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Monday, September 21, 2015

WILD CRUSH by Simone Elkeles \\ Excerpt

Wild Cards #2
by Simone Elkeles
File Size: 2017 KB
Print Length: 240 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: NLA Digital LLC (September 22, 2015)
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. 

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When the only girl you want is the one you can't have...

Bad boy Vic Salazar breaks all the rules except one: Don't make a move on your best friend's girl. It’s a Guy Code that Vic lives by. It doesn't matter that he's had a crush on her for years. Monika Fox is off limits.

Monika has a secret of her own and when a tragedy throws her and Vic together, the only boy she trusts is the one she shouldn’t confide in. Vic.

As Vic struggles to keep his distance, and Monika struggles with her secrets, will their wild connection violate every rule both vowed never to break—about relationships, about friendship, about love?
Simone Elkeles' fans rejoice! Tomorrow (9/22) book 2 in her Wild Cards (Better Than Perfect) series releases! Simone has decided to tease you a little with an excerpt of WILD CRUSH. Check it out below!

“You can do this. Come on,” Vic says as he ducks under the bleachers. He holds out his hands for me. “Jump.”

I look down at him. “I’m scared.”

“I got you,” he whispers, urging me to jump into his arms. “Trust me.”

I take a deep breath and wince as I shimmy through the opening and jump into his waiting arms. He holds me close as I wrap my arms around his neck.

“Now what?” I ask, leaning into his bare, muscular chest.

“Hold on,” he says as he heads for the fence obscured by some bushes on the opposite end of the field that the police are on.

If we’re caught, we’ll both be in trouble. But Vic is an expert at this as he stealthily moves to the fence and finds a way to duck underneath a weak opening.

With me holding on, Vic jogs through the streets until we’re far away from the school.

“Thank you,” I tell him as I let out a sigh of relief. “You saved me tonight.”

His eyes meet mine, and in this embrace with his bare chest against my skin, I feel an intimacy I haven’t felt in a long time, maybe forever. It must be my adrenaline working overtime, because I fight the urge to hold him close.

My lips are suddenly dry. I lick them. “Vic?”

He’s staring at my now wet lips. “Yeah?”

There’s silence as we stare into each other’s eyes.

Neither one of us say a word, but I swear I can see something soft and sweet in the depths of his chocolate brown eyes. I’ve never noticed it before, but his eyes are mesmerizing.


I feel so vulnerable emotionally and physically right now. This is so intense. Too intense.

“Umm… you can let me down now,” I say, needing to break the connection.

“Oh. Sorry,” he mumbles, then slowly sets me on the ground.

I step away from him, and the warmth of his body is replaced by the cool night air. I still feel off-balance and confused. Not knowing what to say to him without making an idiot out of myself, I pull my cell phone out of my pocket and call Ashtyn.

“Is everything cool?” Vic asks after I hang up the phone. He shoves his hands in his pockets as if he’s restless and doesn’t know where to put them.

“Yeah. Ash and the guys are coming to pick us up.”

He nods. After a minute he blurts out, “What are we gonna tell Trey?”

Is he talking about me joining the guys tonight or the fact that something transpired between us that wasn’t quite innocent? I mean, it was innocent, but it felt intimate. “I’m not telling him anything,” I say.

“Keeping secrets from your boyfriend probably isn’t a good idea.”

The side of my mouth quirks up. “Yeah, well, spray painting our rivals’ football field probably isn’t a good idea, either.”

WILD CRUSH releases 9/22

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