The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: May 15, 2013
Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.
When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her.
He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.
He paused just inside his bedroom door and turned to look at me. His face was scrunched in concern. “What is it, Al?”
“Nothing. I was just thinking about something Rachel said to my cousin the other day.”
He waited for a moment. “Are you going to tell me what it was?” he asked.
“Um, no. I don’t think I will,” I whispered. I tried to keep my voice from cracking as he moved closer to me.
“Well,” he said, his gaze moving down to my lips. “How am I supposed to make you feel better if you don’t tell me what upset you?”
I inhaled sharply as he kept moving forward. I took two steps backward before I bumped into the wall.
“She might have said something about you only being interested in me because I’m no-man’s land,” I managed to squeak out.
Ethan chuckled, and I could feel it vibrate through me. “No-man’s land, huh?”
“That’s right. And she said I’m probably a lesbian, anyway.”
His face was inches from mine now. “You’re not a lesbian, are you, Al?” he teased, trying to meet my eyes.
“I don’t really have much to base my opinion on,” I said, the words just barely audible above the beating of my heart. “I’ll have to get back to you on that.”
“For the sake of your own peace of mind,” he whispered, leaning in so that I could feel his breath on my lips. “I’d be willing to help you figure it out.”
My pulse spiked, and I willed it to slow down so that I could form a witty reply. But, he didn’t give me a chance. His lips just brushed against mine, soft as a feather. He brought his hands up and cradled the back of my head. So gentle. His lips moved against mine—not taking, only asking.
His fingertips trailed down my arm and made me shiver. I pulled back, needing to breath. He didn’t let go of me though.
“We should go back outside, before we ruin this by fighting.” His smile was genuine, if the slightest bit wistful.
I blushed. Yeah, he was probably right.
Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.
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