Book #2 of one of my favourite and most anticipated series is coming on our way. Check out an exclusive chapter excerpt and follow along the tour for the rest of the chapter!!!! Be sure to read book #1 OFF THE RECORD if you haven’t already. Brady Maxwell is one of the best book boys you will ever meet. He just might be my favourite (sorry Ramsey).
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For political reporter Liz Dougherty, election day—a day of looking toward the future and saying goodbye to the past—seems like a fitting time to start a new relationship. But feelings for her former flame still linger…
The sexy second book in bestselling author K.A. Linde’s Record series decides whether it’s better to pick up the pieces and move on…or to pick up right where you left off.
Exclusive Chapter 1 excerpt
I can’t believe you dragged me to this party,” Victoria said.
Liz’s best friend was standing against the bar with a drink in
her hot-pink-manicured hand. She looked as gorgeous as ever in a
skintight black dress covering her voluptuous body, and bright red
heels to match her cherry red lips.
“You’re the one who said that you wanted to go out with me
tonight,” Liz reminded her.
“I didn’t know it was to a newspaper party . . . on election
night.” Victoria tossed her dark brown hair off her shoulder and
looked at Liz beneath thick black lashes coated in mascara.
“I’ve only been working toward this, oh, I don’t know, all year.”
Victoria shrugged. “Some things are important to you and some
things are important to me. At least we both agree on alcohol,” she
said, holding up her glass.
Liz giggled and took a sip of her drink. “Liking the effects of
alcohol and liking alcohol are two different things.”
“That’s like saying liking the way Hayden kissed you and liking
Hayden are two different things.”
“Coming from the girl who will kiss anyone!” Liz cried. Gah!
Did Victoria have to bring this up again? How often had they had
this conversation since she and her editor at the paper had shared
that heated kiss over the summer?
Giving up Brady had been bad enough.
Her affair with the State Senator Brady Maxwell had lasted the
length of the summer, and in that span of time she had fallen
unequivocally in love with him. In love with a man whom she
couldn’t be with because she was a reporter, a liability to the campaign,
a liability to everything he had worked for. And then on the
night of his primary victory Brady had given his acceptance speech,
proclaiming her, in all but name, as the person who had made him
believe completely in this journey he was on. It was in that moment
of clarity that she had known what she had to do.
If she forced Brady to decide between her and the campaign, it
would have hurt him; and if he chose her and lost the campaign, he
would resent her. She hadn’t been okay with either of those scenarios.
So Liz had taken the choice into her own hands and walked
out on him, and she hadn’t heard from Brady in the two and half
months since she had left. Two and a half agonizing months.
“I can kiss whoever I want, Liz,” Victoria said.
“Like the Duke Fan?” Liz chided, shuddering.
“Yes, I can’t believe you are so freaked out that I went on a date
with someone who goes to Duke.” Liz just shrugged. “And anyway,
you’re the one swooning over your Hayden Lane.”
Liz’s eyes shifted from Victoria to Hayden, standing only a few
feet away lost in conversation. If he heard a whisper of this, Liz
would kill Victoria.
She wasn’t ready for a relationship or really anything else with
Hayden—or anyone. Victoria didn’t understand why, but then
again, she didn’t know that the guy Liz had been seeing over the
summer had been Brady Maxwell. No one did. Certainly not
Hayden. He didn’t even know she’d been seeing someone.
That had made it difficult to explain why she wouldn’t go out
with him. It wasn’t like she could just come out and say she was
too emotionally bruised by a certain sitting State Senator and was
stupidly hoping that he might come find her. She had tried sidestepping
Hayden when he had asked her out, but then she’d had to tell
him something, and none of her excuses seemed to be good enough.
How long could she keep a guy at bay after kissing him the way
she had in front of the Lincoln Memorial in D.C.?
“Swooning?” Liz shook her head, trying to keep her voice down.
“Are you serious?”
“He’s been flirting with you all night, Lizzie.” Victoria batted
her eyes at Liz.
“Oh, stop calling me that.”
That was the truth. Hayden hadn’t stopped calling her Lizzie
since that night they’d kissed over the summer. Victoria found it
hilarious and always poked fun at Hayden whenever she could.
“You’re insufferable. You know that, right?”
Victoria smiled in a way that said more than even her perfectly
arched eyebrow. Liz didn’t know why she let her best friend get to
her so easily. She wasn’t ready to move on. She wasn’t over Brady
Maxwell . . . as much as she wanted to let go. Their relationship
had been too important for her to just easily move on to someone
else. Perhaps that was silly.
“Well, if you won’t make a move, then maybe I should,” Victoria
suggested, like she had just thought of it.
“Hayden’s not even your type.”
“Type?” Victoria asked. “What is this thing you speak of?”
“He’s not currently working toward or already has a PhD.”
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About the Author
USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde has written the Avoiding series and the Record series as well as the new adult novels Following Me and Take Me for Granted. She grew up as a military brat traveling the United States and Australia. While studying political science and philosophy at the University of Georgia, she founded the Georgia Dance Team, which she still coaches. Post-graduation, she served as the campus campaign director for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid traveler, reader, and bargain hunter, K.A. lives in Athens, Georgia, with her fiancé and two puppies, Riker and Lucy.
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