The critics loved her. As a result, her agent had received several inquiries from Hollywood and was currently negotiating a development deal for her. He was still in bed, watching her bounce around, talking and brushing teeth all at once. He wanted to always remember her like this always—vibrant and happy, her blue eyes shining as she padded around wearing nothing but one of his dress shirts and a pair of footie socks. She laughed, tossed the toothbrush aside and gleefully pounced on him. This I why I love you, Mikey. The remark made him flinch inwardly.
The girl in the slinky black dress and matching stiletto heels was perched on the edge of a high-backed barstool at the far end of the bar. She was trying hard to blend in with the rest of the Thursday night crowd. Unfortunately, God had given her certain features that made blending inherently difficult. She fidgeted anxiously with the metal strap of her black designer clutch with one hand while the other fingered the ends of her lusciously long blonde hair, twirling them around the tips of her fingers like she was skillfully performing some type of lesser-known crocheting technique. It was the nervous habit of a girl who had blossomed late in life, never being able to fully develop the same confidence of those who had always been beautiful. With a despondent sigh, she reached into her bag and pulled out a small silver cell phone. Her fingers wrapped tightly around the helpless device, suffocating it mercilessly as she mustered up enough courage to glance at the screen. Just as it had been five minutes ago and five minutes before that.
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Jennifer Weiner is the author of nine best-selling books. Her latest novel, Who Do You Love , tells the story of Rachel Blum a nd Andy Landis, who meet as kids in an ER waiting room — then come together again and again throughout their adolescence and into adulthood. They dated in college. In this scene, the characters are seeing each other for the first time after a breakup three years prior. They walked in silence through the parking lot. When they got to his car, he hugged her, holding her tightly against him, an embrace still on the right side of propriety, one that could still be considered friendly, but only just. When they broke apart, her face was flushed, her eyes shining.
Ripped is the fifth book in Katy Evans's new adult Real series. When an angry, heartbroken girl is forced to be near her rocker ex-boyfriend, only time will tell if the fire between them will consume them both. Read two sexy excerpts below from Ripped before its release on Dec. Silver eyes meet mine—silver like a wolf 's, heavy-lidded, both tender and eerily sharp. His lips are curled into this adorable smile, and I know right then and there that my boyfriend loves that I suggested a bed, of course. He lifts one arm to point at the desiccated swordfish on the wall of the yacht we've stolen into. It's not ours, but this is one of our hiding places.