by Chris Cannon
Release Date: 08/11/15
Entangled Teen: Crush
Summary from Goodreads:
Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has…
Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But then when she hears a rumor—Bryce is telling everyone that he hooked up with her. With Haley’s reputation taking a nosedive, she gives Bryce him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month for a month or face the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up withto show other guys that she’s dateable—despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers.—or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.
Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now doesn't know what's more unbelievable, not only is—that he's he being blackmailed, or that he's being blackmailed by an honor student. His little “hook up” was supposed to end his problems with girls, not create new ones. Not only that, but his new “girlfriend” has two overprotective brothers, three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she's…well, difficult. And different.
Besides, everyone knows that perfect boys never fall for imperfect girls…Sometimes, giving in is all a boy can do…Can something so fake turn into something real?
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“Get away from my boyfriend,” a girl called out from behind us.
I froze. “Is she talking to me?”
Bryce ran his hand down his face. “Welcome to my nightmare.”
Good to know I ranked somewhere above nightmare status. Maybe I was only a mild pain in the ass.
Bryce placed his arm around my shoulders, and we turned in unison.
A tall blonde with giant boobs, bright red nails, and crazy coming off her in waves, walked up to us. “Bryce, what are you doing?”
He pulled me closer, as if to make a point. “Brittney, I broke up with you. Remember?”
“You didn’t mean that.” She twisted a lock of hair around her finger and smiled. “We’re so good together.”
Bryce sighed. “Brittney, we talked about this.”
“Don’t you miss me?” She moved closer and whispered, “Just a little bit?”
And suddenly this was all sorts of awkward.
“I’m sorry, but we’re through. I’m dating Haley.”
Brittney sniffled and blinked her eyes quickly like she was trying to cry. “We were meant to be. You’ll figure that out soon enough.” She turned on her heel and strode off.
“What was that about?” I asked.
He dropped his arm from my shoulders and stepped back. “I broke up with Brittney three times this month.” He held up three fingers as if I might be unfamiliar with the number. “It didn’t take. Every morning she acted like we were still together. She started talking about where we should have our destination wedding and what we should name our kids. I tried being nice. I tried being mean. Nothing worked. Finally, I went for drastic measures. I figured once she heard about my weekend hookup, she’d take the hint and move on.”
This threw a new light on Bryce’s weekend activities. “So you’re not a man-whore?”
“Oh, no. He is,” Nathan answered with a serious face.
I laughed and headed into Physics lab to catch Jane up on the latest chapter in my new reality-TV-worthy life. “You came into the room way too early.” I told her about Brittney and my secret hope that Bryce wasn’t strictly a hit-and-run kind of guy.
“I think you might be giving him too much credit,” she said.
Since this was my fake relationship, I chose to believe my smoking-hot pretend boyfriend was not a man-whore. Hey, it was my delusional world. Why not go for broke?
Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or snarky romantic comedies.
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