in this post: Risking Love
Happy last day of February – official (according to me) KissingBooks month! And welcome to the final Love Stories giveaway post of 2020! This LOVE STORIES giveaway series is thusly named for two reasons – first, because I love stories and second, because I love Love Stories.
Throughout the entire month of February, I’ve been spotlighting swoony Christian fiction & ‘clean read’ romances. Three cheers for KissingBooks!!! Oh… and did I mention there have been GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Our final featured book is Risking Love by Toni Shiloh – with a great excerpt! (see my review of this wonderful book HERE)
SERIES: Maple Run #4
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Celebrate Lit
RELEASE DATE: June 25, 2019
Nikki Gordon lives with a perfect trifecta of noes. No guys. No dates. No way.
The past holds her bound with ropes made of fear-infused steel, and she’s determined that no one will ever cut through them. If only her heart would cooperate whenever Shorty comes around. Things go from complicated to confusing when he appears at The Maple Pit in the company of another woman—a drop-dead gorgeous one at that.
With everything to lose and to gain, Nikki steps out in faith and prays for the courage to let him in… before it’s too late.
Gregory “Shorty” Smalls finally has the chance to take his burgeoning business to the next level. Then maybe, Nikki will quit seeing him as a goof-off and give him a real chance.
Finding out he isn’t the problem? The best and worst news possible.
Just how much healing has to take place before he has a chance to move from friend zone to love of her life?
And does he even have a chance?
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“Welcome to The Maple…Pit.” Nikki Gordon forgot the rest of her speech because Gregory “Shorty” Smalls had just walked into The Pit with another woman.
Her breath faltered as she looked into Shorty’s dark brown eyes. He flashed his engaging grin as if nothing momentous had just occurred. She catalogued his features, taking in his warm russet brown skin and the close-cropped haircut that always had her hands itching for a feel. Everything looked the same except for the woman standing next to him.
“Um, Nikki, can we get a table?” Shorty eyed her, his head tilted in confusion.
“Right.” She grabbed two menus as her heart stuttered back to life in her chest.
For the past six years she’d been The Pit’s hostess, and not once had Shorty come in with a woman who wasn’t a relative.
Not once had she imagined him walking in with a very attractive, petite blonde woman with a cute button nose.
He’s not your boyfriend.
And didn’t that burn! “Right this way.” She spun on her heel, marching toward an empty table. No way would she put them in a booth where they could get all cozy. Placing the menus down, she forced her lips upward. If her smile looked as painful as it felt, the mystery lady would think Nikki the most insincere hostess ever.
Not that I care. “Your server will be right out.” The words strained past the lump in her throat.
“Wait up, Nikki.” Shorty held up his hand.
Yes? His words rooted her to the floor.
“Nikki, meet Trina. Trina, this is Nikki.”
He was introducing them to one another? Ugh.
“Nice to meet you, Nikki.” Trina brushed her platinum blonde locks behind her ear.
Trina screamed money and class. She tried not to gape at the woman’s cultured tone and to remember her manners. “Likewise. Enjoy your meal.” The words almost broke her teeth.
Nikki spun around and hurried away before Shorty could prolong the torture. Thank goodness she would be watching The Pit’s entrance instead of being forced to witness him carrying on
with little miss perfect.
Oomph. Nikki looked up and gasped in horror when she saw who she’d just run into. Mrs. Williams, one of The Pit’s owners arched an eyebrow, crossing her arms across her chest. “What in the world, Nikki? Where are you going to in such a hurry? Are you trying to put out a fire?”
“No. Sorry. I wasn’t paying attention.” Because I can practically see Shorty making eyes at that woman.
“I noticed.” Mrs. Williams smirked, looking over Nikki’s shoulder. “Who’s the blonde?”
“Her name is Trina. She’s with…Shorty.” But how?
Heat crawled up her face, probably turning it the same shade of red as her hair. “I have no idea.”
“Hmm, I guess you were too busy not paying attention.”
Tears came rushing forward. The thought had already crossed her mind. She glanced up at the ceiling, willing her eyes to stay dry. This was not the time nor the place.
“But it looks like you’re awake now.” With a pat on her cheek, Mrs. Williams continued past her.
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.
She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys in northern Virginia. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Virginia Chapter.
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What about you? What interests you most about Risking Love?