My Heart is Yours
by Amanda Leigh
Release Date: 05/18/15
Summary from Goodreads:
Samantha Marie Ramsden has three brothers. Craig, John and Matt. When tragedy strikes their family, Craig takes on the task of becoming his siblings legal guardian. It’s hard enough being someone’s guardian, but when you’ve only recently entered adulthood yourself it’s almost impossible to know where to draw the line between sibling and ‘parent’.
This is made even harder on him when Sam starts to get close to a long time friend, Jason. It looks like their friendship could turn into something more. An idea that Craig has never been too happy with. Spanning six years, My Heart is Yours explores family, friendship, love and much more. As well as asking the question: Would you defy family for love?
“Hey.” She smiled seeing Jason as she walked into the living room.
“Hey.” He smiled back. Sam’s hair was down, partially hiding her face.
They met in the middle of the room. “Happy Birthday.” He said.
“Thanks.” She reached out to hug him. She wrapped her arms around his neck and he wrapped his around her waist. Usually, the annual hug she got for her birthday only lasted about five seconds, but this time Jason couldn’t seem to let go of Sam and Sam didn’t want him to. She thought about that night a year ago when John had accused her of liking Jason. Maybe he was right.
Jason’s eyes were closed, but he could smell the sweet scent of Sam’s hair mingled with the scent of her perfume. He imagined himself kissing her, holding her in his arms for real.
They pulled away from each other, but not a lot. Her arms were still wrapped around his neck and his were still around her waist. Their faces were only about an inch apart.
“Hi.” Sam whispered.
“Hi.” Jason breathed back.
If, what they both were thinking was going to happen, happened, it would be Sam’s first kiss. Jason’s too.
The moment seemed to last an eternity. They leaned in closer, their lips just barely touching, brushing against each other, then . . .
They jumped apart like two magnets repelling each other.
John eyed them a little suspiciously. “Come on, it’s time to sing Happy Birthday.” He nodded his head in the direction of the kitchen. His perfect hair swung into his eyes.
Sam looked at Jason one last time, a hint of longing in her eyes and walked away.
Jason stayed where he was. His shoulders sagged. It had almost happened, and he didn’t know when he’d get another chance.
“Jason, ya’ coming?” Someone who might have been Shawn called from the kitchen.
“Yeah.” He said. He walked into the kitchen and the chorus of “Happy Birthday” started.
About the Author
Amanda Leigh graduated with a BA in English and Communications and a double minor in Psychology and Creative Writing. During college, she worked on the literary magazine and loved every minute of it. She adores cats and has one named Sawyer - named after one of her favorite characters in Lost. Amanda enjoys reading, writing avidly in a journal, writing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, cooking, listening to music, singing, swimming and art - particularly photography. Amanda is a bit of a chocoholic and is slightly obsessed with office supplies. She has many ideas for stories so keep an eye out for more work from her.
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