Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! EFFORTLESS WITH YOU comes out in ONE WEEK! I can’t believe it’s almost here!!! I can’t wait to share the novel with you all!
AND because I can’t wait, I’m throwing out another big teaser! A great Lucy/Justin moment that you won’t want to miss! AND there’s a giveaway too! Another Amazon gift card, because I love you all so much.
I pull out the camera, viewing the shots. Marissa’s practice posing sessions have really paid off. It looks like Justin is hitting on Marissa. One shot even looks like Justin was leaning in for a kiss, pinning Marissa against the bar.
She is an evil genius.
I scan through, deleting a few of the unflattering jaw shots of Marissa. One photo stops me. Marissa stares at Justin, her hand on his shoulder and another playing with her hair. Justin doesn’t notice her, his green eyes focus on the camera. Were they pleading? I delete it. Weird camera angle.
“How’d they turn out?” I jerk. That voice has become too familiar.
“Really, come back for more?” I gaze up, determined to face him.
Justin smiles. How can this be fun for him? My pulse quickens. I want to punch him.
He sits next to me, snatching Marissa’s camera out of my hand and scrolling through the photos. I watch his thumb, ready to pounce if it nears the delete button. Marissa would kill me.
“Wow. These are pretty incriminating. Awesome job.” He hands the camera back.
I shrug. “Thanks.”
“Does she realize there’s no chance?”
“That may only encourage her.” No point in trying to cover for Marissa. She’d say the same thing.
“That’s what I thought.” He leans back, putting his arms behind his head. His biceps flex and I look away. I don’t need my hormones taking over.
“What?” he asks.
“You tell me.”
He rolls his eyes. “Listen. I’m sorry. You were right. I was a jerk.” Momentarily, I’m dazed. His apology doesn’t seem real. I lift my eyebrow; there has to be more.
“But I’m not sorry about Zach.” He turns to me. “Speaking of which …” Justin nods toward the crowd. Zach is walking toward us.
“Yo, Zach. How’d that game of disc turn out?”
“Tater got schooled!” Zach sits down between us, soaking wet. The side of my dress absorbs the water off his body. He puts his arm around me. My stomach makes a little flip.
He still likes me?
Zach turns to me. “Sorry again about dinner tonight. Work got busy and I lost a bet to Tater. I was so pissed that I completely blanked.” He nudges me and flashes his corner smile. “They say I’ve got a tendency to get overheated.”
I’ve heard that. Last season he threw all the Lacrosse sticks across the field after they lost to Jefferson Academy.
“So,” Zach gives my shoulder a squeeze, “I calmed down with a game of disc.”
He leans in, kissing me on the cheek. “Forgive me?” My heart flutters as my emotions swing on a pendulum. His story could totally be legit, and he fessed up to blanking. The way his hand is wrapped around my waist just feels right. I’m not ready to let that go over a messed up date.
“Yeah, of course. No big deal.” I shrug, wanting to appear like the cool, relaxed, girlfriend.
Justin throws up his hands behind Zach, defeated.
Zach looks back at him. “What, man?” his voice darkens.
“Nothing, really.” Justin stands up, wisely removing himself. “I just remembered I promised Jennifer I’d dance tonight.” He nods toward the dance floor where Jennifer stands eyeing him. “I might as well get it over with.” He looks down at me. “See ya later.”
Zach shrugs in response. I have the sense they weren’t as close as they’d acted on the phone. Zach and I sit next to one another for a moment in silence. My mind races, trying to find something to ask him. “So, how’s the pool?” is all I manage.
He looks at me blankly before a huge smile spreads across his face. He effortlessly leans over and sweeps me off the bench. “You’re about to find out.”
Faking a scream, I kick off my heels before Zach throws me in the water. Thankfully, it’s warm. A thundering splash booms next to me. I swim to the surface and a large arm pulls me into a hug. It feels nice to be held so close. Zach looks down at me, his brown eyes filled with excitement. That look always makes me smile. He turns away from me briefly and whistles to Tater and Pete, his teammates. Both nod and storm the dance floor where they grab their girlfriends and obediently toss them in, too.
What do you think? I hope you’re as excited as me! It’s a really fun and heartwarming story. I can’t wait to share Lucy and Justin with you!
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway. $15 dollar Amazon Gift Card this week! Good luck!