Publication date: November 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
After years spent harboring a shameful secret, I finally felt…alive, reawakened and brave. Willing to break down my walls and let love in. Let him in.
We had conquered our pasts. The truth had set us free, and we were looking toward our future. Until a crazy twist of fate brought my worst nightmare back into my life.
The voice and soundtrack to every one of my haunting dreams now had a face. One he won’t easily let me forget.
The hits Ben endured on the football field will be nothing compared to the devastating blow his heart will take if he finds out the whole truth. He knows the story, but he doesn’t know the monster. Not like I do.
Just as the wounds of my past had begun to heal, he’s come back to rip them wide open.
Maybe some things are better kept from those we love.
Maybe some secrets are never meant to be told.
Maybe it’s better to Say Nothing…
I wake up with a jolt to a blood-curdling scream. Ari is sitting up in bed and pleading with someone to stop. Her eyes are closed, she’s wringing her hands, and a stream of tears is making its way down her cheeks.
“Wake up, babe. You’re okay. You’re okay.”
“Please.” She continues to plead between her sobs.
I don’t even want to imagine what she’s dreaming about. My words alone aren’t enough to wake her. I place my hands over hers.
“Baby, please wake up,” I beg. She startles awake when I squeeze her hand.
“Ben?” Her watery eyes meet mine in the dimly lit room.
“I’m here. You’re okay.” I bring her into my lap, and she buries her face into my chest. Placing her hands over her face, she continues to sob.
“Hey. Shh . . . shh. I got you. You’re okay. You want to talk about it?”
“No. I’m sorry. I don’t blame you if you don’t want to stay here anymore,” she whispers between sobs. “I’m sorry, Ben. I’m so sorry.”
“Look at me.” I gently grip her chin and tilt her head to meet my eyes. The mixture of fear and defeat I see in them breaks my heart. “I love you. You’ve gone through this alone for too long. I’m here for whatever you need. Got it?”
She nods and wipes at her tears with the back of her hand. “I’m sorry I woke you.”
“Don’t be. I just want you to be okay.” I lie back bringing her with me, knowing better than to push her into talking about what she was dreaming about. At least not tonight. She follows willingly and gets comfortable in her favorite spot. Leg wrapped around mine, arm wrapped around my waist, and face buried in my neck.
“I love you.” The three words I will never get sick of hearing tickle my skin.
“I love you, too.” Kissing the top of her head, she begins to relax. I run my hands through her hair lulling her back to sleep.
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T.A. Roth is a wife and mother of two funny and crazy kids. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. When she’s not beautifying clients as a stylist/make-up artist at her day job you can find her reading, fangirling her favorite authors, or singing along to the radio. After getting the opportunity to read the debut novel of a then client now friend something clicked. Her “what the hell” attitude kicked in and a year later, here we are.
Say Something… A new adult romance is her debut novel.