EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
by J. Nathan
All Andi Parker has ever wanted, all she’s ever dreamed of, is a spot on the Olympic track team. But when a near-fatal accident leaves her hospitalized with serious injuries and shattered dreams, she’s not only uncertain what her future holds but also completely alone.
Drew Slater is a wanted man. Professional football teams want him for his arm. Women want him for his good looks and magnetic personality. But the well-crafted disguise he wears, the one that helps him score on and off the field, hides secrets. Conceals lies. Threatens the happiness of everyone around him.
One chance encounter brings Andi and Drew together, changing their worlds in ways they never thought possible. Unfortunately, what they thought they knew about themselves - and each other - might just be the biggest lie of all.
He approached the chair beside my bed and dropped down into it, keeping his eyes trained on mine.
A devious smirk tipped his lips as he placed the bag on the floor and lowered my tray table in the space between us. He reached inside the crinkly bag, letting his hand linger. I’d give him props. He definitely knew how to pique my curiosity. His hand slid out grasping a shot glass. His eyes stayed on mine as he placed it on the empty tray table in front of him. Then he reached back in and pulled out a second glass.
A slow sexy smile skated across his lips as he slid the glass across the table in front of me. But he wasn’t done. He reached back in the bag and pulled out a full bottle of vodka.
“Seriously?” I laughed.
He nodded. “You scared?”
“Scared I’m gonna drink you under the table.”
He threw back his head and let loose a shoulder shaking laugh. So carefree. So comfortable. So unbelievably breathtaking.
But once it continued much longer than necessary, I crossed my arms over the UNC printed on my powder-blue T-shirt. “Are we playing a game or just trying to get sloppy drunk?”
His laughter subsided as he dug into his pocket and pulled out a quarter, holding it up so the fluorescent lights in my room reflected off it.
“So, we’re wagering?”
He nodded. “And with the pain meds getting the liquor to your head quicker, you being drunk off your ass is just an added bonus.”
I swallowed down. Hard.
“Now if I win…” He twisted his lips like he really needed to consider the stakes. “I get to give you a sponge bath.”
He said it so matter-of-factly, it threw me for a loop. Then again, it seemed like a win-win for me.
“If you win,” he continued. “You give me a sponge bath.”
“Who said I’d want to give you a sponge bath?” I totally did.
“Seriously? Have you seen me?”
I almost choked on the arrogance floating around the room. But in all honesty, I liked it. Too much. A guy who knew who he was and what he wanted turned me on. It’s what I was drawn to. What I normally sought out. I nodded toward the vodka. “Where’d you get it?”
“My buddy Avery smuggled it in.”
“All in an effort to get me drunk?”
His smile spread wide. “All in an effort to get you drunk and give you a sponge bath.”
“Ever think of just asking?”
Praise for the Book
"An unputdownable page turner. A gripping story from the start, that kept my attention with its wonderful writing, flirty, sexy banter, heart breaking moments and a plot I did not see coming." ~ Dalitza
"I have never read this author before, but wow, this book was really, really good. And I don't even know where to start this review, because there are several twists to this story and I don't want to give a single one of them away. One I saw coming, one I suspected, and one I had NO IDEA and it blew me away when I read it. So, yeah, this book was good." ~ Smitten with Reading
"Really enjoyed this one! Great story showing how one event can change lives forever. Excellent writing and story with a great pace. Seriously couldn't put this one down. Had some very interesting twist and turns that kept you interested and wanting more. This is a new to me author but I will definitely be reading the first book and looking for more in the future. I highly recommend this one." ~ Bette Hansen
"This book was so good! There were a couple twists and turns, some I saw coming and a really big one that I did not. This was fast-paced, sexy, romantic, had some witty banter and an interesting plot. I really liked both characters. This book also has a really great epilogue! I loved this story and can't wait to read more by this author!" ~ mandy
" ... this book was like no other that I have had the pleasure of reading and it was a completely different kind of NA novel. I absolutely loved it. There are so many juicy and delicious plot twist and turns in this enthralling page turner of a story ... " ~ Red Cheeks Reads
From the Author
I'm a total romance junkie! Add an alpha male who's unlikable in the beginning ... even better. Happy endings are a must. Don’t leave me with an unexpected cliffhanger or someone dying in the end. I’ll be depressed for days. Love triangles and negative people are the bane of my existence. My family, friends, sangria, and watermelon margaritas are the light …
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