Welcome friends! I’m jumpy and excited because my New Adult romance, No Promises is going live in just three days! In honor of that, I’d like to share with you a special sneak-peek excerpt for your eyes only. I hope you enjoy!
A new adult romance by multi published author Nona Raines writing as N. Raines.
She never met a stray she didn’t love…
In high school, Sam Pennywell had a massive crush on Rick Russo. But he was her cousin’s boyfriend and strictly off-limits. Meeting Rick again years later, she can hardly recognize the man he’s become.
As a paramedic, Rick’s career is all about helping others. But in the line of duty, he’s become one of the injured. He’s caught in a dark place he can’t escape on his own. He can’t make Sam any promises of love. Promises are too easily broken.
Sam spends her life taking care of sick and homeless animals. She’s never met a stray she didn’t love, and Rick is the most important rescue she’ll ever make.
A small, frightened squeak greeted her as she entered the dark garage. Once again she’d forgotten her flashlight, but Sam followed the pitiful mewling sound to the Havahart. A tiny black-and-white kitten huddled inside the trap. It scrambled to the back of the cage and hunkered down when Sam bent to look at it.
“Take it easy,” she murmured. “It’s okay. We’ll have you back with Mom and the rest of your family real soon.”
Heavy footsteps neared her, then stopped. Rick gave a disgruntled huff. “Thought I told you to wait for me.”
“I’m fine.” She lifted the cage. “And looks like we got our last little guy here.”
Rick peered at the kitten, who flattened its ears and hissed. Tiny though it was, it had a mighty heart.
Rick laughed. “Hey there, buddy. Chill out.”
“Let’s get him back to the truck.”
Rick took the cage. “I’ll carry him.”
Sam led the way. She unlocked both doors and slid into the driver’s seat. Rick opened the passenger door and deposited the Havahart onto the jump seat behind the front seats. But the cage was empty.
Sam’s mouth fell open in dismay. “What happened? You didn’t let him go!”
Rick climbed into the cab. “Nah.” He gave her a sheepish grin. “I just borrowed him.” A lump wiggled in the front pouch of his hoodie. A furry little head emerged from the opening.
Rick cradled the kitten in the crook of his arm, and surprisingly, it didn’t put up a fight. “Poor little guy. Got no mom, no friends. The last lonely one of the litter.”
Sam started the truck. “He’ll see them soon enough. We’ll get him all fixed up.”
She hesitated as she watched the kitten snuggle against Rick. Such a contrast, the tiny ball of fluff and the large, muscular man. But Rick was gentle as could be, stroking the kitten’s tiny head with one finger.
Aww. So cute. Sam put the truck in park, grabbed her phone, and took a picture.
“Hey!” He scowled.
“Oh, come on. It’s nice.” She showed him the shot she’d taken of the kitten snuggled in his arms.
His expression didn’t change. “That’s not going up on Instagram or something, is it?”
“Why, are you embarrassed?” She relented when she saw he wasn’t amused. “No. I just thought…it was sweet.”
“Sweet.” He rolled his eyes.
When they’d been driving a few minutes, he asked, “Can we stop somewhere for a while? Get coffee or something?”
“We should get our friend to the vet,” Sam answered, indicating the kitten.
“Just for a little while. Hit the drive-through at the doughnut place.”
That was strange. He’d never asked to stop before. Then it hit her: he wanted to hold on to the kitten a little while longer.
“Sure. I guess we can spare the time.”
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