The fabulous Nichole Chase has revealed the cover for her much anticipated new novel, FLUKES! This is the first of a new series by the author of the Dark Betrayal Trilogy and will be released on October 8th.
Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea, and buried just as deep. When court appointed community service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting, she might be able to land Flukes a much-needed cruise line contract.
Blake Weathering, the first in his family to attend public school, has developed a tough image. Unfortunately it lands him in trouble. Now banned from his high school graduation ceremony, getting his diploma is dependent upon a community service gig cleaning fish crap. No diploma, no trust fund fortune—and no way to escape his overbearing father. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a mysterious girl with teal eyes who pulls at his heart strings.
When Blake discovers Meena’s secret, they are both thrown into a desperate search for information about her past. Two worlds pull them in opposite directions, and they will have to fight to hold onto all that really matters.
Read a teaser from FLUKES:
I hauled myself onto the platform and felt his eyes following me, making my heart jump in my chest. He pulled himself out of the enclosure and peeled his shirt off. The boy was gorgeous and he knew it. The exact kind of guy I should avoid at all costs. He twisted the shirt in his hands, wringing as much water out as he could.
“What next?” Blake slung the wet shirt over his shoulder.
The water droplets that ran down his chest drew my attention like a moth to flame. My fingers itched to touch him. I scrambled to my feet and backed away from him slowly while squeezing the edge of my shirt. Needing a distraction, I picked up the bucket and turned toward the ladder.
“The others should be here soon. I need to go help dad with the assignments and then we can come up with a plan for the crews.” I didn’t look back at him after climbing the three short rungs, trying to shake the weird spell he seemed to have on me.
He stayed right behind me as I dropped off the bucket at the fish shack and headed for the tool shed. My heart was starting to pick up pace. No matter how much distance I tried to put between us, he seemed just as determined to stay close. When dad and Violet came into view, I was so relieved I almost skipped down the last of the path. She turned to look at me and her eyebrows shot up to her hair line.
“Did you fall in the pen?” Violet’s eyes trailed over Blake and back to me. A slow smile spread over her face and her eyes gleamed. I knew that look. I was in trouble now.
“Blake dragged me into the water.” I pulled at my shirt again and realized you could see my bathing suit through the wet material.
“She pushed me in first.” Blake held up his hands and looked from Violet to my dad with innocent eyes. I snorted. I should have held him under, not just gotten him wet.
“That’s my girl.” Dad held his hand out for a high-five and I reluctantly returned it. “How was Jallia?”
“Good. It shouldn’t be long now.” I looked anywhere but at Violet or Blake, worried they’d see through my nonchalance.
“Excellent. I wonder if we’ll have the new babe for the shore-side rep.” Dad looked at me expectantly for answers.
“I’m not sure.” Shrugging, I walked into the tool shed and pulled my shirt off, not wanting to give anyone a show. I snatched a towel off one of the hooks and dried off the best I could before grabbing one of the spare employee shirts.
“Got an extra towel?” Blake ducked his head in and my heart skipped. I wore bathing suits all year and usually with nothing else on, but for some reason, I felt too exposed under his eyes. I yanked the towel off of the hook next to me and threw it to him without turning around. I needed to get out of there. Hastily, I slipped into the big T-shirt and took my towel to hang on the railing outside. I stared out at the water past the cove entrance and tried to calm my racing heart. Why was Blake Weathering making me so nervous? I didn’t have time for boys that made me nervous. Especially when I was supposed to work with them to get Flukes a big contract.
“So, did you make any progress?” Dad’s voice was hopeful and I looked up from my thoughts.
“Not really. You wanted him to get to know more about the area, so I introduced him to Mitch and the others.” The corners of my mouth twitched when I remembered how much Mitch had liked him, then silently berated myself.
Blake walked over and hung his towel next to mine. I caught Violet watching us out of the corner of my eye and almost groaned. She had been trying to set me up with guys for years, but I didn’t have time for that stuff. More importantly, I couldn’t risk anyone finding out my secret.
Oh I can’t wait til this book comes out!! It’s going to be fantastic!!
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