Remember when you had that crush on someone in high school? Like, you thought about them all the time. You had the two of you married and yet you couldn’t get more than two words out when they came along. The butterflies slammed into you each time they came close. You were sure they didn’t notice you at all. You’d do anything to get their attention.
The one time they talk to you, you about melt right there on the spot. Redness crept up your neck and cheeks and you hope and pray they don’t see, cause that would be horrible, like totally the worst thing ever to happen. The floor needs to open up and swallow you whole and or the walls close in on you.
You struggle so hard to get any word out, let alone a whole sentence. A whole sentence! Your tongue feels like it is swelling to two times its size. Your heart is beating so loud that everyone in a 20-mile radius must hear. They’ll think you’re the biggest freak ever.
You walk away over thinking everything they said, and that you said in those two seconds. The best friend gets the full run down and you ask what it means for the millionth time. Crushes have the power to bring us down to ours knees. Now, a guy will never admit that out loud. He more than likely won’t utter a word to his buddies, cause that wouldn’t be cool. Girls though, we sure will, unless we want to keep it a secret of who we like.
Well, that’s how Mark and Shelby in my book felt about one another. The longing for one another, yet still at a distance and neither wanting to voice how the other felt cause you can’t. Now imagine seeing said crush years later. They still have the same control over you. How would you handle the situation? Would you tell them or try and act like you didn’t like them in that way? It’s such a hard decision to figure out. What if, God brought them into your life to help you in a serious situation, and they play a big part in your healing as well?
Mark and Shelby have some big decisions to make.
Share what you would do? I really want to know.
Hearts Undone Excerpt
Mark dropped his hand, shaking his head as a white car whipped past his house to pull into the driveway across the street. A woman with curly brown hair emerged and turned in his direction, forcing him to do a double take. Butterflies took flight in his stomach.
“Shelby?” He croaked the question, then cleared his throat.
“Yes?” Her voice cracked up an octave.
Mark never forgot the way her curly hair fit perfectly around her heart-shaped face when down. Without realizing, his legs carried him to where she stood. Close to six years had passed since the last time he’d seen her, but he never forgot how she affected him.
“Mark, is that you?” She stared back at him. Her eyes widened in recognition, and a glow lit her face as she gasped. “What are you doing here?”
“I moved in over there.” He pointed behind him. He shouldn’t have told her. Oh well, too late now. Mark gaped as he shifted his weight. He noticed the way her scrubs hugged her curves in all the right places. She wore pink scrub pants paired with a pink and gray scrub top with flowers. Her chestnut brown hair was pulled into a ponytail. Her deep, ocean-blue eyes stared at him. The pulse in his neck sped up. Her voice reminded him of sweet honey fresh from the hive.
“It’s so good to see you again.” She smiled at him through her lashes.
She stepped forward, embracing him. He pulled her close to his chest and heard the sigh that expelled from her lips. Mark tensed as the small tremor rippled through her body. Her hair tickled his nose with a light lilac fragrance, endless like an orchard of apple trees; he inhaled the fragrance like a starving man waiting for the ripe fruit.
A jolt of energy raced down his spine. He took a deep breath in, then stepped back, releasing her. Jace, her brother, his best friend. Shelby and Mark had interacted as they grew up together.
“Yeah, good to see you, too.” He cleared his throat again. His tongue pressed to the roof of his mouth as he tried to regain his composure. Shelby still got under his skin, and by the looks of it she never even realized. He watched as she let out a shaky breath, casting her eyes down for a moment.
Why couldn’t he speak whenever she came near him?
Hearts Undone Blurb
After a bitter divorce, Shelby Johnson is looking to rebuild a life for herself and her daughter, Hannah, while avoiding the thing she mistrusts most: men. Her resolve is tested, however, when her brother’s best friend, Mark, moves in across the street and her long-buried feelings for him rise to the surface. Can she open up her heart again? When someone threatens her life, she realizes that her heart isn’t the only thing on the line. She turns to the only man she feels she can trust.
Mark Daniels returns to his hometown to solve a crime committed in the military. When he gets caught up in Shelby’s troubles, he knows she needs someone to protect her, but can he be that man? Being around her again is forcing him to face the way he feels—something he’d rather not do. When his past comes to haunt him, he vows to protect Shelby and her daughter until his last breath.
Through God’s love, Shelby and Hannah find their way into Mark’s heart. Will there be room for God too?
Allyson writes Edgy Christian romance and suspense novels. In her books, readers will find emotionally stirring story lines, as well a compelling mixture of suspense and faith. She resides in Missouri with her loving husband and four wonderful children, and three cats. When not spending time with her family, you can find her knitting, and watching perhaps a few way too many suspense and reality television shows.