Wednesday, September 24, 2014

#Excerpt: GARRET by Allie Everhart

“So you obviously have a thing for this girl,” Decker says.
I shake my head. “No, I just met her. I don’t know anything about her.”
“Yeah, but you want to. You want her for yourself. Otherwise you wouldn’t have yelled at me just now.”
Is it that obvious? I’m usually better at hiding this stuff.
“It’s not that. I just think you should leave her alone, Dek. She just got here and she needs time to adjust. She’s from Iowa, so this is a big change for her. I bet she’s never even been to Connecticut before today.”
He nudges me, smiling. “And you want to be the one to show her around, right?”
“Don’t be an ass. I was just being nice to her. That’s it.”
“If she’s from Iowa, what the hell is she doing going to Moorhurst?”
I hesitate, not sure if I want to tell him. But he figures it out.
“Wait. Is she the scholarship winner?”
I nod, then drink my beer.
“Did you tell her who you are?”
“Not yet.” 
I glance at the door and see two hot blondes walking in. Long legs. Short skirts. Big breasts. I keep my eyes on them but that image of Jade remains in my head and the hot blondes aren’t looking so hot.
“Why didn’t you tell her?”
“Because she doesn’t need to know. She’d feel uncomfortable around me if she knew my dad was paying for her school.”
“Do you plan on seeing her again?”
“Yeah, we’re going out tomorrow. I’m taking her to the party.”
The hot blondes spot me from across the room and smile. I don’t smile back but they still start walking toward me.
“You have to tell her who you are, Garret. She’ll be pissed if she finds out later.”
“Yeah, well, I’m not ready to tell her. And besides, what difference does it make? I’m not the one paying for her school. My dad is. It has nothing to do with me.”
“You need to tell her, especially if you want to be friends with her. Or more than friends. Actually, you can’t be more than friends. You can’t date the scholarship winner.”
“Why the hell not?”
“Because your dad would kill you. And Katherine would kill you.”
“I don’t give a shit about Katherine. And my dad doesn’t need to know. I’m in college now. He needs to stay out of my business.”
Decker sighs. “Do not do this, Garret. You get in enough trouble with your dad. Just leave the girl alone.”
Speaking of girls, the hot blondes are now approaching me. They almost look like twins. I’ve never been with twins before.
“Hey.” The one girl steps in front of me. I’m still standing next to the keg and she reaches behind me to get a cup. Correction. She uses the cup as an excuse to grope me. Instead of going around me, she leans in and presses her entire body against mine. Her arm goes behind me as she slowly takes a cup from the stack.
“Excuse me.” She smiles at me, our bodies still pressed together. “I just needed a cup.”
My one hand is at my side, the other is holding my beer. Normally, I’d grab the girl’s ass and pull her aside and see if I want to take this somewhere. And given the way her twin is eyeing me, I’m seeing a threesome in my future. Never had one of those.
“I’m Kristy,” the girl fondling me says. She had her hand on my ass but now it’s snaking down my chest, heading for my belt. “And that’s Misty.” She nods back to the other blonde.
Kristy and Misty? Seriously? I feel like I just walked on the set of a porn film.
“Are you two twins?” Decker asks. His eyes are huge, his voice eager. He’s such a nerd sometimes. This is why he doesn’t get girls. He doesn’t know how to play it cool.
“Yeah, we’re twins,” Misty says, meeting up with her sister. Now they’ve both got their hands on my chest and I have nowhere to go. The table is behind me and I can’t move. I’m trapped with two hot blondes attached to me. Should be every guy’s dream. 
But I’m not interested. Not tonight. I know that’s completely crazy. Any other guy would jump at this opportunity. Grab an open bedroom and go for it.
That’s exactly what Decker’s thinking. He’s got his jealous smile going and he says, “Garret, I’ll see you later.”
He’s being a friend, doing what he’s supposed to do. Getting out of the way so I can take part in whatever these girls have planned for me. But I’m just not feeling it. 
“Dek, wait.” I peel the girls off me and walk past them toward Decker.
“Hey,” Kristy says. “Where are you going?”
“I have a girlfriend,” I say, glancing back at her.
I hear her huff, then say to her twin, “Since when does that matter?”
I don’t know why I said that. I don’t have a girlfriend. And I just turned down a threesome. What the hell is wrong with me?
I picture those jewel-toned eyes. That beautiful face. That sweet smile. That’s what’s wrong with me. I can’t stop thinking of Jade.

Book & Author Details:
Garret by Allie Everhart 
Publication date: September 19th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

This full-length novel is Garret’s point of view from CHOOSING YOU (The Jade Series #1).

My life is nothing but rules. Rules for how I act. How I dress. Who I date. Who my friends are. I hate the rules and yet I keep following them. Until I met Jade. Being with her is forbidden. She’s not one of us. She’s not allowed in my world. But I don’t care. She’s different and I like her and I want her. And the fact that she wants nothing to do with me makes me want her even more.

But my father won’t allow it. Neither will the people around me. Being with Jade means making deals, blackmail, bribes–whatever it takes to keep my relationship with her a secret.

Jade has no idea what my life is like. She doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t know about my family and what they’re involved in. And although I can’t tell her all my secrets, there’s one rule she must know: Never ask questions. It’s a rule that I live by. Because in my world, knowing the answers can get you killed.

Choosing You by Allie Everhart
(The Jade Series #1)
Publication date: September 23rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But that plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a wealthy prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in.

Jade tries to push him away but she can’t deny her attraction to him and Garret won’t let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt when reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences.

As the two of them try to overcome the obstacles working to keep them apart, Jade is confronted with another challenge. On her 19th birthday, she receives a letter that her now deceased mother wrote years ago. In it are revelations that explain her traumatic childhood but also make her question the past she’s been running from. 

Allie Everhart writes books about dating, love, and romance. She’s also a freelance health writer for magazines and websites. She loves to read as much as she loves to write. And when she’s not reading or writing, she’s outside running, which is when she gets her best book ideas.

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