Title: Embrace the Moment
Series: Shifting #2
Author: Andrea Michelle
Release Date: May 2, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Torn apart by a tragedy, pushed together by fate. Nothing is coincidence.
Riley and Josh have been through it all together, first as best friends and now as a couple.
Faced with a decision that will test their relationship, these two learn to fight harder than ever before to keep their hearts intact. Once the decision is made, their is no going back. With the past creeping into their present, and miles between them, they learn nothing is easy. Every moment matters.
Can Riley and Josh survive the first year of college apart? Will their love remain strong enough to embrace every moment that belongs to them? Or will one interfere and take what he wants unwillingly and ruin them forever?
"For each star in the sky, I have a reason why I love you. When you look up at night, never forget this truth." ~ Josh Parker
Those very blue/green eyes snap open and lock with mine when Bloodstream comes on the radio. Emily
turns it up, “I so love this song. His voice is so damn sexy.” Neither Riley nor I reply. Speech is impossible
when the images of what we did to this song fill my head. Her eyes flutter and glass over. She bites her
lip and her breathing changes. She is remembering it, too. I can’t breathe. I just want to touch her—to
feel her respond to me touching her again. She has her knees pulled up in the seat, and I trail my index
finger from her knee down to the edge of her barely there shorts and back up. Her skin breaks out in
goose bumps and she shivers. My eyes never leave hers. She reaches her hand up and traces my bottom
lip. I harden instantly, and her eyes widen. Damn. Good thing her head is covering my lap. Bad thing is
her head is in my lap—not really helping my problem here. I’m so turned on. Fuck!
So, about that backseat—it’s a small confined place—and all I can smell is her jasmine and vanilla
scented lotion. I’m fucked and not in the way I’m imagining in this backseat.
Luckily, Collin exits the highway and stops for gas, because I’m struggling here with her in this tight
I thought I’d be safe from temptation for at least a few minutes, but then she buys a fruit punch Icee,
blow pops and skittles. Good grief, I’m in a lust bubble of desire. We’re standing outside of the car just
talking. I’m half listening to all of her words because I’m watching her sip from her straw and then lick
her lips, which are now tinted red from her drink. Opening her bag of skittles, she laughs at something
Em says and for the life of me, I can’t stop thinking about how much I want to taste the rainbow. And
so I do. I grab her drink and candy, passing it to Em who says, “What the...” I don’t listen. I grab Riley’s
face and taste every crevice of her mouth. The fruity taste lingering all over her tongue and sending my
senses into overdrive.
“Holy shit! Collin, what are we going to do with these two?” Emily asks.
I hear him laugh. “Uh, I guess move out of the way? Wait in the car? Give em’ dollar bills? Hell if I know.”
Her hands are in my hair, pulling as always. I have her pressed into the car door, my hands holding both
of her cheeks in my palms. I glide my hand to the nape of her neck and into her hair as we deepen the
kiss. I don’t know how long we kiss, just that I feel better once we do. I release her and step back as she
lifts her hands to touch her lips. She always does that. It’s like the feeling left on them shocks her. She
just stands there, dazed for a few seconds—staring at me. Collin leans out of his window. “Y’all coming,
or you gonna stand out there eye and mouth-fucking all damn day?”
About the Author
I am just a mom who had a dream to share my words with the world.
Well, I suck at writing bios, but it’s a necessary evil.
I love poetry and music. In fact, that is where my writing obsession began as a young teen. You can find my original poetry and songs I have written in my novels. I gave it to my characters and now I share it with you. I adore music. I believe music can heal any bad day, or inspire a great love story. I don’t have a favorite genre of music as I listen to everything but bluegrass. It really depends on my mood. However, I love to write with Jared Leto in my ear. He’s good company. I am a dreamer—a true Gemini. I often stare off into space where my fictional friends play. I love to escape into a great book (any genre). I have to drink coffee in the morning to be human. Sweet tea and fave red starbursts are my guilty pleasures, sometimes chocolate when necessary. I love wine. It’s my tool for relaxing with my imaginary friends.
I am in love with romance in any facet of life. I love it in books, on film, in songs and when it’s full of angst. Maybe, I wasn’t hugged enough as a child. ;) I don’t believe all romances end in HEA, that’s not reality. However, in my mind when I read and watch movies where the ending isn’t what I desire—I change it. It unfolds in my brain the way I need it to, so the story never ends. I’m weird, yes, I know. I am very blessed to have found my soulmate at a very young age, married him at twenty. The sweetest of my blessings are my three daughters. My oldest and I share a very close book love with one another.
I do believe she will one day follow in my footsteps and try the hat of being an author. I am excited, yet nervous to share my passion with you, but I look forward to the journey ahead. I love to hear from my readers, and I encourage those connections.
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