April 27, 2017

Release Day Blitz: TOO COMPLICATED by @BethanyLopez2

Today we are celebrating the release of TOO COMPLICATED by Bethany Lopez. Too Complicated is the second in an all-new small town romance series and it is a contemporary romance title. Check out the excerpt, teasers, and buy links. Purchase your copy now while it’s on sale for just $2.99!

 

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Too Complicated by Bethany Lopez

(Lewis Cousins, #2)
A Contemporary Romance

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TOO COMPLICATED Synopsis:

 

Reardon Lewis is a small-town lawyer in Cherry Springs, the place where he and his cousins grew up. With the body of a Viking and the heart of a geek, Reardon is loyal to his family and indispensable to his community. The only thing missing in his life is love, and it just so happens that the one woman he has always wanted but could never have has just moved to Cherry Springs.

Chloe Zahn is a successful businesswoman, a city girl, and a single mom. The last thing she ever planned to do was move to a small town, but that’s the choice she’s made to bring her son closer to his dad. The only problem? The Lewis family and the obvious disdain they have for her.

The more time Reardon and Chloe spend together, the harder it is to fight their growing feelings for each other. Things between them have always been Too Complicated, but Reardon knows this may be his last chance to win over the woman he’s always dreamed of, complications be damned.

Too Complicated is the second in an all-new small-town romance series by Bethany Lopez. Follow the Lewis cousins as they learn about love and loss in Cherry Springs, the kind of place where there are festivals for every occasion and everyone knows your business.

 

 

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Crazy tall, with blond, perfectly styled hair and bright-blue eyes, Reardon Lewis was not a hard man to look at. In fact, sometimes I would catch sight of him and my body would react in a completely unexpected way.
Kind of like it is now…
I was aware of the heat coming off his body, his shoulders so large that they were barely a centimeter away from mine, as he slouched into the seat, probably trying to reach some level of comfort. His hands were palm down on his thighs, and were so very large that just looking at them seemed to cause something inside of me to start twitching.
Then there was his smell.
Good Lord on earth, it was heavenly.
I’d caught a whiff every now and then, but at this proximity the bright, clean smell of him seemed to wrap around me in a warm hug.
“Chloe?” he asked, and I snapped out of my scent-induced stupor, and realized he’d asked me something.
“I’m sorry, what?” I asked, hoping he didn’t suspect that I was having a physical reaction to his presence. I clenched my thighs together and started counting to twenty, hoping to make the tingle go away.
“I asked if this is the first time you’re seeing it.”
“Seeing what?” I asked dumbly.
“Star Wars,” he replied with a chuckle, then narrowed his eyes at me. “Are you okay?”

 

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Release Day Blitz: TOO TEMPTING by @BethanyLopez2

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Today we are celebrating the release of TOO TEMPTING by Bethany Lopez. Too Tempting is the first in an all-new small town romance series and it is a contemporary romance title. Check out the teasers and buy links for the book below.

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Too Tempting by Bethany Lopez

(Lewis Cousins, #1)
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TOO TEMPTING Synopsis:

Gabriel “Gabe” Lewis retired from the NFL and returned home to Cherry Springs. He combined his passion for football with camping and is now the owner of a football camp for teens. His summers are dedicated to spending time with family and teaching his campers about the sport he loves.

Zoey Zahn is a quirky, introverted writer and self-proclaimed geek. When she’s asked if she’ll accompany her nephew, Christopher, to camp, Zoey agrees, envisioning quiet evenings of writing in the great outdoors. After she stumbles upon Gabe, however, quiet evenings alone are the last thing on her mind.

The chemistry between Gabe and Zoey is undeniable, but as camp ends, a brewing storm causes their blooming relationship to fumble. All Gabe knows is that Zoey is Too Tempting to deny, and he’s determined to overcome the obstacles between them to be the man she deserves.

Too Tempting is the first in an all-new small town romance series by Bethany Lopez. Follow the Lewis cousins of Cherry Springs, the kind of place where there are festivals for every occasion and everyone knows your business, as they learn about love and loss.

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Release Day Blitz: MORE THAN EXIST by @BethanyLopez2

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Today we are celebrating the release of MORE THAN EXIST by Bethany Lopez. This book is a Women’s Fiction title. Check out the excerpt and teasers below. Buy your copy now while it’s on sale for just $2.99!

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More Than Exist by Bethany Lopez
Contemporary Women’s Fiction

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MORE THAN EXIST Synopsis:

Love can exit your life as quickly as it enters it, shattering your heart in the process.

It’s been a year since my husband was taken from me in a tragic accident. I thought it would kill me. Now, I think I’m ready to start healing.

My mother says my idea of taking a solo cross-country road trip is crazy, but I see it as my road to recovery. Along the way, I’ll have to deal with the poor choices I’ve made since Ricky died. I’ll have to overcome the terror that his death has caused me. I’ll have to find my balance again.

And once I meet Luke and his young son, I’ll have to decide if I can take the risk to do more than exist and learn to love again.


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Release Day Blitz: CUPCAKE OVERLOAD by @BethanyLopez2

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Today we are sharing the release of CUPCAKE OVERLOAD by Bethany Lopez. This book is a romantic comedy/suspense title that is the 2nd book in the Cupcakes series. Check out the book information below and grab it during the release week sale!

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Cupcake Overload (Cupcakes #2)
By Bethany Lopez
Romantic Comedy/Suspense

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CUPCAKE OVERLOAD Synopsis:

One night I was out with my girls enjoying a much needed ladies night while wondering if one more dirty martini would push me over the edge. The next thing I knew, I was in the club’s bathroom listening to a woman screaming, “No,” and a man’s voice growling, “I know you want it.”

That asshole picked the wrong restroom, in the wrong club, at the wrong time.

Little did I know the asshole was Cade’s VP, and although we saved that woman from his clutches that night, she’d be found floating in a motel pool a month later.

Running a PI firm is a lot harder than taking pictures for one, especially when your professional life spills over into your personal one. I’m going through cupcakes like our new puppy goes through piddle pads, and if I’m not careful there’s bound to be a Cupcake Overload.

 

 

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Bethany Lopez is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Release Blitz: MYST by Stacie Wilson @TheStacieWilson

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Two worlds separated by magic.

The future of both rests in her hands.

Surrounded by a loving family and her two best friends, Brianna St. James’ life has been filled with love and happiness. Now that she’s graduated from high school, her only worry should be what major to declare in the fall. But when nightmares plague her, and unexplainable things start to happen, any hopes for a simple life flicker and fade.

Drustan, her sworn Guardian and protector, has been sent to bring her home. Now he must help her remember a past that was taken from her and protect her from the dark forces that would see her dead.

Two worlds.

One hope.

Her.

YA Urban Fantasy

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Do you believe in magic? I do. Words have the ability to conjure magical worlds that can whisk us away from our everyday lives. There is magic everywhere, you just have to look.

I am originally from sunny Southern California but now call Nashville, Tennessee home with my husband, daughter and our three fur-kids (dogs).

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Release Day Blitz: LYING, CHEATING HEART by @MindyRuiz

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LYING, CHEATING HEART, the long awaited second book in Mindy Ruiz’s Game of Hearts Series, is finally here! Be sure and grab Book 1, ENCHANTED HEART, while it’s FREE for release week only!

 

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LYING, CHEATING HEART Synopsis:

No More Lies!

Cassie Vera thought the biggest threat to her life disappeared the night her boyfriend, A.J. Vasillios, used his one-time-use power and saved her from certain death.

She was wrong.

The mythological hit list she was on is nothing compared to her freshman year at the University of Las Vegas. Rooming with Vegas’s future female royalty has pushed her estrogen tolerance to its limit. Worse, Cassie must take place in a time-honored tradition that tests her faith, while her boyfriend’s new job threatens to shatter her heart.

When age-old traditions change …

Cassie’s school year is interrupted when the future queens are ordered to represent their houses in an annual high-stakes competition. While at her ancestral home in Malaga, Spain, Cassie discovers the Greek gods have gifted her with new abilities. Cassie takes matters of righting an eighteen-year-old wrong into her hands. However, actions have consequences, and Cassie’s may very well end up costing her and the House of Hearts everything.

With her family’s future at stake and the love of her life choosing sides, Cassie must cheat death one more time.

When duty requires you to do the unthinkable, where will your loyalties lie?

Only a Cheating Heart Knows.

 

Excerpt:

A.J. and Cassie

“Loving someone shouldn’t be this easy,” A.J.’s deep-timbered voice whispered next to my ear. Every nerve ending from the top of my head to my toes sprang to life, begging for more.

More lips.

More voice.

More A.J.

“I agree,” I sighed.

A.J.’s lips pulled up in a smile along the sensitive patch of skin between my neck and shoulder.

“A.J.,” I let out in a soft moan.

His throaty chuckle was the only thing that could make goosebumps spring to life on my arms in 110-degree weather.

I closed my eyes and imagined all the things we could do if we weren’t on a boat, with an audience of all our friends, if he’d keep a date—he pulled the lobe of my ear between his lips, cutting off my thought. Ohmigawd, those delicious lips. Another kiss slid along my jaw line, assaulting the luckiest part of my body. His breath on my ear made my body spasm in the most delightful ways. He placed another toe-curling kiss on the skin behind my earlobe. I could be devoured by those two amazing—

“Money, Money, Money,”wailed from A.J.’s cellphone shattering the magical spell he’d conjured.

My eyelids flew wide open. White rays of sun and betrayal blinded me. The soft lapping sounds of Lake Las Vegas thumped up against the side of the boat, drowning out my friends’ giggles of freedom. Sadly, no amount of giddy could hide my boyfriend’s ringing phone.

A.J.’s gaze locked with mine, widening with guilt. Two inches from my face, I could see every hypocritical line etch into his forehead. He’d been doing that a lot: telling me one thing, and the person who I knew was on the other end another.

I pushed him away, desperately hoping he’d wrap me up in his arms and start showering me with kisses again, but the practical girl in me knew exactly what he was going to do.

A second chorus of “Money, Money, Money” kicked in. A.J. lowered his head, letting his rebellious little curl hang defeated.

He’d promised me.

One day.

That’s all I’d asked.

“You brought your phone on the boat?”

I saw Olivia,hands planted firmly on her hips, like she was the girlfriend he’d broken another promise to, over A.J.’s sun-bronzed shoulder. Besides being my cousin and the future Queen of Spades, Olivia had been my social secretary the past three months. She’d received and relayed every canceled date text. She’d witnessed my understanding look transform into hurt. Now, I was plain pissed off when I heard his Pat Benatar, “Heartbreaker” ringtone play on Olivia’s phone.

A.J. glanced at Olivia and then back at me. His expression softened with yet another apology, one he fully expected me to accept.

But I couldn’t.

This tug of war between his heart and his honor had been going on for too long. A.J.’s eyebrows pinched together, the soft planes of his face growing hard when I didn’t accept his apology.

I swore never to draw a line in the sand, but that promise was getting harder and harder to keep.

“Yes,” he said to me, then shot a look at Olivia. “Some of us still have to work.” A.J. snatched his backpack from beneath my feet, pulled out his phone, and read the screen. Not like we didn’t all know who was looking for him.

The man who still wanted me dead.

His grandfather.

 

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About ENCHANTED HEART:

Cassandra Vera never ever breaks the rules.

Ever!

She’s also had a nonexistent social life since her best friend moved to Vegas. Armed with a new set of resolutions, the promise of a hot date, and her adoptive parents out of town, Cassandra agrees an overnight road trip to Las Vegas to celebrate her birthday is the perfect way to ring in the New Year. After all, it’s Vegas, the city where secrets are meant to stay hidden. Little does Cassandra know the secrets of her own past are buried there, as well.

In the shadows of the glitz and gaudy lights of Vegas lies a power struggle centuries old. One wrong step and Cassandra could destroy the delicate web of secrets. Now an enemy she never knew existed is after her and the one boy who may be the missing piece to the puzzle —and her heart— is the one person she can’t afford to trust.

 

 

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Mindy Ruiz lives in a sleepy Beach Town in Southern California. When she’s not writing, she spends her time chasing after three boys, making flirty eyes at her hunky husband, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Dallas Cowboys, and hanging out at the beach with her very large and loud Italian family.

Her career in publishing started in the 4th grade with a story about a magic, museum-hopping, chair. Now, Mindy writes young adult, new adult, and adult paranormal romance. Her books always include tormented heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of swoon-y moments that will put a smile on your face or make your heart race. Mindy is the lover of a good romance, the underdog and John Hugh’s 80′s teen movies.

When her toes aren’t in the sand or her mind isn’t in the clouds, Mindy loves hearing from readers.

 

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THE MOMENT DETECTIVE SCARLET ANNE MARTINS stepped into that prison, her resolve began to wane, a struggle she had long forgotten between heart and head. Unable to deny it any longer, the feelings she had for Alaric were strong—and her desperation to save him would ultimately be what would killed them both.
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For a super cop, her judgment in men truly failed her. But while her life, and anyone’s who tried to stop her was in mortal danger, she had to forget every single detail about Special Agent Blade. Her primary focus was getting through the next twenty-four hours without killing anyone.
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This time, her drop-dead gorgeous looks and South African accent would work against her in every way—she would be recognized in a heartbeat on the streets. With nowhere to run, she made the decision to face the peril head on and ensnare the evil that was coming for her, and the only way to do that was by giving them what they wanted.

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Release Day Blitz: ALWAYS ROOM FOR CUPCAKES by @bethanylopez2

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Today we are celebrating the release of ALWAYS ROOM FOR CUPCAKES by Bethany Lopez. This book is a romantic comedy/suspense title. Be sure to grab your copy today, and check out the giveaway below.

 

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ALWAYS ROOM FOR CUPCAKES Synopsis:

One day I was be-bopping along jamming to the music in my head while wondering if my thighs could handle grabbing a cupcake on the way home. The next thing I knew, my entire world crashed and burned.

I used to wake up at night in a sweat, crying because I’d dreamt that my husband was cheating on me, or that he hated me, and resented my kids. He’d always hold me close and tell me it was all just a dream, that he loved me and our family and that he’d never let me go.

He was a f*cking liar.

Now I spend my days taking photos of scum just like him, trying to be a champion for other’s being taken advantage of by the losers in our town, and my nights being a single mom to my beautiful twins.

I’ve got great friends who have my back, and a sexy, mysterious motorcycle man who keeps showing up when I need him. Maybe things are starting to look up, and one thing’s for sure… There’s always room for cupcakes.

 

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Cover Reveal + #Giveaway: 7 MONTHS by Bethany Lopez

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Today we are celebrating the cover reveal of 7 MONTHS by Bethany Lopez. This book is a contemporary romance title in the Time for Love series. It will be released on March 24th! Check out the cover, blurb, and giveaway below. This book is currently up for pre-order now so go grab your copy!

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7 Months (Time for Love, book 7)
By Bethany Lopez
Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Mar 24, 2016

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7 MONTHS Synopsis:

Tough, dry-witted, and intelligent, Ming has worked her whole life to be a successful lawyer, great friend, and dutiful daughter. Her focus has been on her career, but now she’s thirty-five, and the last of her friends to be single. Ming knows what she needs… A man who communicates, who won’t be intimidated by her position, a partner. She knows this, but all she wants is him…

After working side by side with his brother, Brock for years, Brady has followed his dream and become a police officer. Protecting and serving comes naturally to him, it’s what he was born to do, which is why he doesn’t know what to do with a woman who doesn’t need his strength and protection.

For 7 Months, Ming has accepted what Brady had to offer, secret nights of passion with no hope of a relationship,. But feelings have developed, and now she wants more. When Brady doesn’t want things to change, Ming has to decide if being with the man she loves is worth sacrificing everything she wants.

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EXCERPT (Brady):

Victoria narrowed her eyes and asked, “Are you keeping something from us?”
“No,” I practically shouted, then decided to get her to back off by giving her what she wanted. “You know what, go ahead… the living room is all yours. Decorate away. Just let me know what the damage is when you’re done.
“Yay!” she replied, her face brightening with excitement.
“Now, me and the little man are going to watch some football in the other room. Don’t go too crazy.”
“I won’t,” she said, moving to set the chandelier back down.
Before we could disappear into the sanctuary of my room, Victoria stopped me in my tracks when she called after me in a singsong voice, “Don’t think I’m distracted by you giving me what I want, Brady. I’m going to find out what secret you’re keeping.”
Rather than give myself away by responding, I shook my head in response and kept on my path to safety.
“Your mom scares me a little,” I told Dec as I shut my bedroom door behind us.

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My skin is still red from all the scrubbing. Even now, standing in the waiting room, I can feel it tingling.

Not far from me, the Attenborough twins talk incessantly about Andrew Jacobs. I bite my tongue, drawing blood. The mere mention of his name causes me to swear out loud and that’s the last thing I need today.

“Mara Huxtable,” the woman calls my name, and carefully, I walk to the door, still wearing the white bathrobe with the letter “I” embroidered in gold over my chest.

I follow her through the long corridor until she stops. On the door, the family motto, Fide et Marte, is written on cardboard with a poorly designed family crest. Taking a deep breath, I push the door open and smile. It’s not difficult to smile when everyone expects you to be pleased. It just hurts your insides because you don’t feel a thing.

My grandmother, Eleanor Huxtable, is sitting in the big armchair beside the fire. On the other side of her, my mother and father wait. I can see my dad’s eyes glistening with tears as he grins my way. My mother, though clearly moved, remains standing stoic, her expression neutral, but her eyes threatening to let the dam open.

“I’m leaving. Just wanted to give you this.” My father smiles as he moves closer to me and gives me a quick hug, of which I know grandmother Huxtable disapproves.

“What is it?” I ask, frowning. Usually my birthday is celebrated a week before it really is. For one, mortals don’t know about the Magical World, and two, my birthday is on October 31st, a very sacred date in our world. It’s the night when we remember those who have died because of magic.

The fact that my interment is on Halloween makes the occasion that much more solemn. There is a ball to celebrate our Magical gifts. The American Council leaders will be speaking about our past and the way the future should be.

Even if it’s a celebration, it doesn’t go unnoticed that since the English Council Leaders and others who disapprove of the New York Council’s Absorber leaders are here, everyone is on high alert. The last time they joined us, there was a massacre.

My father places a gold chain around my neck as I stare at the beautiful locket. It has gardenia flowers engraved on the gold metal, and my name on the other side with my birthday.

“It’s beautiful.” I smile as he hugs me again before quickly walking to the door. I see him wiping away tears.

“Now…do you have a partner for the ball?” my grandmother asks matter-of-fact, sitting and holding onto her cane.

I see that she’s wearing the onyx pendant. The damn thing is never off her neck. People in the family believe she’s in touch with the boy associated with it, which is slightly creepy. A woman of her age shouldn’t be hanging around a sixteen-year-old boy.

“No,” I reply when I hear the cane banging against the floor, clearly to make me divert my attention back to her.

“Well, it’s a good thing that we asked Andrew Jacobs to escort you then,” she says.

My eyes widen and I turn sharply toward my mother, who smiles and moves closer to me. “The Council approved it,” she says.

As she takes my hand, I really want to ask what the hell they’re thinking. Instead, I ask, “Did the English approve it?” I ignore my grandmother and stare right into my mother’s eyes.

“Yes,” she says, clearing her throat before leading me to the divider where the beautiful blue dress she sewed for me is hanging.

“Are they mad? Have they lost the little shred of humanity that they had?” I ask in a muted whisper.

She cups my cheek with her hand. “Darling, listen to me,” she whispers as her eyes glitter in the light. “The Readers know of your abilities.”

“What?” My voice is louder than I want it to be as panic courses through me.

“After my mother told us, she had to inform them.”

I swallow hard as I look at the floor.

“Mara,” she says softly, “you belong to one of the oldest families in the Magical community. The Huxtables have always been very powerful, and my family leads the Puerto Rican Council. No one will ever harm you.”

“But he’s an Absorber.”

She smiles. “You used to like him.”

“That was a mistake,” I huff. I grit my teeth as she smiles and moves to the other side of the partition.

“Maybe not,” she calls.

I shake my head before moving to grab the dress. Once I’m changed, I stare at my reflection and sigh. I smooth the skirt of my dress and then walk out and see Eleanor’s face twitch. Fearing the worst, I brace myself for more disapproval. The fact that my main ability will be Necromancy hasn’t settled well with her or the Huxtables. They fear reprisals from the English Council…a loss of position or something even more dramatic. I wouldn’t mind watching her getting a dress-down.

“Where is her head?” I hear Grandmother say as I roll my eyes.

“I’m right here.”

“I’m talking and you’re ignoring me then?” she asks.

My cheeks burn. “No, ma’am.”

She frowns. “Madam.”

“No, madam,” I repeat. She smiles one of her twisted smiles which usually foretell pain coming my way.

“I said Andrew is outside. He’ll escort you to the Power Room. Once you’re done there, you’ll join the ball,” she says, standing up. “Make sure that you pass the Interment with high marks. Your mother and father would be disappointed otherwise,” she adds before she walks out of the room.

As the door closes, I spy Andrew standing outside with my father, dressed in a tux, looking more handsome than the last time that I saw him.

“Ass,” I mutter.

My mother smiles as she approaches me. She pins my hair back with one of the special barrettes she made for the dance. They have flowers and tiny blue sapphires on them.

“These are beautiful,” I say so I don’t say anything else about Jacobs.

“I don’t know what happened between the two of you,” she begins as I turn around to look at her. She runs a hand through my blonde ringlets. “You might feel different after tonight.”

“I don’t think so,” I say vehemently as she kisses my cheek and then grins.

“I’ll bet you twenty dollars you will,” she sing-songs on her way to the door.

I frown. “What do you know?” I ask, watching her, but she never slows down. My eyes move to Andrew, who is holding the door open for my mother. Clearly scoring points.

“You look…” he says breathlessly as he stares at me.

“What?” I say, glaring his way.

“Come on, Huxtable.” He grins and I can feel the smile chipping away at my annoyance, but stand my ground.

“I’m going to say this once, Jacobs. It’s never going to happen,” I declare, mainly because I’m still hurt that he broke up with me because he thought we should cool our relationship down before we ended up having to elope. I turn, walking out the door, ignoring the arm he’s offering me.

He lets out a slow whistle. “Good thing there’s no time,” he says as I glance at him and notice the grin on his face.

“Dream on. All you’re getting out of tonight is me stepping on your toes when we dance,” I say as I stalk away from him.

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