Release Tour, Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway: His Heart Knows By Riley Long
People fall in love with their best friends all the time. But for me, the circumstances of this unrequited attraction are even more agonizing.
I am gay.
My best friend, Sawyer, is not.
Since we were fifteen, I’ve harbored this torturous crush. Now, as we both enter our thirties, it seems time to resign myself to the fact that nothing is going to come of it. Ever.
Or so I thought…
One night, a bottle of gin and a little uncharacteristic self-pity were all the inspiration I needed to launch into a ramble about being alone because I’m bad at everything – even kissing. Determined to prove me wrong, Sawyer decided to shut me up with a kiss.
I know he meant for it to be innocent.
Turns out it was anything but.
Sparks flew as we unlocked a side of Sawyer he never knew existed. Now, more than anything, he wants me by his side forever. But this realization comes with its own set of obstacles. Can we learn to lean on each other as we build a future together? Or will the stresses of our day to day lives tear us apart?
Exclusive Excerpt:My mind reeled with so many thoughts racing through it, I could hardly keep up. I stood at the mirror and wiped the condensation away, leaving rivulets of water rolling down the glass as I stared at my reflection. “Am I gay?” I asked it in a whisper, blinking and furrowing my brow. I laughed out loud at myself. Of course I wasn’t gay. I’d been with plenty of women. I’d even enjoyed myself, at least sometimes. I mean, no woman would ever measure up to Axel, to the special magnetic attraction we had to one another, but that didn’t necessarily mean anything. Right? I thought I was straight. I mean, just because I always wanted to be with Axel, always wanted to be near him, didn’t want to let anyone come between us… that didn’t mean anything. We were bros. Best friends through everything. That’s all it was. Wasn’t it? Maybe I was bisexual. That was a thing, right? Some people liked both their gender and people of other genders. Or maybe I was pansexual. Maybe gender didn’t matter to me at all. Maybe Axel would know. Maybe he’d have some answers. Maybe he’d be able to explain things to me. I knew I needed to hurry. I wanted to kiss him again, to hold him, and I hoped he wanted those things, too. As quickly as I could, I dried off and dressed in clean sweatpants and a dark gray t-shirt. Once I was clothed, I opened my bedroom door, peering out and expecting to see Axel still snoozing on my couch. I didn’t see him immediately, so I padded barefoot into the living room. The couch was empty. I glanced around, but he wasn’t anywhere to be found. My apartment was small, only one bedroom with an attached bath, so he couldn’t have been anywhere else. He was gone.
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About the Author:
Riley Long is a wife and mother living a quiet life in Virginia, with her husband, son, and one goofy pit bull. She passes her evenings writing, reading, and watching bad television (or not so bad television). For fun, Riley participates in NaNoWriMo, GISH, and reads with her book club, the BAMFs. She likes things with silly acronyms. The craziest thing Riley has ever done involves whipped cream and hugs. Riley writes sweet and sexy romance, with a special place in her heart for hipsters and musicians.
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