Title: The Twenty-One
Series: Emerald Cove #2
Author: Lauren K. McKellar
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 21, 2015
I look both ways before I cross the road. I knot my laces twice. Boring? Sure. But it’s also settled. Stable. Safe.
And I like safe.
Because broken bones may be hard to heal, but broken hearts are even harder. And when the man I loved and lost comes charging back into my life, I won’t fall for his charms again … will I?
Joel Henley just might be my biggest risk yet.
My name is Ellie Mayfield. And this is my undoing.
There’s something so freeing about this moment—something so dangerously safe, yet all-consuming. Going fast takes the breath from my chest.
It’s a feeling I’ve run from, but damn—it’s so addictively good.
We come to a stop four laps later, and as the car softens its roar to a throaty hum, my breath finally slows, my chest rising and falling at a speed of normalcy. Joel reefs the helmet from his head and turns to me, his face alive with excitement. “Holy shit, El.”
I laugh, and it’s so freeing. So liberating. I undo my own helmet and rest it in my lap. “That was … wow.”
“Right?” He laughs again, and then reaches across the console to take my hand with his warm one.
“I liked it way more than I thought I would,” I admit, and this time his fingers squeeze mine.
“What were you so afraid of, Ellie?” Joel asks.
You, I want to say. I’m afraid of you breaking my heart again.
“Come on, Ellie. Tell me.”
I pause, my eyes on the road we’re hurtling down with no brakes. “Life. Death.” Then, after a moment … “Falling.”
He reaches over and tucks a strand of hair behind my ear.
My heart stops.
My breath stills.
“I’ll promise to be here to hold you, Ellie.” His words send a shiver down my spine. “I’ll catch you when you fall.”
Lauren K. McKellar is the author of romance reads that make you feel. She lives by the beach in Australia with her husband and their two dogs. Most of the time, all three of them are well behaved.