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- 1 star: Wasn't my cup of tea
- 2 stars: It was okay
- 3 stars: Wasn't amazing, but was an enjoyable read
- 4 stars: Enjoyed this so much
- 5 stars: I'm in love,and obsessed
To Be Released: August 13th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.
Never stop running…
Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.
Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.
It was late when I finally made it home. My cell had a couple texts that I ignored. When I showed up at my door, I realized I should have answered them.
"Jude," she crooned. Yes, crooned.
"Kate," I said and was unable to mask my annoyance. "When someone doesn't answer the phone, that's not an invitation to come to their house."
"You haven't returned my calls." She stood from the step and revealed the short, strapless sundress. "I've just missed you lately. And when you didn't answer the phone, I wanted to check on you."
"I'm perfectly fine. Just busy."
I tried to go around her, but she wasn't having it. She followed close behind at my back as I unlocked the door. I sighed. I wasn't opening this door. She'd come in and never leave. So, though I despised the idea, I turned and looked at her. I jingled the keys in my hand and made myself grin at her. "Honey, I'm tired. Worked all day. I'm ready for sleep."
"We can sleep," she said coyly and rested her hand on my stomach. "We sleep good together, don't we?"
"Alone," I corrected, but knew I had to do something. I leaned down and closed my eyes. Without even my permission, a cute little scarred lip and green eyes came into mind as I let my lips touch hers. She grabbed the back of my neck and pressed me to her. I knew Kate. I knew what she tasted like and I knew what she wanted. I had misjudged her in the beginning when I just wanted a distraction. She hadn't been who I thought. She was clingy, and every now and then I came across one of them. But things were just changing for me. I felt tired. All the time. Tired of life. Tired of this scene, this same scenario.
I touched her cheek as I pulled away from her to soothe the sting of my words. "Go on home, OK? I need to sleep. Had a long day."
"OK." She gripped my shirt front and smiled small. She really was a gorgeous girl. She just needed some self respect. "But don't wait so long to call, Jude. I miss you and I can help you relax when you have a bad day."
I smiled. "Bye, Kate."
"Bye, baby," she whispered and kissed my cheek before sauntering away, obviously thinking I was enjoying the show.
I turned to my door and out of the corner of my eye found my neighbor, an old, crabby man who had no love for me, giving me the stink-eye as he looked between me and Kate. I waved and smiled. "And how are you today, Mr. Fowler?"
"Eat me," he grumbled and kept going. "And keep it down in there!"
"Alrighty then," I laughed and went inside.
Check out Shelly Crane's other NA Contemporary, Wide Awake
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