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Deleted scene from Chapter 1 of Embrace
When I reached the oval we use for all our boxing sessions, I caught sight of him first – leaning against a huge old oak tree – and I slowed, indulging in a few moments to admire his athletic body in black sweats and white sleeveless tee. Trust me, it deserved the acknowledgement.
As I walked toward him, dried fallen leaves crunched under my feet. He turned, his green eyes so startlingly clear they reminded me of stained glass with sun shining through from behind. They were without doubt his most beautiful feature. I often wondered if he could see how awestruck I was. If he did, he never showed it.
‘About time. Anyone would think you’re scared of getting beat,’ he teased.
‘Hello to you, too,’ I replied, throwing my bag on the ground by the tree.
He clapped his hands together and pointed to his towel laid out on the grass. ‘Come on then, start stretching.’
I tied my hair into a ponytail, sat down and started to stretch. ‘I think what you meant to say was – how was your day, Violet?’
His expression morphed into a smile sending goose bumps up my arms. ‘You’re right,’ he said, sweeping into an elaborate mock bow. ‘How was your day, dear?’
Lincoln sailed through the warm-up drills, barely breaking a sweat at things that left me hurting for days. I kept expecting him to find a more suitable sparring lieutenant, particularly of late, since he’d seemed so aggravated by my efforts. Today was no exception.
‘You have to kick me properly, Vi,’ he said, irritation leaking from his tone. I’d held back at the final moment, again, and he knew it.
‘So kill me for not wanting to hurt you.’ God, I sounded like such a girl, but I couldn’t stand the idea of him in pain.
He stared out over the oval, hands on hips, purposely not looking at me. ‘Then maybe we shouldn’t bother...’ His words hung in the air.
Had he finally decided I was too weak?
‘Fine.’ I said defiantly, taking up position. Lincoln stood, waiting with a dubious expression. I delivered a round kick. He dodged easily, but it was the flicker if disappointment in his eyes that did it.
Suddenly, I was in motion. This time, my round kick made contact. And I followed on by sweeping low to take his feet out from under him. He fell flat on his back and I clasped a hand over my mouth.
Lincoln rolled onto his hands and knees. ‘Oh my God! Are you okay?’ I gasped, close to full hysteria.
He coughed and put a finger in the air and when he straightened I saw that he was chuckling away to himself.
‘What’s so funny? I almost knocked you out!’
The rumble in his chest turned hearty. ‘Not today, Vi.’ Such a male response it almost had me lose my temper, but before I could he added, ‘But maybe ... one day.’ Then, he grabbed me around the waist, picked me up, and swung me in the air, still laughing. ‘I’ve been trying to get you to do that for months!’
Why it was so important to him that I be able to kick the crap out of someone was beyond me. I couldn’t help smile though. Now that I knew he wasn’t hurt I could agree – it had been a brilliant move.
Yep, Violet definitely sounds badass! And I find it kinda sexy when the heroine and love interest are able to physically fight each other in novels. Not in the beat-you-up kind of way, but the we-both-kickbutt-so-let's-train-together kind of way, you know? HOT! Does this deleted scene make you want to run out and grab a copy of the book?
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