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Texting Prince Charming
Texting Prince Charming
Suffering from the aftermath of a tragic accident, Shelby Ryan has given up all hope that she will find her happily-ever-after. And for a good reason, since she lost almost everything in the crash. Now permanently injured, she struggles to keep up the façade of the happy-go-lucky girl while hiding her pain from everyone.
Right before Shelby returns to school, she starts receiving anonymous messages from a mysterious Prince Charming. Adding to her confusion is her somewhat nemesis, basketball star, and bad boy, Sebastian's sudden interest in her.
Hilarity ensues as Shelby tries not only to uncover Prince Charming's real identity but as she also comes to terms with her true feelings for the last boy on Earth she'd ever think to fall for: Sebastian Freaking Birch.
The question is will he be able to cope with the allure of the texting prince, or will Sebastian be the real life prince in Shelby's fairytale?
Exerp from Chapter 10
An upbeat song played over the loudspeaker, and everyone's attention focused on the Jumbotron above the basketball court.
"It's time for the Bulls' Kiss Cam. So, pucker up for your sweetie and kiss them."
The camera found an older couple in their fifties. The man pulled his wife, I assumed, in for a quick peck on the lips.
"Aww. That is so sweet," Trina said. She proceeded to yank poor Owen to his seat in case the spotlight landed on them. She'd do just about anything to get on television, even if it meant not kissing Owen tonight to do so.
"That is so staged," I said and sneaked a quick peek at my phone, seeing if he messaged me back. He didn’t.
"Really?" she countered and slapped my arm. Once I glanced her way, she pointed towards the large screen looming above.
On the screen was Sebastian and me as the camera had just so happened to find us. It stayed there zooming closer. And closer. And closer.
"Come on," the announcer called out, prodding us. "Just one kiss won't hurt."
He had no idea what he was asking. A kiss would initiate feelings I couldn't avoid any longer.
I momentarily forgot how to breathe as the song, “Kiss the Girl” from the Little Mermaid hummed at my lips. Not the best choice, but still. Everything became much worse once my giant moved into view, smiling my favorite smile.
Sebastian inched closer; eyebrow cocked to dare me."No pressure or anything."
I was quiet for a moment before whispering, "Game on, buddy."
My eyes closed a few heartbeats shy of Sebastian's lips meeting mine. His hands rose, cupping my cheeks to keep me from pulling away. Like that was going to happen.
Sebastian’s mouth moved against mine, and I conceded, kissing him in return. He tasted sweet and minty, like the home I’d been missing. The kiss turned from soft and tame to fierce and wantingas if neither of us could get enough.
And already, I considered myself a goner.
Everything became a haze. My heart thumped so wildly against my chest, I swore Sebastian could hear. The crowd surrounding us was whistling and cheering us on, and it only kept gaining momentum as the moments passed. The noise quickly faded until it was as if we were the only two people in the room. We could have been the only two people on earth.
"Okay, guys." Trina tapped my shoulder, garnering my attention. "Camera has moved on now."
That was our cue to separate, and I slowly drew away from Sebastian.
He, in turn, slipped his hand to the back of my neck, holding me here. "Don't," he sighed against my lips.
I didn't budge another inch. I didn't want to. Sebastian rewarded me by deepening the kiss. Dear God. There were sparks. My stomach flipped. My toes curled. My body warmed. Every single inch of me only wanted one thing and one thing only.
If this continued for too much longer, it was easy to guess my new favorite hobby: Kissing Sebastian Freaking Birch.
Needing some air, I pressed my palm flat against his chest. This time he released me as we both were breathless.
Sebastian's eyes carefully studied me. He kept staring as if he could read my heart, my mind. And for those brief few seconds, I honestly didn't believe there were any secrets between us. His gaze shifted as he gauged what to do next, and I had no freaking idea where we went from here. We'd done it now. We crossed that line, and there was no way of ever going back.
Again your descriptions and scene building are done perfectly. The dialogue runs smoothly and is incredibly playful and fun. You even work in the disability element in a way that makes us know it won't hold her back:) LOVE it:) great job!
As one who knows exactly what it was like to navigate high school life, drama, and dating with a disability, I have to say these authors really hit this one out of the park! Even in adulthood, it's easier for many of us to simply turn our heads, to pretend not to notice another's struggles. There are, however, truly good souls capable of seeing beyond the outer shell to the person underneath. Sebastian Birch is one of those, a young man wise beyond his years, stepping up to remind Shelby that, despite her loss, her true self remains and happiness is still hers to be had...with her very own Prince Charming.
While the cute banter between the two main characters kept this book fun and light-hearted, the trauma Shelby experiences and how she works her way through it is very real. This is a wonderful read for teens who are working through hardships, but who also want a taste of romance. You'll love Shelby and her "love interest." ;)
Practically overflowing with emotional
twists, this heart-throbbing story is sprinkled with humor. You don't want to miss this YA contemporary romance."
~ Stephanie Hansen
A little about us.
Patty Carothers and Amy Brewer are hometown Missouri friends who share a passion for reading, writing, and raising children. With six teenagers between them, they are steeped in a world of angst and drama. They have focused their teen expertise into writing with authentic teen voice. They currently are working on the Texting Prince Charming series. They love to write stories about teens who overcome difficulties and disabilities to find love with a happy ending. Chocolate, hot tea and long phone calls see these busy moms through writing and taxiing their kids all over their respective towns.