Purchase your copy of Yet Holding On by Nicole Bird-Faulkner (now Nicole Lester)
Nia Brandon is a young, successful, Christian woman trying to hold on and hold out for “God’s good thing.” However, when the man of her dreams walks into her life, she has to come face to face with the insecurities of her heart. Past hurts, pains and disappointments bind her to mistrust and fear. Will she ever be able to trust again? Can a man be faithful to a woman whom he’s not having sex with? Will she be the woman of integrity that God called her to be, or will she compromise her beliefs in order to keep her man? Nia finds herself torn between obedience to Christ and the insecurities of her heart. Faced with past failures and her own fear, Nia begins to navigate through her pain to discover that at the core of all true love is God’s unconditional love and ultimately freedom.
Excerpt from Yet Holding On:
Sean sat in the bar downstairs from his office building waiting for Charles to arrive. He twirled a quarter on the bar while he nursed his rum and coke. He hadn’t had a drink for months and he almost hated the taste. He looked around the bar, observing the men and women who had just left their stuffy offices. The men had loosened their ties and the women had let their hair down.
As he observed the men and women, who were behaving like newly freed slaves, he noticed a woman across the bar observing him. She was definitely a beautiful woman. She had thin locks that were tied back in a bun and her skin was a smooth mahogany. She looked at him and smiled. He smiled back which prompted her to walk over him.
“Long time, no see,” she said. Her smooth sounding voice triggered good memories in Sean’s mind and a huge smile grew on his face.
“Kendra Dawson. Wow! It has been a long time,” he said, taking her into his senses.
“Too long,” she added seductively. “Do you mind if I sit?” she asked, pointing to the empty stool next to him. Sean motioned for her to sit.
“Where have you been, Sean? I’ve missed you. I know we weren’t together that long but I thought it was long enough to maintain some type of friendship.” Kendra smiled at Sean and crossed her long legs in Sean’s full view. Sean missed those legs. His mind began to wander back to when he and Kendra dated. She was one of the best women he had ever been with in every sense of the word and now she was sitting next to him.
“Well, when you left to go to D.C., I figured that was it. I knew I couldn’t handle you being so far away,” he flirted. A certain familiarity had sprung up in Sean. Maybe it was her sweet smell that invaded his senses or maybe it was the way she looked deeply into his eyes.
“I’m here now so…” Kendra caressed Sean’s hand and smiled coyly. Sean knew he was in trouble. He had to do something to get his back off the wall.
“Yeah, but I’m, uh, engaged.”
Kendra licked her lips and smiled at Sean. “But, you’re not married.”
Sean sighed knowing that he had few outs with Kendra. When she wanted something, very little could sway her. “No, not yet.”
“Well then,” she said, standing in front of him. “You need to call me.” She reached in her purse and pulled out her card. “A little reunion between friends never hurt anyone,” she said, oozing of sensuality. “Call me tonight if you aren’t locked down by your fiancée.” She slowly placed her card inside of Sean’s suit jacket. Kendra smiled and leaned in to Sean to softly peck him on the lips.
“I’ve missed you, Sean. Make sure you call me.” Kendra walked towards the exit leaving her pheromones behind. Sean exhaled and shook his head in disbelief. He hadn’t seen Kendra in years and she looked amazing. His attraction to her had always been intense and seeing her again reminded him of why. Their breakup was a reluctant one and only because Kendra had to go to D.C. for graduate school. He never wanted her to go but he knew that she had to.
She had been out of sight and therefore out of mind but now that he had seen her, his curiosities were once again piqued.
“What the hell was that about?” Sean turned around to see Charles standing behind him.
“What’s up, C?” Sean gave Charles a pound as he wondered just how much of that interaction Charles actually saw.