Aly Sullivan’s senior year is turned on end when she meets teen rock star, Jacob Roman, and his family on a summer vacation in Mexico. All of this would make the perfect backdrop for romance, if she didn’t just catch her boyfriend with his tongue down some chick’s throat. But Aly is determined not to disrupt her life for a known player like Jacob, even if he splashes color into her tidy black and white world. She followed her heart once and it ended up broken.

Lesson learned.

She’s going to get what she wants – to be an architect – no matter what, or who, crosses her path. SAT tests, AP exams and college applications are part of her plan, NOT the Grammy Awards, Jacob’s rabid fans or the paparazzi.

A friendship with Jacob’s brother continues after vacation ends, making it complicated to avoid Jacob, and her growing feelings. Falling in love is a risk Aly’s scared to take. Love is messy, and heartbreak is the certain outcome. With a guy like Jacob, who has girls throwing themselves at him, all bets are against her. As a future architect, Aly knows how to calculate chances, but some things can't be solved with a calculator and a keen mind. Maybe she'll have to trust her heart.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Well, I'm gonna tease again!

This takes place while Aly and her younger sister Caitlin are visiting Andrew and Tanner on tour. They are checking out the stage when Andrew notices how happy Aly is.

“Well, I was going to tell you later, but, I got into Northwestern and the program!” Her voice shook with excitement. “Architectural Engineering and Design: here I come!”

“I’m so happy for you,” he said. He kissed her forehead and gave her a huge hug. Andrew still had his arms around her when Aly spotted Jacob off to the side of the stage.

Aly stood still and watched him walk towards them. All of her preparation for this moment failed. He looked in her direction and caught her eyes over Andrew’s shoulder. Aly inhaled deeply, she’d forgotten the little details of his face and how handsome he really was. Andrew let go of her and held her at arms length to look at her, noting her instant tension.

His brow furrowed. “Are you okay?” he asked.

“Of course,” Aly said. She stepped back out of his grasp and cleared her throat to regain her composure. The last time she saw Jacob he left her standing on the beach in tears. He smiled at her now but she noticed the smile never reached his eyes. Jacob hugged Caitlin warmly and then greeted Aly by awkwardly hugging her with one arm and a pat to her back with one hand. The kind of half-hug a guy would give a buddy.

“I’m glad you could come. It’s good to see you.” Jacob said. His voice was tight, not the deep rich voice she remembered.

“Jacob, it’s good to see you too.”

He fidgeted with the lanyard around his neck then looked back to the side of the stage. A tall blonde joined them. She stood next to Jacob and put a hand on his shoulder. He looked anxiously from her to Aly and back. Aly almost laughed at seeing Jacob so uncharacteristically flustered, but the sick feeling in her stomach kept her silent. Jacob said, “I want you to meet someone. This is my girlfriend Eryn.”

“Hi Eryn. It’s nice to meet you.” Eryn daintily shook the hand that Aly offered.

Eryn stood formally with perfect posture. “I’ve heard a tremendous amount about you. Andrew speaks of practically nothing else and now I understand why,” She said with an unnaturally exact cadence. “Have you been to one of their concerts before? It is truly wonderful.”

“No, I haven’t. We’re excited,” Aly responded, putting an arm around Caitlin.

“You must be Caitlin, Tanner’s girlfriend,” Eryn said. She extended her hand to Caitlin.

Caitlin immediately blushed. “I’m his friend,” she corrected. Her voice was barely audible. “It’s nice to meet you.”

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