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An Excerpt from DISSENT

Catch a taste of this upcoming YA Dystopian Romance

"Give us fifteen minutes. If you don't hear from me or we don't come back, you run. Got it?"

"Fifteen minutes? That's hardly enough—"

"You run," he emphasized, the hard lines of his face set. "And if anyone comes for you, or we don't respond, or something goes wrong, you run. Okay? Just run and get back to camp."

Now he was scaring me. The way he was talking, it was like he really didn't think he was coming back. "I'm not just going to leave you guys here. Besides, I can help, I can—"

He closed the gap between us, his body only a fraction of an inch away from mine. His presence sent my senses swirling and caused me to drop my argument mid-sentence. The warmth of his body, the scent of evergreen and citrusy pine that I recognized as his signature cologne, overwhelmed me. He dropped his face down close to mine, and I was captivated by the depth of his eyes. The deep brown that felt endless and all consuming. And as I was consumed by his stare, I felt a flutter in my stomach and a wave of heat hit my heart that spread throughout my body. I was suddenly aware of the desperation inside of me, of how badly I wanted him to reach out and grab me, hold me to him, and consume so much more of me than just my eyes.

"I promised I'd protect you. This is how I'm going to fulfill that promise. Don't wait for us."

Grasping to collect enough of myself, I struggled to utter, "What if you don't come back?"

His eyes flickered then, and I saw it. I didn't know if I truly understood what it was, but I recognized it. It was the same look he gave me after the mountain lion attack. The same look I'd caught on him while we were eating, or training, or talking to friends. It was the same look Chase would give me... right before he'd kiss the corners of my lips. The knowledge swept through me, sending a shiver down my spine.

The intensity in his eyes had my senses on overdrive, and I couldn't help but glance at his lips before returning to the cavernous depths of his eyes when he spoke. "I will always come back for you."

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