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“What you have in mind sounds awfully like a date to me.” I ignored my conscience reprimanding me for being a cold bitch. Yes, I was going to hell for what I was putting Larry through. I should really just cut him loose, but my mental instability wouldn’t let me. I had to get through these two weeks in one piece if I wanted to graduate. I needed him to get me through. “I’m not ready for that.”
“It’s just dinner.” He played off his seriousness by shrugging nonchalantly.
“I know you.” I sighed. “I know that dinner isn’t just dinner for you. This,” I gestured at him and me, “can’t go any further than what we have. After I graduate I’m off to travel the world and you’ll be in law school.”
The relaxed air around him dissipated the second tension entered his shoulders. “Then maybe we should break things off now. I mean, it’s headed that way from what you’re telling me, right?”
I flinched. Bingo. Shoving my rising panic down, I reached for his hand across the table, but he moved it away. “Laurel.”
“Don’t ‘Laurel’ me.” He pushed away from the table and stood up. It was hard to take him seriously in just his boxers, but I bit down on the joke begging to leave my lips. Not a time to be funny. “I get that you can’t talk about what happened to you last year, but it’s clear you didn’t get out unscathed. I see the hurt on your face and it kills me that I can’t do anything about it.”
“Whatever you’re thinking, it’s not like that.”
“You call out his name in your sleep.”
“What?” I covered my mouth with both hands. “That’s not possible.”
Larry raked trembling fingers through his brown hair. “I woke up to take a leak and when I got back you were moaning his name.”
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When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full-time and is based in the Philippines.
I left Lunar Manor broken, seeking comfort in the hands of Laurel “the Dragon” Hardy, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Gossip. Okay, I may have used him to ease the pain He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named caused by his confession of loving someone else. On New Year’s Eve! Granted, he was drunk off his ass, but still! I stay with Larry mainly because the dreams are getting worse. Worse enough to wake me in the middle of the night needing the touch of another to save me from losing my mind.
Unfortunately, the handsome bassist of the uber successful indie rock band, Vicious, is never far from my mind. I thought I was rid of him once and for all only to have him show up at my hotel in London. Luka Visraya’s power over me is intense. No matter how far I run, I always end up circling back to him.
If you think my story is just some romance about two lovers getting back together, think again. Little did I know that returning to Luka meant I’d be plunging myself into a world more familiar than I ever thought possible. Trust me when I say I didn’t believe it either when the truth finally came out.
Release Date: January 12, 2015