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Susan Garod - Adam's Hope

Susan Garod - Adam's Hope

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Hope McKenna and Adam Roberts had locked horns from an early age. Ever since his eight year old sister, Mercedes, had invited her best friend home, Adam had to contend with Hope tailing after him, like a love sick puppy. Twenty years on and Hope was back in his life, and Adam was coming to realise that his sister's best friend, might well be the woman for him. The only trouble now was that while he was veering toward the realisation that she was 'the one' Hope was busy ensuring she put as much distance as possible between them.

Books in the Carvalho Sisters Series by Susan Garod: Joshua's Grace, Luke’s Choice, Sasha's Conquest, Zeke's Game, Zac's Summer, Jacinta's promise, Rob’s News, Mia's Destiny, Nathan’s Proposal, Ceri's Talent, Daniel's Claim and Nick's Fortune.
Hope McKenna and Adam Roberts had locked horns from an early age. Ever since his eight year old sister, Mercedes, had invited her best friend home, Adam had to contend with Hope tailing after him, like a love sick puppy. Twenty years on and Hope was back in his life, and Adam was coming to realise that his sister's best friend, might well be the woman for him. The only trouble now was that while he was veering toward the realisation that she was 'the one' Hope was busy ensuring she put as much distance as possible between them.

Books in the Carvalho Sisters Series by Susan Garod: Joshua's Grace, Luke’s Choice, Sasha's Conquest, Zeke's Game, Zac's Summer, Jacinta's promise, Rob’s News, Mia's Destiny, Nathan’s Proposal, Ceri's Talent, Daniel's Claim and Nick's Fortune.

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Adam yanked open the door, and almost blind with temper, strode out of the room. Not surprisingly, he barreled straight into Hope.He knew it was Hope. He hadn’t seen her, before he’d all but flattened her with hismomentum. But he knew, without having to see her, that it was Hope. That just addedto his current state of irritation. The woman annoyed the hell out of him at the best of times, and despite all his attempts to ignore her, she was constantly in his thoughts,and now, in his way.“Ohhh!” Hope reeled. Automatically she grabbed hold of his broad shoulders even asshe rocked back on her needle thin stiletto heels. He was a big man, exiting a room ata furious pace. Hardly surprising then that his exit had her tottering two steps back asholding onto him, the momentum drove them both toward the wall across from thenow open door.Hope knew who it was. She may not have caught a glimpse of him as he’d hurtledtoward her, but she knew it was Adam. Her back literally to the wall, her front pressedup against him, she looked up, her cornflower blue eyes conveying exasperation. With just those scant few inches between them it was equally easy to read his expression.Annoyance. Frustration. Irritation.He glared down at her. As if it was her fault he hadn’t looked where he was going andwas now plastered to her, torso to torso. Her lips pursed. His thinned. Her eyesquestioned. His sparked. They stood, separated by nothing more than wisps of clothing, just glaring at each other. For all of a second.Then their brains reminded their bodies not to go there, and almost insynchronization, Hope and Adam like scorched cats put some distance between them.At almost at the same speed as a tightly wound coil coming apart they released. Butstopping, almost as if neither could help it with just an inch between them. The brainhad yet to have full control of the heart.“Fuck it!” Adam barked in annoyance as he steadied her. He gripped her waist andshifted her sideways, automatically making some concession to gentleness, as hestepped back from her and put some space between them. It annoyed him some morethat he noticed that his large hands had almost spanned her waist. More annoying wasthe fact that his fingers registered touching her skin with a sudden jolt of electricity.He knew it would happen. It always did. Whenever skin contacted skin. But only withher. That didn’t make it acceptable. Why her?Hope felt the same surge of electricity as the pads of his fingers made contact with her  bareback. She batted down the sudden nervousness, the instant shock of arousal, theautomatic heat that suffused her. Why him?They’d danced earlier on, because it had been expected. His family expected them todance. So they had. On sufferance she was sure, even if as per usual the ice water inhis veins had him keeping his stoic mask in place as he had asked her to dance. Withfeigned obvious reluctance and just to annoy him she accepted. Her head might bedictating her actions, governing her outward behaviour but her heart was runningrampant response and undermining her actions by flooding her emotions and her self-control.
 
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Their short walk to the dance floor was conducted in silence. When he took her in hisarms, she knew that Adam had consciously and studiously not placed his hand on her  bare skin. It had annoyed her even more at the time, the fact that he couldn’t even bring himself to touch her.What would it cost him to have simply laid his palm on her bare skin? Nothing. Sheknew, that by now, she should be used to his behaviour. But still it hurt. She knewthat it would hurt either way. For if he had touched her, she would have been in agony pretending his touch meant nothing. She’d have fought hard to appear indifferent,even as her nerves would have fired up in automatic response to contact with him. Butshe wanted these small morsels of contact. To touch him without guilt. To be held inhis arms, openly. The opportunity to pretend, and imagine what it would be like to bea couple in love. Or at least a couple who were friends. Hah. Fine chance.The dance was taxing. On so many levels. She placed her palms on his shoulders, andhe’d loosely laced his fingers and rested his hands just south of the curve of her butt,neatly avoiding touching her skin. It was hard to breathe, standing this close to him.The air filled with tension. She was sure he felt it, but from all outward signs he didnot respond to the hum that reverberated through them.Adam had taken years to develop this mantle of structured unawareness where shewas concerned. While she appeared to take delight in annoying him, just for the sakeof it, he had over the years come to feign ignorance of her antics. Hope glanced up athim from beneath her lashes. Just once, she thought, just once she wanted him to reactto her.With her disappointment banked she looked over his shoulder. None of the other couples on the dance floor registered for as per normal the rest of reality disappearedwhen she was with him. They moved, barely acknowledging the beat of the tune,making just a tiny allowance for the fact they were supposed to be dancing.At the time she was miffed by his deliberate strategy to avoid contact. Now, given the jolt of current, she was somewhat relieved, for his touch on her skin left her all but bereft of breath. The man was a potent force of quiet dominance, shielded within utter  patience, outer calm, obvious indifference where she was concerned. She knew thathe liked to be control. Very rarely did he loose control. In reality she couldn’tremember the last time she’d seen him concede control.Despite her constant, routine approach that considered of baiting him to what shehoped was the point of annoyance; he’d remain calm, indifferent and as a result annoythe hell out of her. But still she couldn’t help wanting to be with him. Of course sheknew her pulse would race. Her heartbeat rarely managed a standard pace when hewas around. But after a two-year absence she had expected her reaction to be moretempered. But it was as if the two years meant nothing. If anything, her feelingsescalated. Not a good thing.Why did it have to be him? She was tired of trying to juggle her feelings, wanting himand wanting to ignore him, usually within the same span of a breath. She wanted himso badly that she’d do stupid things to engage his interest.Adam scowled as he steadied Hope. For a big man he was always gentle in the wayhe handled her, which was in direct contrast to his verbal skills in suggestingindifference when he taunted her by not responding to her standard patter of engagement. But then, that never stopped her. She gave as good as she got, the onlydifference being that he was better at hiding just how much she got beneath his skin.

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Thank you 'Novelistic'- I was really flattered by your comments. I can also relate to your comment that my books help you in your busy life, for I started writing these stories as a way to get some time out in a busy life.. I found imagining the characters and stories helped me to relax. Once again thank you for your lovely feedback.
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Thank you so much for sharing your talent! I love your writing style, how you fully develop the characters, and use enough imagery that the whole story becomes alive. Recently, my life has been too fast paced to allow me time to sit and relax. When I do find a little precious time for myself, I grab one of your books. It is a guaranteed stress reliever----Thank you! In reviewing my collecti
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Thanks minikg-15 for your kind comment.
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Thanks heaps for all the support. I just learnt that Scribd have promoted Adam's Hope to the rising list. Thanks everyone for your support.
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Thank you 101soccer for your lovely comments. It is really nice to hear that people are reading the books and enjoying them.
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Thank you for your kind words. I am hoping to put out a new series in due course.

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