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He hides a life of hell. His father hates him, his mother’s gone. Emma is his only savior, yet she doesn’t know her power over him. She’s the only girl he wants, the only one he could ever tell–though he won’t.
I’m stronger, bigger, more of a man than he’ll ever be, but because I ruined his life, I’ve taken his crap, his attacks, the vulgar nature of his existence.
Until she discovers Gray’s embarrassment, his humiliation. Emma fights for him and for a chance. Theirs is a Cinderella story that she believes impossible. But as the layers peel back, it’s just a guy who needs a girl in order to keep breathing.
My mind is already doodling Mrs. Grayson Ford in imaginary notebooks. He has no clue where my head is at… But, given that I didn’t see what just happened coming, maybe I have no clue where his head is at either.
“Tell me a story, Emma.” He inches closer. “Tell me something that takes us far away from here.”
That’s his thing. He hates here, which I don’t entirely get. But he loves that I’m a dreamer, that I can transport us far away when we close our eyes. It’s something we’ve done since we were kids, and even when I can’t breathe lying next to him, the familiarity is as intoxicating as it is soothing.
Okay. I can do this. “Eyes closed, Gray.”
I breathe in deeply and think of something that moves us away from now. I can’t think of anything because I’ve never loved a moment as much as this one.
“Are your eyes still closed, Emma?”
They are. I nod. “Yup.”
There’s a shift of his weight as he moves on the bed, coming closer. “Keep them closed.”
My lungs ache. My heart’s exploding, and my senses are hyper-alive. My lips part, wanting to tell him a story, wanting to kiss him more than I want to breathe. My eyelashes flutter.
“Closed, Ems.” His low voice rakes over me.
I’m dying. In heaven. Right now.
His side touches my side. The heat from his body covers mine. His soft breaths torture my cheek… my chin… then hover over my lips.
Unable to control myself, I feel my hips shift. My chin tilts up. Anticipation squeezes deep into my soul. He’s watching me. My eyes are still shut, but I can feel his gaze as his finger touches my hair, sliding down the strands to the slope of my collarbone.
I’m ready—swooning, melting, panting—for a kiss.
“God, you are beautiful, Ems,” he whispers.
My eyes open, and my mind spins. The vibrant green of his are inches away.
“What are we doing?”
“I’m memorizing what takes me away. What saves me.”
“You’ve—” My whispering voice cracks, but I don’t care how I sound. I’m toeing the cusp of all I ever wanted.
“We’re done ignoring us.” His hand cups my face, fingers stroking my cheeks down to my chin. When my lips part, his eyes drop to my mouth, focusing on my lips.
I’ve been kissed. Dates. Dares. However they’ve happened, I’ve had a few solid moments of PG-rated hookups. Nothing I have ever experienced has anything on this moment, and Gray’s lips haven’t even touched mine.
His heavy weight lies atop of me, but one arm props him up, so I’m not crushed. I can’t think. Just feel. A kiss has never been more meant to be. Then his lips touch mine. I breathe him in.
“Ladies, meet your next book boyfriend, Grayson Ford. …a deep, emotionally triggered read.” -Romance Ever After
“5 stars! …sweet and steamy with just enough drama thrown in.” – Give Me Books
“She’s done it again. From guns and studs to a coming of age romance, Cristin Harber can write it ALL! ” -NYT Bestselling Author JB Salsbury
“Cristin Harber is the master! Awesome. I was hooked on page one.” – NYT Bestselling Author Claudia Connor
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Ebook ISBN-10: 1942236107
Ebook ISBN-13: 978-1-942236-10-8
Paperback ISBN-10: 1-942236-12-3
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-942236-12-2