*Please note this is an updated version of a story previously published under the title ‘Inevitable’*
Seventeen-year-old Maddie Davis has spent her whole life on the move. With an unstable mother who has a knack for making bad decisions, she’s never stayed in one place long enough to remember its postcode. But this time is different… This time, she has been dragged half way across the world. Arriving in California and being forced to go back to school feels like stepping back in time. She wants to go home…
Until she meets Blaine Elwood – the stepson of an old family friend.
Blaine appears to have it all. To the outside world, quarterback Blaine is rich, confident and has the ‘arrogant bad boy’ image down to a tee. But nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors. Nobody ever can. He has vowed never to let anyone get too close – let anyone discover how weak he is. So when new girl Maddie starts tugging at strings he didn’t know existed in his heart, his only option is to push her away…
Until he realizes how much he needs her.
Together, after being forced into adulthood from an early age, they begin to learn what it feels like to be young - to smile, to laugh... to love. So when shattered secrets and splintered lies start unraveling around them, will the trust they’ve worked so hard to build be irreparably destroyed? Or will they realize they are two pieces of the same broken puzzle?
(Not suitable for under 18’s due to scenes of abuse, sexual content and adult language)
Meet the Author:
Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children (six if you include the dogs!) She is the author of New Adult/Contemporary romance novels Inevitable, Saving Amy and the Take My Hand series. When she is not busy playing with her imaginary book friends (or talking about them with real life friends!) she can usually be found carrying out her ordinary mum/housewife/all round slave duties. Oh, and if the kids ever ask, she moonlights as the Pink Power Ranger while they’re sleeping…
“You know that shit will kill you?” Maddie said, sauntering up to my window as I pulled up in the school parking lot with a cigarette perched between my lips.
“So people keep saying.” I shrugged, took one last drag and flicked it out of the window before climbing out to wrap my arms around her delicious body. “I’ve missed you,” I whispered in her ear. It’d been a whole nine hours since I’d seen her.
Maddie’s fingers found their way into my hair and she twisted and tugged at it fervently while she reached up on her tiptoes to kiss me. I wrapped my hands around her waist, grasping the fabric of her fitted white t-shirt and gently pushed her backwards until she was leaning against my car. Then I slammed my hands into the metal on either side of her shoulders. She was trapped. She was mine. I kissed her deeply, flicking my tongue against hers and tasting that intriguing sweet flavor which I discovered last week was ‘tea, two’ or tea with two sugars to the layman. Too soon she pulled away, her breath hitched and her cheeks pinked.
“I’ll see you at lunch,” she practically whimpered. She was visibly flustered and I felt rather smug I had the ability to do that to her.
“Damn right you will.” I leaned in for another kiss but she placed a finger over my lips, tutting like some naughty, hot as hell school mistress out of a cheap porno. Then, giggling, she ducked under my arms which were pinning her to my car and sprinted across the lot to catch up with Lori.