Book Excerpt - Unraveling by Micalea Smeltzer
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Release Date: April 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Katy Spencer’s life fell apart two years ago. Since then, she’s closed herself off. She’s a shell of the person she used to be. The only person she trusts is her best friend Rollo, but even he can’t keep the nightmares away. Then she meets Jared. He’s the first man she’s been around since the event that she’s not afraid of. He makes her heart race, not in fear, but in a fluttering that could become something meaningful.
Jared can tell that Katy is broken. He sees something in her eyes that he’s often seen reflected in his own.
Jared is determined to get to know her.
He wants to solve the mystery of Katy Spencer.
He will… unravel her.
I pushed his shoulder. “Just go lift weights so I can watch you.”
He threw his head back and laughed. “Why does that make me feel like
I’m a piece of man meat?”
I giggled. “Man meat?”
“You said you wanted to watch me,” he chuckled. “That makes me man
“You’re full of yourself, today,” I followed him over to the weight station.
“Here,” he handed me some light weights. “You can use these.” He picked
up much heavier ones for himself and started to flex, his arms completely bare in
his sleeveless top.
“Show off,” I muttered.
He grunted as he brought the weight back up. “Kitten, this isn’t showing
off. Would you like me to show you what ‘showing off’ is?”
“Yeah,” I smirked.
He put the weights down and took mine from me, stacking them both back
on the rack in their rightful places.
“Come here,” he took my hand, guiding me to an empty area of floor,
covered in a blue mat. “Lay down.”
“O-o-kay,” my voice quaked.
“Don’t be nervous,” he said with a chuckle, lowering himself over top of
me. I was so short that his feet stretched way beyond mine. His hands rested
flat on the mat, holding him above me. Our faces were even, just inches apart.
“This,” he said, raising himself and then lowering, “is showing off.”
He did another pushup but this time when he came down he pecked my
“Hmmm, I could get used to this. It’s like a reward system,” he kissed me a
little longer this time before going back up.
“How long are you going to do this?” I asked.
“At least seventy-five more times, kittycat. Remember, this, is showing off,”
“I get it, you have endurance and strength. Point proven, Jared,” I stared
up into his warm brown eyes. “You can stop now.”
“But you look so cute lying beneath me,” he winked.
I paled, a part of me wanting to get mad, but I laughed instead. “Well,
aren’t you being quite the naughty boy.”
He chuckled, kissing the side of my mouth.
“Yeah, my naughty side decided to come out to play. I try to keep it on a
short leash,” he winked, grinning crookedly at me.
He continued to do his pushups, kissing me periodically.
“I’m getting tired just watching you,” I said.
He chuckled. “How is that possible? I’m doing all the work.”
“And it looks exhausting,” I replied.