Today we are celebrating Natasha Preston's newest YA Thriller, AWAKE, which will be releasing August 4th.
Natasha has graciously provided us with an exclusive excerpt from the book, and make sure you check out the awesome giveaway at the end of this post!
Excerpt from AWAKE by Natasha Preston
Usually she would curl into my side but today she climbed on my lap and laid her head on my shoulder. I was momentarily stunned. We hadn’t been quite that close before. I liked it far too much. Everything about her felt right, natural, and she fit against me perfectly.
“I’m so glad I have you, Noah. You’re the only one I can trust.”
I bit my tongue. The stress and guilt was going to give me an ulcer. Weaving my fingers through her long hair, I replied, “It’s okay. Try not to let it get to you so much. The mind is a complicated thing. The fact that you’ve remembered this much is a huge step.”
“But is it a memory?” She groaned. “It’s driving me crazy, whirling around in my head all the time. Make me forget it, Noah.”
This was it. We were alone in her house apart from Jeremy who was in his room with Amie. I had never had sex before and I was sure I wanted my first time to be with Scarlett but I didn’t want to do this if it was just to take her mind off everything.
“Not like this,” I said, leaning my forehead against hers. She frowned, and I ran my thumb along her jaw. “You mean so much to me but I don’t want our first time to be because you want me, not because you want me to help you forget.”
“That’s not what I meant.” Her arms tightened around my neck. “If you’re not ready that’s fine.”
Not ready. I wanted to laugh. Just because my experience with women was a long list of one person didn’t mean I didn’t have those feelings. I wanted her but I could see the indecision in her eyes. It wasn’t the right time, her mind was too over the place and I wasn’t going to give her something else to regret about us.
“Scarlett, I love you.”
Her dark eyes widened a fraction before they glowed. “I love you, too.”
“I can wait.” A part of me hoped she wouldn’t be ready. I was betraying her and soon she would find out. Could I let our relationship turn physical? I shouldn’t but I knew it wouldn’t be easy once she wanted to.
Tipping her head up, she offered her mouth. I kissed her long and slow, never being able to resist. She melted against me until her whole weight was pressing me against the wall. I wanted more.
Her fingers dug into my neck as I nipped her bottom lip. She invaded all of my senses, threatening to drive me insane. Everything was Scarlett, Scarlett, Scarlett, and I never wanted that to stop.
Was this what it was like to be completely in love? No one back home showed the can’t-keep-your-hands-off-
She was the first one to break the kiss, when she felt something that I thought would make my face burn with embarrassment. But I wasn’t embarrassed with her. It was a physical action showing how much I wanted her.
“Okay,” she said, breathing deeply. “Um…”
I ran my hands up her back, smiling. “I know and it’s fine. Really. You can stop me whenever you need to. No pressure, remember?”
Nodding, she beamed.
“Anyway, I should go soon.”
“Really?” she asked, pouting.
I was sure my pupils dilated when she pouted, remembering biting her lip in our kiss that had been much more frantic and needy than before.
“I’ll see if I can come back after dinner.”
“You could eat here.”
“And I wish I’d asked my parents before so I could stay.”
She tilted her head in a nod. “But you didn’t so your mum’s cooked for you.”
“Okay. Let me know if you can come back and I’ll pick a movie.”
And I hated how perfect that did sound.
Author: Natasha Preston
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Don't miss the latest gripping, high-stakes thriller from Wattpad sensation Natasha Preston, author of the runaway hit The Cellar.
Scarlett Garner doesn't remember anything before the age of four-until a car accident changes everything. She starts to remember pieces of a past that frighten her. A past her parents hid from her...and a secret that could get her killed.
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UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she shared a story online—and hasn’t looked back since. She enjoys writing romance, thrillers, gritty YA, and the occasional serial killer.
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13 years or older