Series: Sharing Spaces # 1
Author: Alicia Michaels
Audience: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Formats: E-book & Paperback
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Cover by: Najla Qamber
Editor: Melissa Ringsted
Pages: 133 pages
ISBN : 978-0692203323
With only 60 days until her 21st birthday, Jennifer is determined to lose her virginity once and for all. Little does she know that her mission will lead her down a path toward love. She never expects that her mission will lead her to a discovery of what true womanhood is, and where true and lasting love begins.
I shrugged. “Yeah, but what are you gonna do?” I said, my tongue finally coming unglued from the roof of my mouth. He smiled and my insides quivered. “It’s okay, we’re roommates. I’ll just do gross things to him while he sleeps.”
He laughed again and I smiled in response. “You could do that. Or,” he leaned in, so close I could smell his cologne, “you could get even.”
My mouth fell open. I was a fish again, gasping for air and flopping around for something witty to say. Instead, he got, “Get even?”
He nodded. “Yeah. You know, find some wildly attractive guy to be your new date and piss him off.”
“That’s a good idea,” I said. “Know any wildly attractive guys?”
“If you’ll settle for extremely witty and tall, then there’s always me,” he said. Him. On a biscuit. Or covered in chocolate. Or running shirtless, drenched with sweat. Or … I swallowed past the lump in my throat.
“I guess you’ll do,” I said with a shrug.
“Good. Why don’t you tell me about Jenn?”
“Um, okay.” He placed his hand at the small of my back, turning me toward the little dock jutting out over the water. A sleek speedboat bobbed on the surface. I concentrated on trying not to trip as we stepped out onto the dock. “Well, I’m a Nursing student. I’m in my junior year and I want to be a Pediatric nurse after I graduate.”
“Pediatrics, huh? You must like kids or something.”
I nodded. “Everybody likes kids.”
“So you must want to have them someday.”
“Doesn’t everybody?” He shrugged. “I don’t know. Maybe someday. I’m more focused on my career right now than anything else.”
“What do you do?” “Well, I just graduated with a business degree last year,” he said, stuffing his hands into his pockets. “I just started an entry level position at my dad’s company.”
“Wow,” I said, eyebrows raised. “Color me impressed.”
He laughed. “Not that impressive. It’s grunt work in the mail room, but you have to start somewhere. My dad started there and now he’s CEO. I could have gotten a job higher up, but I wanted to take my lumps like everybody else. Couldn’t have everybody whispering behind my back that Daddy did it for me.”
I wasn’t lying about being impressed. A guy who could have gotten any job he wanted through his dad, choosing to work his way up from the bottom. This guy became more intriguing by the second.
“That’s ambitious,” I stated. “More so than Nursing.”
“Hey,” he said, his hand coming out of his pocket to touch my bare shoulder. That touch caused my blood to sing in my veins. Electricity arced across my skin. “There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a nurse. It’s a hard, noble job. Besides, someone has to hold the little brats down while they get their shots.”
“You are so not funny,” I replied, but I was laughing all the same.
“No, but you are,” he said. “Look at you all mad at me. It’s cute.”
I could feel my face getting hot. Cute? I’d take it. For him, I’d wear cute like a badge of honor. This was going well. I was flirting without making too big a fool of myself. Dain was smiling, and not a fake, forced smile either. He kept touching me—my arm, my shoulder. Things were going perfectly. Until I took a step backward and went plummeting off the side of the dock.
Lucky by Jason Mraz & Colby Calait
Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars
The Other Side by Jason DeRulo
Domiono by Jessie J
Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran
Trouble Sleeping by Corrine Bailey Rae
Character Name: Jennifer Nolan
Character Bio: Jennifer AKA Jenn, is a 20 year old nursing student from a small Texas town. Clumsy and a bit neurotic, she’s the girl next door that everyone wants to be friends with. Sweet and loyal, she may be a little bit of a spaz, but she’s loveable all the same!
Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
My best quality is probably my sense of humor. I have this uncanny ability to laugh at myself no matter the situation. I figure if everyone else is already laughing, why not join in. This is probably also my worst quality, since I also have a hard time taking myself seriously.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
Just because I’m nice doesn’t make me a pushover.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
Well, obviously the fact that I’m 20 years old and still a virgin. It’s not exactly something you want to advertise. Except, you know, now everyone knows so it’s not really a secret anymore, is it?
What are you most afraid of?
Ending up alone because I’m so terrible at picking guys I’ll never find the right one.
What do you want more than anything?
Love. True love, the kind that changes your life.
What is your relationship status?
You know that little Facebook status that says ‘It’s Complicated’? Yeah, pair that with ‘In a relationship’, and you’ve got my situation in a nutshell.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
Functional. If it pulls over my head and is clean, goes with jeans and flip flops, and made of cotton, I’m wearing it.
How much of a rebel are you?
Not even close to being a rebel. I’m too clumsy to be a rebel. I can see it now … tripping over my own two feet as I try to make a getaway from the scene of whatever trouble I caused … yeah, I’m not cool enough to pull off rebel.
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
Ask me again in a year when I graduate from college!
What is your idea of happiness?
Being surrounded by people you love and who love you.
What is your current state of mind?
Chaotic … but that’s kind of my usual state of mind. I think too much, and it gets me in trouble a lot.
What is your most treasured possession?
Probably my bedroom. It doesn’t sound like much, but I’m the only one in the house with my own space and that can be very valuable when you need privacy!
What is your most marked characteristic?
Probably my clumsiness. People know, when they hear someone hit the floor, before they even turn around they know it’s me.
What is it that you, most dislike?
People who aren’t what they seem. I feel like I present a pretty honest picture of myself when I meet someone. I don’t think it’s too much to ask the same in return.
Which living person do you, most despise?
Hmmm … I find it really hard to despise people, even if they wrong me in some way. I don’t like to waste energy staying mad. I could be using that energy on myself.
What is your greatest regret?
Getting to 20 without losing my v-card. I mean, really, it’s kind of sad.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Honest and sensitive … rock hard abs don’t hurt either.
Which living person do you most admire?
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I hate to keep harping on this, but my virginity situation is a real buzzkill.
What is your motto?
Love yourself, otherwise you can’t expect anyone else to.
The mother of three and wife to an Army sergeant, she loves chocolate, coffee, and of course good books. When not writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, shopping for shoes and fabulous jewelry, or spending time with her loving family.