Crushingly Close by Stella Torres
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Release Date: July 19, 2016
About the Book:
At twenty-four years old, Agnes Escueta has risen from the ranks to become a producer for Sports Tonight. No one can touch her, it seems—not even crush-worthy anchorman Daniel Ferrer, who she gets to work with every single day. When a road trip to Indonesia throws Agnes and Daniel together, they find themselves working in close quarters. It doesn’t take long before Agnes finds herself being charmed by Daniel, and her defenses start to melt with his touch. With deadlines looming and a big game coming, Agnes must figure out how to let Daniel into her life without risking her professional reputation—and without breaking her own heart.
ExcerptKelvin rewound the footage on the laptop. “How much of the speech do you want in there, Agnes?”
“Depends on how Daniel’s going to edit the script.”
“You’re asking me to edit my voice-over again?” Daniel said
“It’s only for a few more minutes,” I huffed.
Daniel flipped through his notepad and found his notes. “I’ll see what I can do.
I went back to my sandwich, but it took me a few seconds to realize that he had grabbed my iced tea by mistake.
My gaze fixated on the way his lips wrapped around the straw—my straw, where I’d wrapped my own lips around to suck down my iced tea. It was as if our lips had almost touched each other through that piece of plastic. “That’s my drink.”
“Nuh-uh. Your drink is on the nightstand.”
“Yeah, but I stuck a straw through mine.”
He looked down at the cup, and shock formed on his face once he realized his mistake. “I’m so sorry—I mean—“
“That’s all right,” I said “It’s yours now.”
“No.” He grabbed his tumbler from the nightstand, along with the paper-covered straw on the side. “Here, take mine.”
I swiped the tumbler and the straw from his hand, with my fingers grazing his knuckles. “Thanks.”
“It was an honest mistake.”
“And I forgive you. Now go back to your voice-over.”
He went back to his notepad, and I went back to drinking my iced tea—but not without thinking where that straw had been.