Publication date: January 18th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The Tower Card: Upheaval, Crumbling Foundations, Chaos, Awakening
The Sun Card: Enlightenment, Joy, Success, Vitality
Rachel Ferrer fled the church when she was eighteen, burying her trauma to chase her dreams, only to have them thwarted when her husband died shortly after their son was born. Now she and her tarot-reading roommate do their best to get by.
Nicolas Rivera should be happy. He answered his call to the ministry and has held a position in the church he grew up in for more than a decade. He’s married and he loves his kids, but something in him has shifted and the life he thought he wanted doesn’t feel like it fits anymore. When his childhood best friend’s widow reappears in his life, Nicolas tells himself that his desire to be near Rachel is altruistic.
Until it isn’t.
Rachel and Nicolas have been on the periphery of each other’s lives for years, but when their worlds collide, attraction sparks, lightning crashes and the walls they have been hiding behind begin to crumble.
Lightning Crashes is an exvangelical romance that examines what happens when we build our lives on faulty foundations and what can happen when we leave that behind and step into the sun. Follow Rachel and Nicolas down the path of temptation, through their yearning slow-burn, and into their happily ever after.
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Rachel lifted the quilt covering Nicolas and slipped beneath it. He made as much room for her as he could, but his legs were already hanging over the far arm, his back pressed against the cushions.
Rachel didn’t need much room as she snuggled into his side, tucking the quilt back around them. “It’s freezing in here,” she said, her voice husky and low, her breath feathering against his neck.
“You need to check your insulation,” he said. “And probably get new windows.”
“I’ll get right on that,” she said in a voice that implied the opposite.
She shivered, and Nicolas allowed himself the indulgence of pulling her closer against him. In the name of keeping her warm. “What are you doing up?”
Rachel’s hand found his waist under the blanket, her fingers icy against his bare skin, but he didn’t dare flinch, lest he scared her off. “I wanted to see if you showed up. I didn’t mean to fall asleep.”
“It’s good you got some rest.”
“More like I sobbed myself to sleep in Naomi’s bed, but yeah, sleep was good. How are you?”
He sighed, at a loss for words to describe how he was feeling. His face ached, his body felt drawn, like he’d worked out too hard without enough food afterward. Nicolas couldn’t remember the last time he’d eaten. He wasn’t even sure he had a digestive tract anymore. Who had room for food when they were filled with heartbreak and betrayal? Was it possible to be yawning open with emptiness and full of dread and darkness all at the same time? It felt like the same thing, and yet entirely different.
Rachel’s hand was playing over his torso in a way that she probably didn’t even realize she was doing, but in a way that was distracting, allowing temptation to edge in on the periphery.
Marla Holt believes in second chances, romance, and the radical notion that everyone deserves a happily every after. She’s living her own fairy tale, writing contemporary romance novels in her Kansas farmhouse with her husband, three boys, three cats, and flock of imaginary sheep. Follow her at marlaholt.com or on Instagram as @marlaholtauthor
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Bea LaRocca says
I like the cover and synopsis, this sounds like a good read. Thank you for posting about this book
Marcy Meyer says
The cover looks great. Sounds like a good story. Thanks for sharing.
Rita Wray says
Sounds like a good book.
Cathy French says
cute cover. Sounds like a great rom com read.
Audrey Stewart says
Marla Holt is a favorite author of mine. I own most all of her books.
wendy hutton says
author is new to me but this does sounds really interesting
Marisela Zuniga says
Great excerpt, thanks for sharing
Julie Bickham says
I look forward to reading this.
Susan Smith says
I like the cover and excerpt. Thanks for sharing!
I so loved reading about this book and the cover is so great I gotta read it.
Terri Shaw says
This sounds like a great read. I love the cover.
Debbie P says
This sounds like a really great read.
Laurie Nykaza says
What is your all time favorite book that you have read?
Eva Millien says
Congratulations on your release of Lightning Crashes, Marla , I enjoyed the excerpt and your book sounds like a great read for me to enjoy! Good luck with your book and the blitz! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fantastic day!
Deb Pelletier says
The book sounds interesting.
Ann Fantom says
This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.
David Hollingsworth says
This sounds like a really romantic read.
Margaret Smith says
Sounds like a great book. Congratulations on it’s release.
paige chandler says
Looks like a very fun and quirky romance
Debbi Wellenstein says
Love the excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway!
This book sounds very intriguing. Love the cover art.
Sarah L says
Looks like an interesting book.
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Cynthia C says
I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.
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Ellen Stafford says
The cover is awesome! Sounds great!
Antoinette M says
Thanks for the excerpt. Sounds like a good book!
The concept of the book sounds interesting.
Amber Terry says
This one sounds really intriguing; I’ve never read an exvangelical romance before 🙂
As an exvangelical and tarot enthusiast myself, I’m excited to read this!
Amy Green says