04 June 2020

The Trouble With Love | Excerpt + Giveaway

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I, Holiday Brown, have it all. A platinum record. Multi-million dollar home in Manhattan that I share with my two best friends. Life is looking fantastic until my roommate’s brother decides to bunk in our guestroom while his house gets renovated.

W. Emmett Bell has always been the bane of my existence. He’s annoying, stubborn, a know it all, and just might be the most gorgeous man I’ve ever laid eyes on. But I refuse to fall for him. Then his sister’s threatened by a stalker and dynamics change. His unwavering faith isn’t quite as self-righteous as I’d always thought, and maybe he has a good side I’ve overlooked all these years.

Or maybe it’s all too much trouble.

Release Date: May 26, 2020



“We can talk about anything and everything that comes to mind.”

“Really?” My lips pursed as I pursued this line of thinking. He was giving me carte blanche? So not a good thing to offer me.

“I promise I won’t balk.”

I asked the first thing that popped into my mind. “Why don’t you date?”

“Who said I don’t?”

My stomach twisted. He did? I interlaced my fingers to prevent the tremors from showing. I felt ridiculous but couldn’t explain why. “Who was your last girlfriend?”

“A woman I met on assignment in Australia. We dated the entire four months I was there.”

“What happened?”

“She said I held back.”

“Huh.” Were you supposed to bare all to people you dated? “Did you agree with her?”

He tilted his head as if considering my question then straightened it. “Actually, yes. Though at the time, I thought she was being a little needy.”

I laughed. “I can see that. But now you think differently?”

“I do. I think when you’re with the right person, nothing is off limits because you trust them. You trust them to take care with your secrets. Your dreams. The love you’re offering them.”

My breath hitched, and I struggled to fill my lungs. That had to be the most beautiful thing I’d ever heard. And mind-numbingly terrifying. “How do you know you can trust that person?”

“They show it. In everything they do, they prove they can be trusted.”

I bit my lip as an intense ache so filled my being. I wanted to trust someone. Wholeheartedly. But who? A whisper stirred something deep in my soul. I glanced at Wally, then averted my gaze to the partition. “Is that why you believe? Because God proved Himself to you?”

“He did.”

“And you think you can find that in a romantic relationship as well?”

Wally propped his right ankle on his left knee. “I pray I can. From the moment I decided I wanted to marry, I prayed for my future wife. Prayed that God would be very present in her life. That He would protect her and bless her. That I would know when I found her and be the man she needs me to be.”

Oh. My. Heart. I had to look away from the earnest expression in his eyes as tears filled mine. What would it be like to know that someone out there cared enough to pray for me? Holiday Brown. Not because I was Rick Brown’s daughter. Not because I’m some heathen pop star who needs Jesus—I’d received plenty of those fan letters, if you could even call them that considering the obvious distaste they expressed—but because I was cared for. Loved.


“Yes?” I sniffed.

“God loves you. Jesus loves you.”

Tears spilled over, and I nodded to acknowledge his comment. I didn’t want him to think I was ignoring him, but speech would not be happening anytime soon. I needed to get myself under control. I couldn’t do anything that would alter my voice or make my nose appear like a Christmas lighting special.

I heard a movement before Wally placed his arm around me, giving my shoulder a squeeze. I fell into his embrace. Security cloaked me like a warm blanket and calm slowly pushed away the hurt and tears.


Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to help readers find authors. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media.


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  1. I love reading all stories that Toni Shiloh writes. She has a great way of making the reader feel like they are part of the story. :-)

  2. Replies
    1. What a great excerpt Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a sweet excerpt! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Anonymous4/6/20 14:36

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!


  5. Thank you so much for being apart of the tour!

  6. thank you for sharing an excerpt

  7. This sounds like a really great read.