The Missed Kiss by Nicola Lowe / #Extract #BlogTour @RandomTTours @nicswriting


Lily loves her life, her job and her two best friends, she does not need romance to come along and mess that up!
Nobody is more surprised than she is when after a blind date, she finds herself falling head over heels in love with Zack.

But Zack isn’t the only one with feelings for her. Lily’s heart and body are about to be torn between two very different men, as she tries to find a way to hold on to both of them. Lily hasn’t met “The One’, she has met ‘The Two’.

Can she have it all? Or will she be forced to make an impossible decision?

Get ready to fall in love…





From chapter 1

Zack definitely had the tall, dark and handsome look going on, with a smattering of dark stubble that looked as though he was relaxed about his appearance, but I expected was styled. I snapped out of ogling him as Cassie gave my hand a squeeze and crossed over the road so she could keep an eye on me for a few minutes.

As I headed towards him, focused on not tripping over or otherwise making an idiot of myself, my throat was dry with nerves. I prayed this was in fact him and I wasn’t about to approach a complete stranger, waiting for his wife or friend. My chestnut brown hair was in a loose plait, I flicked it forwards over my shoulder as I approached, the ends tickling my collarbone. It was one of those plaits that looked effortless but had taken ages to get right. The man looked up with confident eyes. “Zack?”

I noticed how warm and genuine his smile was as he nodded. “Lily?”

At least I’d got the right person and not approached a random stranger. Now I just needed to relax, my shoulders were so tense. I focused on dropping them down, taking breaths like I’d practised so many times.

“Glad you made it. I figured this would be easier to find than a little independent place.” He explained.

“I can find a Starbucks from miles away.” I smiled, hoping we could break the ice.

“You’re beautiful, I didn’t expect you to look like your photograph for some reason.” He gazed at me for a second that felt like it stretched to minutes before I saw a subtle patch of pink appear on his cheeks. “Sorry, let’s get coffee.”

I continued to smile, unsure how to respond as I followed, taking a seat at a table near the window while Zack joined the queue. How does he not look nervous? I tapped my foot against the table leg ten to the dozen, instant giveaway of my anxiety. Breathe Lily. Legs tucked under me to stop the tapping, I repeated to myself in my head, it’s just a coffee, it’s just a coffee.

This was the same chain of coffee shop that I frequented at home, but this branch was huge in comparison. The male baristas seemed to all share a hipster look: shaggy beards and plug piercings. There was a corner set up for an open mic night later that evening, which was advertised on large posters. There was also a section selling coffee related products and re-usable cups in all the colours imaginable. It seemed as though people from every walk of life were gathered here: teenage girls giggled in noisy groups, parents tried to control toddlers and middle-aged couples gazed wistfully out of the window. I wondered if anyone felt as anxious as me.

Thank you, Nicola Lowe and Random Things Tours


About the author

Nicola lives in North-west England with her family. She has three daughters, and therefore will never be rich or sane but does have a house full of hormones and hair bobbles!

Turning forty during lockdown spurred her to pursue her dream of writing. Once she began, she realised she couldn’t stop.

Like her characters, she loves a glass of wine with her best friends, but sadly cannot walk in gorgeous designer heels like they do!


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