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Today’s snippet is from To Love and To Cherish, a novel spinning off from ’Til Death Do Us Part.
Picking up where I left off last week. Nash is in the bathroom where he’d rushed to vomit due to the emotional strain at the thought of meeting Sam (his former fiancé) again. Here are eight lines (sorry…a couple are really short) told from Nash’s 3rd-person POV:
Nash loudly and erratically sniffed back the snot that had automatically formed during his emotional outburst, then allowed his body to slide down the wall until his ass landed on the floor. It wasn’t a hard landing, but enough to jar his arm again. “Ow, fuck, goddammit!”
He sensed someone standing in the doorway. That someone squatted next to him. Please don’t be Sam. Please don’t be Sam. Nash opened his eyes and had never been so happy to see his father’s frowning face.
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Will Nash find love again? Of course he will. Will he go about it in the usual manner? Now that’s another story entirely.
Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex…that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.
When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. Matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?
27 thoughts on “#RainbowSnippets Dec. 17, 2016 – To Love and To Cherish”
Poor Nash, I just want to hug him.
He could use a good hug at this point.
Aw, poor Nash. Since his father is frowning, I can’t tell whether I’m relieved for Nash or worried for him.
No worries. Nash’s dad just has a frowny face. You can’t tell his mood based on it.
Like that he finds his dad a comfort. Maybe he tore a strip off Sam, too.
If he did, it was between books and isn’t referenced. I doubt it, though. There were extenuating circumstances to the breakup.
I love the “Please don’t be Sam. Please don’t be Sam.” (But I’m also evil enough to wish it had been Sam.)
LOL. I know what you mean. I thought about making it Sam, but in the end this worked better. 🙂
Love that last line! 😉
Indeed. Poor Nash gets put through the wringer. 🙂
The build up of tension, followed by that sweet, bravely humorous last line…I’m with everyone else in wanting to hug Nash.
Thank you! 🙂 Nash deserves a hug.
Aww, poor Nash…
Yep, he’s facing a rough journey.
Poor Nash–that was a tough moment for him!
It was. He made it through, though. 🙂
Aw poor Nash but at least he seems relieved to see it’s his Dad standing there.
I’m such a twisted individual. Instead of thinking “poor Nash” I’m thinking “Yay torture. Do it again” It’s a fab snippet though 😀
LOL, well no worries, Nash’s torturous journey is far from over!
Dad to the rescue! Yay! The blurb for this has completely hooked me.
Thank you! 🙂 I only wish it hooked more potential readers. 🙁
Love the new teaser image! 🙂
Thank you! I have fun with images (with varying degrees of success). 🙂
Poor Nash. I love that last line.
Thank you! 🙂