on April 23rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult
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New York Times bestselling authors Angela Graham and S.E. Hall have teamed up again to bring you a full-length, steamy new romance.
Echo Kelly is loyal to her studies, family, and aerial artistry. She has no time for or interest in anything else, and is heartbroken when her oldest brother, Sebastian, gets accepted to a study-abroad programÔÇö exchanging places with cocky, not-at-all-shy foreign exchange student Kingston Hawthorne.
Kingston Hawthorne had the life every twenty-year-old guy dreams ofÔÇö endless cash, easy women, and fast carsÔÇö until his father ripped it all away, shipping him off to the States and placing him temptingly close to the underage virgin who fascinates him in the most challenging of ways.
With KingstonÔÇÖs bedroom just a connecting bathroom away from EchoÔÇÖs, the chemistry between them is even more enticing than the notes he leaves for her on the shower door.
How long can you pretend youÔÇÖre just friends?
Temptation is ONLY a room awayÔÇª.
Filthy Foreign Exchange is Now live!
IÔÇÖm not exactly sure what I was expecting, but this story wasnÔÇÖt exactly what I had anticipated.┬á This isnÔÇÖt a bad thing, but more of a surprise as to who these characters turned out to be.┬á The book had quite a few surprises and unexpected twists and turns.┬á I was pleasantly surprised to find out how much I truly liked Kingston Hawthorne.
Echo Kelly (damn, I LOVE that name) was quite the na├»ve recluse and homebody.┬á I liked that she didnÔÇÖt give much of a shit about the social norms which commonly dictate high school behavior.┬á Add in her close relationship with her brother (not many people can say their sibling is their best friend), and I think this chick rocks.┬á IÔÇÖll admit I was a bit lost about the aerial artistry; the imagery took a while to come for me, but I could appreciate it was her legacy and passion.
The was a good YA tale, but IÔÇÖm not sure the title fit who Kingston really is.┬á I wouldnÔÇÖt say he was exactly filthy; HeÔÇÖs more of a bad by who doesnÔÇÖt let many people know him.┬á There are some really great moments where we get a peek at the connection between Echo and Kingston (think shower steam messagesÔÇªso sweet).┬á But, I want more.
There is a sequel, and my interest is certainly piqued.┬á I need to find out more about Sebastian, Kingston, and Echo.┬á The surface was barely scratched in finding out what makes Kingston tick and who he is beneath all of those layers.┬á Graham and Hall have a lot more storytelling to do!
I creep silently into the house and find a tinfoil-covered plate on the kitchen counter: the dinner my mom saved for me, even though I’m sure my father said something along the lines of, ÔÇ£If she wants to eat, she can sit down, on time, with the rest of us.ÔÇØ
I smile to myself at the small victory. My dad may think he rules the roost, but he doesn’t call the last shot when it comes to my mom taking care of her babies.
After I finish off the still-warm chicken and potatoes as quietly as possible, I tiptoe past my parentsÔÇÖ bedroom, paying special attention to each step I takeÔÇöor, more specifically, avoiding the floorboards that creak.
My father’s stern voice pierces the darkness. “We’ll talk in the morning, young lady.”
Damn, he’s good. I literally wobbled left to right like a drunk person, nailing the silent boards, and he still heard me.
“Yes, sir,” I spit out before hurrying up the staircase to my bedroom.
My grandfather, smart man that he was, built this house after he had children. With the master suite on the bottom floor and the kids’ rooms upstairs, there was no getting past the parents. But somehow, Grandpa had forgotten to take into account that our family has studied the art of Aerialism for generations. So once you’re up in your room, getting out of it undetected isn’t much of a problemÔÇöa caveat I know for a fact my older brother Sebastian took advantage of often. Mostly because he used my balcony to do so nine times out of ten.
I head straight for a hot shower, not allowing my overworked muscles to stiffen. The entire time I stand under the spray, I stare through the glass at the closed door on the far side of the room. SebastianÔÇÖs bedroom is connected to mine by a Jack and Jill bathroom, but my brother isn’t on the other side anymore. Tonight, and every night for this school year, heÔÇÖll be in England, his room vacant. The thought is the final blow to my day.
Once I’ve dried off and tied my robe, I open his door slowly, with tears in my eyes. IÔÇÖm not sure whyÔÇömaybe to see the proof of his absence, naively hoping that will help settle my anxiety?
It’s dark inside, of course, but the thin drapes are parted and the moon is full and bright after tonight’s storm.
My breath hitches, my feet coming to a complete and sudden halt when I spot the large body lying in my brotherÔÇÖs bed. ItÔÇÖs almost comforting at first; I find myself wishing it was Sebastian, but I know itÔÇÖs not. And I can only assume itÔÇÖs Kingston. I have no clue why my parents didnÔÇÖt just drop him at his dorm, or why IÔÇÖm not turning around to go back to my own room. But now, as I stand so close, my curiosity is piqued.
From this angle and lighting, he could almost pass for Sebastian: dark-brown hair cut short, muscularly outlined back, sleeping on his side. But whereas Sebastian sleeps under the covers, our houseguest has the sheet and comforter shoved down past a tight, perfectly rounded ass thatÔÇÖs filling out his black boxer briefs in a way I find startlingly sinful. He also has his arms shoved under his pillowÔÇöanother difference that makes it hard for me to pretend.
I creep a bit farther into the room, checking out his luggageÔÇödesigner and monogrammed, all matching of course, and reeking of luxury and fine leather. Fancy, but mismatching horribly with the black (somewhat sexy) combat boots thatÔÇö
ÔÇ£Umpf,ÔÇØ I grunt despite my desperate efforts to remain quiet, reaching out for anything to brace myself on. But itÔÇÖs no use. I fly forward, having tripped over the second, not-nearly-as-sexy-now boot.
“I was told you were the graceful one.”
His low, gravely taunt comes out of nowhere and startles me further, throwing me backward in the opposite direction, my balance completely lost. With my hands flailing, my only hope now is that the luggage provides a soft landing.
But I never meet it, or the floor. Instead, two strong hands rescue me, snaring my wrists and pulling me down on top of one seriously hard, hotÔÇötemperature-wise, I meanÔÇöbody.
“I’d presume you to be Echo and say hello, but again, not the graceful girl I was expecting. So, you areÔÇª?” He looks up at me with a smug twitch to his lip and devastating twinkle in his grayÔÇöAre they really gray, or is that the lighting?ÔÇöeyes.
“IÔÇªuhÔÇªÔÇØ I stammer idiotically, dressed only in a robe thatÔÇÖs far too revealing for the position I find myself lying in: across the bare torso of perhaps the most gorgeous guy I’ve ever seen up close, in person. And we are very up close.
I attempt to push off him, but his hands slide down to my hips and grip tighter.
“Yes,” I gasp, before battling for a sense of authority in my next response. “I’m Echo. Sorry I woke you, I just wasnÔÇÖtÔÇªexpecting you to be in here.ÔÇØ His brows rise, practically screaming that he sees right through me. ÔÇ£Let me up! I tripped over your big, stupid boots, then you scared me.”
“My apologies, Echo.ÔÇØ A quiver plays down my spine at the way my name rolls off his lips in that decadent English accent of his. ÔÇ£Had I known you’d be visiting my room tonight, I’d have taken more care in setting my belongings out of your way.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£I shouldÔÇÖve left when I realized you were in here, so weÔÇÖre even. Can you let me up now?ÔÇØ
His grip remains firm as his smile deepens. ÔÇ£I must admit, I am rather enjoying this version of our introduction. Far better than a mere ÔÇÿHow do you do?ÔÇÖ over dinner.ÔÇØ HeÔÇÖs sporting a full grin now, blindingly bright even in the dimly lit room.
All I can do is stare at him, words failing me. I half suspect I’m dreaming, but I can feel, long and stiff against my stomach, that this humiliation is, in fact, reality.
“IÔÇÖm quite comfortable, so do feel free to stay as long as you like. And if you really want to give me a smashing welcome, don’t be afraid to wiggle around a bit.” His smirk grows impossibly wide as he thrusts his hips upward, pressing his erection firmer against me.
And just like that, my speechlessness evaporates.
“Are you insane?” I use both hands to shove hard against his chest, but I’m no match for his relentless clutch on my hips. “Let me go! You’re a guest in our home tonightÔÇöyou can’t just manhandle me when the mood strikes!”
“Ah, grace period.ÔÇØ He nods. ÔÇ£Understood. So, tomorrow night, then?”
“Unbelievable!” I seethe, wriggling around in hopes of escape.
His fingers dig deeper, but the ravenous gleam in his eyes softens. “A joke, Echo. My apologies. Perhaps I took it too far.”
My anger soothes to a low simmer. He’s got a certain playful charm about him, and maybe this is just his very forward way of easing the awkwardness that I instigated in the first place by sneaking into the room in the middle of the night.
But just as I start to form a forgiving smile, he ruins all the excuses IÔÇÖd just mentally compiled.
“Can I be frank with you?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Will you let me up?ÔÇØ I toss back.
ÔÇ£Then letÔÇÖs hear it.ÔÇØ I wait for him to say God only knows whatÔÇöa heartfelt apology maybe?ÔÇöbut instead, his expression sharpens into one of pure lust.
ÔÇ£IÔÇÖve lied to you. The truth isÔÇªI’d much prefer it if you grinded down on me a bit, Love. Wiggling is for strangers, and we’re not strangers anymore, now are we?”
ÔÇ£Ugh,ÔÇØ I growl, propelling myself off him when his laughter loosens his hold. I stomp out of the room, his sounds of amusement lingering behind me.
And thatÔÇÖs how I met our foreign exchange student, Kingston Hawthorne.
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