Author: Cecilia Gray
Release date: December 2012
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Kat is destined to be a star and her big break has arrived at last! As the assistant to a celebrity classmate on the set of a feature film, she's going to show everyone she has what it takes. That is, until she discovers pursuing her dreams may mean forfeiting her heart. Unless she can find a way to have both…
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Don't miss the rest of the Jane Austen Academy series, where sassy girls, hot guys and Jane Austen collide!
Book 1: Fall For You (Lizzie)
Book 2: So Into You (Ellie)
Book 3: When I'm With You (Kat)
The Jane Austen Academy series are modern retellings of Jane Austen classics set at a beachside California boarding school.
The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it’s about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down…
Kat pulled the edges of her hat down over her ears. What had she done? She’d turned sweet Henry into a paranoid freak. “Careful,” she squealed as he swerved the truck across three lanes toward an exit, following his father’s car.
“This isn’t the way to the convention center,” he said grimly.
“I’m sure he’s just getting gas,” Kat said. “Even if he is seeing Scarlett, he wouldn’t meet her in his extraordinarily recognizable Tesla, would he?”
“I don’t know what he’d do,” Henry said, his voice rising. “I never thought he and my mom would spend Christmas apart, but all of a sudden she has a project at some museum in Paris that she just can’t miss, and she calls but only speaks to me and not to him, so maybe I don’t know anything.”
Kat’s heart sank as she watched Henry’s face contort and crumble.
“Tom Trenton proposes to long-time girlfriend beneath the Eiffel Tower. Tom Trenton celebrates fairytale marriage in Paris. Those weren’t just headlines. I thought that was their life. I thought their marriage was perfect.” Henry slapped the steering wheel. “I sound like a ten-year-old.”
“It’s okay,” Kat said soothingly. “Their marriage probably was perfect…while it was perfect. But people change. Your dad…your parents are just people, too. Every emotion you’ve been taught to harness…every human flaw you’ve trained to portray in your character…they have those.”
“I know.” Henry turned to her and his brown eyes looked deep into hers. “I know my dad’s flaws. I know when he wants something, he goes for it and damn the consequences. That’s what makes my father Tom Trenton. That’s the problem.” He turned his attention back to the road and followed the car into the Canyon, making sure to stay several cars behind the Tesla.
“Do you know where Scarlett Hill lives?” Kat asked.
Henry shook his head. “I heard it was closer to the coast. Not all the way out here.”
“He’s waiting for a gate.” Kat pointed ahead.
Henry drove past his father, then carefully turned down the next street and parked behind a manicured bush. They watched as the gate of a large property slowly rolled open, and he drove inside.
“Who lives there?” Henry jumped out of his truck.
Kat quickly unbuckled her seatbelt to follow. “Are you sure this is a good idea? If anyone spots you—paparazzi—they might suspect something.”
Henry stopped, anxiously chewing the inside of his cheek. Then he threw up his hands and said, “I have to know.”
They walked down the tree-lined sidewalk of the ritzy community. Another car came down and Henry turned, pushing Kat up against the manicured bushes. He covered her body with his, his face close to hers, both hats acting as shields.
“Act natural,” he said.
But she could barely hear him over the beating of her heart. His hands lay lightly against the green branches on either side of her hips. Once the car passed, he must finally have realized how close he was, because his head snapped up. Their eyes met, and his breathing quickened.
Kat looked away, taking in patches of him. His shirt clung at his collarbone. A tuft of hair over his ear had grown back faster than the rest and she wanted to brush back the downy softness. His chest rose and fell with each breath. His lips parted.
About the Author
Cecilia Gray lives in Oakland where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.
Cecilia has been praised for "instilling a warmth and weight into her characters" (Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being "well-written, original, realistic and witty" (Quills & Zebras Reviews).
Her latest series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings was named a What's Hot pick (RT Book Reviews magazine) and is a Best of 2012 pick (Kirkus Reviews) where it was praised for being a "unique twist on a classic" and offering "a compelling mix of action, drama and love."
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(2) eBook sets of The Jane Austen Series (first 3 books)– Open International.