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A Sassy Summer Read Debuts Today

on June 24, 2013

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Looking for a good read, now that it’s officially summer? Then check out Nazarea Andrews’ THIS LOVE!

 Image  She’s given us a little taste of it here to whet our reading appetites:

Thank you so much for having me!!! I’ve got a bit of an angsty excerpt for yo’all today:

“Did y’all see the yummy prof in the history department?” 

I jerk, spilling my tea, and Kelly shoots me a worried glance. The girl, Mandy, continues on, my personal crisis unnoticed. “He’s so fucking hot. I hear he graduated from here—and played ball.”

“Was he Greek?” 

I nod, but Mandy answers, “Yep. Sigma Phi Epsilon.” 

“So, has he hooked up with you?” 

I gasp, paling, and Kelly squeezes my knee. “No.” Mandy frowns. “I talked to him last week, but he’s pretty reserved. I mean, he’s a professor. That’s to be expected.” 

“I got a hundred bucks that says you won’t get him in bed before the end of the semester.” 

Mandy’s eyes narrow, and I stand up. I can’t stay and listen to this—I want to rip her hair out and be sick and tell all of the stupid bitches to back the fuck off. 

And none of that is the least bit rational. I walk, blindly, headed for my next class. It’s in the History Hall, and I know this campus better than I know Grovetown. Kelly catches me in the stairwell. “Is that him? Who they were talking about?” 

I nod and shove out of the staircase, into the hallway. There are a few students coming out of a classroom, and I dodge through them. “It doesn’t matter,” I say over my shoulder. 

I collide with something, and start to rebound off it, but two arms slip around me, catching me to his chest. 

My heart shatters. I have a heartbeat—less—to revel in the feel of him holding me, the warmth of his arms around me, and then it’s gone. 

I push my bangs out of my eyes and look up at Atticus. 

He looks tired, but a smile is playing at the edge of his lips, and I want, more than anything, to kiss him. To feel that smile spread against my lips. 

“Ms. Emili.”

Oh, Jesus. Hearing his voice wrapping around my name. It’s intimate and distant all at the same time, and it knocks the breath right from me. I step back, away from the hand he’s using to help support me. Force my legs to steady and a smile to appear. 

“Professor.” 

Definitely NA (New Adult) and a little steamier than what you usually see here on this blog, but you want to read it now, right?  Here’s some more form Nazarea:

About This Love:

She wants a summer job and a ride to a wedding.
He wants an assistant and a distraction from the mess life his had become.
They didn’t know they needed each other.

Avery Emili needs two grand. Two grand and a plane ticket–her sister is counting on her to get to Jamaica for her wedding. But the semester is over, and tutoring college freshman and high school students has dried up until the fall.
Atticus Grimes needs help–the messy split with his wife left the twenty-eight year old professor scrambling to keep things together as the semester winds down. Now he’s got a research grant he has to actually do research for and all he wants to do is drown himself in a tall bottle of bourbon.
When Avery sees his ad for an assistant, all she’s thinking is a summer job. But as they spend time together, in the office and out, both of them begin to realize something is there. Something that can’t happen–he’s a professor and she’s a student. And both of them have histories, pasts that won’t let go. Can two broken people pulled apart by expectations find a way to be whole?

 I’m rooting for Avery and Atticus, and if you are, too, you can grab a copy of THIS LOVE on Amazon (also on Kindle) or Barnes and Noble.

About Nazarea:   Image

Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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