Blog Tour: Love in the Time of Hurricanes (States of Love) by CC Bridges
CC Bridges is here today with an exclusive excerpt from her new novella, "Love in the Time of Hurricanes". Big unicorn welcome, CC!
Thanks for having me on the blog today! I'd like to share an exclusive excerpt for my latest release, "Love in the Time of Hurricanes."
Lou rumbled into my driveway shortly before eleven, the bike thundering through the quiet streets. I heard him long before I saw him. He must have rushed through cleanup to get here so fast. I liked how eager he was to see me. I zipped up my jacket and met him outside.
“So is the plan to wake up everyone in the neighborhood?”
He handed me the extra helmet and laughed. “They’ll be jealous that we’re having such a good time.”
I hopped up on the bike behind him, no longer afraid to wrap my arms around his waist and rest my chest against his back as he revved the engine and took off, leaving a cyclone of dust in our wake. Lou must have had a destination in mind, easily guiding the motorcycle up Route 35.
I noticed when the neighborhood changed, when the tiny bungalows give way to much bigger houses, then finally mansions. The road had split into two, with the north and south sides separated by an island of houses in the middle. We had the ocean on one side and the bay on the other, completely surrounded by surging water.
Lou pulled off onto the shoulder and cut the engine. “I want to show you one of my favorite houses.”
Where he stopped, there was a break between houses, and we could access the beach. It was eerily quiet, with very few lights. The roar of the ocean sounded incredibly loud. No boardwalk full of arcades and rides here. Only silence. My breath caught as I got off the bike and followed, feeling like we traveled into another world.
“You have a favorite? Dreaming of owning one of these?” I pointed as we walked down the beach.
“In another life, maybe.” He looked a little sad. “Okay, we have to be a little quiet. These are private beaches.”
“Lou Martelli,” I said in a loud whisper. “Are we engaging in illegal shenanigans?”
He laughed, the sound coming out in a surprised loud trill, and then he had to clasp his hands over his mouth to keep from making any more noise. He doubled over, and I pounded him on his back to make sure he was still breathing.
Lou straightened, and his eyes twinkled in the light of the nearly full moon illuminating the beach. I reached for him and wound my arms around his neck as we kissed. He tasted of warmth and spice, and I devoured his mouth, trying to get even closer
The night Nick Henderson storms into Martelli’s Pizzeria, he’s just looking for something to eat. Along with dinner, he finds Lou Martelli—pizza cook extraordinaire and Jersey Shore native. Nick is renting a Shore house for the winter while taking classes at the local community college as he devises a way to escape the accounting major his father chose for him.
When Lou offers to show Nick around, heat flares between them as they realize they have more in common than domineering families. But it’s not all fun and games on the boardwalk. Hurricane Sandy blows ashore, changing the place Nick was starting to think of as home. His peace is shattered, and it will take everything he has to keep his relationship with Lou from being torn apart by the storm brewing around them.
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CC Bridges is a mild-mannered librarian by day, but by night she writes about worlds of adventure and romance. When she's not busy solving puzzles in an escape room, she can be found diving into comics or binge-watching superhero movies. She writes surrounded by books, spare computing equipment, a fluffy dog, and a long-suffering husband in the state of New Jersey. In 2011, she won a Rainbow Award for best gay sci-fi/futuristic novel.
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