I watched him in high school. Knew his reputation. Knew he was wealthy, privileged, and mean.
He ran the show back then, a partier and a player.
Then he came back from college, back to the town I never left. He’s different now.
He comes into the bar, and I know his routine.
I know which stool he’ll pick.
I know his favorite drink. I know which sports team he’ll want on the television screen.
And I watch as he gets hit on.
Sometimes he leaves the bar with a woman. Sometimes he doesn’t.
But I’m always there, tending to his drinks. He gives me a smile and a polite nod back.
Then one night, after a long appraising stare, he asked, “Ava, why are you single?”
I leaned in, told him a lie, knowing the truth.
What I didn’t know was that my world was about to shatter after that night.
Something else I didn’t know: would the man I watched all those years help put my heart back together... or smash it into pieces?
** A 42k novella written as a standalone from two characters in the Fallen Crest/Roussou universe.
4.5 Heart Review by Lorena
The moment I saw that Tijan was coming out with Aveke, I knew I had to get my hands on it.
I instantly fell in love with Zeke. He was intense and quiet and he had his sights set on Ava for a while now. He never bothered to do anything about it until now. I don't know if it's because he's more mature and now he knows what he really wants as opposed to being a bully and a big-time player like his high school years.
Tijan is the type of author that I don't bother with synopsis, I just want to dive in whatever she writes because I have loved her writing for a long time now.
This short novella was everything I hoped it would be and the only downfall was that it was pretty short, but it was still worth the read and I LOVED IT!
About the Author
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing after college and once she started, she was hooked. She's written multi-bestsellers including the Fallen Crest series, Ryan's Bed, Enemies and others.
She is currently writing many new books and series with an English Cocker she adores.
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