Monday, January 11, 2016

Next to Me by Allie Everhart ♥ Book Blitz & GIVEAWAY ♥ (Contemporary Romance)




After losing her parents and brother in a car crash, Callie dropped out of college and went to live in the small town where her family used to spend the summers. A year later, and struggling to move on, she keeps to herself and wants to be left alone. So she’s not too happy when her new neighbor keeps knocking on her door.

Nash Wheeler, a 25-year-old construction worker from Chicago, inherited the house next to Callie’s and is living there while he renovates it. Outgoing, confident, and never one to back down from a challenge, Nash sets out to get to know his new neighbor, inviting her over for dinner and offering to fix things around her house.

As much as his persistence annoys her, Callie finds herself attracted to the tall, muscular guy next door. And the more time she spends with him, the more she realizes how much they have in common. Like Callie, Nash has experienced loss, but when he opens up to her about it, she’s not willing to do the same. It’s too personal.

Nash is just her neighbor. Just some guy living there for the summer. But is that really all he is? Or is he the one person who can finally help her move on?





Nash
“Hey,” I yell, dropping my wrench and walking toward her. “You want some help?”
She’s standing in front of her garage, trying to lift up the door.
“No, thanks. I’ve got it,” she says, struggling to make it move even an inch off the ground. Her knee must still hurt because she’s trying to open the door while balancing on her good leg.
I reach down and lift up the door. “You going to work?”
She turns to me, putting her hands on her hips. “Stop doing things for me.”
“Why?” I smile at her.
She seems surprised by my question. “Because I can do things myself.”
“Maybe before your knee was hurt, but now, you need some help.”
“Actually, I don’t.” She glares at me.
I lock eyes with her. “I think you do.”
“You’re wrong.”
“I’m never wrong,” I say in a cocky tone. “Ask anyone.”
“I don’t need to, because I’m telling you right now that you’re wrong. I don’t need your help or anyone else’s.”
“Really?” I wait for her to admit she’s wrong and when she doesn’t, I say, “Okay.” I reach up and lower the garage door back down. Then I walk back toward my house. “Have a good day.”
She mumbles something and I hear the squeak of the garage door as she attempts to lift it. I get back to work on my lawnmower, sneaking glances at my neighbor as she curses to herself while yanking on the door, balancing on one leg.
“Hey!” I hear her yell.
“Yeah?” I keep my eyes on the lawnmower handle, tightening some bolts.
“Could you come over here a minute?” she yells.
“Why? What do you need?” I yell back, my eyes still on the lawnmower.
There’s a pause, and then, “I need some…”
“Some what?” I almost laugh when I say it.
She’s mumbling curse words again. There was a ‘damn’ and a ‘shit’ and I might’ve heard something about a lunatic.
“What was that?” I yell. “I didn’t hear you.”
“I need some help, okay?”
I finally look at her and see her standing as she was earlier, her hands on her hips. It’s supposed to be an angry stance but given that she has all her weight on one leg and her other leg is bent slightly with just her toe touching the ground, she looks like she’s posing for me.
My laughter can’t be contained as I approach her.
“What’s so funny?” she asks.
“The way you’re standing.” I motion to her. “You look like you’re posing for something.”
She rolls her eyes and crosses her arms over her chest. “Would you just open the door for me, please?”
“I thought you didn’t need help.”
She narrows her eyes at me.
I give her a big wide grin.
Then I open the garage door with one hand. “Was that it?”
“Yes,” she mutters, as she glances to the side.
“Just call if you need me for anything else. I have many different skills.” I said it flirtatiously just to see how she’d react. I’m not trying to go out with this girl, but I’m finding it fun to rile her up.


     






Allie Everhart is a hopeless romantic who writes books about love. Allie has authored fourteen novels, including The Jade Series, a college romance that follows the story of Jade and Garret as they deal with numerous obstacles trying to tear them apart. Her other series, The Kensingtons, is a romantic suspense series. After writing two series, she’s now working on several standalone books, including her latest book, Next to Me, a new adult romance.



    

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6 comments :

  1. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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  2. Great excerpt! Can't wait to read this one...thanks for sharing!

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  3. Sounds like Callie has some things that need fixing up, all right.

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  4. I am glad that I got introduced to Allie, courtesy of this blog. Good job on both parts.

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  5. This book sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

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  6. This sounds like a wonderful read. Thank you for sharing.

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