Fiction Fest: A piercing sample from Laura Walker’s ‘Pierced by Love’

Pierced-By-Love_9781462115211If you’re in the mood for a clean romance, then Laura L. Walker’s “Pierced by Love” is the book for you!

About the book: Noelle Jensen doesn’t want to like Pierce Logan. After her boyfriend breaks up with her for her sister, Noelle is done with love. Plus Pierce Logan has commitment issues because of his parents’ divorce and a strained relationship with his dad. But as Pierce and Noelle inadvertently help each other to open up their hearts, they also rediscover the importance of family and love.

“Pierced by Love” drops on Dec. 9 and is available in book stores and from online retailers.

EXCERPT:

From the author: Noelle Jensen and her boyfriend, Chase Dunlop, are waylaid by her roommate, Hannah, and their neighbor, Pierce Logan, as they are heading out the door of her apartment. As Hannah grills Pierce about his dating record, Noelle notices Pierce’s discomfort and comes to his rescue.

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At the mention of the word mission, Chase stopped in his tracks and began in a superior tone, “One thing is sure, missions separate the boys from the men. Once when my companion and I—”

Noelle stifled a groan. Chase often repeated the same stories from his mission over and over. Once he got started, there’d be no end to his recitation. Noelle blurted the first thing that came to her mind. “So, Pierce, who’s your hot date this weekend?”

One side of his mouth quirked at her blatant attempt to forestall her boyfriend. “What makes you think I have one?”

Hannah, her long red hair draped dramatically over one shoulder, replied coyly, “You’re the coolest guy on campus, Pierce. You always have something fun planned. No offense, Chase.” Coming closer to Pierce, she wheedled, “Come on. You can tell us. Who is it this week and what do you have planned?”

“Why should I tell you?” Noelle’s heart tugged at Pierce’s obvious discomfort. His dates were legendary around here. The girls on campus liked to date him because he took them on fun outings. But Pierce never stayed with one for long.

At a recent get-together between the girls and Pierce’s roommates when Hannah had hounded him unmercifully about his “flavor of the week” dates, much like she was doing now, Pierce had admitted that he dated simply as a diversion from his studies and that he figured he’d get serious about settling down someday. He’d even hinted of something in his past making him gun-shy. Since Noelle could definitely relate to that, she had changed the subject to take the pressure off of him.

“Because I saw you driving off with Kasey Hamilton last Saturday,” Hannah insisted. “Are you going out with her again?”

Pierce’s eyes narrowed to slits. Instinctively, Noelle knew that Hannah had hit upon a sore spot. “I don’t think so.”

“Hmm,” Melody piped up for the first time. “When I talked to Kasey yesterday, she said that she was looking forward to another date with you.”

“Then she’s delusional,” Pierce answered in a clipped tone.

Sensing that, once again, Pierce needed rescuing from this line of questioning, Noelle tugged on Chase’s hand. “We really need to get going. We’ll see you all later. Bye.”

“Bye.”

Once outside, Noelle turned to give Chase a goodnight kiss. But when she leaned closer, and saw the stormy look in his eyes, she asked uncertainly, “Is something wrong?”

Chase opened his mouth to speak before apparently changing his mind. He shook his head abruptly. “No. I’ll see you later.”