“I’ve missed this view,” I said. I’ve missed you.
He smiled that soft smile of his, the one that made the corners of his eyes crinkle in that way that melted my insides. That was the biggest hazard of hanging out with Brendan every Saturday morning. As if subjecting myself to pining for him every weekday at school wasn’t enough, I had to do this to myself on the weekend, too.
He slung his arm around my shoulders, catching my neck in the crook of his elbow, and pulled me to him. I was thankful that he was so tall, because my face tucked neatly into his shoulder and he couldn’t see the way my eyes fluttered shut as I breathed him in—shampoo and grapefruit and a little bit of aftershave. Summer or winter, indoors or out—my Brendan.
“I can’t believe you’re the first person to ever convince me to climb up here.”
I stared at him. “Don’t tell me you’ve never climbed the water tower.”
He gave a short laugh. “Don’t tell me I remind you of those delinquents who have nothing better to do on a Friday night.”
“Oh, please. It’s hardly breaking and entering. I just want to get some good shots. The sun’ll be up soon, and then I’ll have missed the foggy sunrise.” I shifted my weight to the side to wedge my foot beneath me for a steadier angled shot. The whole rickety walkway trembled, and Brendan grabbed my forearm, digging his fingers in. I was already sweating in the summer morning’s wet heat, but as soon as his skin touched mine, a whole new kind of heat ran through me.
“Trying to cuddle with me?” I attempted a laugh, but my voice just shook.
“Shut up. You know it’s the height.”
Brendan was deathly afraid of heights, which is why it was that much crazier that he was even up here with me. “Well, if you made it up here, I’d say you’re doing pretty well. A few more times and it’ll be a piece of cake.”
He stared out at the horizon while he caught his breath. “It’s your fault I’m even up here, anyway. Your aunt would kill me if I let anything happen to you.”
“True.” I metered, fired another test shot, and winced at the result.
“You’ve been making faces at that thing for five minutes now. Why don’t you put it on auto, get the shot, and we can get out of here? I’ll even buy you breakfast.”
“Hush,” I said, pressing my eye to the viewfinder again. “You’ll buy me breakfast anyway.” I fired another shot. Dammit. Still dark. I clicked into the data readout to check the settings there.
Something bony dug into my collarbone. I turned my head and almost ran my nose straight into Brendan’s—he’d rested his chin on my shoulder and was staring at the LCD. My heart stopped. His lips were so close to mine that one quick move would have them pressed together. And of course, I suddenly couldn’t move a muscle.
by LeighAnn Kopans
Release Date: February 11th 2014
1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess
Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy.
But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley’s place on the team, and her fragile foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent.
Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s also not taking no for an answer. There’s no real reason Ashley shouldn’t like Vincent, but with the
battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she wants him to be on.
She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it.
SOLVING FOR EX is a YA contemporary romance that remixes Mansfield Park as Clueless meets Mean Girls in a crazy mix of high school society, mathletic competition, and teenage romance.
About LeighAnn…Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Solving for Ex was born of her love for Jane Austen’s classics, and how they taught her that love stories could be funny and wickedly smart.
Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the excerpt and keep an eye out because I am planning on posting my review later in the week (hint: I loved it!) I want to thank LeighAnn for allowing me to post this excerpt, you have been nothing but a dream to work with!