It Started with a Whisper
by Shannon McCrimmon
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: June 1st 2016
Josie is a musical prodigy: She can sing, play guitar and is a natural on the piano. Instead of spending her last summer before college traveling the country with her rock star father, she's made a last minute decision to spend it working at her Aunt Bernie's inn, in Ambler's Fork, North Carolina. But what could have turned her life-long passion for music into a hatred for an industry she's worked so hard to get into?
Her aunt's inn seems like the perfect place to escape, to clear her head and figure things out, but on her first day there, she almost drowns before Chic Hobbs saves her.
Chic wants nothing more in life than to leave Ambler's Fork and his sordid past behind—at least not until that day Josie Graham swims into his life. The problem is, Chic's got a secret. It's a secret he's keeping from Josie, and he's worried if it gets out, it'll ruin everything, and she'll judge him for his past mistakes the way everyone else in town has.
Josie is carrying a burden of her own. One that made her run to Ambler's Fork - away from her family and everything she's ever known.
Chic saved Josie once. Can he save her again? Or will Josie rescue him this time?
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“Piggy back. It's the only way you'll get in.”
“I'm too heavy,”I say.
“And aren't piggy backs for kids?”
“Piggy backs are for everyone. Okay, so maybe I'm not going to be lifting someone when I'm eighty. Anyway, I lift canoes, which, I think may be a good ten to twenty pounds heavier than you.”
“I doubt that”
“Are we going to debate your weight all day? 'Cause if so, I'm out,”he says. I hear the irritation in his tone.
“Girls and their weight. If they're thin, they think they're fat,”he mumbles.
“Okay,”I relent and move close to his back. His bare skin touches mine. I see goosebumps appear all over my arms and legs, and I'm not even cold. I feel warm and tingly inside. Like I've just had a glass of hot water and the liquid is oozing its way down from my throat to my feet. His skin is so smooth. There isn't an ounce of hair on his back. I'm tempted to run my finger across it, but that'd make me look like a weirdo.He turns his head, and his mouth is so close to my face. I can smell his breath
and feel its warmth.
“You going to stand there all day?”
“Gosh, you're bossy,”I say with frustration.
“Just jump already.”
I leap up onto his back. He grabs my legs with his hands and starts walking
toward the water.
“Close your eyes if you have to.”
“You don't have the best bedside manner.”
He ignores me and keeps walking. The water hits him at his knees.
“Okay, I'm about to go all in, and I want you to keep holding onto me.”
Keep holding on. I can do that.