Today I have an excerpt to share with you from Going Under by Georgia Cates. There’s also a giveaway at the end of the post. You can follow the rest of the tour by clicking on the banner above.
Jessie Boone is a self proclaimed bad boy and doesn’t march to the beat of anyone’s drum, but his own. Growing up in less than desirable circumstances has made him no stranger to the hard knock life and his determination to leave it behind is fierce. When he finds himself transferred to East Franklin High School, he sees his opportunity to use his athletic ability to snag a college football scholarship, but Forbes Henderson, the player Jessie means to replace isn’t giving up his spot willingly. In fact, Forbes is willing to go to extreme measures to retain his place as first string quarterback. When Forbes’ malicious plan to injure his replacement fails, Jessie is furious and determined to show him he messed with the wrong person; not only is he going to take the position of first string quarterback, he’s going to take his girl, too.
Claire Deveraux is perfection at it’s best. She is beautiful, intelligent and unaware she just became Jessie Boone’s conquest as revenge against her boyfriend, Forbes Henderson. Like her flawless performance as the perfect daughter and student, Claire’s production of being the perfect girlfriend has everyone fooled, except Jessie Boone, and she fears this tattooed bad boy will see her secret desire to explore his crude threats and promises to rock her perfect world. If she decides to give in to one uninhibited moment with Jessie, will she learn too late that it was all an act of vengeance or will Jessie learn the taste of first love is sweeter than that of revenge?
“What’s up with that bullshit?” I asked. What kind of class was this and was I seriously going to get credit toward graduation?
She smirked and said, “Well, this exercise is already over because you just confirmed my preconceived notion about you instead of changing it.”
“What exactly is your preconceived notion about me, Princess?” I asked.
“The exercise doesn’t say I have to identify what my preconceived notion is. It says I have one and you have to attempt to change it by making me see you in a new way, so go for it. Make me see you in a new way because right now, it’s not so delightful.”
“You think I find you delightful? I called you a Princess and you called me an Asshole. Princess, positive. Asshole, negative.”
“Oh, yeah, you meant Princess in a positive way,” she said while she rolled her eyes the way that only a chick could. “I know what you think of me. I don’t need you to explain.”
“Okay, change my mind. Help me see you in a new way since that is our assignment.”
I could see she contemplated her words carefully and they were guarded when she finally began to speak. “My name is Claire Deveraux. Not Princess. Not Goody Goody. Not Miss Perfection. Not Forbes Henderson’s girlfriend. People assume I’m handed everything on a silver platter because my parents are compensated well for the hard work they do. My life isn’t simple or easy and I’m a real person with real problems. I can never be myself because it isn’t what’s expected. I feel trapped, like it’s never okay to be me because who I really am will disappoint everyone.”
Instead of embracing who she was, she was whining about it and it infuriated me. Try living the way I did and then tell me when it wasn’t okay to be Claire Deveraux because it had never been okay to be Jessie Boone.
When I looked at this chick, I thought she was one of the hottest girls I’d ever seen, but the pity party vibe was a complete turn off and it only proved she was the pampered princess I thought she was.
“Are you serious or are you messing with me?” I accused.
A look of fury came across her face. “I’m totally serious,” she snapped.
“Tell me a time in your life when it would not be okay to be Claire Deveraux? You have everything going for you. I know you come from a wealthy family because I can take one look at the way you’re dressed and know that. Your boots cost more than my truck. I’ve already heard you’re super smart because it’s rumored you are the next valedictorian and you are one of the most beautiful girls I’ve ever seen.”
Somewhere between my first word and the last, I fell into a trap of telling her how wonderful she was instead of how ridiculously spoiled.
She huffed and said, “You’re just like all the others. You only see the outside and what you want to see.”
“Show me something different and maybe I’ll see something different,” I challenged.
She declined my challenge by saying, “My turn’s over, you’re next.”
I considered what her assumption about me must be and decided I didn’t have much of an argument for changing it because most of the things she probably believed about me were true.
“I’m good,” I said, knowing I wouldn’t be off the hook, but unable to resist the attempt.
“No, you’re not good. You’re next.”
“I’m not going to say anything that will change your mind about me, so I’m afraid this exercise may be deemed unsuccessful,” I informed her.
“This is an assignment, so you have to tell me something.”
“Like what?” I asked.
She looked up at me through her long lashes, and in the softest voice I’d ever heard, said, “Tell me something real.”
The way she looked at me almost had me thinking she cared, but then I remembered who I was and who I was talking to and thought a little shock factor might be in order.
“My name is Jessie Boone, aka asshole. I’m a loser from Collinsville like everyone thinks. I don’t come from a rich family like all of you spoiled brats and it completely defines me and what I’m capable of doing, so I’ll never amount to anything because it’s what I’ve been told my whole life.”
Her shock meter didn’t appear to budge in the least.
“So, does this change how you see me or validate exactly what you think you already know about me?”
“No and Yes. No, it doesn’t change what I think about you, and yes, it validates you’re still an asshole.”
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