In TELL ME THAT YOU’RE MINE Ryan McCallister and Eva Romero are two people trying to find a once-in-a-lifetime second chance at love. Fans of Tamarra Webber and Erin McCarthy will adore this emotional and heartfelt conclusion to Victoria De La O’s RITA-nominated family drama.
Tell Me That You’re
of his first love behind him. But when he returns after teaching abroad, the
home he once knew isn’t quite ready for him. The woman Ryan once loved is
living with his brother; his friends have moved on; and his new landlady, Eva
Romero, seems determined not to like him.
troubled ex-husband; when Ryan’s with her, everything makes sense. Eva isn’t
convinced she’s ready to take another chance on love, but Ryan’s determined to
show her he’s worth the risk.
home. In reality, it’s only been a year.
is as pristine as ever, each blade of grass shorn the same height by Jude’s
meticulous mowing. The red geraniums I planted years ago are thriving. And the
dent in the porch rail, caused by my foot accidentally connecting with the
wood, is still visible. But I don’t remember the house being this uninspiring
shade of blue, or the crack on the front stoop being this wide. This house,
this city, used to be my whole world. It seemed a lot bigger then.
be familiar is foreign, relief mingles with anxiety. Time snaps and contracts
as I knock on the front door, and suddenly it seems like an hour since I left.
departure is staring at me. She’s as pretty as I remember—maybe more, damn her.
Green eyes that used to flutter when I kissed her, full lips that whispered
confidences in my ear.
fingers worry the bottom button of her pink cardigan and the threads begin to
loosen. She doesn’t know what to do because she wasn’t expecting me. I guess it
wasn’t nice showing up a day early.
she mean mine or hers?
sounded like, but its husky depth brings the memories of the six months we
spent loving each other rushing back.
in love with my brother.
small twinge. That’s a surprise. In my mind, this was all so much more dramatic
and intense. Hard stares and pinched lips. A little social awkwardness seems so
mundane by comparison.
there. My pulse stops—doesn’t slow, just ceases to exist for a second. Leave it
to him to bring the fireworks.
remember. Or maybe that’s because he has gone expressionless, his discomfort
hard-crashing him. His hands dig into his pockets, searching for an anchor, pulling
his shoulders into a hunch. It takes a lot to knock Jude off his game. Glad to
see I can still have that effect on him.
It’s unusual for me to have to step up and be the better man when I’m around my
big brother. But today is that day.
That You’re Mine by Victoria De La O
author of the Tell Me romance trilogy, including Tell Me How This
Ends. A native of California’s Silicon Valley, she spends time hanging out
with her family, arguing about films, and practicing Wonder Woman spins, She
loves talking to readers, so find her at www.victoriadelao.com.