Anyway, I was sitting here thinking and you guys haven't read ANY of my girl POV work. KARMA BITES is coming out in two weeks and it's a girl POV, but I figured I would give you a little teaser of my girl POV ahead of time.
And with a different book...ya know, because I'm weird like that.
MEASURING UP is about a girl with weight issues. She has an overbearing mom who has issues with her daughter's weight and that group of "perfect" people at school who never give her a moments peace. One summer she decides to take control of her life. She's finally going to, "measure up" to what people expect of her. Along the way she meets Tegan who on the surface looks like everything she hates, but there is much more to him than meets the eye.
And he likes her just the way she is.
Anyway, because I love all things kissy, I figured I would share their first kiss which happens to be Annabel's first ever kiss. I hope you enjoy it.
The fairgrounds are emptying out, the rides closing down and we’re walking hand in hand to his car.
When we get there, I try to open the passenger door, but Tegan stops me. It’s a replay of our moment by the bears.
My hands are shaking as Tegan steps so very close to me. I’m probably the only almost-eighteen-year-old girl in the world who has never kissed a boy. I wonder will I be different. After the next minute, if my life will shift from before kiss to after kiss.
His hand is in my hair again, but this time, he’s not just putting it behind my ear. He’s threading his fingers through it like he does with our hands, his palm is buried deep, resting on the back of my neck.
Yes, I think this kiss will definitely make my life different.
Even though it’s dark there’s a streetlight making it so I can see him. Who the heck knows what else is around us, cars, people, an atomic bomb. All I know is us.
“I like you, Annabel Lee.”
I’m boxed in between Tegan and his car. His chest touches me. “Why?” I ask.
“Because you’re pretty…funny…smart…sarcastic... and you get it. Get me. Get my family.”
I don’t even doubt his words. How can I doubt anything he says?
“Can I tell you a secret?”
“I knew there was something different about you from the beginning. Even if I didn’t come out there to get you that first day, you would have made it in. I admire that, ya know? That you won’t let anything get you down. That you keep pushing through. Just like me.”
I want to tell him it’s a lie. That I’m not strong at all and I’m scared to death to fail, but it feels good to have him believe in me. For him to see something in me no one else does. And again, how can I not believe his words? The way he speaks them, how they tickle my skin and seep inside, fuels me. I am determined and I can do anything.
I can’t help it, I lick my lips.
Tegan’s face is slowly, way too slowly coming toward mine. “This time, I’m really going to kiss you so if you don’t want me to, you better stop me now.”
“Stop? You must be crazy.”
“That’s even better than your last compliment.”
Oh my God. Did I say that out loud? And then it doesn’t matter because his lips are on mine. They’re just as soft as they look, but strong too. Or maybe the kiss is just strong, eager, because it’s all I feel or know. It’s like I’m drowning in him.
When his tongue comes out and teases the seam of my lips, I’m done for. Sunken like a ship to the bottom off the ocean. It’s weird how I know what to do, like I’ve done this so many times before. My mouth opens, our tongues meeting, first tentatively and then with the eager need again. I taste the mint. Smell the soap and ocean. Shiver when the hand in my hair pulls me closer to him.
In and out. Give and take, our tongues do a dance that’s foreign and familiar at the same time. When his other hand touches my waist, my arms wrap around his neck. I want him closer. Closer than anyone has ever been to me. And he is, but then after one, two gentle, tongueless kisses on my lips, he’s pulling away.
Tegan’s forehead drops forward so it’s resting against mine. “Why did that take us so long?”