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reader back to those feelings that made the late teen years such a powerful
Late one night Nicki Johnson plays with
emotional fire and Googles her high school love, only to find his name splashed
across the British gossip columns. Back in his native England, Adam Kincaid is
successful and dating a woman from an aristocratic family like his own. With a
career in politics, Nicki’s no slouch, but she knows Adam is living a world
away from her life.
Yet there was a time he was no farther than the
next locker. Nicki will never forget their year together in high school—the
year of her sister’s death, the year her mother checked out. Adam helped Nicki
through suffocating grief, and she led him through a coming of age. Was it just
high school, or was it something more?
to be an English class?” Adam asked.
jolt of American patriotism that hit me.
“There was a revolution two hundred years ago. We write our own books
think I heard about that.”
of a Texas accent.
picked up the list of books again. “What
about Catcher in the Rye?”
ago when I was, like, eleven.” I laughed a little
remembered how I’d first come to read it.
something funny about that?”
about whether or not it was appropriate for
guy who swears a lot.”
smile. “At least compared to you Yankees.”
Now I’m interested. It can’t only be a few swear words.”
for a moment as I realized I was about to bring up the topic of sex with Adam
Kincaid. What the hell, I thought. I
should be matter-of-fact about it. He had a girlfriend and would never want
anything with me. I could hide I thought he was hot, so I shrugged. “Holden,
the main character…he’s a little sexually frustrated.”
hung in the air. I wanted to squirm in my seat. ‘Sexually frustrated’—like me checking out Adam Kincaid.
sidestepped the issue, yet he smirked. “That sounds like an adventurous book to
be on an American high school syllabus.”
classic.” I laughed. “I guess some things are sacred.”
eye again, and he turned toward me in his seat. “Teenage sexual frustration is
sort of a rite of passage, if you will.”
the window. His tone, the look in his eye, his body language—was he flirting
with or taunting me? I decided the former was impossible, and if the latter, I
wasn’t going to back down. With two parents who were lawyers, debate was a
fact, isn’t it?” I asked, casually clicking my pen. I raised a brow.
“Especially for guys.”
knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and
nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political
scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two
together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of
Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters
and real lawyer husband.