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Rachel made her way up the grassy bank to where her mother sat looking down at the two teenage boys who were currently splashing each other in the lake. When Rachel stopped in front of the blanket her mother patted the spot beside her and gestured for her to join her.
“Sit with me?” her mom asked as she smiled up at her.
Rachel kicked her bright red flip flops off her feet and kneeled down beside her.
“You didn’t want to go in with the boys?” she queried as she raised her hand to shield her eyes from the sun.
Rachel thought about that for a moment and quickly shook her head. There was no way she was taking off her shorts and top and getting in the water with him there. Why did Mason have to invite him anyway?
Turning her eyes back to her mom’s Rachel tried for a convincing smile.
“No mom. I don’t want to swim today.”
Which is a complete lie. There was nothing she wanted more as the sun kissed the back of her neck. That had all changed though, when the boys had taken their shirts off and raced each other into the water.
So instead, Rachel found herself staring at the brown haired boy currently rough housing with her brother and decided there was no way she was baring her flat chested thirteen year old self to him in her bathing suit.
She couldn’t decide what was more annoying, the fact that she was still flat as a board or the thought that one day she’d have boobs. Some days she hated being a girl.
“Are you okay?” her mom asked and leaned into her with a little shoulder to shoulder bump, “You’ve been really quiet, which is not like you at all.”
Rachel turned to look at her mom and bit her bottom lip. It was so hard having no sister to talk to about boys and there was no way she was bringing this up with Mase.
“It’s Mason’s friend isn’t it?” she whispered conspiratorially.
Rachel felt her eyes widen and her heart start to beat irrationally.
“No!” Rachel denied emphatically as her mother chuckled and reached out to push a piece of hair behind Rachel’s ear.
“It’s okay if it is Rach. It’s normal to look at boys, to think they’re cute.”
“I don’t think anything!” Rachel stressed becoming flustered.
In the back of her mind though, all she could remember was the way he smiled at her. Oh yes, she definitely thought he was cute.
“Well no matter if you do or don’t it’s completely normal. But remember, he is a friend of Masons’ and he is older than you.”
“Mom!” Rachel whined feeling her face heating up. Why is her mom still talking? Is she determined to embarrass her?
“Alright, alright. I will keep your secret.”
Crossing her arms in front of herself, Rachel pouted and rolled her eyes in the way all thirteen year olds do.
“There is no secret mom.”
“Sure there isn’t love. Is that why you giggle every time he talks to you?”
“Do too.” her mom replied with a mischievous grin. “But don’t worry I won’t tell.”
Rachel looked back down to the river where her brother and his new friend were now climbing out of the water. She stared at the lanky boy beside Mason and as he raised his hand up to push it through his hair she felt her cheeks redden. Rachel looked away only to see her mom chuckling at her.
“I promise not to tell.” she repeated with a soft look as she brushed gentle fingertips over Rachel’s cheek.
Rachel lowered her eyes quickly. Her mom always knew everything, would there ever come a day when she would too? She doubted it, and as her mom reached across the blanket and squeezed her hand Rachel thought about how lucky she was to have such a great mother, she couldn’t imagine life without her.
“It’s our secret Rach. I promise.”
That was the first time she fell for a boy, a boy who she hoped would be in her life for a very long time.
Cover to be revealed shortly. Expected release of Edible is August 1st.
Three words Rachel Langley is more than familiar with in her line of work. After all, she spends her afternoons and evenings creating desserts so divine your mouth will water and your taste buds will tingle.
They aren’t however, the words she would ever have expected to think of when she locks eyes with a certain lawyer she knows only as, Cole.
With each encounter the infuriatingly persistent man becomes more impossible to resist and edible, is the exact word that comes to mind.
Crave, demand, covet.
Cole Madison knows exactly what he wants and Rachel Langley is it.
From the moment he spotted her at Whipped, he knew he wanted to grab hold and take a bite.
However, the woman has enigmatic moves, avoiding him at every turn.
Not for much longer.
Rachel’s time is up and as far as Cole is concerned he’s waited too long for a taste of what he desires and nothing, including the woman herself, will stop him from consuming what he hungers for.
The only question left is, who will take the first bite?
Book 1 – Exquisite
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