Wednesday Sampler: My Best Friend’s Ex by Tina Gayle
October 14, 2015
In our mission to connect readers, writers, and books, Caleb and Linda Pirtle has launched a new series featuring writing samples from some of the best authors in the marketplace today. Wednesday’s Sampler is an excerpt from My Best Friend’s Ex, a sweet, sexy romance from Tina Gayle.
As one reviewer said: Follow Brooke on her discovery to happiness with this hot guy who has been in her life forever. You won’t regret it. Like I’ve said, You NEVER know where your past will lead you….
She loved him first,
but her best friend married him. Now with their divorce, Brooke Janson must choose between her best friend and the man of her dreams.
Brooke Janson has loved Garrett Sawyer since she met him on her first day of high school. Now, he’s free to love her too.
Except, his ex-wife happens to be her best friend.
How can Brooke choose between a friend she’s known since kindergarten and the man of her dreams?
Strolling down the grocery aisle, Brooke Janson spotted a familiar man dressed in black. Garrett Sawyer was the one person in the world, she didn’t expect to meet, see, or run into in a huge superstore.
Memories flooded through her mind, and she adjusted the spaghetti strap of her shirt. Unable to pull her gaze from his lean, muscular frame encased in a black T-shirt and jeans, she silently wished she’d worn something sexier than an old pair of jeans and a tank top.
She glanced down and remembered what she looked like in high school when they met. As an overweight teen, she’d worked hard to get his attention, had even helped him pass a few classes.
They had become friends, and she’d decided he was everything she ever wanted in a man. At the end of the school year, he’d left for college. After graduating, he’d returned. They had reconnected at a party where she introduced him to her best friend, Janet.
They started dating and married not long after her first year of community college. Sadly, less than a year later, it ended in a divorce because she cheated on him with one of her classmates. Suddenly unsure how to handle the situation, she choked out his name.
To her ultimate horror, he turned. His forehead wrinkled into a frown before he smiled and pushed his cart down the aisle. “Hello, Brooke.” I
gnoring the sudden butterflies in her stomach, she waved a casual hand. “Hi, Garrett. It’s been awhile.”
“I believe it was just a few weeks before Janet moved out. It’s been almost a year.” He stepped forward.
“Janet told me about the divorce. I debated whether to call, but, well, I didn’t know what to say.” To cover her awkwardness, Brooke allowed the words to flow from her mouth as if she had vocal diarrhea. “I always considered you, my friend, too. We had such fun together. I wanted to see if I could do anything for you, but I…”
Embarrassed by her rambling, she stared at the stuff in her cart; lettuce, fruit, protein bars, each one good for her.
Man, I need to pick up a box of cookies. Forcing back the urge to binge on any tasty treat available, she recalled how his face lit up when he was excited, his deep belly laughter, and his willingness to listen when she had a problem. Damn it, she didn’t blame him for the breakup.
Well, maybe for not listening to her warning. She had told him that her friend had a natural tendency to throw responsibility to the wind. Still, Brook hadn’t wanted to take sides. Because it was incredibly hard to choose between two people she cared about, one a friend since kindergarten and the other the man of her dreams.
Guilt sparked inside her. Why? Did she still want more than just to be his friend? Was this her chance?
“Don’t worry, I’m over it now. I bought a house, which requires most of my time. I spent last weekend putting in a new hot-water heater. The old one leaked.” Garrett brushed a hand through his dark, curly hair. The silky strands fell back into place without distracting from the perfect picture he represented.