SWEET RUIN by Nazarea Andrews
March 13, 2014
University of Branton, #3
It’s good to be on top… Asher Knox has it all. Girls, wealth, a career most would kill for. He’s just landed the biggest job of his career. And he’s miserable.
She’s fighting her way from the bottom… Megan Beauchamp has no illusions about why she was chosen to be Asher’s PA. She’s pretty, and down to earth, and everything the Hollywood star always falls for. Too bad Megan is just paying her dues and has no interest in anything but advancing at her PR firm.
He’ll throw it all away…Luca James knows what he wants. And he’s waited a long time for the window to open—when it does, he’ll walk away from the career he’s built for a chance at something real.
When Megan’s boss threatens to fire her, Luca and Asher convince her to leave town with them. Between bad hotels and pit stop confessionals, the three are drawn closer together. And the lines blur even more in Branton, where Megan is forced to look at everything she left behind. But when the boys want more, Megan will be forced to choose between the men she loves and the life she thought she wanted. And in a town like Branton, the secrets she keeps won’t be hidden for long.
SWEET RUIN EXCERPT
He's sitting in the tub, arms looped around his long legs, water pounding down on his head. When he looks up at me, long hair hanging in his startling eyes, I'm left breathless by the desolation in his gaze. I step into the little room, and walk over to the tub, ignoring the water splashing me as I crouch next to him.
"Talk to me," I say, softly.
"They don't want this," he murmurs, a manic gleam in his eyes. "They want Kreigh, and they want me, because that's what they see--but if the whole world saw me like this, they'd never want me again."
I shrug. "Maybe not. But you’d miss it."
He barks a laugh. "I'd be able to eat my lunch with a mate in public. Snog my girlfriend without being watched. I don't want this, Meggy."
I catch him by the jaw, and force his gaze up until he's staring at me. His lips are compressed, an angry line and I struggle to keep the bite out of my tone. "They are the price, Asher. You have the entire world in love with you--"
"No!" He shouts, jerking away. "They love Isaac. No one sees me!"
"I do!" I shout back. His eyes go wide and I soften my tone, leaning into his space, ignoring the water beating down on us. "I see you. We both see you."
"I'm losing myself, Meg. I'm so scared I'll get swallowed up in the crazy surrounding Isaac, and I don't know how to separate myself from it."
It's a whispered confession, almost drowned out by the sound of the water. "You keep your eyes on us."
His eyes, wide and scared, find mine, almost desperately. "What about when Kevin takes you away."
I laugh, softly and shake my head. "Do you really think I'll let him? Your mine, Ash. I'm not going anywhere." I stand, and strip out of my wet tshirt, peeling off my soaked jeans. Good thing we're arriving tomorrow--I'm running out of clean clothes and cute underwear. "Luca will be back soon."
His eyes are a little less panicked, and brighter with desire than fear--but he won't follow me out to the bedroom. He's not ready for that, and I know it. So I leave him to the shower, and go slip into an oversized tshirt, sitting on the bed and texting Kevin while I wait for the boys to come to me.
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.
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