First Comes Love
Publication date: April 14th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
For lovers of second chances, small town romances, and happily ever afters…
They say everyone has one true love, one person who was made just for them. A person they were meant to spend the rest of their life with. Who souls are intertwined.
For me, that person was Wyatt.
Our love was perfect. When we were together, nothing else mattered. Not college. Not our parents. Because our relationship wasn’t about anyone else.
We had big plans for our future together.
The thing about life… it doesn’t always go as planned.
It’s been five years since I’ve been home. Since I’ve laid eyes on the only man I’ll love in this lifetime.
And in a town this small, there’s no chance I’ll be able to avoid him for long. Or anyone else from my past.
From the moment I first laid eyes on Adam, I knew I was in trouble. There was a tension between us, chemistry I couldn’t deny. The way he was looking at me, as if he could see straight into my soul, sent my heart into overdrive.
After an hour together, I knew. He was the one. The one who would make me want to change everything. Who could make me believe in love again. In the idea of happily ever afters.
And he did.
His love and two tiny pink lines were about to change my entire life.
The thing about life… it doesn’t always go as planned.
I’ve been here before. It was the worst experience of my life and I’m not sure I’ll survive this time.
Flipping my light on, I lift my window and slide out onto the roof of the porch. Looking over the edge, my eyes meet Wyatt’s and realize how real his fear is. His eyes are wide, and his hands are shaking as he grips the sides of the ladder, his foot poised on the bottom rung.
“I’m right here. You can do this. I promise,” I say with confidence.
Nodding, Wyatt slowly climbs the ladder, his eyes never leaving mine. Once he’s safely on the roof, he scrambles through my window, sitting on the floor inside my window. Climbing in behind him, I find him panting heavily, a panic attack on the horizon.
Holding him in my arms until he calms down, I rub my hand up and down his back and kiss the top of his head. I’ve had one panic attack in my life, and it wasn’t pleasant. If I had known that this would send him spiraling into one, I never would have asked him to do it. I would have found another way.
“I’m sorry,” I say when his breathing finally returns to normal.
“There’s nothing to be sorry about.”
“Um, yes there is. I pushed you to climb that ladder. If I had known—”
“It’s not something I’m proud of, but heights scare the shit out of me. They always have. I don’t know why but there was going to come a time I was going to have to face that fear, and tonight turned out to be the night. At least it was for a good reason,” he replies, tucking a piece of hair behind my ear.
“Oh yeah? I’m a good reason.”
“The best reason. You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me, Chloe. You have to know that by now. I love you.”
And just like that, my world turned upside down. All it took were three little words.
He’d never said them before, but I knew how he felt. I felt the same. Falling in love with Wyatt had been easy. We’d been together for four months and I’d fallen for him a little more each day. It was the little things like the way he looked at me or how he showed me he cared.
Tonight, on the floor of my bedroom, I fell the rest of the way. I knew he was the one. We were meant to meet, to find each other. One night changed everything for both of us.
“I love you too,” I reply, pressing my lips to his.
Rachael Brownell is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary, New Adult, and YA romance.
She lives in Michigan with her husband, son, snuggly dog, and hateful cat. She moonlights as a bartender a few days a week (her excuse to get out of the house and socialize) and writes full time. She published her first novel in 2013 and since she’s released more than 30 additional titles.
Rachael writes all kinds of romance – dark, sexy, sweet. She started her career writing young-adult romance and as she matured, so did her characters and her writing. These days, Rachael writes steamy, new adult romance. Her favorite tropes to write are small-town and friends to lovers.
When she’s not hiding in her office, writing her next novel, you can find her hanging out with her family, watching her son play baseball, or running on the treadmill at the gym (though she skips more days than she goes).
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Bea LaRocca says
I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this is a must read for me. Thank you for sharing the author’s bio and book details
Angelica Dimeo says
this book sounds good
It is always interesting to discover authors and book series that are new to me.
Marisela Zuniga says
Great excerpt and cover. This sounds so good
Thomas Gibson says
Excellent work! Cover looks nice.
Maria Malaveci says
I love the cover. Sounds like a fantastic read!
Barbara Montag says
I love the romantic cover!
Thank you for sharing this.
Sounds like a good read!
victoria alexander says
Sounds like a good book!
Cathy French says
Sexy cover. i love small town reads.
Sounds like an interesting book.
This sounds like one I would so love t read this summer and I really like the cover too.
What a wonderful book! Great excerpt. I’d love to read more.
Shelly L Peterson says
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Latifa Morrisette says
Sounds like a good read.
Deb Pelletier says
The book sounds interesting.
Audrey Stewart says
Rachael Brownell is a new author to me. She is not on Goodreads? She should be.
Glenda M says
Thanks for the excerpt! I enjoyed it!
Sarah L says
Looks like a cute book.
Thanks for the contest.
I like the cover. It sounds like a good book!
Dianne Casey says
Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book..
Sounds like a great read!
Deborah D says
Awesome cover. This sounds like I would read it in one sitting.
Dreaa Drake says
This sounds like a book I’d love to read!
Amy Green says
Small-town, second chance romances lead to big dreams and even bigger happy endings! Let your heart soar and run away with true love!