Persuasion (Sisters-in-Love Book 3) by J.L. Campbell
Do you remember being young and in love? Relive the memories with Gary and Yolanda in Persuasion.
School. Music. Blogging. These are Yolanda Charles’ priorities. She likes life simple and is content to hang around her step-sisters. That’s until she admits she’s attracted to Gary Cheung-See, a web developer who exemplifies the strong, silent, and surly type.
Each time a bug hits her website and social media accounts, Gary helps to solve her issues. Despite his good looks and brilliance, Yolanda is undecided about her feelings for him and suspects he might be the culprit trying to ruin her life and reputation—no matter what her heart says.
Gary is from a dysfunctional family and refuses Yolanda’s help with bridging the gap between himself and his father. When a life-threatening illness hits the person he cares about most, he is forced to reassess his stance on forgiveness, while Yolanda has to decide whether Gary is friend or foe and if she can trust him with her heart.
Chapter Excerpt: Persuasion
When it came to people, I didn’t give a rat’s behind what they thought about me. Well, everybody except my mother and Joshua, my business partner and housemate.
I switched on the laptop, knowing if Joshua caught me smiling at nothing, he’d think a few of my brain cells had short-circuited or died.
I’d left Yolanda’s house a half-hour ago after sorting out her laptop and installing a virus protection program. It wasn’t the normal thing for me to do, but she was so upset about her machine being invaded that I couldn’t leave without doing something to help her.
Her father had come home after we had dinner, but we were still at the table, and he sat down to eat. After he did a low-key examination while we talked, I got the feeling he knew I liked his daughter. He didn’t say anything I could take as any kind of warning not to mess with Yolanda, but his size alone would intimidate anybody up to no good.
It wasn’t until later, when he was joking around with Yolanda, that I realized he was her step-dad. At the time, I couldn’t help comparing the non-relationship with my father to what Yolanda had with the man she called Uncle Xavier.
“You went out today?”
I twisted sideways when Joshua’s voice came to me from the doorway. He frowned, pushing his glasses up on his nose. Joshua was short and dark-skinned, which made us total opposites, but I couldn’t ask for a better friend.
“Yeah, I was over at Yolanda’s house,” I said.
His eyebrows did an is-that-so thing and a wide smile greeted me. “Boy, I miss all the good stuff. You two don’t talk in months and then suddenly, you’re over there … doing what, by the way?”
“She called me up. Something was wrong with her computer.”
He gave me a sly look. “And in your brilliance, you couldn’t solve her problem from here?”
“Not even I’m that good. I had to go to her since she didn’t have a ride.”
“I guess you fixed whatever the problem was, right?”
“Yeah, some sort of malware on her site and something with her laptop.”
He leaned against the doorway, hands shoved in his pockets. “So did you make a move?”
“Come on. I was over there to fix something, not to try and get inside her panties.”
“Right, but seeing as you haven’t made a move in what? Forever? I expect you’d use the opportunity.”
I smiled and tapped the spacebar on the laptop. “Don’t worry. I’m not about to get in a hurry. I’ll do what I need to, all in good time.”
Joshua laughed then, removing his glasses to rub his eyes. When he slipped the glasses back on, he was still smiling. “I forgot you have the patience of Job himself. Poor Landy won’t know you’ve staged a takeover in her life until it’s too late.”
“You’ve got that right,” I said. “I have work to do, so go away.”
When he disappeared, I opened the files I’d been working on before leaving the house. With the html file open on one side of the screen, I frowned at the information I was supposed to be working with.
I’d been at Yolanda’s house for such a long time, I swore I could still hear Emile asking questions. His big sister had always struck me as sweet, until Emile had gotten to her with his inquisition. She probably thought I wouldn’t have been able to concentrate with him around, but he didn’t bother me. I had siblings, but hadn’t grown up around them, which was something I avoided thinking about for years.
I sat up and pulled in my breath, inhaling phantom fumes from whatever deodorant or body spray Yolanda had been wearing today. It was a mixture of vanilla and another scent I couldn’t identify. I’d never been that close to her in the time I’d known her, but her fidgeting told me she wasn’t as relaxed as she wanted me to think.
I felt her staring at me while trying not to act as if that was what she’d been doing, and I had a hard time concentrating on the code I’d been trying to read. If I had self-esteem problems, I’d have been self-conscious given the way she’d been studying me. I totally understood though, because our close proximity was a new thing for her too.
Today had confirmed something I needed to know. I had a thing for her, but didn’t think she knew. Going over there had worked in my favor because now, she was more aware of me. I was sure she was feeling me, and I planned to use it to my advantage.
Emile’s questions had been easy enough to answer and although Yolanda pretended not to be all that interested in what I said, she was listening. I’d deliberately avoided answering Emile’s question about whether I had a girlfriend. I was sure Yolanda wanted to know, but of course, she wouldn’t ask.
I chose to leave that as a mystery for her to figure out in time.
( Continued… )
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About the Author
J.L. Campbell is an award-winning, Jamaican author who writes contemporary/sweet romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction, new and young adult novels. She has written sixteen books, seven novellas and two short story collections.
Her novels include the Island Adventure Romance series, which currently has five exciting, stand-alone stories that feature feisty women and determined men. Campbell’s mission is to write stories that entertain and educate readers. She is a certified editor, who also writes non-fiction.