Exhale by Jennifer SnyderPublished: 12.10.12Genre: NA/YA Contemporary romanceInhaling in life is easy. It’s the exhaling—the letting go— that’s the hard part.Katie Elliot has always known the Conner twins. For years she secretly pined after one, while playfully averting the advances of the other. Once upon a time, she was fine with that. Then came the moment when her twin of preference kissed her and changed everything.
As if realizing love can be complex—even when it’s reciprocated— isn't hard enough, tragedy strikes, tearing Katie and the boy she’s always desired apart. Finding herself torn between love and guilt, Katie must learn when it’s acceptable to let go—when it’s finally okay to exhale.
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I glanced past him to where I had seen Derek disappear and wondered how long he would wait for me before he started back. “Oh, right.” I turned around to grab another beer, knowing that Kyle would be watching me now to see what I did, or where I would go.
Kyle circled around me quickly, his chest so close it was nearly touching mine. “So how about it, Kat, are you ever going to ask?”
“You know the answer to that Kyle,” I said with a small smile, not wanting to lead him on, but not wanting to seem rude either.
“You’re right, I do.” He swayed slightly as he spoke, his smoldering green eyes locking with mine. “That’s why I’m taking matters into my own hands tonight.” Before I could turn my head to deflect his lips, they were pressed firmly against mine.
My heart seemed to skip a beat or two as my brain cramped, unable to process what was happening. Kyle’s hands snaked around my waist as his lips grew soft. His warm tongue brushed against my bottom lip and it was like I had been shocked. I jerked back and pressed my palms firmly into his chest.
“What the hell?” I snapped.
“Come on, Kat, that kiss was inevitable don’t deny it,” Kyle said, his hands refusing to let go of my waist. Howls and catcalls from his buddies surrounding us filled the air, they liked what they had just seen. “Give in to me; deep down you know you want to. You know you love me just as much as I love you. It’s there, Kat, don’t keep ignoring it.”
I felt every drop of blood drain from my face as I focused on only three of the words that he had just said—I love you.
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About the Author:
Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is an instant coffee lover with an obsession for spiral bound notebooks and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.