Three simple words were all it took to change their lives forever.
Losing a loved one is hard. Learning to survive in their absence? That’s even harder. For Gemma Michaels, life had become difficult following her brother’s death, but the one thing that kept her afloat was the one thing she knew she shouldn’t have desired – her best friend, Ben.
He’d made a promise to her brother – to protect her, no matter what. For Ben, that had meant that she was off limits. But then she slips and tells him the three words he’s been waiting to hear.
Love happens when you least expect it.
Seeing him with other girls was enough to send me to the bar, in hopes of drowning out the longing feeling I’d felt toward him. Plus, honestly, with my emotions on edge, I figured it would be in my best interest to get away from all things Ben for a bit. I rose to my feet, excusing myself from the table as he glanced out over the crowd, no doubt in search of his twin sister, Molly. As I stepped away, a rough hand wrapped around my arm, stopping me in my tracks.
“Don’t take too long, now,” he said, pressing a kiss on my cheek.
I thought about how easy it would have been to turn my head and allow our lips to meet, but I forced myself to resist. Keep it together, Gemma.
“Yeah, yeah,” I groaned. “You suck, Ben.”
“Love you too, Gemma,” he teased before he slipped away into the crowd, and faded from my sight.
I probably should have gone outside, honestly, far away from alcohol. It would have been the smart thing to do, but what could I say? I was fabulous at making terrible decisions. So, I’d taken a seat at the bar. Alone and miserable.
About the Authort
Nicole Sobon is the author of The Emile Reed Chronicles (YA Science Fiction), the Outbreak duology, Collide (NA Romance), and more!