EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
(Family Portrait Book 5)
(Family Portrait Book 5)
by Gillian Felix
Bad Uncle, the fifth book in the Gillian Felix's Family Portrait series, is ON SALE for only $0.99 (US only).
Bad Uncle is currently on tour with Plain Talk Book Marketing. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Also available: Changes (FREE on Amazon, B&N, iTunes, and Smashwords; read my blog post), The Banovic Siblings, Bastard's Brew (read my blog post), and Perfect Escape (read my blog post).
Who needs enemies when you’ve got family.
The stars are aligned in Adriana’s favor, but secrets have a way of exposing themselves just when everything is perfect. As Adriana and Haze’s relationship heads south, Carys is ready to pounce. Will Adriana’s lies drive the man she loves into the arms of another?
Meanwhile Zax is finally with his dream girl, but why can’t he get his best friend’s girl out of his mind? When she turns to him for advice on how to be a better girlfriend, can he put his selfish desires aside, or will he follow his siblings and take what he wants despite the consequences?
When Kevin’s lifestyle puts innocent L’Wren in danger, his retaliation brings his ruthless uncle back to Los Angeles and into the lives of his family. In Bad Uncle you’ll get to know the man who has the power to change the legacy of the Banovic family forever.
Note: Suitable for adults 18+
Haze sat in his car outside of the high school that Adriana attended. He was early and classes were still in session. It made sense to him why she didn’t want to tell her parents about them. He’d also sensed that she was hiding something, and now he knew. All those months she’d played him for a fool. She made him fall in love with her. What kind of sick game was she playing?
He went over their times together and wondered if she had been honest with him but he heard what he wanted. Was he so desperate that he imagined that she was older than she really was? The bell rang and the girls came out in their uniforms. He saw them scatter off in different directions; then he spotted Adriana. She was in uniform, her raven hair was in a single long braid down to her waist, and her blue eyes shone as she talked and laughed with one of the girls. Haze looked at her as if seeing her for the first time. She looked fifteen; why didn’t he see it before?
Her smile disappeared when she spotted his Toyota Rav4.
“Haze.” She looked in through the passenger window.
“Get in. Your dad sent me to pick you up,” Haze said icily without looking at her.
Adriana got in and sat quietly. She placed her books on her lap and buckled her seatbelt. Haze drove off without saying a word.
The tension in the air was so thick that Adriana felt that she couldn’t breathe.
“My love, I can explain,” Adriana said quietly.
“Don’t call me that.” Haze gritted his teeth. “Don’t EVER call me that!”
“I’m sorry, Haze.” Adriana felt her heart ripping out of her chest. She had never seen him so angry.
“You lied to me, Adriana! For months you fucked with my feelings for your own personal enjoyment.”
“I love you,” she cried.
“Shut up! You don’t know what love is! I fucking loved you, Adriana!” A tear rolled down his cheek. “I wanted a life with you! I wanted a future with you!” He slammed his fist on the steering wheel.
Adriana saw his knuckles turn white as he gripped the steering wheel.
“Did you laugh at me? Did you tell your little friends what you were doing to me? Did you tell them that I almost fucked you?”
“Don’t say it like that! You make it sound dirty!” Adriana wept openly.
“I’m a pervert or pedophile.” More tears rolled down Haze’s cheeks.
“I lied because I love you, and I was afraid that if you knew the truth, you’d leave me.”
“Yeah? Well, I guess you’re right about something.”
“I don’t ever want to see you again, Adriana. When you get home, tell your parents I quit. Tell them why I quit; tell them YOU BROKE ME.” Haze pulled up to the curb in front of the gates of the manor.
“Haze, this can’t be over. Please, Haze, please try to understand,” Adriana pleaded. She tried to touch him, but he flinched.
“I can’t, I don’t want this to be over. You have to believe that I love you. I love you more than anything.”
“GET OUT, Adriana!” he shouted.
“NO! I’m not leaving. I don’t care who knows.”
Haze got out of his car and started walking down the street. Adriana got out and ran after him.
“I love you, Haze, please!” she cried and Haze turned away.
She stepped in front of him and forced him to look at her. “I know you love me. I know what we have is real.”
“It was all a lie.”
She held on to him. “No, baby, it wasn’t. I promise I’ll be good. I’ll tell you everything. I’ll never keep anything from you. I promise.”
Haze pried her away from him. “I have to go.” He walked back to his car and Adriana watched him drive away. She sank to the sidewalk and sobbed.
Praise for the Series
"These characters will forge a place in your heart and mind as they fall into three categories, the good, the bad and the ones who must straddle the line with great care." ~ Dii Bylo, Tome Tender Book Reviewer
"The endless drama is still here and I can’t seem to get enough of it. The plot gets even more complicated and every character receives even more depth and complexity." ~ Jola, Book reviewer
"I absolutely loved this story written at a very high standard very talented one not to be overlooked. Highly recommend 5 mind blowing stars! My playlist for this book would be The Killers – Direct Hits 2013." ~ Nikki, Book reviewer
"Changes gets an overall rating of 9 on 10 for the excellent storytelling, smart characterization and interesting plot. The story is good enough to be made into a TV series." ~ Ondrilla De, Book reviewer
"The writing in this series continues to be amazing, as are the characters and their continued development." ~ Teresa Kander
From the Author
Thank you for reading Bad Uncle, book 5 in the Family Portrait novel series.
I love love love getting responses from readers about the characters, storylines etc. This novel was intended to be a television series and is a labor of love for me. These characters have danced around in my mind since I was a kid. Over the years they have grown up with me (the Banovic and DaCosta parents) and now I get to introduce you to their off springs. Thank you for joining me on this journey.
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About the Author
Gillian Felix was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She grew up watching night time soap operas by Aaron Spelling with her mother. That’s where her obsession with rich, powerful and devious characters were born. After repeatedly seeing Mr. Spelling’s name on the screen night after night, Gillian knew she wanted to be an Aaron Spelling, before she knew that Aaron Spelling was actually a person.
Gillian have been involved in the entertainment industry for over ten years. She is an entrepreneur and advocate for women and children’s rights. She enjoys hiking and volunteering.
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