Danika's lived a secluded life, hiding her 'gift' from others. Now in college, danger and love threaten to intertwine as her gift comes full force. Is Danika truly gifted, or is she cursed?
I felt him before I saw him. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up and my body tingled from head to toe. I closed my eyes and breathed in his scent. He had slipped in to my room, and he was right behind me. Derek’s breath was warm on my neck. I didn’t want to turn. I didn’t want to look into those eyes and lose my wits. He didn’t touch me, but the energy that simmered off of his body seemed to be drawn to my own. I felt hot and I felt energized.
“Did you miss me?” Derek’s voice was husky.
I couldn’t answer. My throat stopped working. I simply nodded.
“Danika, please, I need you.”
Damn. Now why did he have to go and say that? My heart ached from not being with him for just those two days. My mind hurt with all the thoughts and questions that nagged at my brain. My throat burned with the words I wanted to say. My eyes stung from the tears that wanted to fall.
“I was worried about you,” my voice was barely a whisper.
He still didn’t touch me. Yet, somehow, I could feel him. It was surreal. As if he had wrapped a blanket around me. I could feel his embrace, but it lacked the heat of his skin, the thrill of his touch.
“I am so very sorry.”
I heard the thickness in his words. I wondered if he felt as lost as I did. It was like being apart actually made me half a person. Did he feel the same? Could we be whole if we were together again?
I wanted to feel his arms around me. I had to know if being with him was what made me feel safe. Complete. Inwardly, I chuckled as I thought of the line from Jerry Maguire. But, truly, when we were together, it was as if I had found my other half and indeed, Derek did complete me. I leaned backwards just a little. Would he take me in his arms?
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