Synopsis via Goodreads:
A dark New Adult romance.
You have to understand that we never meant for it to happen. We knew it was stupid. We knew it was wrong.
Eighteen-year-old Danni Warren has big plans for her last summer before college: a cool job, a concert she wouldn’t miss for the world, and spending time with her beautiful girlfriend, Esme. But after one hell of an argument, Danni’s mother packs her off to stay with her estranged step-uncle, Gabe, in his lodge on the English coast. So begins a weekend of the worst punishment imaginable: no phone signal.
With his sun kissed good looks and sarcastic manner, twenty-nine-year-old Gabe Asher isn’t anything like Danni expected. She wants to hate him—he’s her punishment for standing up to her mother—but between surfing lessons and beach hikes, Gabe and Danni grow close. Maybe too close.
Now Danni’s questioning everything: old family secrets, her future, her strained relationship with Esme. One sun stained afternoon, Gabe and Danni go too far. And then everything else falls apart…
Released: April 2013
Book Excerpt (My Choice)
From Chapter 2
There was a sinking weight on the edge of the bed and my body rolled toward it.
I shot up in the unfamiliar bedroom and came face to face with Gabe.
“I brought you some toast,” he said, grinning at my disoriented scowl. “Your Mum
said you like marmalade.”
“What time is it?” God. I must have looked awful. He was fresh and clean, his hair
darker and damp from the shower. I could smell the soap coming off him in the warm air.
“Half eight. I’ve got some errands to run, so I’m popping out for an hour. When I get
back, we’ll go out. Okay?”
I sank back into the pillows; I’m not sure why it felt nice to lie down around him but
I liked the little peak of adrenaline it tugged from me.
“Okay,” I managed.
He was so tall that he filled the doorframe. “You’ll be needing that sunblock today.”
He threw a smile at me. “Let’s keep you pale and interesting, eh?”
What the hell was that supposed to mean?
I took my toast and fruit juice out into the living area when I heard him lock the
door. I switched on the TV and lounged on my belly; I loved being in Gabe’s company
but the razor-sharp blasts of hormones exhausted me and the time to myself was a relief.
When I’d licked the butter from my fingers, I threw on jeans and a little bandeau top, and
set about making myself pretty.
In the mirror, my reflection cocked a silent eyebrow as I slicked on lip gloss. It was
cherry flavored and sickly sweet; Esmé loved to kiss me when I wore it. Esmé was not
within kissing distance today. When I studied the curves beneath my top, my nipples
jutted shamelessly in their braless state. I crossed my arms, embarrassed, despite the fact
that I was alone.
The door heaved open and the floorboards whined. Gabe was home.
“In the bathroom.”
“Don’t get dressed.”
“Um…” I stepped out, gesturing to my clothes. “Why?”
He handed me a trendy paper bag and I peered inside at what appeared to be black
and pink Lycra.
“I don’t do aerobics,” I said, my voice tinged with suspicion and disgust.
He cocked an eyebrow. “It’s a wetsuit. Want to learn how to surf?”
Surfing lessons? Where had my cool not-uncle been all my life
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About the Author
Lucy writes sharp contemporary fiction, usually with a liberal splatter of filth. She is a Lyrical Press author and a screenwriter.
Her upcoming new adult novel, TWISTED SUMMER, is a gutsy take on forbidden love starring an even gutsier heroine.
Her contemporary series, encompassing CHAIRMAN OF THE WHORED and THE WHORED'S PRAYER, features slick London lawyers with a penchant for sensual violence. It's definitely on the darker side. BEAUTIFUL MESS, her current release, is a snarky, sexy friends-to-lovers romp.
Lucy is currently working on new novels, and is developing a paranormal television series with producers (think The Vampire Diaries meets The 4400).
She is still trying to kick her dirty Pepsi habit.
*The prize pack includes A beach bag by pro surf brand Brakeburn, Korres Cherry Lip Gloss, Signed print copy of Twisted Summer, and Luxury chocolate bars from Choccacino Devon.