Published by Lisa Loomis Books on July 1, 2018
Series: A Morgan Mallory Story #1
Genres: contemporary, Romance
Librarian Note: There is an updated cover for this edition with ASIN B007F1VSLW
Living on a quiet dead-end street Morgan Mallory is like any other thirteen-year-old girl growing up in a progressive time full of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. That is until one rainy night in a dark California neighborhood the lives of two young teens will be altered forever.
Morgan tagging along with her mother for a day is pressured to make one last stop at a friend’s house. Annoyed to be there in the first place Morgan is mortified when her mother’s friend, Ann, insists she met her son who is playing guitar in his room.
As Mathew O’Conner yanks open the door Morgan is completely taken aback by the blond haired, blue eyed, young man in front of her. When Ann leaves Morgan nervously standing in the hall alone Mathew invites Morgan in where he further mesmerizes her with the sound of his guitar. Completely and utterly unnerved by his stunning good looks and talent Morgan feels something she has never felt.
Is this her first innocent crush or something much bigger?
One thing is certain, this moment will send Morgan on an emotional journey she could have never anticipated.
“I’m glad you came,” he said.
“I wanted to hear you play.”
He glanced at me quickly. Stupid response. I looked toward the house and could see people in the living room and poolroom. I wanted to race towards it, get inside and get warm again.
“You can go back now,” I said. “You don’t have to walk all the way.”
I felt him grasp my hand and spin me towards him, making me falter. My free hand shot out landing on his chest in order to balance myself. His skin felt soft and warm.
“What was that?” I gasped, looking up at him.
His eyes searched mine. My hand was still on his chest, and I let it fall, looking down to avoid his eyes. My mind raced, and I remembered our fireside conversation. What is he doing? He had a thing for some girl named Debbie. I didn’t move. It seemed like a long time we stood that way when finally he took my face in his hands and raised it to look at him. He moved toward me and kissed me lightly on the lips. My body melted against his. He kissed me again firmer, longer. My heart was beating rapidly and the butterflies were tumbling in my chest. Then he pulled back.
“Friends?” he asked still holding my face.
I looked into his eyes and was confused at what I saw. Emotion, but emotion he was fighting.
“Yeah, friends,” I whispered.
He dropped his hands to his side and gave me a rapid once-over. I wanted more, more kissing, more than friends. Friends! Friends?! I turned away from him and rushed toward the house. I focused on the patio door so I wouldn’t turn around. What just happened? I wondered if Bobby had seen us. I wondered if they would just laugh about it over another beer. Why?! We were friends. Friends didn’t kiss friends, not that kind of kiss. His lips had been so soft. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I dreamt of Mathew kissing me by the bonfire. I knew he’d unleashed a craving for more.
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