The Love You Give Me

Prequel to The Names You Call Me

Rae

I learned early in life never to hope for much. Then a boy crashed into my world and wouldn’t take no for an answer. Wouldn’t just leave me be. Now, it was the end of my senior year and things were as good as could be. Especially when it came to me and my best friend, Xander. He was still right there by my side. Only he wasn’t an annoying steamroller anymore. He was the very best thing.

 

But that was too good to be true. Always had been. 

 

Everyone disappoints me eventually, right?

 

I always thought it was funny how people let you down right when you needed them most.


 

Xander

I was on top of the world. High school was coming to an end and there I was with my best friend, Rae, along for the ride. My dream girl. She had no clue how I felt, but I was ready for that to change. To tell her exactly how I wanted things to be between us. If my nerves didn’t kill me first. But I would take my shot no matter what.

 

She deserves everything.

 

Until she crushed me. One moment was all it took. One image I couldn’t get out of my head. Then it was over. We were over.

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The Names You Call Me 

An impulse in class... 
Rae-Ana Sharpe was like a brick wall. Solid. Steadfast. And hard to break through. Used to a long line of disappointing moments and heartache, this was now her life. Being hurt by her best friend Xander, though, was the absolute worst. She never really recovered from his unexpected dismissal. Then an impulsive moment in class one day brings him crashing back into her world.

Gives them a second chance... 
Alexander Wirth made a colossal mistake the last days of high school. Two years later, it still weighed on his conscience. But Rae was never far from his mind or heart. Taking a chance, he enrolled in an elective way outside of his major. When his bet finally pays off, he gets a rude awakening and a shot at redemption. That’s if she even gives him the time of day. 

When life constantly supplies you with lemons, do you lock your heart away for good? Or let the guy of your dreams fix you a glass of spiked lemonade?

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