Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Katy Spencer’s life fell apart two years ago. Since then, she’s closed herself off. She’s a shell of the person she used to be. The only person she trusts is her best friend Rollo, but even he can’t keep the nightmares away. Then she meets Jared. He’s the first man she’s been around since the event that she’s not afraid of. He makes her heart race, not in fear, but in a fluttering that could become something meaningful.
Jared can tell that Katy is broken. He sees something in her eyes that he’s often seen reflected in his own.
Jared is determined to get to know her.
He wants to solve the mystery of Katy Spencer.
He will… unravel her.
“I’m so sorry, I’m late,” Piper slid into the seat across from me. “I wasn’t
quite sure where the Starbucks was and no one seemed to want to tell me. They
kept looking at me like I was crazy for asking. I wanted to be all, ‘I’m not a coffee
sniffing hound,’ you know?”
“No, not really,” I said.
“Oh… well, thanks for doing this,” she blushed. “I know this has been an
inconvenience for you,” she said as I slid the stack of papers across the table to
her. She grabbed them and got up to leave.
“Wait!” I called after her.
She turned back around.
“This wasn’t an inconvenience. I’m sorry if I sounded rude. I’m not used to
having… friends. Or talking to people. Please, stay.”
“Really? You want me to stay?” she brightened.
“Yeah,” I tucked a piece of hair behind my ear. “I think it’s time I got some
She dropped the papers back down on the table. “I’m going to grab a
coffee. I’ll be right back,” she eyed me like she was afraid I might vanish.
“I’ll be here,” I mumbled.
“Great!” She bounced away.
I was rummaging through my purse for some chapstick when someone
slid into the seat across from me. I knew it was too soon for Piper to be back. I
was about to tell the person that the seat was taken when they spoke first.
Their chuckle rumbled through me. “I’m really beginning to think you’re
stalking me. I’m thinking of getting a restraining order.”
I looked up and met the warm brown eyes of Jared.
My mouth opened and closed. I had no idea what to say to him.
He chuckled and leaned closer to me. His eyes never wavering from mine.
“Do you believe in coincidences, Katy?”
“Uh… I don’t know,” I stuttered.
“Well, I don’t,” he peered at me with those captivating brown eyes.
“Okay… what are you getting at?” I asked, leaning back in the chair, half-
ready to make a run for it.
“Something keeps making us run into each other. I don’t believe in
coincidences, but I do believe in destiny.”
“Um…” What the hell was I supposed to say to that?
“There’s just something about you,” he mused. “You’re so unaware of the
affect you have on people. I’m captivated by you, Katy,” he mused. “I want to get
to know you.”
“Go out with me,” he looked at me with pleading eyes.
A part of me wanted to cave but it was impossible. “No,” the word came
out sharper than I had intended.
He sat back. “Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever been turned down for a date
before,” he rubbed the stubble on his jaw. “This is new.”
“I don’t do dates… with anyone. Not since…”
“Not since what?” He leaned closer to me.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” I shut down. I looked out the window of the
coffee shop. I was tempted to make a run for it, but it wouldn’t be fair to leave
I turned back to Jared and found him studying me. His dark brows were
“There’s a mystery to you, Katy Spencer, and I plan on solving it.”
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