Read Part 1 Excerpt Below
“Shit!” I swore, slamming my Gucci purse on the counter. I planted both hands on the granite countertop and stared at my reflection in the mirror.
My cheeks were tinged pink. My lips were parted slightly, my breathing erratic and quick. My dark hair fell over my shoulders, and my eyes flared with something akin to desire. I didn’t recognize myself and that freaked me out.
I reached for my purse and pulled it toward me, cursing under my breath. I wasn’t some damn good girl. I would eat my dinner, pay the bill, and call a taxi. I needed to get away from Cash. He threatened me. I was used to backseats and one-night stands. Not cowboys and words that could break me.
With my mind made up, I pulled out a tube of lipstick and applied some on my lips. After that, I combed my fingers through my hair quickly and forced myself to calm down.
Two blondes entered the bathroom as I was shoving my lipstick back into my clutch. They chatted as they checked their makeup in the mirror, paying little attention to me. I adjusted the strap of my dress and kept an eye on them, wishing they would just leave. After a minute or two they did.
I let out the breath I had been holding and relaxed. I just need to be alone.
I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. It was the first time since Luke that I had felt something for a man. Sure, I wasn’t a saint but other men were just a means to an end. An easy way to forget what I had done and lost. But Cash was different than the others and the effect he had on me was profound.
I heard the bathroom door open but I kept my eyes shut. The stuck-up snobs here could gawk all they wanted at me. I needed just one more second…
I snapped my eyes open, drawing in a breath. I found Cash staring at me in the mirror.
“What are you doing?” I asked in a raspy whisper.
He didn’t answer. Instead he reached up and flipped the lock on the bathroom door, his eyes never leaving mine.
My heart started racing. I spun around, putting the counter at my back.
He started toward me, taking his time. His gaze was scorching, sweeping over me with forced restraint. The muted lights in the bathroom made him look dangerous, an animal ready to strike. He was suddenly not the cowboy who smiled and said ‘yes, ma’am’ politely.
He was the man who had kissed me with need. The man that wanted much, much more and I was at his mercy.
He stopped a foot from me, his stance relaxed, so damn sure of himself. The smell of his aftershave wrapped around me, giving me the false sense of security. His eyes held the promise of things a good girl should fear.
But I wasn’t a good girl.
I jutted my chin up, refusing to cower. “What do you want, Cash?”
I have been patiently waiting on Paige Weaver's Promise Me Once, focusing on Cash's story, and she did not disappoint. This story begins with Cash Marshall, a honest, polite cowboy, who lives a simple life farming with his parents, meeting and defending the honor of a rich, drunk, and extremely troubled Catarina "Cat" Phillips. Cash can't help himself and asks the beauty out for one date and Cat agrees. One date, and as much as they try they can't stop thinking about each other.
But Cat is racked with guilt and runs back to college in Austin, dragging her two brothers with her, only to discover that her new next door neighbor is none other than Cash's sister. Just about the time a drunk Cat decides to call Cash, all hell breaks loose. What would you do if the world stopped in a heartbeat? No electricity, no cell phones, no running water - chaos ensues, panic begins, survival is everything.
This is why I LOVE reading Paige's books. Promise Me Once tells Cash's story without retelling the first two books in the series. This book can be read as a standalone or as a continuation into this fantastic series. Promise Me Once is a heartbreaking love story that entwines elements of Red Dawn and the Walking Dead (minus the zombies). It's a story of death, loss, survival, and rebirth. But I will warn you --- it ends leaving you wanting - no, NEEDING to know more.
Dayreader Reviews gives this book a 5 star review and we eagerly look forward to it's continuation!