Release Date: June 6, 2017
Series: Ever After #2
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Senior year is not shaping up to be the picture perfect movie Em Katsaros had imagined. Her super hot leading man is five thousand miles away. Her dad just got laid off. And Em can kiss her first-pick university goodbye if she doesn’t snag a scholarship.
To turn this Shakespearean tragedy into the Academy Award-winning dream Em has written for herself, she enters a speech competition and manages to cinch a spot in the US Youth Change Council national round. She gets to spend a week in Boston and her prayers might be answered if she can kick butt and win one of the national scholarships.
Everything seems to be going by the script until she finds out Kris Lambert—senior class president, stuck-up jerk, and her nemesis—is going, too. Cue the dramatic music. In Boston, Kris is different. Nice. Cute, even. But she knows his game way too well—be nice to your opponents and then throw them under the bus on your way to victory. Instead of becoming his next victim, Em decides to turn the tables by putting her acting and flirting skills to work. Unfortunately, as they get close to the final competition and judging, reality and acting start to blur.
Can Em use the drama from the stage to get the future she’s been dreaming of?
“Uhm, everyone here is my competition.”
“True. So why aren’t you bothering the rest of them?” I jutted my chin at the girl from New York, who didn’t seem to have seen us yet.
Kris didn’t even bother to look. “It’s nice to be around a familiar face for a little while, even if it’s yours.” There was that smile again, and another shiver ran from the base of my neck and down my spine. This was an act. I was just getting into character so much that feeling attracted to him only made sense. It was like when I wore floofy fifties dresses while we worked on West Side Story or lots of dance clothes when I was in A Chorus Line. I was inhabiting my role a little too well.
I narrowed my eyes at him, but opted for tossing back my hair and opening my own map. “Fine, but if you don’t like ancient cultures, you’re out of luck.” Mom and Dad would both kill me if I didn’t visit the Ancient Greek collection and I couldn’t miss Egypt and Africa. “That’s mom’s specialty”. Without waiting for a response, I walked towards the stairs. Plan ‘mess with Kris’ mind’ would only work if I wasn’t constantly fawning over him—making them chase me a little bit always worked with the guys I liked. I had to make Kris keep following me.
He tugged at my jacket’s sleeve so we were back to walking side-by side. He leaned in close enough that his breath tickled my cheek and sent another shock through me. “Love them.” He then pulled ahead while I was frozen for a second so I was the one following him.
So, he was going to ratchet up the game? I felt a grin spreading across my face, so wide it almost hurt. Sometimes love and war were the same thing, and, if he was going to try to mess with me, anything was fair.
Below is the chibi images of the main characters, Em and Kris. Aren’t they adorable?
Image artist: Draskia
About the Author
Growing up, Isabel Bandeira split her time between summers surrounded by cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs in Portugal and the rest of the year hanging around the lakes and trees of Southern New Jersey, which only fed her fairy-tale and nature obsessions. In her day job, she’s a Mechanical Engineer and tones down her love of all things glittery while designing medical devices, but it all comes out in her writing. The rest of the time, you’ll find her reading, at the dance studio, or working on her jumps and spins at the ice rink.
Isabel lives in South Jersey with her little black cat, too much yarn, and a closetful of vintage hats. She is represented by Carrie Howland of Donadio and Olson, Inc.
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