Series & Title: The Existing Series, Book 3: Destined
Author: A.M. Guilliams
Release Date: January 11, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
My feelings had changed for Liam over the years. Ones I swore would never be uttered.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine making a promise to him without knowing exactly what it insinuated. Come to find out, the underlying meaning was what I least expected.
My best friend. My confidant. Wanted more.
He asked me for the summer, but what would happen when those three glorious months were over and yet another decision needed to be made? Would I be able to handle the outcome of the choice I was sure would break me?
I’d been in love with Grace since our freshman year in high school. Four years later, I’d finally taken a gamble and asked her for the summer. Shock tore through me when she gave me the answer I longed to hear.
She was my best friend. My everything. And now she’d agreed to become more.
I’d devised the perfect plan to make every moment count and I couldn’t wait to show her how perfect we’d be together. There was a reason our parents met so randomly all those years ago, and I believed it was because fate led me to her. Only she’d been keeping a secret bigger than the two of us combined. Would our new found relationship be able to withstand the distance? Or would everything implode including the lifelong friendship we shared?
How far would you go to create your own destiny before you accepted your fate?
We are Grace Corbin and Liam DeLuca and this is our tragically, beautiful love story.
“You look so beautiful tonight. You know that, right?” Liam said as his fingers moved in circles over the top of my knee as he knelt before me. He’d never told me I was beautiful. I didn’t know how to take that.
I was still in the white dress that I’d found to wear under my cap and gown. The dress had a lace top with a sheer skirt underneath. It was fitted at the top and flared out at the hips, stopping at the top of my knee. I wore my jet black hair down with curls cascading down my back and only had on mascara. I thought it was simple, yet comfortable. Knowing that Liam thought I was beautiful caused a smile to form on my lips, and I looked at the ground. My cheeks felt hot from embarrassment. It wasn’t the first time someone other than family told me I was beautiful. But this meant more. It was the first time Liam had mentioned it, and I didn’t know what that meant.
His finger touched the bottom of my chin, lifting my head, so my gaze met his.
“Did you mean what you said? You promised me the summer,” he asked, his finger still lingering under my chin.
My mouth opened and shut several times before I could make the words escape.
“I did. But what does that mean? What do you want, Liam? You’re my best friend. I can’t lose that,” I said, hoping that he could hear the fear in my voice.
His hand wiped down his face. He went from a kneeling position and sat down on the ground; only he didn’t move far from me. He was still just as close. I waited, and my heart felt like it was going to burst from the anticipation of what he would say.
“You honestly have no clue, do you?”
No, I didn’t have a clue. He’d always picked on me. Treated me like one of his guy friends, while he aimlessly flirted with every girl he came across. All I could do was shake my head because I was still clueless as to what he was talking about.
He pulled my hands from the ropes and held them within his own. His palms were sweaty, and I could feel the subtle shaking that indicated he was nervous, making me feel the same way in return. There’d be no going back after this. I just knew before he’d even spoken the words. This confession would change us. Forever.
“I figured you hadn’t. I made sure I hid it well. There’s no way to say this easy, so I’m just gonna spit it out. I don’t see you as my friend, Grace. Ever since you fell out of that tree, I’d always seen you as more. Felt more for you than I should’ve. But I couldn’t gain the courage to act on it. Now I can’t wait any longer. There’s a ticking time bomb going off, and I needed you to blindly promise me something I had no clue if you’d agree to. I kept it all in because I didn’t want to lose you. If you don’t feel the same now, I couldn’t stand to walk away or for us to change. I’m going to shut up now since I’m rambling. If you’re gonna break my heart, just do it fast, Grace. I couldn’t take you stringing me along,” he pleaded as he let go of my hands and turned to look at the tree.
A.M. Guilliams is a romantic suspense and women’s fiction author who currently resides in Virginia with her husband, three children, and fur babies. Books, flip flops, coffee, chocolate, The Walking Dead, and Chicago Fire are just a few of her obsessions. Her love of books began with novels by Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, and the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. When she’s not writing, you can find her down by the river with her family, curled up on the couch with a good book, or watching her favorite movies and television shows.