Title: Entangled Rivals
Series: The Raven Boys Series, Book 3
Release Date: August 1st
Genre: MC Romance
Aspen grew up wanting nothing to do with motorcycles, club houses, her father or her brother. But during high school, she finds out that it’s impossible to say no to a Raven brother– her included. After being gone for four years, she ends up walking back into the town she swore she never wanted to set foot in again. Now, graduated from college and in a career she is passionate about and a brother she wants nothing to do with, she has to once again choose between an entangled romance with the guy she has loved since she was a teenager, or leaving him behind once again.
Micah spends his days inking his brother bikers and families of fallen soldiers. Never did he think the girl he allowed to walk away from him four years ago would end up walking into his shop, and back into his life again. Aspen was his secret four years ago, her safety was all that mattered. Now there was no need to hide, and he wasn’t allowing her to walk away from him again, rivalry be damned.
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He is right, I didn’t. I have never told him how I felt, or that I didn’t think I was going to make it without him. But I would have done anything to have him there that first couple of months. I can’t even count how many times I pulled up his number to call him, but it did get easier, and I made a couple of friends and made it through the four years.
Taking a step back, I turn my back to him. The artwork before me brings back so many memories. Looking at each image, I realize many of them I had watched him draw. I used to sit next to him on the bed and just watch for hours as those images came together. It used to fascinate me how anyone could make something look so real, with just the use of a pencil, but Micah’s talent was mesmerizing and relaxing.
On the counter is the snowflakes he drew for my tattoo. I run my finger over the paper, expecting to feel the coldness under my touch because of how realistic they look. It’s beautiful, but I expected nothing less from him.
“You know, the one thing I missed the most would be the nights I would lay there and watch you draw. It would take away the ugliness that I lived in every day.”
Turning with the picture of the snowflakes in hand, I run my fingers across it a couple more times. “This is beautiful, by the way.”
He doesn’t say anything, he just stands there, his arms now crossed over his chest, but he does nod his head. One thing about Micah I always envied, he never doubted himself. I always wished I had that kind of confidence. Maybe then, I would have been able to tell my father and brother where they could go. Instead of hiding behind Micah for two years and allowing him to risk so much just to take care of me.
“Why haven’t you been with anyone in the last four years, Aspen?”
I instantly feel my cheeks warm up from embarrassment. I never meant to admit that to him, but something about having this man wrapped around me makes the world a different place. Makes me a different person, and words just fly out. I’m still not sure how I never let it slip that I was in love with him. Actually, that’s a lie. I know why I didn’t, because I wasn’t sure if I’d make it back from that heartbreak I would have had, if he told me he didn’t share those feelings.
“I’m not going to take a shrug of your shoulders as an answer. I made the mistake four years ago of not making you talk to me, and it seems from tonight’s conversation, that was a very big mistake on my part. So now, I’m going to learn from those mistakes. Why Aspen?”
“Would you believe me if I said I buried myself in my school work, and just didn’t want to get misguided by throwing a relationship in there?”
Those brown eyes that I have had some very pleasurable dreams about bore into me. He isn’t buying it, but I really didn’t expect him to, either. My eyes focus on the snowflakes. I need to just tell him how I feel. It hasn’t changed in four years; tonight definitely didn’t change those feelings, and I’m no longer a stupid teenager. I’m a woman, with a degree and an amazing career ahead of me, I need to start acting like one.
My name is Tonya Clark. I live in a small town in Southern California with my amazingly supportive husband and two daughters. I fell in love with romance in the eighth grade and haven’t put down books since then.
I own a hair salon, a photography business, and coach soccer, which may leave the question when do I write? It’s how I relax, shutting my brain off to everything else and getting lost in the story. Believe it or not I need noise around me to write and a bowl of peanut M&Ms.
Publisher: Kingston Publishing Company
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