NEVER ALWAYS by Rachel Robinson
Release Date: December 6th
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In a family filled with picturesque butterflies, I’m a moth. Camouflaged. The invisible, nerdy scientist who would rather study water and save the planet than don a dress and mingle in southern society. Unfortunately, having my nose in a book and eating goals for breakfast doesn’t bode well for a social life or my cobweb covered dating sector.
Then I met Grange. He’s a tormenter—an epic bully, but he’s promised to help me in my lackluster areas. He’s been ordered to fulfill service hours at my Aquatic Lab in Cape Cod, if I allow it.
He is bad, the worst. I’m talking wearing prison garb when I met him kind of awful. We all have our demons, but Corrick Granger’s seep into everything and everyone around him. Sure, I’d love his expertise on how to land a guy, but I’m not sure any man is worth dealing with an outcast Navy SEAL who has more issues than a magazine subscription.
One hazy mistake was all it took to ruin my life. Well, one mistake coupled with a chain of bad decisions, and a side of my hot temper. The court doled out an easy community service sentence. Never anything too harsh for a “hero.” I’ll be back at the Teams in six months, easy. I need to keep my cool, put my head down, and follow the rules.
A fiery redhead with something to prove is all that stands between me and my freedom. Tennyson is a maddening combination of know-it-all and knows-nothing. The type of woman who would cut off her own nose to spite her face, and yet when my one mistake snowballs into a life altering, soul-damning error, she’s undeniably there for me.
Even though I don’t deserve it.
Even though I’ve kept secrets.
And despite the fact I have become the monster she knew I would be.
He grunts. Something in between annoyance and a laugh. “If I had said, you looked really sexy tonight. That dress. Your hair. Your bare legs. Your long neck and pouty lips. What would you have thought?”
My whole body breaks out in what I can only assume is hives because I’m hot. I feel itchy. My emotions are all over the place and his words create havoc on everything I thought I knew about myself. Why am I all of a sudden attracted to him? Pressing my lips together I try to make my lips look smaller. “I would have called you a liar. Straight up.”
“See?” he says, voice booming in the small cab. “Even straight compliments are over your head.”
I lose my breath, or forget to breathe, I can’t be sure which is my problem right now. He asks where in the parking garage he should park and it occurs to me he knows where I live. We’re at my condo complex. I was so wrapped up in his presence that I neglected everything else. What if he was taking me to an abandoned warehouse to hack up my body for drug money? Or worse. My stomach sinks. “To the left. My parking spot is one seventy-nine.” I point and he parks.
“So we’re clear those compliments were hypothetical reasoning, not actual compliments,” I deadpan, trying to calm my accelerated heart rate as he puts the car into park. There’s a light right above my car and it beams in, lighting half of Grange’s face.
I angle my body toward his, an unconscious movement. He puts a hand on the center console, wrapping his fingers all the way around it. “No,” he states. “That was not hypothetical. All of those things are true. You’re a fox.” Half a smile pulls across his face, the other half is disguised in shadow.
About the Author:
Rachel grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. CRAZY GOOD and SET IN STONE two of her Navy SEAL novels are INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERS. After living on the west coast for many years she moved to Virginia. She resides there with her badass husband, and two children.
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