When We Were Us
Keeping Score, #1
by Tawdra Kandle
Publication date: April 7th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
The Trio. That’s who we’ve been since birth: Nate, Leo . . . and me, Quinn, the token girl. Our mothers met in a prenatal class and became best friends, which meant that the three of us hit every milestone together, from the first day of school to the very first kiss. And beyond.
I’ve always been caught in the middle between the two boys. I’ve been in love with Leo since I was eight, even though he doesn’t see me as anything but his pal. And I know that Nate’s hung up on me. I see the look in his eyes. I wish I could say I felt the same, but I don’t. It’s getting harder and harder to keep him in the friend zone, though.
Things between the three of us aren’t easy anymore. Leo’s popular, the football team’s star receiver, and the object of every girl’s fantasy. I know he doesn’t mean to leave us behind, but now Nate and I are just people he used to know.
What used to be so simple is suddenly messy and complicated. Leo is all I’ve ever wanted, but even if I had the chance to be with him, how would Nate would handle it?
When that chance does come along . . . in the most unexpected way . . . I’m helpless to resist Leo. What was always meant to be is finally happening . . . but will it come at the risk of losing both my friends?
***This is Book #1 of a trilogy, and it does include an unresolved ending. ***
When I was about a foot away, he smiled and reached out to pull me close. He didn’t kiss me at first, just stood with me in the circle of his arms.
“Good morning, Mia.” He bent his head and brushed his lips over mine.
“Hey.” I breathed the word, leaning into him. “Mmmmm, you smell good.”
He chuckled. “Guess it’s better than the alternative.” He glanced over my shoulder. “What happened with Nate? Didn’t you drive him today?”
I dropped my forehead onto Leo’s shoulder. “No. Sheri texted my mom this morning. Nate’s back in the hospital with a fever. They don’t know what’s wrong.”
“Shit.” Leo rubbed his hands up and down my back, absently.
“Yeah. I know.” I slid my arms around his waist, my hands traveling over the muscles beneath his snug T-shirt. “Leo, we can’t let him find out about us until he’s feeling better.”
“No, I get that. But we don’t have to hide. No one’s going to go running off to the hospital to tattle on us.”
“Yeah, you’re probably right.” I rested my head on his chest, listening to the reassuring thump of his heart.
“Hey. You still . . . you’re sure, right?” He sounded tentative, like he was afraid of what I might say.
I tilted my head back to see him better. “Me? Of course I am. I was kind of scared this morning that you might have, um, regrets.”
“Not one.” He kissed me firmly, and giving a little growl, teased my closed lips with his tongue until I opened for him. He explored me lazily, setting my blood on fire. I moved closer, standing between the solid columns of his legs. My boobs were crushed against his chest, and my nipples hardened.
“God, Mia. I’m not going to be able to walk into class.” Leo groaned and dropped his head into the crook of my neck. “I just want to drag you into my car, drive out . . . I don’t know, somewhere we could be alone.”“Me, too.” I laughed a little. “But I’ve got a math quiz this morning, and I have a sneaking suspicion that ‘hot for my boyfriend’s rocking body’ isn’t going to cut it as an excused absence.” Boyfriend. I loved to say that word. I loved it even more that I was talking about Leo when I said it.
Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books run from YA paranormal romance (THE KING SERIES), through NA paranormal and contemporary romance (THE SERENDIPITY DUET, PERFECT DISH DUO, THE ONE TRILOGY) to adult contemporary and paramystery romance (CRYSTAL COVE BOOKS and RECIPE FOR DEATH SERIES). She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair.