I hope you are all having a great Saturday. Welcome to our stop on the Valkyrie Rising Blog Tour (hosted by Shane of Itching for Books--thanks Shane!).
I posted my review of Ingrid Paulson's Valkyrie Rising earlier today. If you haven't checked it out, you can find it HERE.
Now, I am here to share with you an excerpt from VR.
This exchange between Ellie and Tuck happened early on, during Ellie's brother's party and before they left for Norway and all the things happened. I like this scene because it sets up the relationships between Ellie and her brother Graham as well as Ellie and Tuck.
"Are you leaning on me because you're drunk?" I choked out, once the silence had stretched itself so far and thin it was fine dust coating my throat. Then I grasp for the only logical explanation. "If you're trying to make some girl down there jealous, you should cozy up to someone else. No one would ever see me as a threat."
"Why do you say that?" His grin reappeared, settling in and preparing to stay a while. And marking the return to familiar footing. The muscles in my shoulder started to uncoil.
"Because of who I am." Freshman year, Graham had thrown a boy out of a party for ignoring my polite hints. And he had interpreted my one-time plea for help as an open-door invitation into my love life. Or lack thereof, thanks to his constant interference. I wasn't supposed to know that my touch carried a social stigma second only to leprosy, but word gets back to you eventually.
"I mean, why play games? I get by just fine on looks alone." His smile was blinding, driving his point home.
"Don't forget your charming personality," I said, and my stomach flipped when his grin widened at my words. Making Tucker laugh was the best kind of rush. "I hear modesty is quite the aphrodisiac," I added.
"Listen to you." He lifted those gray eyes to meet mine. "Graham would die if he heard sweet little Ellie use a word like that. And die all over again if he thought you knew what it meant."
"Lucky he's not here," I said.
"Lucky indeed," he said slowly. "For more than one reason."
His smile was so pretty, I almost sighed out lout. Fortunately, that was all it took to remind me of the manifold dangers of dropping my guard around Tuck. Because he was softening me up. It was a dance I knew all too well, even if he usually preferred a more direct assault with me.
"What do you want?" I repeated.
"Time with you," he said sweetly. "Your undivided attention."
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