After being homeless for three years, nineteen-year-old Rafael Ortiz takes up his sister’s offer to live with her in Atlanta and Akilah, his new hot mouthed classmate with an answer to everything, inserts herself into his life despite his protests.
He’s suspicious of her first. No one has ever cared about him unless he could give them something in return. Then terrified. He may be seven-hundred miles away from Miami, but it’ll never be far enough from the stepdad that raped him and left him with two ways out as a kid. Running or killing himself. Some days, Rafael still thinks it might be easier to do the latter. For her own sake, he should keep Akilah at a distance.
Rafael falls for her anyway.
Then his stepdad shows up in Atlanta and the man still wants to have sex with him and sabotage everything good Rafael has going for him.
He could run again—but that would mean breaking Akilah’s heart and leaving his future with her behind. Killing himself still means more or less the same thing. But at least then Akilah could move on with her life.
His last option—one he never considered—is to reveal what his stepdad did to him. Otherwise his stepdad will sabotage his relationship with Akilah and the future Rafael thought was just in his grasp. He might just kill himself anyway if that happens.
The star quarterback in Stowe Peak’s High School was so out of my league until I tripped in the hall. When he came to my rescue everything changed.
I knew that lechery was a deadly sin, but his touch wiped away all my fears.
We got to know each other in so many different ways.
It didn’t feel wrong to be in love.
There’s nothing bad about two people expressing how they feel.
I had been taught by the church to be a good girl, and to steer clear of sin but the temptation was too much.
Her name was Michelle Nelson.
She was the untouched cherry that everyone wanted to pick. She turned from a bud to a beautiful flower over one summer and that’s when I noticed her.
All the boys wanted her body, but she seemed to give me the first pick as I helped her pick up her books that day. A conversation turned to a date, which resulted in me tasting her sweet body. She came to my games, watched me practice and made me realize that there was more to life then just football. I saw things in a totally different light.
For Mature Audiences 18+ due to strong language and sexual content
Jason Tuckerman is tired of being the single guy at the family functions, but the only woman he wants on his arm is engaged to another man. His brother’s wedding is in two weeks, and he wishes his best friend, Whitney Ryan, would go with him.
After moving to New York to be with her fiancé, Brent, he breaks up with her! Now Whitney’s stuck in a lease with a man who doesn’t want her, and can’t see any way out. She’s drowning her sorrows at a bar when she thinks of Jason, and after too many cocktails, decides to give him a fateful call.