EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
by Andrea Heltsley
Lexi has sworn off guys for good.
She’s always been a hot mess, but accidentally finding her boyfriend of three years cheating on her is just too much for her to handle.
All she wants is to get this summer done and over with, so she and her best friend Elena can travel cross country for college. Then she will finally be free of this town, the friends that dropped her in favor of her ex, and her klutzy reputation.
Lexi's policy was working perfectly, until a guy named Mason comes to her rescue. Not once but twice in one night. For once, her mishaps have led to something good.
She’s feeling things that scare her, but she’s drawn to him. Can Mason break through her walls, or will she stick to her plan and steer clear of him?
Note: This is a new adult romantic comedy. Recommended for ages 17+ due to mature content.
Without a word, I pulled Elena away and let her lean on me for balance. The guy grumbled at me. I steeled my eyes at him until he finally turned and left. She pouted for a minute, but by the time we were halfway across the yard, she had already forgotten about it.
Every step we made, she struggled a bit more to keep upright. By the time we made it to the back door, I had to set her down to stop and breathe. My muscles were cramped from her weight and I wasn’t sure how I was going to get her through the house, the front yard, and all the way down the street to the car.
Preparing to make the trek through the house into the masses, I pulled Elena up and promptly fell over. All I could do was brace myself for the fall, but then strong hands caught me and set me back up. Relief spilled through me and I turned to see who had saved me and Elena.
It was Mason and he was grinning at us. His teeth were white and perfect, as I could only expect from someone so gorgeous. He was even better looking in the light. It really was too bad I was anti-men right now.
“Thanks, I was almost a goner. You’ve saved me twice tonight.”
“It’s no problem, Lexi. Is this your friend?”
“Yeah, she’s pretty much past drunk and almost comatose. I’m not sure how I’m going to get her to the car. I barely got her across the backyard.”
Okay, where to start? I'm a big fan of Andrea and really enjoy all her works, but this one was different.
There is nothing paranormal about this book; the characters, setting and issues are all real. You could call this a coming of age novel, but it wouldn't do it justice.
This book defines what it means to grow up, lose first love, know betrayal of the harshest kind, find love when you don't want it and what a true friend is. This is the tale of a girl who finds out what true love is just before her life changes.
This book is about what it's like to be a teen: the parties, the hooking up, the journey to find one's self, and the pain of being wrong about people.
It's about discovering that love knows no distance or time, and that when you find it you'll do anything to keep it.
This story had me laughing till it hurt, rolling my eyes, yelling and threatening characters, but most of all realizing that this story is mine.
We're all Lexi: we all know the pain of losing first love, of being cheated on, of finding love when to don't want it, of having the best friend you can't imagine living without and of growing up.
This story is exceptionally long, there aren't any John Green moments, but it is real and it will speak to you. Yes, there are some sexy scenes and some moments that will have you shaking your head, but it's an amazing book and I greatly enjoyed reading it.
I'm not saying it will change your life, but I am saying that it shows you what life is about.
About the Author
Andrea Heltsley is a new adult and young adult author. She left the world of science, started writing in 2012 and hasn't stopped since. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and two Italian Greyhounds. Ice cream, coffee and candy are always necessities. When writing, Andrea loves to listen to all kinds of music and always has a candle burning. When she's not writing, you can find her nose in a book. Her favorite forms of entertainment are reading, listening to Shakira and watching Bitten and The Vampire Diaries.
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