Hi! I’m coming out of my NaNoWriMo seclusion today to share this fun new book I had the opportunity to read. Today is the excerpt from the author and Friday I’ll post my review and author interview.
by Ally Mathews
Genre: YA, contemporary romance
Synopsis: Isabelle Oster has dreamed of being a prima ballerina her entire life, so when the only male dancer backs out of the fall production, she’s devastated. Without a partner, she has no hope of earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana company. Until hot jock Garret practicing stretches in one of the studios gives Izzy an idea, and she whips out her phone. But does she really want this badly enough to resort to blackmail?
All-state tight end Garret Mitchell will do anything to get a college football scholarship. Even taking ballet, which surprisingly isn’t so bad, because it means he gets to be up close and personal with the gorgeous Goth girl Izzy while learning moves to increase his flexibility. But Izzy needs him to perform with her for the Ballet Americana spot, and he draws the line at getting on stage. Especially wearing tights.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bit of blackmail, a lot of sarcasm, and an ending guaranteed to melt your heart.
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An Excerpt picked by the Author
“Stand with your feet parallel, and with your legs straight, slowly bend your torso forward.”
She bent and placed her hands flat against the floor. He could barely touch his kneecaps.
“O-kay…well, keep practicing.”
He tried again, this time stretching his fingers just below his knees. Isabelle put her hand on his back and pushed down until it was flat. “Does that hurt?”
Her warm hand against his back sent a jolt through him. Then intense pain. “It burns a bit,” he panted out.
“Good, that means it’s working.”
“Sadist,” he mumbled.
To his surprise, she laughed. “You’ll soon be calling me worse than that. Just remember, your goal is to be able to put your hands flat on the ground with your legs and back straight.”
“Sure, ’cause that’s going to happen. Not.”
She gave him the evil eye. “The more you stretch, the more flexible you’ll be. Practice makes perfect.”
“Gah. Now you sound like Coach.”
“Excellent. Now, with your arm straight but not locked at the elbow, reach up over your head and bend to the side slowly while maintaining your lines.”
“Stay aligned.” She circled around him while sweat dripped off him. “Good, but remember to keep your headlights straight.”
What the… “Excuse me?”
She grinned. “Sorry. It’s something we tell the younger girls in class.” She walked over to him and grabbed the outside of his hips.
“What’re you doing?” She was way too close to places she shouldn’t be. He was getting lightheaded. Probably because he stopped breathing when she touched him.
“Think of your hips as your headlights. When you drive you follow their path, right?”
He nodded rapidly, unable to focus with her hands still on him.
“So make sure you keep your hips straight to keep your body aligned properly. Your headlights, or hip bones, lead the way.”
“Um, okay.” He tilted his head down to stare at her hands, which were still on him. Finally catching on, she pulled her hands away as if he were on fire. Which he kind of was.
“Sorry!” Her face colored and she turned away from him. “We don’t have any boys around here, so I’m used to just”–she gulped–“manhandling everyone.”
Under different circumstances, he might not have minded her manhandling him.
About Ally Mathews:
Ally lives in Texas and is convinced her house is shrinking, possibly because she shares it with three kids, four dogs, two cats, a rabbit, and assorted reptiles. Oh, and her husband. She likes to curse in Russian because very few people know what she’s saying, and spends most of what would be her spare time letting dogs in and out of the house and shuttling kids around. She has many stories in her head waiting for the opportunity to escape onto paper.
When she’s not writing, you can find her reading or binge watching Psych, Scream, Younger, and superhero movies. She loves to cook but hates to clean up afterwards, and strongly believes that Disney World is truly magical. You can find Ally on her website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.
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