Hello, reader friends! We are gearing up for Valentine’s Day with a JustRead blog blitz including a Looks Like Love excerpt by Brandy Bruce!
about the book
Title: Looks Like Love
Author: Brandy Bruce
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Re-release Date: November 13, 2019
After a devastating break-up, Kasey Addison needs to rediscover life and love. She starts by taking a whirlwind trip to London to visit her best friend. When she returns, she’s given a new assignment at the advertising firm where she works. The cosmetics company they represent is releasing a special fragrance called Love. Kasey is tasked with finding out exactly what love looks like and how to sell it.
Looks Like Love excerpt
My ring finger had twitched, reminding me that there would be no ring. I had nearly knocked over my chair trying to stand up. I didn’t cry in front of him. I just left. I didn’t look back. When I got home, I sat on the kitchen floor, my knees drawn to my chin, my heart pounding so fast that I couldn’t catch my breath. Break up? He thinks we should break up? Is this possible?
Riley. My Riley. With his steady, dark eyes and that matter-of-fact way he approached life. With his driven ambition and focused personality and that small, sweet smile he saved only for me. What had happened to the steadfast Riley I knew? He’d always been so sure about us. I’d never known him to have the slightest doubt about himself, his career, about me or our future together. The shiver inside my heart scared me. Because even the tremble in his voice hadn’t camouflaged that part of him I recognized so well. The low tone in his voice and the truth in his brown eyes told me that he’d already thought this through. He knew what he was doing. I shook off that feeling and squeezed my eyes shut. I leaned back against the refrigerator and felt the cold seeping into me.
My thoughts raced back and forth from: This is temporary. He’s afraid of making a real commitment to me. He needs some space. It’s going to be fine. He’ll come back to me; to: What just happened to my life? Has Riley lost his mind? I can’t start over again! First dates, blind dates, lonely Friday nights—that was all supposed to be behind me! I should be trying on wedding gowns and choosing flatware!
My mind had replayed Riley’s words over and over. Somewhere around the hundredth time, I felt something inside me dissolve and I started to cry.
about the author
Brandy Bruce is a writer, a book editor, a mom, a wife, and someone who really loves dessert! She’s the author of the award-winning novel The Last Summer, Looks Like Love, After the Rain, and The Romano Family Collection. Brandy, her husband, and their children make their home in Virginia.
Visit her website or connect with Brandy on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!
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4 thoughts on “Looks Like Love excerpt by Brandy Bruce”
Hallo, Hallo Beth,
I love reading Brandy Bruce’s stories – she always writes Realistic INSPY so dearly well. I lost sight of when her new book would come out as in the ending hours of  if it wasn’t my migraines or my health, my Dad was having some of his own struggles too. I sort of lost sight of things getting published – which is another reason I need to greenlight a project of mine on my blog which is to talk about ‘where are authors now’ since I last read them!
I only read the first paragraph as this is one author I love to be surprised by when I read her stories – I’ve read similar stories where the person thought for sure they were going to have a firmer commitment only to realise they were being dumped and usually rather unceremoniously like this person was herself! My goodness! The heartache that would ensue would be difficult to process!
Thanks for alerting me there is a new book by an author I love to read!
I believe this is a re-release, Jorie. Perhaps the rights to the story reverted back to her from a former publisher. I’m not sure if she made any other changes to it besides the cover though but I’m always happy to see stories brought back to market!
I hadn’t realised this…. like you, I enjoy when stories re-release as it allows us to read the stories which went OOP too fast and most likely before a lot of us could get a copy of them. I appreciate the footnote and for clarifying how this one released. Either way, if I can find either copy I’ll be thrilled. Lovely of you to be showcasing it on the blog blitz! Especially as sometimes that is how I get eyes on stories I dearly need in my life!! (big smiles)
This book sounds like a very good read and a very good page turner! I love the cover, it is Beautiful! I am definitely going to add it to my TBR list. Have a Great week.