Genres: Contemporary Romance
My feelings had changed for Liam over the years. Ones I swore would never be uttered.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine making a promise to him without knowing exactly what it insinuated. Come to find out, the underlying meaning was what I least expected.
My best friend. My confidant. Wanted more.
He asked me for the summer, but what would happen when those three glorious months were over and yet another decision needed to be made? Would I be able to handle the outcome of the choice I was sure would break me?
IÔÇÖd been in love with Grace since our freshman year in high school. Four years later, IÔÇÖd finally taken a gamble and asked her for the summer. Shock tore through me when she gave me the answer I longed to hear.
She was my best friend. My everything. And now sheÔÇÖd agreed to become more.
IÔÇÖd devised the perfect plan to make every moment count and I couldnÔÇÖt wait to show her how perfect weÔÇÖd be together. There was a reason our parents met so randomly all those years ago, and I believed it was because fate led me to her. Only sheÔÇÖd been keeping a secret bigger than the two of us combined. Would our new found relationship be able to withstand the distance? Or would everything implode including the lifelong friendship we shared?
How far would you go to create your own destiny before you accepted your fate?
We are Grace Corbin and Liam DeLuca and this is our tragically, beautiful love story.
I’m so excited to share this excerpt from my upcoming release, Destined! I hope you enjoy this snippet from Liam and Grace’s story. Mark your calendars for January 11th, 2017! You can also add the book to your TBR or preorder on iBooks now!
Destined Copyright 2016 A.M. Guilliams
ÔÇ£You look so beautiful tonight. You know that, right?ÔÇØ Liam said as his fingers moved in circles over the top of my knee as he knelt before me. HeÔÇÖd never told me I was beautiful. I didnÔÇÖt know how to take that.
I was still in the white dress that IÔÇÖd found to wear under my cap and gown. The dress had a lace top with a sheer skirt underneath. It was fitted at the top and flared out at the hips, stopping at the top of my knee. I wore my jet black hair down with curls cascading down my back and only had on mascara. I thought it was simple, yet comfortable. Knowing that Liam thought I was beautiful caused a smile to form on my lips, and I looked at the ground. My cheeks felt hot from embarrassment. It wasnÔÇÖt the first time someone other than family told me I was beautiful. But this meant more. It was the first time Liam had mentioned it, and I didnÔÇÖt know what that meant.
His finger touched the bottom of my chin, lifting my head, so my gaze met his.
ÔÇ£Did you mean what you said? You promised me the summer,ÔÇØ he asked, his finger still lingering under my chin.
My mouth opened and shut several times before I could make the words escape.
ÔÇ£I did. But what does that mean? What do you want, Liam? YouÔÇÖre my best friend. I canÔÇÖt lose that,ÔÇØ I said, hoping that he could hear the fear in my voice.
His hand wiped down his face. He went from a kneeling position and sat down on the ground; only he didnÔÇÖt move far from me. He was still just as close. I waited, and my heart felt like it was going to burst from the anticipation of what he would say.
ÔÇ£You honestly have no clue, do you?ÔÇØ
No, I didnÔÇÖt have a clue. HeÔÇÖd always picked on me. Treated me like one of his guy friends, while he aimlessly flirted with every girl he came across. All I could do was shake my head because I was still clueless as to what he was talking about.
He pulled my hands from the ropes and held them within his own. His palms were sweaty, and I could feel the subtle shaking that indicated he was nervous, making me feel the same way in return. ThereÔÇÖd be no going back after this. I just knew before heÔÇÖd even spoken the words. This confession would change us. Forever.
ÔÇ£I figured you hadnÔÇÖt. I made sure I hid it well. ThereÔÇÖs no way to say this easy, so IÔÇÖm just gonna spit it out. I donÔÇÖt see you as my friend, Grace. Ever since you fell out of that tree, IÔÇÖd always seen you as more. Felt more for you than I shouldÔÇÖve. But I couldnÔÇÖt gain the courage to act on it. Now I canÔÇÖt wait any longer. ThereÔÇÖs a ticking time bomb going off, and I needed you to blindly promise me something I had no clue if youÔÇÖd agree to. I kept it all in because I didnÔÇÖt want to lose you. If you donÔÇÖt feel the same now, I couldnÔÇÖt stand to walk away or for us to change. IÔÇÖm going to shut up now since IÔÇÖm rambling. If youÔÇÖre gonna break my heart, just do it fast, Grace. I couldnÔÇÖt take you stringing me along,ÔÇØ he pleaded as he let go of my hands and turned to look at the tree.