One chance meeting.
One devastating phone call.
MacKenna Trist is not happy about spending a month with her family in Myrtle Beach. She would rather be at home, hanging out with her friends, before starting her senior year of high school. That is, until she meets the guy staying in the beach house next door.
Roe Gamble is speechless when he first lays eyes on Mac. Normally, pretty girls are his specialty but not this girl. From this girl, he wants more. More of everything. More than she can give him. Most importantly, more time to show her how he feels about her.
But time is working against them in more ways than one.
How much time do you really need to fall in love?
What would you gamble to hold onto it?
By the time we head back towards our houses I am soaked with sweat. The sun has been down for hours and I’m sure that my parents are waiting up for me since I never called to check in.
I pull Roe to a stop just a few houses down from mine and without giving myself a chance to chicken out I kiss him. If I shocked him he doesn’t show it. He never even flinches as he takes complete control of the kiss.
The other side of Roe that I was hoping to see tonight, the rough around the edges version of him, is starting to show itself. I’m lifted off the ground and then placed gently in the sand, Roe gently laying on top of me. I can feel his erection against my stomach and moan into his mouth before I can stop myself.
I feel him smile against my lips before rolling off of me. We’re both laying on our backs, staring up at the stars. My breathing is slowly returning to normal but my heart rate won’t slow down.
“I’m sorry. I had to stop kissing you or else things…”
I give him a few seconds but he doesn’t continue. “Or else what, Roe?”
“I don’t know if I will be able to stop myself next time. I barely know anything about you but I want to. I want to know everything about you. Before I let myself pass that point of no return with you, I want to know you.”
I hear what he’s saying. I know what that ‘point’ is. I also now know that he’s probably been past that point at some point in time before. I never have. Not because I was saving myself for marriage, but it’s just never felt right before. It feels right with Roe. I know I sound crazy but for some reason, I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for him and I didn’t even know it until the moment I met him.
Rachael Brownell was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she currently resides with her boyfriend and son. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University where she studied Advertising and Public Relations.
In 2005, Rachael met the love of her life, Jeremy. Then, in 2007, they welcomed their only child, Nicklas. When Nicklas started Kindergarten, Rachael decided to indulge herself in her passion for writing again. Her first two books, Holding On & Unglued, were picked up by Tate Publishing. Rachael decided that she also wanted to self-publish some of her work. She was able to make that dream a reality in November of 2013 when she published A Secret Life.
When she’s not working, building Lego’s or writing her next book, Rachael enjoys scrapbooking, photography and is an avid reader.