Abandoned by Elisa Dane
Age Group:Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 15, 2016
My name is Tierra Owens, and I like to kiss. A lot. It numbs the hollow ache in my chest and—for a few minutes—makes me forget how truly alone I am. My mother is an alcoholic.
She hates me and insists I’m the reason she’s not married to my father, whom I have never met. My best friend, Kaylee, is the only person who knows the real me. Everyone else sees what I want them to: a happy, confident, popular girl who has the world at her feet.
I am a fraud.
Relationships are forbidden. I avoid them at all costs. Sex? Emotions? Those things make a person vulnerable, and vulnerability always leads to heartbreak. When my childhood crush, Mattie shows up at school my world tumbles off its axis.
The shell I surround myself with feels more like a pathetic crutch than a protective barrier, and I find myself wanting things. Daydreaming about what it would be like to have a boyfriend, a relationship—love.
The sad fact is: I’ll never have any of those things. I am unworthy—trash. Which is why my mom abandoned me.
Weekend parties were pretty much a staple in my life, due in large part to the group of people Kaylee and I hung out with. Despite my hopping social life, I wasn’t a huge drinker. I witnessed my mother make an ass of herself while she drank on a regular basis; I had no desire to follow in her footsteps. Drinking resulted in loss of control, which more often than not made the drinker appear weak and stupid—two qualities I worked hard never to display.
Tonight, though, despite my strong feelings about public drunkenness, I was making an exception. After the day I’d had, I wanted nothing more than to escape, to forget everything and lose myself in an alcohol-induced stupor. Tonight, I needed to check out for a little bit. My desire to save face was probably misplaced, anyway. I’d bet money the majority of the people inside were already too blitzed or high to notice any bad behavior other than their own.
I clutched the bottle of vodka I’d purchased for my mom, disgusted with myself, yet still fully intent on putting a massive dent in its contents. After the travesty that was my short tenure at Dell’s, Kaylee took me home so I could change out of my milk-soaked jeans and deliver my mom her booze. A shiny black Mercedes sat parked in my driveway. I assumed it was this Stephen character my mom had mentioned earlier, and to my horror, my suspicions were confirmed upon entering the house.
Well, sort of.
Judging by the heavy grunting and moaning echoing through the hallway from my mom’s bedroom, I knew her guest was at the very least male. Disgusted by her two-second rebound rate, and the ease with which she’d completely forgotten I was on my way home with her alcohol, I quickly changed into the form-fitting black dress and jacket Kaylee had brought and high-tailed it out of the house. I cringed, nausea welling in my gut at what I’d heard. The sooner I could drink myself stupid and erase that memory, the better.
ELISA DANE is a self-proclaimed book junkie. A lover of handbags, chocolate, and reality television, she's a proud mother to three All- Star cheerleaders. Writing is her absolute passion, and it's her mission to create stories that will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but help you find a new respect and interest in the sport of All-Star cheerleading.
Elisa is no stranger to the publishing world. She writes steamy paranormal romance under her real name, Lisa Sanchez. Her adult works include the Hanford Park series (Eve Of Samhain, Pleasures Untold, and Faythe Reclaimed), Obsessed (an erotic suspense), and a paranormal novella, Cursing Athena. Elisa lives in Northern California with her husband, three daughters, and a feisty Chihuahua who stubbornly believes she's human.