Publication Date: July 30, 2015
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They’re enemies who will do anything to win...including each other. When pre-med student Julie Hong wins a spot on a fashion design reality TV show, she celebrates by picking up a hot English guy in a hotel bar. But too many drinks leads to a night of embarrassment and a major hangover, and wow is she glad she’ll never see him again. Until the show starts, and he’s on it too. Julie quickly realizes she’s out of her league among the other designers, and Gavin Bennett, with his cocky grin and sexy accent, is her biggest competition. Julie can't decide if she wants to kiss him or kill him. Or both. After she’s almost kicked off, Julie convinces Gavin to pretend they’re sleeping together for the camera. The ploy works, but as they get closer to the show’s finale their fake relationship starts to become too real. But only one of them can win the show—and they might both end up heartbroken.
“So your name’s Julie?” he asked, his voice low enough that no one else could hear us. Except for the mic recording everything, of course.
I gestured to my name tag. “That’s what it says.”
“Sorry, it’s just a bit…anticlimactic.”
I rolled my eyes. “What did you expect, something more exotic?”
“No, but after all that build-up, I expected something a little more… I don’t know. Dramatic. Mysterious.” His gaze skimmed down my body. “Naughty.”
“Sorry to disappoint you.”
One side of his mouth curled up. “I suppose I’ll have to keep calling you ‘love.’”
“That really won’t be necessary. Julie is fine.”
“Oh no, I can’t do that. You said no names, after all.”
I quickly switched off my mic. Did Gavin not understand this was all being recorded? That the sound guys were probably listening to our every word? Or did he just not care?
I moved closer, reaching for his shirt as though I was flirting with him. He didn’t pull away, and I heard his sharp intake of breath as my fingers slipped inside his collar. I turned off his mic and kept my voice low.
“That was last night. Things have changed. Obviously.” I dropped my hand and stepped back. “And you need to be careful what you say while the mics are on.”
“Speaking of last night, how are you feeling today, love?”
“I’m fine, Gavin,” I snapped. “How are you? Get lots of sleep after you took off without a word?”
“I did, actually.” He gave me a devious grin that only annoyed me more. “I admit, I never expected to see you again. I’m quite surprised you’re here.”
“You’re surprised? You told me you were an artist visiting from London!”
“I am an artist visiting from London. You said you were a pre-med student.”
“I am a pre-med student!”
“Then what are you doing on the show?”
“Same as you, I imagine. Trying to win.”
“That’s too bad, love. Because I’m going to win.”
I snorted. “I’d tell you to kiss my ass, but you’d probably fall in love with me and then I’d never get rid of you.”
He gave a sharp laugh. “Trust me, there is zero chance of that happening.”
“Good. Because I don’t have time for complications like you.”
“Oh, now I’m a complication? You didn’t seem to think that last night when I was between your legs.”
His words sent a rush of unwanted desire through me. “Last night never happened,” I whispered, stabbing a finger into his chest. “And we’re never going to speak of it again.”
About Elizabeth Briggs
Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She's the author of the new adult Chasing The Dream series and the upcoming young adult novel Future Shock. Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs.
Elizabeth is represented by Kate Schafer Testerman of KT Literary and is a member of SCBWI and RWA.