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TWO STEPS BEHIND YOU

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Two Steps Behind You is a NA Thriller threaded with romance and suspense.
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Have you ever had the feeling that someone or something is watching you?
That eerie sensation that causes a chill to skitter down your spine, the hairs at the back of your neck to rise.
The innate instinct that you are not alone?
Delilah never expected to be on the receiving end of these sensations for so long.
Friendly with everyone while still feeling at a distance, no one would have a reason to stalk her.
Right?
No one would have a reason to punish her mistakes.
Wrong.
Someone is messing with Delilah.
Popular and kind, it’s easy for someone unhinged to become consumed, obsessed.
Either that or she has a severe ghost infestation.
Could it be a coincidence that the strange happenings only start when her new friend and her shady brother with a controlling streak move to town?
Paranoia can be your worst enemy.

Title: SPARROW
Author: Victoria Jayne
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Designs
Editor: Toni Rakestraw
Publication Date: Sept. 14, 2021
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:

Regrets. She has a few. 

Nothing went how Sparrow Malone planned. Her boyfriend didn’t get clean. She didn’t take the entrance exam, and the motorcycle club her father had been a part of is crumbling. To add insult to injury, Jacob didn’t stay in Montana. 

Screw him over once, shame on her. Do it twice, shame on him. Jacob gave up on Sparrow when he left without her two years ago. But Odin’s Fury Motorcycle Club still had business in Ohio, which meant he did too. 

The first time, it wasn’t their fault. Their second chance didn’t end well. While both swore never to repeat past mistakes, they can’t help themselves. 

With the two clubs merging into one, it’s either going to be third time’s a charm or three strikes and they’re out.

Victoria Jayne is the epitome of a Jersey Girl. She doesn’t [know how to] pump her own gas, enjoys pork roll, and grew up on the Jersey Shore. The only daughter sandwiched between two brothers, she was a bit of a Tom-boy as a child.

As an adult, she’s lived throughout the state of New Jersey. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She earned her Masters degree in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling from Walden University. She’s worked in the human services field since 2005.

She met her sports journalist husband in an online audio/visual chat room. After a few years of dating, they got married and have two darling daughters.

When not writing, Victoria enjoys baking with her daughters, rooting for the New Jersey Devils, thinking of home improvement projects for her husband, and staying up far too late chatting on Discord.

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A fling, a moment of weakness, a fond memory, those were the things Jacob Karolsson was supposed to be. He was supposed to stay in her goddamn fantasy and in fucking Montana.

Okay, one time. There was one time she’d allow him into Ohio. The rally. She’d concede that. He could come for the rally and she would avoid it like the plague. It shouldn’t be too hard. It was good to have a plan.

“You got any Jameson back there?” he asked once the crowd practically parted for him to walk to the bar. The whiteness of his teeth was a stark contrast to his dark beard as he put his elbows on the bar top, smiled, and leaned over it.

Frozen in place, Sparrow looked him over as though she wasn’t sure he was real. Enforcer. Blinking at him, she realized he’d gotten an officer position. When her gaze made it to his light blue eyes, she stuffed the lollipop in her mouth.

Jesus Christ those eyes.

Something jabbed her in the side, and the trance was broken. The hum of conversation over Aerosmith rushed to her ears, and she turned to see Kimber holding a bottle of Jameson, and peering at her questionably. Caught staring at him like a high school girl with a crush. Could she be any more pathetic?

Taking it, she offered a smile to Kimber first and then looked to Jacob. Still grinning, he seemed to have added a bit of smugness to it. Clearing her throat, she half-filled a lowball glass and placed it on a napkin for him.

Placing a twenty on the bar, he reached for his glass, allowing his digits to graze hers. Fire danced up her fingers, over her hand, and through her arm. She should have yanked her hand back. She should have looked away from him. She shouldn’t have turned into a puddle where she stood. 

“Thank you,” he mouthed before pulling the glass away from her and bringing it to his lips.

Could someone sip whiskey sexily? Was it possible? It shouldn’t be. As much as she wanted to fan herself, she couldn’t. So, she did the next best thing. “You got this?” She may have asked Kimber the question, but she had no intention of staying for the answer.

“No! Wait, I…” Kimber’s voice trailed off as Sparrow made her way out the door of the bar. Dick move. She knew it, but if the woman knew what the hell it was about, she’d understand. Anyone who had any inkling of what had gone on between Sparrow and Jacob would understand why she’d just fled the bar.

The cool Ohio air chilled her heated skin as she walked along the side of the cinderblock building, heading for the back parking lot. She just needed to walk to her car and to drive away from all of it. It was too real.

Her car. Fuck. She didn’t have her car.

As the realization hit, she turned, and her back pressed against the bricks. Closing her eyes, her head hit the wall. She needed to figure out a way to handle these little pop-ups.

“I’m going to have to buy you a new shirt.” The deep timbre of his voice heated her just as much as the memory of his touch did.

“Why are you here?” she demanded without looking. The accusation in her tone wasn’t on purpose, but it was too late now. It’d been said.

The heat of his body close to hers tickled her skin. She might as well have been set on fire at the feel of his hands on her face. Before she could stop herself, she nuzzled into his palm. He made her lose her fucking head with the slightest of touches.

“Do you mean Ohio or the bar?” he whispered in her ear when he brushed his bearded cheek against hers. It looked coarse, but his facial hair was impossibly soft. The feel of it had her face tingling as much as his breath along her neck.

Title: Written in the Stars Boxed Set
Author: L.L. Hunter
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Kila Designs
Publication Dates: Aug. 31st, 2021
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:

Freelance writer Chloe Vanderbilt never imagined her life would become a story.

As a Hollywood gossip columnist for one of Australia’s biggest entertainment websites, she’d always written about the lives of those far more glamourous than herself

This Boxed set collection includes books 1 – 5 in the Written in the Stars series, plus the two short stories, A Touch of Sparkle and One Year in Hollywood.

L.L. Hunter is the author of over 20 published works, including The Legend of the Archangel Series and The Garden of Eden. She has studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science, and dramatic arts, but has always known her true calling was to be an author. 

She has been writing since her teens – everything from fan fiction, to song lyrics, to plays and musicals. When not working on her next paranormal romance, she can be found at home in Australia, reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of her “fur babies.” Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @llhunterbooks, and her blog – http://llhunter.blogspot.com.au.
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Title: JACOB
Author: Victoria Jayne
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Designs

Editor: Toni Rakestraw
Publication Date: Aug. 31st, 2021
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:

Memories aren’t enough. 

As the son of Odin’s Fury Motorcycle Club’s VP, Jacob “Romeo” Karolsson has a lot to live up to. Going to Ohio for club business is his opportunity to prove himself. If he does it right, he can also use it as his second chance with Sparrow Malone, the one that got away seven years ago. 

But Sparrow has goals and a life of her own. As the daughter of a fallen biker, she knows a woman’s place in an MC all too well. It’s her place within the club she’s not sure about. Then Jacob rides back into town and steals her self-control, her decency, and her morals. 

Amid lollipops, love letters, and a serenade, their undeniable connection draws them to each other. But their club obligations may keep them apart. In a world where loyalty is everything, they have to decide where theirs lie and what is worth sacrificing.

Victoria Jayne is the epitome of a Jersey Girl. She doesn’t [know how to] pump her own gas, enjoys pork roll, and grew up on the Jersey Shore. The only daughter sandwiched between two brothers, she was a bit of a Tom-boy as a child.

As an adult, she’s lived throughout the state of New Jersey. She graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She earned her Masters degree in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling from Walden University. She’s worked in the human services field since 2005. 

She met her sports journalist husband in an online audio/visual chat room. After a few years of dating, they got married and have two darling daughters. 

When not writing, Victoria enjoys baking with her daughters, rooting for the New Jersey Devils, thinking of home improvement projects for her husband, and staying up far too late chatting on Discord.

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“You’re sorry?” The deep husky voice came from behind. Jolting, she dropped her apron in startled surprise. With her hand over her chest, trying to keep her heart from bursting through it pounded so hard, she turned.

 

Unprepared for what she saw, her mouth fell open and her heart lodged in her throat.

 

She didn’t immediately recognize him. For the first few seconds, all she saw was his height and facial hair. It wasn’t until she scanned up to his eyes. Those glacier-colored pools. She’d never forget them. The light blue irises burned as they bored into her.

 

The mohawk was gone. In its place, thick dark hair hung just past his chin. Or where she thought his chin would be. He wore a full beard trimmed neatly. It hid the beautiful features she remembered from his youth. Oh, his chin dimple. The little divot she wanted to poke so badly when he was a kid couldn’t be seen.

 

“Jacob?” she whispered, and her heart resumed its rapid beats for a completely new reason. Was it really him or just another dream of them meeting up again? If she moved, he might disappear. She might wake up. So, she stood perfectly still, staring at him.

 

He kept his distance, just inside the back room, with the door closed behind him. Muffled rock music came through the walls, along with inaudible conversations from the few patrons of the bar. However, in that room, the heavy silence weighed her down.

 

In her dreams, he’d speak, but often so softly, she barely heard him. Licking her bottom lip, she worried she’d forgotten his true voice. Then again, would he sound the same seven years later? She willed him to speak, silently pleading with him to say something, anything, just to hear him again. What he’d said before, when she had her back to him, it didn’t count. She wasn’t paying attention. She didn’t know it was him. She did now. He had her full attention. If he would just speak.

 

Instead, he remained stock-still. His tall, lean body blocked the only exit, but she didn’t feel trapped. If anything, there was far too much space between them. As though her feet were cemented to the floor, unable to move, she took the opportunity to assess him. The grown version of him.

 

Starting at his feet, scuffed motorcycle boots made her grin. She’d imagined him riding the long hours from Montana to Ohio with the wind ripping through the bit of hair that escaped the bottom of his helmet.

 

Loose-fitting, faded jeans were torn at his left knee with a chain attached to his belt loop. The left side of her mouth curled upward in an involuntary half grin as she spotted the small—considering he was from Montana, home to many a cowboy—belt buckle.

 

He wore a faded Metallica t-shirt, which he’d loosely tucked into his jeans. Over it, as was the tradition for every biker, was his cut. Those leather vests were a second skin, only coming off to sleep, and that was if they didn’t pass out first.

 

She took a moment to appreciate his club’s little patches. Some were standard, like the four F’s he had on his side. Every club had a version of it. She guessed he stood for “Fury forever, forever Fury.” Her father’s was RFFR which stood for “Roughnecks forever, forever Roughnecks.” The diamond on his left shoulder with “1%” in it was far too familiar. His club was an outlaw club, too.

 

The American Motorcyclist Association commented forever ago that 99% of motorcyclists were law-abiding citizens, the implication being the last one percent were outlaws. It became a badge of honor to clubs like the Roughneck Riders and, apparently, Odin’s Fury.

 

Beneath his outlaw patch, a “Member” tag was stitched under his road name: Romeo. Immediately that half-smile she had for his belt buckle dropped. Heat flamed in her cheeks. What did that mean? A spike of irrational jealousy rippled through her. The idea of him earning a reputation for seducing women had her clenching her jaw, despite knowing it was a ridiculous reaction.

 

“Why’d you stop writing?” His voice sounded restrained.

 

His question, his voice—deeper than she remembered, yanked her out of her insecurity. She had no business caring. She had no claim on him. He wanted to be Romeo, some Lothario biker thinking he’s God’s gift to women, let him. It wasn’t any skin off her nose.

 

Title: Wolf Untamed
Author: Alexis Calder
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Melody Simmons
Editor: Zoe’s Author Services
Publication Date: Aug. 26th, 2021
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:

You can only trust yourself. 

They say it’s more dangerous being a lone wolf. I say having friends isn’t worth the pain. Everyone I’ve ever known has betrayed me. You’d think by now, I’d learn not to trust anyone. 

My old pack wants me dead. My true mate wants to break the bond. My inner wolf is a no-show. The decks are stacked against me and if I survive this, I have no idea where to go next. 

I’m out of tricks and out of allies but there’s one path I haven’t tried: finding my father. My mom warned me against him but at this point, how can my life get any worse? 

Wolf Untamed is the second book in a trilogy. It is intended for readers 17+ due to steamy situations and dark themes. This book ends on a cliffhanger and is not a standalone.

Alexis Calder writes sassy heroines and sexy heroes with a sprinkle of sarcasm. She lives in the Rockies and drinks far too much coffee and just the right amount of wine.

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Title: Wolf Marked
Author: Alexis Calder
Genre: NA PNR Shifter Romance, Rejected Mates
Cover Designer: Melody Simmons
Publication Date: July 29th, 2021
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:

They tried to break me. Now I’m going to break them.

Cursed to never shift, the only thing I was looking forward to about the First Moon Ceremony was that the magic sealing me into Wolf Creek would break, and I could finally leave.

 

Instead, the ceremony reveals my true mate: Tyler Grant, future leader of my pack and the man responsible for my most recent concussion and black eye. He’s as brutal as he is handsome and fate is a bitch to put us together.

 

There’s a rumor that a mating bond could break my curse and just as I’m getting my hopes up, Tyler destroys them all.

 

Instead of bonding with my mate, I’m beaten and left for dead.

 

A hot-as-sin feral shifter finds me and helps me back on my feet. But his help comes with a cost and I’m not sure I’m willing to pay the price.

 

With my former pack hunting me down, even an enemy might be a better ally than trying to stay alive on my own.

 

This is book one in a steamy rejected mate series. This is not a reverse harem series. 17+ for steam, language, and darker themes. Mind the cliff.

Alexis Calder writes sassy heroines and sexy heroes with a sprinkle of sarcasm. She lives in the Rockies and drinks far too much coffee and just the right amount of wine.

Title: Chaos and Love
Author: Michelle A Valentine
Genre: NA Romance
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2021
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb:

He’s chaos–on and off the field… 

For hotshot quarterback, Luke Finnegan, Love and Chaos are always intertwined, and when he decides he’s through with relationships, a blonde artist with pink streaks in her hair convinces him sometimes love is worth the madness. 

Miley St. Claire doesn’t do relationships. She’s seen the chaos they cause for those around her and she wants no part of that drama, which is why taking Luke Finnegan up on his offer to be friends with benefits is her ideal non-relationship. Trouble is, when she gets to know Luke, she finds herself missing him when he’s not around and quickly realizes, to her absolute horror, she’s falling for the sexy quarterback.


Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic and New Adult romance.

Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos, and sexy musicians inspired her erotic BLACK FALCON series.

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ATTACKED

Book 8: Olde Earth Academy

By AMABEL DANIELS

Genre: College | Fantasy | Romance

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Learning that her biological parent is not only alive but also the head of the Ancience, Layla grapples with facing her true enemy: family. Her own flesh and blood is responsible for abusing longmas and seeking ultimate power by holding the world’s water hostage. Even though her allies at the Academy have Professor Bateson in custody, there is no simple way to stop the pollutants the Ancience has unleashed.

The last resort is finding the lost frame, as well as all three of the keeper stones it holds. Lore states that the trio of powers can be combined in one tool, and Layla’s determined to use it for good.

Searching for the last keeper stone proves to be more difficult than she could imagine, though, because in digging deep into her own history, she must confront the possibility she is both the answer—and the problem.

In the face of such challenging news, she must rescue her friends and her true father from the Ancience’s control while wielding otherworldly power. In the end, can she save the world?

This is the final book in the Olde Earth Series

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Amabel Daniels lives in Northwest Ohio with her patient husband, three adventurous little girls, and a collection of too many cats and dogs. Although she holds a master’s degree in Ecology, her true love is finding a good book. When she isn’t spending time outdoors, she’s busy brewing up her next novel, usually as she lets her mind run off with the addictive words of “what if…”

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Labeled by Jenni Linn
 
Series: Russo Family; Book 1
Genre: New Adult Romance
 
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When you grown up in a small town like Great Meadows, you learn to create your own entertainment. You can either spend your time getting high, partying at The Field, or working on cars. For Veronica Russo, there’s a certain solace found underneath the hood.
 
As the youngest sibling of the Russo Family, Veronica is under the watchful eyes of her four older brothers. Four very protective, very overbearing, and very outspoken brothers. Every guy in town knows Veronicas label — Strictly Off-Limits. They have succeeded in enforcing it; running off every guy that so much as looks in her direction. That is, until Chase arrives back in town.
 
Close family friend and motor head, Chase Daniels, returns from his deployment and his world is turned upside down when he comes face to face with Veronica again; shocked to find that she is all grown up. The more he surrounds himself in her company, the more he feels an intense pull towards her. There’s just one problem — his best friends won’t allow it.
 
Is the fallout of a life-long friendship worth the possibility of something more? 

Title: Is This Me?
Author: Tricia Copeland
Genre: NA Romance
Cover Designer: Dark Unicorn Designs
Publisher: true bird publishing llc
Publication Date: Feb. 1st, 2021
Hosted by: LadyAmber’s Reviews & PR

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She had it all planned out. But her freshman year goes off-course on the very first night…

New student Amanda Avery would rather have her nose in a book than a drink in her hand. So
when her best friend drags her to a frat party, she knows her GPA will
appreciate the hot guy giving her the cold shoulder. But when their paths
collide on the volleyball court, she’s left with a debilitating injury that
jeopardizes her studies.

With her scholarship on the line, Amanda has no choice but to accept recovery aid from
the same hottie who turned her down. Though she endeavors to keep up
appearances, she struggles with academic pressure and a growing friendship with
her dreamy caregiver. And it doesn’t help that his buddy is trying so hard to
win her over…

Can Amanda survive the turmoil of college and come out with her heart intact?

Is This Me? is the first book in the fun and fresh Being Me clean new adult series. If you
like believable characters, emotional coming-of-age stories, and sweet romance,
then you’ll love Tricia Copeland’s poignant tale.

Download Is This Me? to figure out this love triangle today!

“I love it!!! I found myself wanting to kick Doug, or shake Amanda, or just give Zack a hug …I
can’t wait to find out what happens next!!!

-Frances,
Colorado

“It was remarkably easy to get caught up in Amanda’s world. … Through the authors’ use
of vivid details and imagery, the reader truly feels the joy, as well as the
agony that Amanda experiences…”

-Sara, Atlanta,
Georgia

“I seriously could NOT put it down! The writing was so impressive it really felt like I was
on the journey with Amanda through the beginning of her college life. This book
was funny and angsty. I really enjoyed it.. I read this book in one sitting, I
was up til 2am reading! …I love that I can really feel her pain, heartache, joy
and happiness. A very easy 5 stars given!”

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Colorado. She believes that magic infuses every aspect of our lives, whether it
is the magic of falling in love, discovering a new passion, a beautiful sunset,
or a book that transports us to another world. You can find all her titles from
contemporary romance and fantasy, to dystopian fiction at www.triciacopeland.com.

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“I need to change?” I looked at my outfit as we got off the elevator. I’d just changed
before dinner, and I thought I’d done a pretty good job.

“Tomorrow they have to clean for the alumni barbecue, so this will be one of the biggest
parties of the year. All the brothers and potentials will be there.”

I had no clue what potentials were, and my hope for an intimate hang out with Mark, Lila, and
Ross vanished like a puff of smoke.

In my room, Lila browsed through my closet. Finding something awesome to wear really meant
she would choose what she wanted me to wear. This was a long tradition in our
friendship, and I didn’t fight it. She always looked great, although sometimes
a little risqué for my tastes. I’d learned how to make her happy without
sacrificing my standards. Picking an outfit from the many choices Marissa had
added would just give me a headache anyway.

Lila held up a pair of jeans and a skirt. I pointed to the jeans and she frowned. She was
constantly trying to get me to wear more skirts. Pants helped my legs look
longer. Only reaching five-two, looking taller always equaled better in my
book. In the end, Lila threw a dark pair of skinny jeans, a spaghetti-strapped
blue top, and strappy wedge sandals at me as she walked out the door. I dressed
and touched up my makeup and hair. She returned not minutes later, in a short
dress and wedges. Looking in the mirror, she added darker liner and shadow to
my eyes.

Taking the elevator down to the lobby, she opened an app on her phone. “You have to get on
this. It’s the best way to get a ride.”

After sitting in the car half the day, walking was more appealing to me. In my heels I’d
probably only make it two blocks, so I followed her lead. “Are you sure about
this? Is it safe?”

“Sure, I’ve been doing it forever.”

“You never did it in Champaign.”

She rolled her eyes. “Okay, well since I came here. We’re not going to end up in a dumpster.
Well I’m not, you’re the one with bad luck.” She handed me her phone with the
company’s safety information.

“If we’re going by the superstition that bad luck comes in threes, I’m done.”

“You’re counting Law?”

“Course.” These days I was counting every incident I could to believe I was finished with my
run of bad luck. I scrolled through the safety information and realized it was
totally legit. I passed her phone back to her.

“See, your dad’s got you paranoid.”

“Isn’t it expensive?”

“How much do you make tutoring? Twenty-five an hour, right? This is five bucks and the bus
will take an hour on the weekend.”

A car pulled up, and she opened the door and waved me in. The driver routed through the
deserted main campus. The streets and lawns grew more crowded as we neared the
Greek houses.

I fidgeted with my necklace, and Lila batted my hand from my neck. “You met a good number of
the guys this summer. You remember Bill, right?”

“Sure.” I reminded myself that one reason for coming to school here was to meet new
people.

Lila paid the driver, and we took a narrow path that ran along the side of the building to
the back of the house. Mark and Ross were playing volleyball in the sandpit, and
we greeted them with a wave. Mark was a great player and loved the game. He’d
tried, mostly in vain, to improve my skills over the summer.

As we sat on the grass to watch the match, a yellow lab lumbered over to me and rubbed
against my legs. I patted her head and she curled up at my feet. If Kate
counted, I’d made my second new friend.

The guys made the game look easy, expending little effort in lofting the ball back and forth
over the net. I recognized Bill from this summer. Two exceptionally tall guys
on his team stood out, and I could’ve watched them play all night.

Defeated by Bill’s team, Mark and Ross sauntered over to where we were sitting. Mark
collapsed on top of my outstretched legs, displacing the dog who circled behind
me.

“Eww, sweaty boy!” I tried to push him off, but it was like pushing against a brick wall. I
gave up. “Decent game, you only lost by three.” He rolled off, standing to
replace his shirt.

Bill and the taller guys from the other team approached us, retrieving their shirts from the
lawn. Mark motioned them towards me. “Hey, you guys should meet Amanda.”

I stood quickly, fighting the urge to brush away any grass that might be clinging to my
pants.

“Hi, I’m Bill. We met this summer.”

“Right, good game.” I shook his outstretched hand.

“Thanks.” He motioned towards the house. “Sorry, I need some water.”

“This is Doug, our president,” Mark continued.

Still shirtless, Doug held out his hand towards me. Purposely making eye contact, I
slid my hand into his.

“Avery, right, your dad’s an alum.”

With olive skin and dark wavy hair, my Bubbe would’ve said he was Greek. But she had a thing
for Greeks. He sported a perfect five o’clock shadow, and his deep blue eyes
were focused on me. I forced myself to concentrate.

“Right.” I nodded not knowing what else to say. My face felt like it was engulfed in
flames. Seriously, couldn’t Mark have waited to introduce us until after they
had their shirts on?

“And this is Zack,” Mark pointed to the super tall blond beside Doug. “He’s our VP.”