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Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee
“Edgy and smart with a sweet and sexy core.” —Rachel Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Eyes on Me
I should’ve kept my mouth shut.
But Wilmont Academy’s been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to sex ed, and someone had to take matters into her own hands. Well, I’m a kick-ass coder, so I created a totally anonymous, totally untraceable blog where teens can come to get real, honest, nothing-is-off-limits sex advice.
And holy hell, the site went viral—and we’re talking way beyond Wilmont—overnight. Who knew this town was so hard up?
Except now the school administration is trying to shut me down, and they’ve forced Dean—my coding crush, aka the hottest guy in school—to try to uncover who I am. If he discovers my secret, I’ll lose him forever. And thousands of teens who need real advice won’t have anyone to turn to.
Ask me anything…except how to make things right.
I stared into her eyes, the smile dropping off my face. What did he do to you?
The words were there, but I couldn’t choke them out.
She would tell me if she wanted me to know. The last thing I wanted to do was push her away, to break the bond we’d formed by stepping where I wasn’t wanted.
“You don’t have to hide from me, you know,” I finally managed to say.
Something swirled in her eyes, a churning sort of hope and want and…trust?
“I want to be the one you talk to,” I said. “Not just about coding or hacks or tech. I want us to be close. I crave this…” I motioned to the small space between us, noting how her chest rose and fell like it had when we’d first entered the arcade, but now for a totally different reason.
Being this close to her was the sweetest torture, so much it was intoxicating. Whirling in my brain like I’d had a few drinks.
“I do, too,” she whispered, her tongue darting out to wet her lips. “And it scares the hell out of me.”
“Don’t let it,” I said, reaching my free hand to smooth it over her cheek, down her neck. Chills erupted where my fingers trailed, but she never lost my gaze. Never pushed me away or drew me closer. Slowly, I lowered my head, inching closer to her lips, knowing the night wasn’t supposed to go this way but unable to stop it. The draw she had on me, the heat in my heart calling for more of her smiles, more of her sweet scent, more of her voice…it urged me forward.
She closed her eyes, sighing as she tilted her head upward. A clear invitation.
A feather-light brush of my lips over hers, and she tensed under my touch, jerking her head to the side.
Ice-cold water doused my insides, my chest caving in on itself.
She’s told you all along she doesn’t want this.
That hadn’t made me immune to what I thought was a mutual current between us.
“I’m sorry,” I said, quickly straightening to give her some room.
But then I looked at her—really looked at her. My stomach plummeted.
“Amber?” I said, gripping her shoulders. “You’re trembling.” I eyed her up and down, taking note of the way her fists were clenched, her fingers shaking. Slow tears rolled down the cheeks that were warm with my breath seconds ago. “What is it?” I asked, her eyes closed, blocking me from getting through to her. “Fuck, Amber, I’m so sorry,” I said, panic building in me. “I didn’t mean to cross a line. I swear.” I’d honestly thought she was on the same page, wanting the kiss, inviting it. I never believed I could read her so wrong, that I could cause this reaction.
She sucked in a stuttered breath, finally opening her eyes. Apologetic. Hurt. Scared.
She flung her arms around my middle, almost barreling into me despite the small amount of space between us. I instantly enveloped her, stroking her back, silently begging her shaking to stop as she sobbed into my chest.
Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her romance novels, the Grad Night series and the Love on the Edge series. Molly writes Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.
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