loss, she has reshaped her life, carving out a limited place for
herself with her grief-narrowed perception of the world. But when
Jake Mason, an elusive yet famous British actor, comes to her small
Pennsylvania town with an entire movie crew to film for two months,
she is asked to cater to him and his colleagues in the hotel
restaurant where she works. After a strange, but memorable meeting,
she tells herself she’ll never see the kind and handsome man up close
again. The very next night, though, he shows up again for dinner, and
the spotlight is on Cassie again.
notorious for hiding during shoots; nobody seems to really know him.
He’s worked hard for his career, and he accepted a long time ago that
privacy was a valuable commodity that he should never relinquish.
Accepting a leading role in a film that places him in a small town in
Pennsylvania, he is forced his first night there to attend a private
dinner with nineteen of his fellow cast and crew – definitely outside
of his comfort zone. But after losing his phone, he finds himself
intrigued by the waitress who helps him, and begins to wonder if some
sacrifices might be worth making after all.
“What’s the matter?”
His voice was quiet, full of concern. She realized immediately that she was somewhere she didn’t recognize; they were laying under soft, orange silky sheets on a huge bed facing each other, in a room starkly neat and orderly, the sounds of cars passing by from outside.
“N-nothing,” she replied, recovering quickly from her stutter. She reached a hand out, touching his cheek gingerly, as if afraid to believe it was real. His face was rough; he was in need of a shave, and Cassie watched her fingers trace the line of his jaw, transfixed. Jake grinned at her, his eyes so blue she could scarcely believe it – her breath caught in her throat at the sight of his perfect, wide smile, the way it reached all the way to his eyes.
“I can’t live without you, you know,” he said, almost a whisper. He leaned in, close, lips nearly touching hers. She could feel his breath against her mouth, the heat from his body reaching out to her, caressing.
“I can’t…” she started, but then she stopped, closing the distance. They kissed like they’d never kiss again, imperfectly and fervently, and she felt Jake push her onto her back. He rolled on top of her, his bare skin pressing against hers, the feeling exquisite and pure— perfection.
cat child, Maia. She’s a lover of books, film, and all things
imaginary. Someone to Stay is her first published novel.
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