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a silhouette of a cowboy holding on to his lady.

A Second Chance Excerpt 

By A. Gorman


“Oh, Hayden.” I take a step toward and wrap her in my arms, holding her tight. I feel like an ass for not seeing her sooner. “Talk to me.”

She shakes her head no.

“Darlin’, I’ll listen to whatever you have to say. I

probably have no right saying that, but I’m here.” She raises her head, looking up at me. “Why

didn’t you come sooner?”

“Selfishness, I guess.” I release her from my hold.

I didn’t want to have this conversation with her now or here. I look around and see we aren’t far from the tack room. I grab her by the waist and pull her into the room, closing the door behind us.

Without a single word, I lace my fingers in her hair and kiss her. She trembles under my touch, but she wraps her arms around my waist, pulling me into her. Her taste drives me wild, and her soft moan makes my cock harden as I deepen the kiss. This can’t happen now. There’s too much that I need to say. I reluctantly end our kiss and place my forehead on hers.

“I don’t know what to tell you. I’m an asshole. I should have come straight here after I got the phone call. I was five hundred miles away when James called. But I didn’t. I didn’t know what to say to you. I still don’t. I’m sorry I didn’t try harder for us. I still love you. Fuck. I have no right to say that to you.”

She reaches up and softly places her hand on me lips, stopping me from talking.

“I understand… So many times I wanted to reach out to you, but I didn’t know if you wanted to hear from me. You were living your dream, and I wasn’t going to bother you.”

“You wouldn’t have been a bother.” I caress the side of her face with my hand. She leans into my touch. “It might have made me realize sooner what I was missing…what I left behind.”

“I was trying to move on…” Guilt flashes in her eyes as she looks at me.

“I thought that’s what I wanted too…but I was wrong. I failed at competing. It was my sign to come home.”

“I’m not the same person you left.”

“I didn’t expect you to be… I was hoping you’d be single, though. Selfish, I know.”

“Maybe I’m not single.”

“Would you have kissed me back like that if you weren’t?”

“No.” She smiles shyly.

“I don’t expect to pick up things where we left them, but I would love to give us a chance again.”

“I don’t know, Rory…” She hesitates.

“Hayden, I won’t pressure you into anything, but I’m not going anywhere. I made that mistake once, and I won’t do it again.”

“I’ll think about it.”

“Thank you.” I pull her into me again, and her body melts into mine. This feels so right.

She gives me a small smile. “I better show you this colt…” Hayden opens the door and walks out of the room, leaving me behind. I hope I didn’t push her too much, but she needs to know how much she means to me and how stupid I was.

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