The Secret (North Woods University Book 3) by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman
He’s the popular jock everyone loves. Funny, gorgeous, with a flock of girls to choose from. While I’m the girl no one notices. Bullied. Antisocial. I have no friends and I like it that way. Until he walks into my life.
We shouldn’t be friends. We definitely shouldn’t be roommates. That doesn’t stop him though. When friendship blooms into something more I’m not sure if I should hold on or let go. I’m hiding things, secrets so dark, and deep….If he ever discovers them I’m certain he won’t want me anymore.
As I fall harder and harder for him I start to wonder if maybe I judged him too soon. The popular jock and the girl that none notices, this can’t possibly end with a happily ever after it, can it?
**This is book three in the North Woods University Series. It can be read as a complete standalone and contains NO cliffhanger, NO cheating, and a HEA. Please be advised this series contains sensitive material not suitable to all readers. This is NOT a YA series.**
Excerpt The Secret by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman
“Please don’t look at me like that…” I slur.
“Please leave… just… leave me alone,” she pleads and my heart breaks at her words. That’s what my mom used to tell me. She asked me to leave her alone and I listened to her. Maybe if I hadn’t listened to her and listened to my gut instead she would still be here, alive.
“I won’t leave you,” I tell her, shaking my head, determination coating my words. “But please don’t look at me like I’m going to hurt you. Please, don’t be scared of me.”
“You’re dunk,” she points out and that wild look in her eyes overtakes her features now. She continues taking small steps backwards, retreating further into the room, further away from me. I want her close, in my arms, safe, secure. It’s the strangest, but truest emotion I’ve ever felt before.
“Yes… I had something to drink, but that doesn’t change the fact that I would never hurt you. I can control myself,” I sigh and set the plate down on top of the dresser
“You’re scaring me,” she admits, her voice small and shaky. I don’t know who hurt her, but in that moment I vowed to myself to find out. I will find out who did this to her and then I will make them pay. It’s obvious she was powerless, weak, but she’s not anymore. She has me now, and I’ll protect her, defend her till my last breath. I know this without even thinking.
Holding my hands up, with my palms showing, I try to calm her like I would a scared animal. “You don’t have to be scared of me. Not ever,” I assured her. “I just want… I want you to feel safe. You don’t have to be scared here. I promise I’ll keep you safe. No one will hurt you, least of all me.”