Posted: 01 Sep 2016 12:00 AM PDT
EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Keeping Her Secret
by Sarah Nicolas
Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas is currently on tour with Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.
Two girls. One kiss.
The last person Riya Johnson expected to run into at her new summer camp is Courtney Chastain - her childhood best friend and the girl who broke her heart after a secret, mind-blowing, life-altering kiss. She definitely didn't expect to be sharing a bunk bed with her for four long weeks.
Courtney has what every girl wants - she's beautiful, rich, and the object of every boy's desire at Camp Pine Ridge. Too bad none of them make her feel an iota of what Riya's kiss did all those years ago. But Courtney needs to uphold appearances at all costs - even if it means instigating an all-out prank war with Riya as her main target.
Neither girl can stop thinking about the other ... but that doesn't mean they can give up past hurts and take a chance on a future together.
Note: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains drinking, sexual situations, and a fairy-tale romance sure to make your heart melt.
A breeze ruffled her ponytail and Riya's gaze snapped to the door. Courtney strolled in like a freaking Nordic Goddess with her head held high, cheeks flushed and skin glowing. Sunkissed legs stretched from a pair of sparkly sandals up for miles and miles until finally disappearing under the hem of low-hung white shorts. Flashes of smooth stomach teased as her pink top moved with every graceful step.
Riya's heart pounded in her chest. Courtney Chastain was trying to kill her. That outfit was a perfectly crafted murder weapon. Checking to make sure her mouth didn't hang open, Riya tore her gaze from Courtney and swallowed. Hard.
Beside her, Colt slid down the bench, away from Riya. Riya didn't know why until Courtney froze five feet from them. She glanced at Riya then shook her head at her brother. Colt rolled his eyes in response, patting the sliver of bench between them.
"Miss Chastain, please take your seat so we may continue," Bob Fazio called, a small chuckle breaking through his voice.
It was then Riya noticed she wasn't the only one distracted by Courtney's entrance. Excluding her brother, every boy in the room aged twelve to eighteen stared in their direction—and some of the girls, too.
Riya watched a wide range of emotions pass over Courtney's face in less than a second before she straightened her shoulders in some kind of resolve. Her hair tumbled to her elbows in gentle waves. Sighing, she tossed the golden strands over her shoulder before spinning and squeezing her hips between Riya and Colt.
The welcome talk continued, but Riya only caught fleeting fragments of the briefing. Something about the daily schedule and a talent show on the last day. Approximately 98 percent of her attention narrowed in on the seven inches of Courtney's white-silk skin pressed against Riya's outer thigh.
Riya took a deep breath to steady herself, but caught the sweet rose petal scent wafting from Courtney. She inhaled one deep breath, reveling in the heavenly smell, before shaking her head.
Ridiculous. She was being completely ridiculous.
She'd never let anyone have such an overwhelming effect on her. Certainly not someone like Courtney, someone who couldn't—or wouldn't—return her affections. Someone who had broken her heart four years ago and never once looked back.
Riya stared at her own shoelaces, actively un-focusing on the girl sitting next to her.
Trying to, anyway.
Next thing she knew, everyone stood around her and the room buzzed with conversation. The welcome event was over.
"Earth to Riya."
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]
Praise for the Book
"The romance was phenomenal! That lake scene left me feeling all tingly. And, of course, that final performance ... awww, couple-goals! I really, really enjoyed reading this book and, honestly, this is the first F/F book that I loved." ~ Norah Una Sumner, Bookish Fever
"I felt that this book just worked. There is no other way to describe it, there was angst but it made sense with the ages of the characters and I didn't feel that it made them seem immature because they are 16 and 17 so any more maturity would have been unbelievable. I enjoyed this author's writing and sat up all night reading until I had finished." ~ CJ13, Goodreads Reviewer
"This book deserves all the praise and then some, one of my favorite reads of this year, and maybe even my life. So many parts inspired me, moved me and just made me want more." ~ Olivia Channel, OliviaChannel.com
"Keeping Her Secret is one of those magical books that keeps you turning pages long after you should have gone to bed. I recommend the book completely, and if I were a teacher I would place it on my required summer reading list." ~ Bonajean McAneney, Goodreads Reviewer
"I really loved this book. It was such an honest look at young women learning to accept their sexuality and being comfortable enough to express it." ~ Bette Hansen, Goodreads Reviewer
About the Author
Sarah Nicolas is a 31-year-old YA author who currently lives in Orlando, Florida. She believes that some boys are worth trusting, all girls have power, and dragons are people too.
She's a proud member of the Gator Nation and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, but has switched careers entirely. She now works as an Event Coordinator for a County Library. She also blogs at BookRiot and YAtopia.
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