Today’s Snippet is about that moment the hero spies the heroine for the very first time. Or in this case, vice versa. Instant love? Instant hate? Instant Meh? (No! That never happens in a romance, LOL!)

Tangled Past is the only book I’ve written so far where the hero and heroine haven’t known each other for a while when the story starts. But then I remembered the first time Lauren sees Chad after an eight year separation. She loves him — always has. When she walked out of their house more than 8 years before, she thought she’d be back. But then someone someone misled them both and ultimately destroyed their marriage.  (That’s for later in the story.)  Now her career has put them both in danger and she’s seizing the chance to both protect Chad and save their marriage. When she finally sees him, she’s hopeful that perhaps they can recapture the love they once had, while at the same time she’s terrified he’ll hate her.

Oh and about today’s Snippet title? I’ve had that song going through my head ever since I started writing this post so I thought the least I could do is share the earworm with you. 😉

Deliberate Deceptions
Copyright © 2011 Leah Braemel
All rights reserved — a Samhain Publishing, Ltd. publication

A camouflaged guard, complete with infra-red goggles and an MP5 machine gun slung over his shoulder, slid open the helicopter door and glanced around the interior. As soon as he recognized Troy, he touched his hand to his forehead as if he were in the military. “Good evening, sir. Everything’s secure.”

Troy jumped out first then reached up to help her out, his expression grim. “I hope you bloody well know what you’re doing.”

So did she.

She ducked her head as she jumped to the ground beside him. Instead of the pavement she expected, soft grass cushioned her landing. Crickets chirped as she took a deep breath, hoping to get some sense of where they were. The scent of fresh mown grass and damp earth filled her lungs. No distant roar of a highway, no bright lights indicative of a nearby city bouncing off the few clouds. With only the stars sparkling above and no moon, she couldn’t see much beyond the field they were in. Rolling hills silhouetted the horizon, increasing her suspicion they’d gone in a circle and were now back east. Vermont’s Green Mountains? The Appalachians? But where? Tennessee? Pennsylvania? North Carolina?

Did it matter? Not as long as Harris couldn’t find them.

Her confidence in their plan faltered when she saw Chad at the far edge of the meadow, four men armed with an assortment of MP5s and M4 carbines flanking him. Even with the distance between them, power emanated from him. His alert posture combined with a quiet confidence radiated his awareness of everything surrounding them. No doubt he’d already evaluated everything either as a threat or for use as a possible defense. Would he head straight for the front gate once he found out she was his principal?

His gaze skimmed over her as they approached, then flicked to assess the two agents at her side. Though his expression was bland, there was no mistaking the tension in his shoulders.

She arrived beside Troy just in time to hear him say, “This wasn’t my effin’ idea.”

Chad looked directly at Lauren but she couldn’t read his expression; he’d donned the damned implacable mask he’d learned to use thanks to the FBI and the media. “Noted.”

Troy glanced over his shoulder and shook his head. “I think I’ll hang around a couple days in case you want someone else to take over.”

The agents hung back as Chad stuck his hands in his pockets, something he only did if he was nervous. Which meant his pockets were rarely used. “Hello, Lauren.”

I’m sorry, please forgive me for leaving you. For not coming back. I despise your sister for what she did to us. I hate myself for trusting her. I’ve never stopped loving you. I’ve missed holding you and being held. I’ve even missed the way you hog the covers at night. “Hello, Chad.”

“Let’s go inside.” Not cold. Not warm either. Business-like. Detached. Like she was a stranger.

Maybe she was.

Nominated as “Best Contemporary Romance of 2011″ by the reviewers of The Romance Studio”!

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