Amanda has loved romance since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen. After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found her way back to romance, this time as a writer.
A native Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and nowhere near enough space.
I wrote this book after a visit to a real used bookstore in a college town. While I browsed the shelves, a guy came in to start his shift behind the register, talking to his co-worker about his classes, the bookstore, and everything he was reading. The idea for Ben was born—a guy who lives for books. They’re his major, they’re his job, they’re his passion. That’s enough from me, though. Let’s ask Ben how he feels about books.
Musings from Ben about his major:
So, here’s the thing. I love books. I love everything about them. I love the way they smell, the way they feel in my hands, the way I can get lost in one for hours, forgetting all about my own life, getting lost in someone else’s. Books are my life, my heart and soul.
People in college bitch all the time about the work load, but honestly? There’s nothing I’d rather do than this. College football games, drinking games, fraternity wet t-shirt contests…all of that is boring as hell compared to my reading list from The Modern British Novel, and I’m not even kidding about that.
Nobody I know seems to understand that about me. Except Hannah. She’s this girl who’s been coming into the bookstore where I work after classes. When she first showed up, she’d never really read a book for fun. Can you even imagine that? So I gave her a book. When she came back the next week, I gave her another one. Now we read them together, and talk on the phone about them for half the night. She gets me in a way nobody ever has.
This—reading, books, talking about books, sharing books—this is what I want to do my whole life. I just need to figure out how.
Take a chance and change your life…
College is where Hannah Gregory plans to follow in her dad’s footsteps as a chemistry prodigy–except she bombs her first test. And now her future isn’t so certain. Worse, she’s not sure she wants it anymore. Salvation comes from an unlikely place—a used bookstore and the sexy Ben Fisher, the passionate college senior who works there.
Ben is trapped in a life mapped out for him. Trapped in a future career as a lawyer to make his father happy. Trapped pursuing a girl he doesn't even like because she fits into a world he doesn’t want but can’t escape. But then he meets the beautiful and quirky Hannah. And for the first time, he knows what it means to truly want something.
So he gives in to being her friend. Then to wanting her. Then to kissing her. But freedom comes with a cost, and it isn’t long before their carefully planned lives begin to fall apart...
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