Run Away With Me
(Come Back to Me #3)
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication date: November 28th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Emerson Lowe and popular ice-hockey player Jake McCallister have been best friends since third grade but just as their friendship starts to morph into something more, a terrible event occurs that heralds the end of innocence for both of them. Within a week, Jake’s living on the other side of the country and Emerson is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life in a small town determined to paint her as a liar.
Seven years on and Emerson is still living on the beautiful Pacific West island of Bainbridge, helping her family run their outdoor adventure company. The last thing she needs is Jake turning up, bringing with him old memories and opening up old wounds. But Jake—even better looking than Emerson remembered and on the cusp of a bright sporting future—seems determined to revive their friendship no matter how much Emerson tries to push him away and soon they’re in the midst of a passionate summer romance that neither of them wants to end.
But if they’re to have any kind of future, they’re first going to need to confront the past, a past that most people want to stay buried.
I’m intrigued by this new Jake, by how different he is, how grown up. I wonder if he thinks the same about me? That I’m the same but different too? How could he? I’m nothing like the way I used to be.
Halfway around he looks up and notices me staring at him. He falters and for a moment we both stay standing there, watching each other, neither of us speaking. Finally he says; ‘I’m lost.’
‘You took a wrong turn,’ I say, pointing him back.
He nods and turns around, following a new path towards the center. ‘Remember that time we got lost in Islandwood?’ he says without looking up.
‘Yeah,’ I say, stuffing my hands in the pockets of my jeans. We were on a four-day overnight program with school. Jake and I wandered off when we were supposed to be collecting pond critters. We had heard there was a really old cemetery somewhere in the grounds and we wanted to see if we could find it. But we got lost and wandered into a bog. They had to send out a search party for us.
‘You were so worried,’ Jake says now with a smile, glancing my way.
‘I was not,’ I argue.
He cocks an eyebrow, still smiling.
I frown, hating the way my pulse quickens in response to his smile. ‘So were you.’
His half-smile becomes a full-on grin, revealing his dimple. ‘I wasn’t worried,’ he says, turning his back on me as he walks around the labyrinth. ‘I wasn’t lost.’
Mila Gray is the pen name for Sarah Alderson, author of Hunting Lila, Losing Lila, The Sound, Fated and Out of Control.
Originally from London she has lived in Bali for the last four years with her husband and daughter.
As well as writing young adult fiction under the name Sarah Alderson and adult fiction under the name Mila Gray, she also writes screenplays.
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