The Edge Of Something More by Andi Loveall
Published by: Swoon Romance
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
After a nasty breakup, twenty-two-year-old Devin Ashford is on a mission to travel the world one random excursion at a time. He wants to forget his ex, discover new experiences and end up with some awesome stories to tell. If it takes spending all of his savings to do it, he is ready.
His first stop is a communal homestead in the Appalachians of North Carolina, which turns out to be a bohemian paradise. The weed is plentiful, the owners adore him, and the very sight of Cora, their nineteen-year-old goddaughter, makes him want to set up a permanent camp.
Cora warns that she isn’t ready for a serious relationship, but Devin is falling hard. Playful kisses turn into passionate sex, and each day is spent connecting and enjoying the mind-numbing awesomeness—until he makes the mistake of saying “I love you.” Discussing the future kills the good vibes, and Cora pushes him away.
Pissed off and rejected, Devin begins preparing for his next excursion: backpacking India. But just when it’s time to go, the death of one of the homestead’s beloved animals leaves Cora upset and in need of a friend. Devin’s kindness wins him another shot at romance.
With a plane ticket in hand and his pride on the line, Devin and Cora find themselves teetering on the edge of something more.
“Sorry I didn’t smoke you out the first night, brother,” Lucius said, handing Devin the freshly packed bowl. “I crashed early. Plus, I was taking a second to feel out your jive.”
“My jive is most definitely agreeable. Thank you.”
He took a hit, shutting his eyes. Oh God. It had been a long time.
His lungs seized up and he went into a hacking fit, blowing out a big cloud of smoke.
Lucius laughed and patted him on the back. He took a hit himself. The smoke came out in a perfect ring.
“You know what I sometimes think? I think that in a past life, I was a great explorer.”
“An explorer?” Devin’s voice choked.
“Yeah.” Lucius studied the ceiling, the shortest of his dreadlocks hanging around his shoulders like a lion’s mane. “I have this need to explore the whole world. The whole universe. Every facet of my mind. Everything that exists, inside and out. I’m like Magellan … Or maybe Pytheas. One of those guys.”
“I think you have to … Here you go.”
“Thank you,” Lucius said, taking the pipe. “Have to what?”
“Explore everything. How can anyone know what they want without seeing all there is to choose from?”
“See?” Lucius’ hazel eyes shined from the high. “This is why I like you. You’re an explorer too.”
Devin looked around, the high hitting him hard. This was North Carolina. This dreadlocked stoner was his roommate. Cora was real and in the flesh, wandering around somewhere within a half-mile radius. In a few minutes, he would see her.
Things becoming other things … The girl who appeared when he closed his eyes used to look a lot like Jess, but she was changing. And yes, it was damn beautiful.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andi Loveall grew up in the blistering heat of California’s Central Valley and has since traveled far and wide in search of adventure and romance. From the steamy streets of Bangkok to the dancing fireflies of the Appalachians, the places, people and things she has seen have convinced her of two things: Life hurts no matter where you go, and the world is a crazy-beautiful place.
A freelance writer by day and storyteller by night, Andi is on a mission to create characters that come alive in worlds she can’t quite reach. When she’s not writing, she’s usually hula hooping, dying her hair bright colors or making delicious home-cooked meals for herself and the people that she loves.