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Nine Teaser

Less than four full days until release day! 

 

Yeah why is that Nine? Read a longer part of this scene and hear his explanation!

Nine

Drew waved her hand in front of his face, snapping him out of his thoughts, and he shook his head, feeling like an idiot.

“I said I’ll have a glass.” Drew smiled nervously, but there was something slightly off about it. Not like when she’d laughed so genuinely earlier. Obviously she’d caught him in La-La land again. Was it starting to make her uncomfortable?

Pulling the cork out of the bottle, he chastised himself inwardly for continuing to get caught zoning out. He’d seen other guys get all tongue-tied and twisted around girls. Nine had never been one of those guys, and so far, thankfully, Drew seemed reserved enough. Not like one of those girls who might call him out on his shit.

Remembering her comment from way back about talking too much and having no secrets when she drank, Nine poured her a generous amount. All he had to do was be cool and wait for the wine to kick in, and he’d have the unspoken upper hand again.

“Curious,” she said as he handed her the glass of wine. Nine looked her straight in the eyes, ready for whatever it was she might hit him with. “Earlier you made a comment about being stuck in here with a hot girl.” The way she was looking at him, brow arching even, felt like she’d just become as determined as he was of keeping the upper hand here—if that’s even what they were doing. “But prior to that, you were going to say beautiful, only you changed your mind. Why is that?”

Gulping, Nine took a deep breath then a swig of his wine. She’d been right. The wine was the perfect balance of sweet and dry. Only at the moment he couldn’t even enjoy it. He was too caught up in the way she was searching his eyes and waiting for a response.

 Drew

It was a valid question. This was in no way flirting or fishing for compliments. Drew really was just curious. It seemed odd that he’d start to say it then take it back only to replace it with a different compliment.

Nine did the same thing she’d seen him do more than once today. His initial reaction to her question seemed to catch him off guard. But just like all the other times she thought maybe she’d hit a nerve or even caught him blatantly checking her out, he recovered fast enough and was even grinning now.

“My moms told me way back that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Being beautiful is not the same as being hot. Sure you can be both, but you can also be the plainest-looking person on the planet and yet be the most beautiful person on earth—to the right person, that is.” He touched his chest with a grin. “Beauty comes from in here. But you have to get to know someone a lot better before you can know if they truly are just hot or beautiful in every way.”

“So hot is less than beautiful?” Drew asked, wondering if maybe she should feel even a tiny bit slighted.

“Well, yeah. In this day and age, with all the drive-thru plastic surgery clinics and photoshopping, there’s a shit ton of fake hot people out there. The right clothes, hair, and makeup, and few shots of Botox here and there.” He snapped his finger in front of him. “All those things can make the most ordinary person look hot. But there’s so much more to being beautiful.” He took another sip of his wine before taking a seat in the sitting area and then going on. “Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t take it back because I’m saying you’re not beautiful. All I’m saying is I don’t know you well enough yet to make such a declaration.”

 

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Abel Hector bonus lost scene!

 

Okay so this scene didn’t make it into Hector because I decided to go a different way with the story and add Walter instead. But I always keep anything I cut out in a folder JUST in case I end up changing my mind and just keeping it. Which thank God I do because I can’t tell you how many times I have changed my mind! Anyhow I believe this was one of the opening scenes. #HappyReading!

Disclaimer: Unedited!

 

The moment Hector’s brother, Abel walked into the principal’s office; Hector literally felt the frustration in Abel’s eyes. It dug deeper than his brother would ever know. Disappointing Abel was one of the things Hector hated doing more than anything.

Unlike most of his friends who would’ve gladly chosen to have their older sibling come in instead of a parent when they got into trouble, Hector had actually requested that his mom be called in instead, but as usual his mom couldn’t get out of work. So they called the only other person listed as an emergency contact.

Abel’s vacant stare said it all. He wasn’t mad, he wasn’t upset. Those two things Hector could deal with. It was what he was fearing most that had his stomach in knots.

Hector squirmed in his seat as the principal explained to Abel about the fire alarm Hector and his friends had set off. How the entire student body and faculty had been interrupted for almost an hour while they all had to evacuate. He also explained that this would be Hectors final warning and suspension. The next time he got in any kind of trouble, he’d be expelled.

“And you will not get the opportunity to make up any assignments you miss while on suspension.” Principal Nunez peered down her glasses at Hector.

Her mouth pulled to one side as she returned her glare to Abel. “I want you know I went easy on him. We could’ve pressed charges for vandalism. I hope you realize your brother is walking on a very thin line here. If he does get expelled he’ll be looking at being bussed to Crenshaw high.” She brought her scowl back to Hector. “Might actually be good for you. Let’s see how well your tough guy act would fare at a school like Crenshaw.”

After sitting through about another half hour of Principal Nunez’s lectures Hector and Abel made their way through the school hallway.

“It wasn’t even close to an hour. More like a half hour and—”

“I don’t wanna hear it.” Abel wouldn’t even look at him.

They walked out the front door and walked silently toward the parking lot where Abel had parked. Hector had his own car but that was taken away from him the last time he’d gotten in trouble just a week ago. 

“It wasn’t even me. Shorty was just messing around—”

Abel grabbed him by the shirt and slammed him against his car hard. “You think I have time for this shit? You think mom does?”

His nostrils flared and he spoke right in Hector’s face.  Hector had only seen him this mad a handful of times in his life. 

“I’m telling you, Abel—”

“Shut up! You listen to me okay? You need to stop hanging around those low life-fucking friends of yours. They’ve got nothing going for them and they’re going to end up in jail. Is that where you wanna end up? Huh? Because that’s where you’re headed, you dumb shit.” Abel let go of him just as brusquely as he had grabbed him. “Get in the car.”

Abel stalked around the car as Hector opened passenger side door and got in. Abel got in and started up the engine. “Jack wouldn’t have wanted a troublemaker working at his gym. You know how he was about that kind of shit. The rest of the guys know this and I’m sure they all intend on honoring his wishes if this keeps up.”

“Well, they don’t have to know.”

“Like hell they don’t. They already know I had to leave to come pick up your dumb ass.”  

Hector let his head fall back. “Can you not tell them why?”

“Nope. I’m done covering for your ass. You wanna be stupid well this is what happens to stupid. You lose privileges. Besides mom’s not gonna be happy about this. I’m sure you’ll be on a lock down for a while.” Abel shook his head. “I don’t know why you’ve gotten so stupid lately. It’s so damn easy, Hector. You do well in school, you stay out of trouble and mom’ll let you do just about anything you want. Is that so fucking hard?”

“I didn’t do shit, Abel. I was just there—”

“With those low life friends I told you lose a long time ago and why? Because this is exactly what I said would happen. They’re dragging you down with them and you’re too damn stubborn to see it. I just…” He shook his head again lifted his elbow onto the window ledge and leaned his head against his fist. “I don’t get it. Is it because I’ve been so busy lately?”

“No.”

“I’m trying, Hector but I have this fight coming up and then I have two more lined up. Maybe I’ll tell the guys I can’t do them all.”

“No, don’t do that.”

Abel turned to look at Hector, his angered expression now replaced with what appeared to be guilt. “I know moms never around so I should be. This is probably just as much my fault as it is yours.”

“Not it isn’t.” Fuck this is the last thing he wanted. For Abel to blame himself. “This isn’t your fault, man. It was just a stupid gag that went wrong. The alarm wasn’t supposed to go off.”

“And what about the water balloons and the food fight or the near riot you and your stupid friends nearly caused at the football game? I mean shit, Hector is this what the psychologists mean by teens crying out for help or attention? Is this you crying out?”

Hector stared out his window. The way Abel put it, it did make him feel like a dumbass. 

“I’ll quit boxing if that’s what it’s gonna take, dude. I’ll be damned if my little brother ends up in jail.”

That got Hector’s attention real fast. “No you can’t do that.”

“Try me.”

“No! Look you’re right okay? It’s who I’ve been hanging out with. I’ll stop hanging with them. I promise. But you can’t quit.”

They reached their house and Abel pulled over but didn’t turn the truck off. “I’d get in there and do some serious cleaning, then get to your homework. Mom’s gonna be pretty pissed off tonight.”

Hector nodded closing the truck door but stood at the window. “Don’t quit boxing, Abel, please. I promise I’ll do better. This is not your fault at all. This is all me just being dumb. I’ll prove it to you okay?”

Abel held his stare for a moment before looking away. “You really disappointed me today, little brother.”

And there it was. The worst thing Abel could say to him. Very little had ever choked Hector up and now he actually had to swallow back the ache in his throat. “I know. I’m sorry. It won’t happen again.”

“I hope so.” Abel gave him a very weak smile. “Get inside. I’ll see you tonight.” With that, Abel drove away.

His big brother—his hero—the only person he’d ever truly looked up to and he’d managed to disappoint him yet again.     

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Cover/Blurb reveal and excerpt of NINE!

After years of gravitating to douchebag players with no more to offer than a wildly good time and zero promises, single mom Drew has graduated to dating a real man. He’s the responsible, mature kind—willing and able. To offer her and her daughter a real future.

Then along comes Nine.

More like a ten, is her first thought when introduced to the tatted-up, foul-mouthed, unapologetic player. The guy might’ve been her kryptonite five years ago.

But she has a child to think about now.

With every new encounter she has with Nine, she begins to realize there’s so much more to him than just good looks and his bad boy image. She sees a vulnerability in him she never expected. Worse yet, he’s sending out vibes that whisper of promises he’s never made to any girl before.

Is she willing to trade in Mr. Perfect for someone who’s one impetuous decision away from proving that her first impression may have been heartbreakingly spot on?

Contemporary Romance, RomCom

Excerpt

After a week and a half of their innocent texting, Drew had begun checking her phone way too often. In fact her insides did that funny thing it always did whenever she heard that familiar ping. She’d also started looking around now, especially when she was with Brad, but even around Phoenix to make sure she kept her reaction to anything silly he might send to a minimum.

Fortunately this time she was alone. Her heart did that ridiculous flutter when she saw his name on her screen.

Will there be any games at this rehearsal?

The text had her smiling big. Too big and she knew it, but it just couldn’t be helped. She was just thinking of a witty response to put together when another text from him came through and she tapped to open it anxiously. Only this time her smile waned as soon as she read it.

Will Brad be there tonight?

It was the first time since his intrusive questions about her man that he’d brought Brad up. Even worse, Brad was still a maybe for the dinner and before this text, Drew had already been a bundle of nerves knowing she might get some time alone with Nine again. Brad would for sure make the wedding tomorrow. From the ceremony in the day, to the reception in the evening. He’d reserved the entire day to be there. But he was meeting with a client for a late lunch tonight and said he’d do his best to get there at least for the cocktail hour after the dinner.

Deciding to not make a thing of it she responded, keeping it short and to the point. As curious as she was about why he’d be asking about Brad she knew better. She wouldn’t be opening up that can of worms. So far everything they’d texted had been as proper and vanilla as what you’d expect from two people who were barely friends. Reading her text one last time she sent it without further thought.

Don’t think so, about the games. And yes he will.

Nine didn’t bother to respond and her mind raced with theories of why he’d ask in the first place. Did it matter? This whole time she’d been trying to convince herself that her texting Nine was no big deal and if Brad asked her about it, she’d be as honest as ever. She had nothing to hide and a perfectly clear conscious. Brad could even read all the messages between them if he so well pleased.

Except this one.

Release date TBA but stay tuned for more excerpts and announcements! And in case you’re wondering because of this excerpt, no, there is NO CHEATING in this story!