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by L.V. Lewis
Publisher Jungle Fever Press
Kindle Edition -- FREE From 3/14-3/16/17!
Olympic pole-vaulter Gunnar Kingsley is competing in Rio, where he will finally meet Mia Orlán—his longtime online pen pal. He assumes Mia thinks he’s just an average guy.
In the eight years they’ve been corresponding, Mia has developed feelings for her American friend she fears won’t be returned. If by some miracle they were, she’s even more afraid a physical relationship would leave only heartbreak in its wake.
Will Gunnar come clean when the torch is lit in Rio, or will Mia confront him first?
Gunnar held his breath as Nate did his run. Nate barely cleared the bar height, and his friend had the highest jump. Now, Gunnar had to beat it. Coming in second or third wouldn’t work. He wanted first place, and he was going to get it.
Adrenaline coursed through his veins and rushed in his ears as he stepped up. He thought he could hear his family screaming his name, but his whole focus was the path in front of him.
Air filled his lungs as he took deep breaths and sprinted forward. The best part was the soaring. That peak was what they all went after, drifting through the air and falling on the other side.
When he finally hit the mat, he stayed there for a moment, just enough time to enjoy it but not too much that people would think he was injured. He didn’t have to check the scoreboard to know he made it and beat his competition. The cheers told him more than enough.
Everyone went out to celebrate afterward, but Gunnar just wanted to go back to the hotel until it was time to fly back to Michigan. More intense training was in store for him there, but he didn’t care. He’d take that over the superficial celebration with a bunch of strangers. The last thing he needed was to be around more people who only showed up hoping to rub elbows with potential Olympic medal winners.
After greeting his family, he slipped away from the crowd. He already had to duck the local news stations there to interview the winners. He knew coach would be furious. More publicity meant more sponsors, but he was done. There was only one person in the world he wanted to talk to, and she wasn’t there.
Gunnar was obsessing over his replay videos for his last few vaults when he got the email from Mia. She was the first person he wanted to tell, the only one who he really wanted to be excited for him. But he couldn’t bring himself to do it.
She knew he was a pole-vaulting and track athlete, but she didn’t know he was vying for a coveted Olympic spot. People treated him differently when they found out who he was. Learning that he was a top contender for a gold medal made it easy for him to be a target. Everybody wanted something. They always did.
Not Mia. She was the only person in the world who made him feel normal, and all they had to go on was years of emails to each other and a few photos.
He hated keeping the news from her, but he couldn’t lose what they had. Not yet. She was the only one who knew things about him that he couldn’t share with his family or friends. So what did that make her?
She was gorgeous, with dark hair that flowed over bronze-grazed skin. His favorite likeness of her was a picture she’d sent him wearing a simple white shirt. It highlighted her brown eyes—knowing eyes that seemed to peer back at him on a level that was deep and real. Everything about Mia was the opposite of the girls he was used to being with, girls who wanted nothing but the fantasy of sleeping with a jock and riding the attention that came with it.
He read the email, and felt a smile fill his face when he saw that she wanted to meet him at the airport when he arrived in Rio. But the one sentence that stayed with him was her last one.
I can’t wait to finally see you.
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Growing up, L.V. Lewis wanted to be an internationally known rock star, but unfortunately, lived in the wrong part of the country to pursue that career (and neither American Idol nor The Voice were available then). An early love for the written word gave her the plan B she sought. Now she pens romance novels that let her live vicariously through rock stars and other fascinating archetypes.