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Friday, September 25, 2015

{Excerpt} "Our Little Secret" by Ashelyn Drake


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Synopsis:
Becca Daniels needs a passing math grade…but what she wants is to spend more time with Toby Michaels. 

The only problem is Toby is her best friend’s twin, and Tori has a very firm “no dating the brother” policy. 

But Becca’s grade has hit rock bottom and she needs a tutor. It just so happens that Toby is a math genius and more than happy to help—lucky her! Working so closely with the handsome, popular Toby, Becca can’t hide her attraction, and it soon becomes obvious he feels the same way. 

Becca doesn’t want to lose her best friend, but she isn’t willing to give up Toby either. 

At first, sneaking around is fun, stealing kisses right under Tori’s nose. But things take an ugly turn when Toby’s ex-girlfriend Meredith catches them together. Meredith demands Toby take her back and restore her reputation, or she’ll tell Tori their secret. Do they dare tell Tori the truth? Or would that just make things worse? 

Surrounded by secrets and knee-deep in deception, something has to give… 

How far is Meredith willing to go to keep Toby and Becca apart? 

And how much is Becca willing to risk to keep… 
Our Little Secret?

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Excerpt:
He looks into my eyes and I swallow hard. Understanding washes over his face. “You wanted to kiss me, but you’re afraid you’ll lose Tori if you do.” 
I nod because I don’t think I can bear to say the words. 
“You’re a good friend, Becca. Tori’s lucky to have you.” 
“If I was such a good friend, I wouldn’t have put myself in this situation.” 
He cocks his head and leans closer to me. His scent fills my head, and it’s so intoxicating. “Forget about Tori for a minute. What do you want?” He reaches forward and brushes his thumb across my bottom lip. My lips part in response, and I lean into him. I know exactly what I want. Him. 
His eyes lock on mine as he slowly inches toward my mouth. I know he’s giving me a chance to say no, but I’m not strong enough to stop him twice. His lips press against mine, so lightly. I want to devour him, but I’ve never been kissed like this before. It’s soft, yet passionate. Better than any kiss I’ve ever had. I don’t want it to end, but he pulls back and looks into my eyes again. He doesn’t say a word, just studies my face, waiting for my reaction. 
“That was amazing.” 
He smiles, but it quickly fades. “But it can’t happen again, right?” 
No. It has to happen again. Right now. Please! “I didn’t say that.” 
He slides closer to me. “You had no idea I was talking about you, did you?” 
“What do you mean?” 
“You’re the girl, Becca. You’re the one I like.” 
My mind’s been in such a cloud that I didn’t put it together. I have to be dreaming. Stuff like this doesn’t happen to me. Toby is supposed to be with Meredith. Not me. 
“I’ll take your silence to mean I’m right.” He reaches for my hand, our fingertips brushing against each other. 
A loud knock on the door makes me jerk my hand away. Tori bursts in. “How long do you plan on torturing Becca tonight?” 
Torture? This is anything but. 
“She’s all yours,” Toby says. He gets up and walks over to his desk to feed Elvis, as if nothing happened. I, on the other hand, fumble with my books, totally missing my bag when I try to put them away. 
Tori laughs. “Man, Becca, you are so weird lately. Totally spastic.” 


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About Ashelyn Drake:
Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult contemporary romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She also writes speculative fiction under the name Kelly Hashway. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.


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