Title: Out from Under You
Series: Smart Girls Finish First #1
Publication Date: August 13th 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance
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“Love is an earthquake. It comes when you least expect it. It rips the ground clear away. Right out from under you.”
The day Lia Smart met Grayson Walker, eight years ago, was the day she fell helplessly in love with him. Coincidentally, it was the same day Grayson fell in love with someone else: Lia’s smarter, sexier, superior-in-every-way older sister, Alex.
Now, nearly a decade later, Alex and Grayson are long over and twenty-two-year-old Lia has finally managed to forget all those lonely nights she spent pining after her sister’s boyfriend. But when Grayson unexpectedly arrives back in town with Alex for Labor Day weekend and the two announce that they’re not only back together but engaged, all the feelings that Lia buried suddenly come bubbling back to the surface.
But Lia is no longer the awkward, gangly tomboy she was at fourteen. Far from it. And Grayson is conflicted by the lustful thoughts he’s now having for her. He knows he could never act on those thoughts, however. Grayson has always prided himself on being one of the “good guys.” But as the weekend wears on, he’s finding this new grown-up version of Lia more and more impossible to resist...
Heartbreaking and sexy with a dash of humor, Sophie Swift crafts a passionate, unforgettable tale about desire, growing up, and the kind of love that shakes us to the core.
*Contains adult situations and explicit content. Recommended for ages 17+
The day I met Grayson Walker eight years ago was a solid 9.5 on the Richter scale.
I remember the chasm that opened under my feet the first time I looked at him. The tremors that rippled through my body when he first touched me. I remember the fault lines that splintered and ruptured my poor, naïve heart when he chose my older sister instead of me.
Some might say I’m being overly dramatic. That I was never actually a viable choice—me being only fourteen at the time, and him being a whole three years older. Maybe Alex, in all of her seventeen years of womanhood and maturity, was the wise choice that night.
Maybe age was the only deciding factor.
But believing that would be just another lie.
Alex always won. It’s what she did best. She had, what I like to call, an abundance of mores.
More beautiful. More athletic. More popular. More sex appeal.
It’s a truth untold between any two sisters. A natural inequality that just happens without any specific rhyme or reason. Genetics don’t play on a normal distribution curve. God doesn’t evenly allocate desirable traits, diligently counting the score to assure fairness. Like two children divvying up a pile of Halloween candy.
Some people simply get the better candy.
It’s true Grayson was never mine to lose. And yet, somehow I lost him every single day of my life.
I lost the “hope” of him.
Every time his lips crushed against hers in the hallway of our high school. Every time I heard the moans of their teenage experimentation in the bedroom next to mine. Every time he promised to never leave her.
It was like having to reread the same sad ending to a disappointing book over and over again.
They were together off and on throughout their entire senior year. They would fight, break-up, then get back together in some dramatic showing before repeating the whole process again. I watched them shatter and fuse back together so many times I lost count.
It was no surprise when they both ended up attending NYU together. And their rocky relationship went with them.
That, at least, was somewhat of a reprieve.
I didn’t have to witness it every day. It was an echo of longing. A pain once removed. Decidedly better than the first-hand, front-row version.
Then, one day, their relationship ended for good.
Alex decided to stay in New York City after college, and Grayson decided to move to Washington D.C. And just like that, they were no more.
That was four years ago.
And I thought that I was finally set free from the heavy, iron chains of being unrequitedly in love with Grayson Walker.
But that’s the thing about earthquakes. Just when you think they’re over, just when you start to feel safe again, that’s when the aftershock hits. And the foundation you thought was finally stable enough to stand on is suddenly crumbling beneath your feet.
Sophie Swift is an east coast girl who recently transplanted to Southern California. She writes about sexy boys by day, and dates them by night. Her sizzling, new adult romance, OUT FROM UNDER YOU, the first in a new contemporary series, will be released in August of 2013. She loves books that quicken her pace, music sung by adolescent boys, and cupcakes with too much frosting.