?” I could ask myself the same question.
“I can’t. I just can’t.”
Before I realize what I’m doing, I walk around the desk, pull her into my arms, and crush my lips against hers. She tries to pull away and fight me off but I hold on tight. I put everything I have into it. Everything I’ve felt since the moment I’ve met her—it’s all in that one kiss. She tries one last time to break free before giving in. Our lips part and our tongues dart back and forth. I pull her even closer to me.
The feel of her in my arms, of her mouth against mine again, makes me instantly hard. I press my body against her, grinding next to her sweet spot, and she releases a moan. I grab the back of her head and a handful of her hair and give it the slightest tug. She moans again, and our breathing becomes ragged. We are panting, breathless, but neither of us are willing to stop. This kiss holds so much emotion. It’s unlike any kiss we’ve ever shared.
I pull away and nip at her lips. “Tell me you don’t feel it, too.” I kiss her again. “Tell me you aren’t feeling what I’m feeling and I’ll stop. I’ll let you go and comply with whatever plan you have.”
She pulls away. Her eyes are wet and I know she is feeling the same thing I am feeling. “Desire and love are two different things, Reid,” she whispers. “I may desire you, but that doesn’t mean I love you.”
If you’ve read book one, you’ll remember things left off in a good place for Liza and Reid. How did they end up in this position? Guess you’ll have to wait and find out! Keep an eye out for information about when If I Say No will be released and for more teasers/excerpts!