This is part of the book blog tour for Crossing by Stacey Wallace Benefiel, organized by Shane at Itching for Books.
He stole her lipstick…and her heart.
Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner – or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one night stands. Still, she lets go of her insecurities and falls for Liam, despite feeling like he’s holding something back.
When Dani finally discovers Liam’s secret, she must learn the true meaning of accepting the ones we love for who they are, or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
*** Due to heavy subject matter, Crossing is recommended for readers 17+. ***
As a blog tour host, I’m going to share an excerpt with you today.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.
Excerpt from Crossing
By Stacey Wallace Benefiel
from Chapter Five
He stands up and stretches his arms above his head. “I don’t know, what do you think of the last bit? It all seemed pretty organic until then.”
I’m quiet for a second, chastising myself for feeling like I’m going to cry because the cute boy won’t fake kiss me. It hasn’t been that long since his relationship ended! He’s nervous. It’s fine. He turned down India for crying out loud. It’s not about me.
I always make everything about me.
“Um,” I say, shrugging. “We could try it with you sitting down and me standing behind you during the final monologue. I feel like there should be some sort of physical connection at that point. I can just put my hands on your shoulders or something.”
He comes back over to the bench and sits down. “Let’s try that.”
I get up and stand behind him, saying my lines again. While I’m talking, I place my hands on top of his shoulders and he reaches up with his right hand, stroking my right forearm. When it comes time for the They kiss, he lifts my palm up and brings it to his lips, kissing it instead.
Somehow, Liam has managed to make our more innocent actions about a hundred times hotter than simply They kiss. I increase my grip on his shoulder with my other hand because I’m not entirely sure that my knees are going to hold me up.
I blurt out my final line.
“That blocking works for me,” I say, my voice sounding totally wonky. A shiver runs through my body.
Liam turns in his chair and smiles up at me. “Yeah, that felt more realistic to me. I mean, Stan and Clara have known each other since they were kids. They have a history. I don’t necessarily think he’d suck her face at such an intimate moment.”
I realize I’m still touching his shoulders and actually kind of massaging them. I back up a step.
“Damn, I was hoping you weren’t going to notice you were doing that. It felt good.” He scrunches his shoulders up and twists his neck from side to side.
I go back over to him and resume the massage. “All you had to do was ask, you know. You needn’t be a rubdown opportunist.”
Liam leans his head forward and lets out a little moan.
I press my thighs together in case he decides to make anymore of his pretty, pretty noises and I start to spontaneously orgasm right here and now.
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