Before You by Jenna Bennett
Release Day: March 4, 2014
New Adult Contemporary Romance
One of the “Sex on the Beach” Novellas
~ Synopsis ~
It’s all fun and gamesI had a simple plan for spring break.Sun, sand, and a hot guy. Sex on the beach, with no strings attached.A chance to get rid of this pesky virginity once and for all.And when I met Tyler McKenna, I thought I had it made.Until someone gets hurtBut then girls started turning up at Key West landmarks. Girls who looked like me, but with one crucial difference: They’d all been drugged and relieved of their virginity.The virginity I still have. The virginity Ty refuses to take.And now I’ve begun to wonder whether there isn’t more to him than meets the eye.Suddenly, sex on the beach doesn’t sound so good anymore...
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~ Excerpt ~
I hadn’t gone more than half a block before I heard footsteps behind me. “Cassie!”
I didn’t have to look over my shoulder. I recognized the voice. I pumped my arms and walked faster.
“Cassie! Wait up!”
“I don’t want to talk to you,” I said, when he come up on the side of me. “Go back to what’s-her-name.”
He fell into step next to me and stuffed his hands in his pockets. “Charisma. Her name is Charisma.”
Of course it was. I snorted.
“Or at least that’s what she told me.” He was smiling, I could hear it in his voice. “She’s a drama major at Syracuse. I think it’s her stage name.”
No kidding. “She’s a bit obvious,” I said, “don’t you think?”
And not just in giving herself pseudonyms.
Speaking of T-shirts—not that I had been—Ty’s was white today. With black letters. I don’t need sex. The government fucks me every day.
I wondered how his dad, the cop—presumably a government employee—felt about that. The same way my parents would have felt about Charisma’s Save a Virgin shirt, probably.
“It isn’t what you think,” he told me.
I knew I shouldn’t be talking to him. I should tell him to get lost and go back to the hotel by myself. He’d looked much too chummy with Charisma—or whatever her real name was. Hopefully something like Gladys. Or Edna. Maybe even Hortense.
But I couldn’t. Now that he was here, walking next to me, smiling at me with those green eyes and that dimple... I didn’t have it in me to tell him to leave me alone.
I could hear Mackenzie’s voice in my head. You have it bad, Cass.
Yes, I did. And for a guy who obviously didn’t care whether I lived or died.
Although actually, that wasn’t true. He cared enough that he’d walked me home last night. And this morning.
He cared enough that he was walking me home now, too. Enough that he’d left Charisma when he saw me.
Other books in this series:
BEYOND ME BY JENNIFER PROBST
BETWEEN US BY JEN MCLAUGHLIN
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenna Bennett (Jennie Bentley) writes the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and the Cutthroat Business mysteries for her own gratification. She also writes a variety of romance for a change of pace. For more information, please visit her website, HYPERLINK "http://www.jennabennett.com/" www.jennabennett.com
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