Karen’s Killer Book Bench #NA #International #SecondChance #Romance: LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE, Love Down Under by Cynthia Terelst

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LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE
Love Down Under
BY CYNTHIA TERELST

Blurb

Will one of the treasures they find be each other’s heart?

It’s been five years since Tara walked out of Shepherd’s life without a word. Since then he’s spiralled through drugs, alcohol and empty relationships, with Tara on his mind the whole time. Now he wants to win her back, and what better way to do it than by creating a fake scavenger hunt? He knows she won’t be able to resist.

Tara’s lost enough loved ones and she didn’t want to see Shepherd added to that count. So, when she saw him high at graduation, she did the only thing she could – she walked away. When she’s teamed up with him for a million dollar scavenger hunt, the feelings reignite. For a second chance at love to work, she needs to be brave enough to open up to him, to tell him everything she withheld the first time around.

Shepherd didn’t realise how much winning would mean to Tara. He now needs to come up with $3 million for her foundation before the hunt is over. If he can’t he will need to tell her its all fake, and he doesn’t know if he can risk that.

Will secrets destroy them a second time around?

LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE
Love Down Under
BY CYNTHIA TERELST

Excerpt

Tara

Shepherd and I sat on the couch side by side and watched The Martian while we ate dinner. The warmth from where our arms touched seeped through me. I should have moved away, but I didn’t want to. The spices from the tacos radiated off him. What would they taste like when mixed with the sweetness of him? My eyes were drawn to his lips, the curve of them. I could practically feel their softness.

Shepherd turned his face to mine. My eyes lingered for a moment as I imagined his soft breath brushing my face as he bent his head toward me. My breathing shallowed to the point that it was nearly non-existent, as if I were a starfish. I turned my face away and resumed watching the movie, making sure my hands kept to themselves and my thoughts remained on the man saving his own life on the screen. Matt Damon may have been the most attractive astronaut I’d ever seen, but he was nothing compared to Shepherd.

The movie ended and I sat there while the credits rolled. Our closeness suddenly made me feel like we were in a flux capacitor. Time—five years of it—had been starved, and now it was swallowing me whole. Everything about Shepherd felt like home. Everything. And if I allowed it to, this feeling wouldn’t just swallow me, it would become me.

I jerked away from him, my heart racing, my skin cold, while I broke into a sweat. I couldn’t allow this to happen. Shepherd was no longer my solace. He never truly was because he never knew my grief. My grief over my brother. The feelings of loss at my parent’s death.

No, Shepherd was not my solace. Not then. Not now.

Meet Author Cynthia Terelst…

Cynthia Terelst is a project officer by day and a writer by night. She is a contemporary romance writer who likes to share a little bit of history, some Australian scenery and a whole lotta love. Cynthia does not shy away from difficult topics, as she feels that they should not be ignored.

She lives in Queensland, Australia, where the sun shines at least 283 days a year.

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Links to Cynthia’s website, blog, books, etc.

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Thanks, Cynthia, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

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6 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench #NA #International #SecondChance #Romance: LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE, Love Down Under by Cynthia Terelst

  1. The book sounds great! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Karen says:

    Good morning, Cynthia, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I love your cover! So light and eye-catching. I also enjoyed your excerpt. Sounds like Tara is already lost to Shepherd if Matt Damon isn’t a proper distraction. LOL Thanks for sharing your book with us today!

  3. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    Oh my goodness! So many emotional traps there. What will happen?
    Thanks, Karen and Cynthia.

  4. Alicia Haney says:

    This book sounds intriguing and like a very good page turner! Thank you so much for sharing about it! I love the cover! Have a Great week and stay safe. God Bless you.

  5. Eileen AW says:

    Thank you for sharing the excerpt from your book. It sounds good.

  6. Judy Tulloch says:

    This sounds like a great read. One that I doubt I could put down once starting it. Thank you Cynthia for sharing.

    Thank you Karen! This is also an author new to me!

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