“Some like to believe it's the book that chooses the person.”
~ Carlos Ruiz Zafón ~
From the couture clothes, private jets and homes around the globe, I have the best of everything. But looks can be deceiving, and in my family, deception is an art form. So, I bide my time and count the days until I’m free.
Heiress Christina Harcourt lives a life surrounded by the finest this world has to offer. Unfortunately, what she wants most can’t be bought. After losing her mother in a heinous crime, she tries her best to live the life she knows her mother would want for her. But through her family’s hurtful ways, Christina learns the only way to do that, is to leave this life far behind. Everything is going as planned, until she meets him.
Sexy, carefree CJ Whitford is a hard-working, blue collar guy who can’t get the guarded brunette out of his head. So, he takes a chance and rearranges his life to go after the girl he’s falling for. He quickly discovers that Christina’s secrets are as big as her heart. A heart so fragile that all it will take to destroy it is one more lie … his.
At the sound of Eric clearing his throat, we finally break from the kiss. My hands are planted flat on his chest as I look into his eyes for the last time, determined to forever memorize their shade of blue. Still holding on with one hand, he raises the other and pushes the hair away from my forehead with a finger, then places a soft kiss there. This one small, light touch speaks to me louder than the deepest kiss we’ve shared. Than any kiss I’ve ever experienced. It makes me feel cared for and, more importantly, it makes me feel ... beautiful.
I clamp my jaw to keep from telling him to stay, to call me, anything but goodbye. Just as I’m prepared to say the two words I’m suddenly dreading most, he beats me to it.
“Bye, beauty.” He releases me and steps back, giving me his dazzling smile for the last time. I give him a wide smile in return, and ache a little knowing that in a different life, I could fall hard for a guy like him.