Author: Clara Stone
Genre: Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: 246 Pages (August 15th, 2014)
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Synopsis: Life’s. Little. Surprises.
The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan "Ace" Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she's his saving grace, too.
Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn't turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won't back down easily. He's ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for.
Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall?
And an unexpected journey to falling in love.
“Ace!” It comes out like a relieved cough. I run to her, but stop before I pull her to me. Her arms are wrapped around her small body, and her head is tilted down.
“I’m sorry,” I finally say through heavy breaths. “But only because of the way I told you.”
She looks up through her wet eyelashes, confused.
“I’m not sorry that I’ve fallen for my best friend. I’m not sorry that I kissed you, and I sure as hell am not sorry that I told you.” I wipe the tears rolling down her cheeks.
She sniffles. “But what about—”
“Doesn’t matter.” I cut her off.
“And the whole—”
“We’ll figure it out.”
I step toward her. “The only thing I want to know is if you feel the same way about me. That’s the only if I care about.”
She stares into my eyes, like she doesn’t know what to say. Then she admits, “I’m afraid, Heath.”
“Me too.” I place my hands on either side of her shoulders and lean in. The fresh smell of strawberries assaults my lungs. “But not about us. I’ve never been afraid of us, Ace. Not that first day at the hospital, or the first time I kissed you.”
“You weren’t?” Disbelief colors her question.
I shake my head. “It was like taking a breath of fresh air after inhaling toxins my entire life. Wasn’t it like that for you?”
“I-I . . .” She pauses, chewing on her lower lip, then nods. “I guess.”
I close a little more distance between us. There’s only a hair’s breadth left. “I know you’re afraid. But I’m asking, just this once . . . forget all the reasons you can’t and believe in that one reason you should. Listen to your heart, baby. What does it tell you?”
I know what mine’s telling me. It’s Ace. She’s it for me.
She opens her mouth, closes it, then does that again, like she’s battling with herself. “But what if—”
“We’ll figure it out.” I cup her cheek, running my thumb over it. “I’ve never let you down before, and I’m not going to start now.”
She studies me, her eyebrows pinched together. Finally, she responds: “Okay.”
She smiles, then bites down on her lip. “Yes. Okay. Oui.”
About the Author:
Clara Stone lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID. Unlike what most believe about Idaho, it’s more than a sack full of potatoes. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch Clara reading YA and NA books, mostly romance, and enjoying time with her family. She is a proud CW TV addict.
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