Full Share is a summery new adult novel about finding yourself, finding people who care for you, and having fun. This book was written by the same author that wrote two of my favorite books The Devil’s Playground and The Lion’s Den.
In cooperation with Xpresso Book Tours, I am here today to bring you an exclusive excerpt from the book, so here we go!
My eyes didn’t open again until the moon was high in the sky. The breeze blew the sheet I’d wrapped over my shoulders off me. I stayed still for a few seconds, trying to recollect where I was and how I’d gotten there. I was too groggy to be scared. I just was. But I wasn’t sure who I was, or where I was. The first memory that came back was of him. My head rested atop his chest, and his arm was around my back.
“I’m right here. I was just about to wake you up.” He pulled me closer to him and I closed my eyes again, feeling safe in his arms. “We fell asleep.”
That little moan escaped my lips. The sound you made when you were asleep just inside the gates of heaven and nothing would drag you out. Jack squeezed my shoulders and ran his lips across my temple. The touch of his lips pulled me from sleep and delivered me right to him.
“What time is it?” I asked.
“I don’t know, but I think it’s late. We should go back.”
“But it’s perfect here.”
Jack ran his hand through my hair. He pushed it back off my shoulders with a light touch. “It is.” He pulled me on top of him, and suddenly, I was awake.
I lifted my head and faced him. I let my legs fall to his sides and sat up, straddling him. I could do this tonight. I could do Jack. I stared into his eyes and thought he was thinking the same thing, but the possibility of Mila sleeping in his bed tomorrow stopped me. I leaned over to climb off him, and he grabbed me and pulled me back.
“Nothing.” I smiled to hide everything I was thinking and moved next to him. “I think we should go back, too.”
“What happened?” Jack sat up next to me. His glare dove into me, opening me up and searching for the answers I’d never give him. “What changed in the last ten seconds?”
“Nothing. I swear. I just woke up.” I stood and found my flip-flops. “Let’s go back to the house.” My heart pounded against my bathing suit top. The throbbing crept up my neck and lodged in my throat. He was confusing me, and I hated him for it. “I need to go back.” Suddenly, the situation seemed urgent. He asked too many questions. He actually listened to the answers. He refused to let me hide and he was right here with me. I swallowed hard.
“Nora?” The moonlight shone on him. His beautiful chest was a stark contrast to the bewildered expression on his face.
“What? What do you want from me?”
“I want you.”
“Why? Because you can’t have me?”
“Is that what you think?” Jack stood and violently rolled the sheet into a ball. “You think you’re some acquisition?”
“Aren’t I? We’re at the beach. Isn’t everyone?”
“I don’t know.” He stood waiting for me to say something, but I had nothing to share. “Yeah. I guess. But that’s not why I want you.”
“You don’t even know me.”
“Whose fault is that?”
“Can we just go?” I pleaded with my eyes and the tone of my voice and the look of pure torture I knew was covering my face.
Jack stretched out his hand toward the dune, beckoning me to lead the way.He let out a frustrated sigh. “After you.”
I walked forward through the soft sand, taking deep breaths with every stride. By the time we reached our porch, I regretted every word that had come out of my mouth, including the initial acceptance of his offer to go to the beach. He was my roommate. I wasn’t going to have sex with him or anyone else in this house. I dropped my shells in the pile at the end of my bed with all the broken ones I’d found before.
I locked myself in the bathroom and tried to sort through my feelings. It wasn’t as easy as usual. They were layered on top of each other, and their uneven edges couldn’t be piled together perfectly. The people here were driving me crazy.
So there it is! If this sounds like a book that you might be interested in, please do not hesitate to check it out. Eliza is a wonderful author who I have come to follow and enjoy quite a bit over this past year! Check out her website today: http://www.elizafreed.com.