Excerpt: Tough Love by Marcie A. Bridges

Tough Love

Janessa knows she should run in the other direction when Brendan enters her life. Her squeaky-clean upbringing is in direct opposition to his piercings, a myriad of tattoos and the rumors that surround him. But she doesn’t run. Love, betrayal and lies become the foundation of their lives, but one heartbreaking confession makes Janessa question everything. After a devastating diagnosis, Janessa’s world crumbles around her. When she can no longer ignore the reality of who Brendan really is, she must choose between those who love her and the only one she has ever loved.


Marcie Bridges has always wanted to be a writer, from the time she started keeping a diary in seventh grade. Since then, she has earned a master’s degree in education from Cumberland University while teaching some wonderful children with special needs in Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.

While she will always bleed scarlet and gray (GO BUCKS!), she now lives south of Cincinnati with her husband and daughter. When Marcie isn’t writing, she can be found reading, watching her favorite TV shows, listening to music, or browsing her favorite websites.

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I picked up the phone and dialed the number. I took several deep breaths while it rang on the other end. My thoughts were very strong, almost as though I were talking aloud.

I don’t have the self-control to do this.

Yes you do! Be firm. Don’t let him take advantage of you.


Oh my God, what am I going to say? What am I going to do?

“Hey, it’s me,” I began.

It’s okay, Janessa, just take this one word at a time.

“Hey, baby.”

I winced. Ignore him, my head screamed.

“Listen, we need to talk,” I said.

“Sure, I can come over now if that’s okay.”

“No, you aren’t welcome here so we’ll need to go somewhere else. Can you meet up at Food Town?”

You’re doing great, kiddo. Keep it up!

“Of course. I’ll be there in fifteen minutes.”

“That’s fine,” I said, my words clipped.

“I love you, baby.”

I hung up without saying anything else.

Taking my normal, five-minute path to Food Town was very empowering. With every step I took, I felt my strength growing. I knew I would be able to face him and make things go my way. It was time for Brendan to listen to me for a change.

“My God, it is so good to see you,” he began. “I was going crazy waiting for your phone call.” He brought his face close to mine for a kiss, but I turned so that he barely grazed my right cheek.

“Do you love me?”

“What?” He seemed dumbfounded. “How can you even ask me that? Of course I love you. I’ve loved you from the moment I saw you.”

“How can I ask that? Because, Brendan. My God, how can you live with yourself?” I realized my voice was louder than I wanted it to be when I saw a patron of the store glance at us. “You know what, I can’t do this here. Will you walk with me?”

“Of course, baby. I’ll go anywhere you want me to.”

I turned on my heels and shook my head, amazed at the way he was able to break me down, even when I was so angry.


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  1. This sounds like a good read based on the description of the book.

  2. I love the concept of the blogging book tour! What a great way to support authors!

  3. this sounds like an intriguing read i need to pick up!

  4. Hey Jen ~ Thanks so much for including me on the blog today. I love the excerpt you chose – it was one of my favorite parts to write. Blessings to you!

  5. Thank you for the kind words Kristyn and Giveaways 4 Mom. I hope both of you have an outstanding day!

  6. This sounds great – I love that she’s always wanted to be a writer!

  7. I agree with Giveaways for Mom, this book sounds really interesting : )

  8. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I think I’d enjoy this book! Interested to see who Janessa would choose!

  9. I love to read…sounds like a good read.

  10. Sounds good. I may be hooked!

  11. This one sounds good. I wonder if she will chose Brendan.

  12. Well now I want to know more!!!

  13. wow, it sounds pretty intense. I’ll have to read this because I must know the decisions she ends up making!

  14. sounds like a good book. I will have to tell my mom about it,

  15. Sounds like a good book.

  16. I miss reading! As a lit major, I always had my nose in a book. TIme to get it back in there!

  17. Now THIS is my kind of book – I SO want to know what happens, thanks for sharing! I need to find this!

  18. Thanks for sharing this..I always like hearing about new books to read!

  19. This sounds like a great book. I love getting excerpts to see how the dialogue plays out.

  20. Love that you included an excerpt of the book!
    Just enough to give us a taste but not enough to leave us satisfied!
    I always have my nose in a book these days :)

  21. I love the conversation excerpt that you wrote. So many times I have picked up the phone to make a hard phone call like that. This book sounds really good and would probably be hard to put donw.

  22. What wonderful things you’ve all had to say; thank you, ladies! I agree that a blog tour is a great way to support authors, especially new or indie ones. And isn’t it fun to read an excerpt and know that you’d like to learn more? I love that! Have a wonderful day, girls! Blessings to each of you!

  23. OMG I am hooked after reading the excerpt I wonder did he cheat on her is that why she is acting this way.. Now I need to read the book to find out…

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