Dec 13 2016 10:30am
Carrie Elks Excerpt: Fix You
Can the one who broke your heart be the one to heal it?
London, at the turn of the Millennium. At a glamorous New Year’s Eve party, Hanna Vincent meets Richard Larsen, and sparks immediately fly.
She is a beautiful Londoner with a love of life and a witty tongue. He’s the son of a wealthy New York banker, and destined for Wall Street. As they go back to their own lives they keep in touch, and every time they talk, the connection between them grows. When Hanna’s heart is broken, Richard is the one who mends it. They reunite and fall deeply in love, determined to make a long-distance relationship work. But they can’t possibly imagine the way their love will be tested.
Thirteen years after they meet, Hanna walks into Richard’s office and reveals an explosive secret. Richard must decide if he can ever forgive her, and they both need to choose whether to take a risk on happiness, or if the deep love they share is beyond repair.
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Hanna had loved this place since the first time she’d stepped inside a few months before. Alone, and slightly nervous, she’d aimlessly wandered the streets near her apartment, and as soon as she pushed the door open, it had felt like home. The dark-blue matte-painted walls, and the battered wooden floor, offered a level of unpretentiousness she’d valued, and the warm welcome of Alonso and his wife, Elaine, had only added to her comfort.
Walking in, she waved at Elaine who was taking orders from a large group in the corner, her black hair piled high on her head, and her sixties-style geometric print dress complementing her curvy figure. Elaine pointed over at a table at the back, a few feet away from the performance stage, and Hanna tried not to laugh when she realized they’d have the prime position for watching poetry. She hoped Richard was ready for it.
The table was empty, and the thought she’d arrived before him buoyed her up, so she wasn’t feeling nervous anymore. They were two old friends, meeting for dinner and a chat, and she was totally up for that.
And then she saw him.
Blood like acid shot through her veins, her heart hammering against the cage of her chest, making want and need pierce her body like sharp icicles. She stared in appreciation as he leaned on the bar, his face in profile to her. Her eyes traced his jawline from his ear to chin, appreciating the sharpness of his bone structure, and the way his dark stubble defined it. He was leaning in, talking to Alonso, who was handing him a bottle of beer. Even from this distance she could see he was smiling, the pull of the skin surrounding his eyes telling her it was genuine.
As he picked his beer up, Richard turned toward her, wearing dark trousers, with a white shirt tucked in. She thought maybe he had come straight from the office, deciding to remove his tie and roll up his sleeves as a concession to the casualness of the evening. He’d undone two or three buttons on his shirt, exposing a few inches of chest, and she saw a fine dusting of hair curling against his skin.
“Are you ready to be seated, Hanna?” Elaine’s voice shocked her back to the present.
She swallowed down the memories and turned with a smile. “Yeah, looks like my guest has arrived.” She motioned in the direction of the bar. “I’d better go say ‘hi.’”
“Go get seated and I’ll bring you a drink. Sancerre?”
As she approached the bar, Richard noticed her, pushing himself up from the stool to stand. The sleeves of his shirt were slightly crumpled, and she couldn’t help but look at the way his forearms emerged from the rolled up cuffs, all warm skin and golden hair, the lines of his tendons firm and clear.
Memories of rough hands and soft lips assaulted her mind as she inhaled deeply. Just one step further and her face would be against his chest. She had to scrape her scant nails against her palms to stop herself from doing it.
“Can I get you a drink?” Richard asked, bending down to kiss her on the cheek. It was barely a second of contact, but it was enough to make her feel like she was on fire.
This was such a bad idea.
Why had she ever thought she could handle this? Hanna had seen this as a chance to redeem herself, a way to apologize to him for her disappearing act. She wanted to wish him well for his future with Meredith, but instead she was transported back in time, to those golden months when their lust had exploded, before her heart was ripped in two.
Copyright © 2016 by Carrie Elks.
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Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.