Stuck with You (The First Kiss Hypothesis #3) by Christina Mandelski

 

Stuck with You by Christina Mandelski

Publication Date: September 2, 2019

Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush

 

Synopsis

When Caleb Gray heads to the Texas coast to mentally prepare for a future he isn’t sure he wants, the last person he expects to see is Catie Dixon. Yeah, their mothers have been planning their wedding since they were born, but he and Catie are most definitely not friends. He can’t see her as anything but the annoying kid who followed him everywhere. Except, it’s really bothering him that everyone is staring at her in that bikini…

Catie got over her crush on Caleb ages ago. So why can’t she see past his ripped body or how unsettled he seems? She’s got her own problems, though. Her future has been set for years and now she’s dreaming of pulling the plug. A week at their families’ beach house is just what she needs to pull herself together, and she has no intention of letting Caleb back into her heart…which would be a whole lot easier if he’d put on a shirt.

But a forced week of togetherness full of beach parties, waterslide mishaps, bonfires, and roller coasters sparks more than an understanding. What do you do when the person standing in the way of your future is the one person you grew up hating…but now don’t?

 

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Excerpt

“Wait, wait,” I say, and for the second time tonight, I take her hand. When I grasp it, she looks down at where we’re joined, then back at me. “One more?” I say, desperate.

There are couples all around us, swaying to the beat of this song. She bites her bottom lip, and I can see her thinking this through. “No.” She looks back over her shoulder. “I’m kind of in the middle of something.”

“The middle of something?” I shake my head, every so often lifting my gaze to keep my eyes on the buffoon, who is still searching the crowd for her. “What, with your new friend?”

“Yes!” she says. “Now let go of me.”

I let go, though it’s not lost on me that she could have easily already pulled her hand out of mine, too. “Wait,” I say. “First of all,” I move closer to her ear. “That guy wants one thing from you, and it is not to be your friend.”

“What?” She laughs and narrows her gaze. “Are you jealous of Sterling?”

“Jealous? What?” I chuckle and shake my head. “Uh, no. And what kind of name is Sterling?”

She purses those full lips and turns them up in a grin. “I think it’s nice. Also, here’s a thought. Did you ever think maybe I only want one thing from him? Huh? Ever cross your mind?” She simpers like she’s the queen of the whole damn world. “I bet it didn’t. You know why? Because you are sexist, Caleb.”

My eyes scan the couples around us, all of them letting go and having fun. “I am not.”

Her smile grows bigger, and I have no idea why, but that smile is doing things to me, dangerous things, that are freaking me out.

“That’s what they all say,” she says. Then she looks into my eyes, and I stare deep into hers, and I can see the moment she decides to stay. Something flickers in her pupils, and she seems to relax. “One more dance,” she says, breathless in my ear. Or maybe it’s me who is breathless. I can’t really tell.

 

Meet The Author

Christina Mandelski was born in South Florida, where her love of reading was cultivated in a house full of books. Stories like The Little House series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden, filled her imagination and fueled her dreams to be a writer. That dream came true when her first young adult novel, THE SWEETEST THING, was published in 2011, and she’s beyond thrilled about her upcoming series for Entangled Crush. Chris lives in Houston with one handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, and two freakshow cats. She has a fondness for the beach, her family and friends, and she still loves to read (especially curled up with a good cup of coffee!) She also enjoys shopping, traveling and eating, especially cake. Always cake. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her holed in a cozy spot with her laptop, writing. Visit her at www.christinamandelski.com.

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