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My Rebound (On My Own #2)
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan

 

Praise for Carrie Ann Ryan

 

 

“Count on Carrie Ann Ryan for emotional, sexy, character driven stories that capture your heart!” – Carly Phillips, NY Times bestselling author

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"Carrie Ann Ryan writes the perfect balance of sweet and heat ensuring every story feeds the soul." - Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

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"Once again, Carrie Ann Ryan knocks the Dante's Circle series out of the park. The queen of hot, sexy, enthralling paranormal romance, Carrie Ann is an author not to miss!" New York Times bestselling Author Marie Harte

 

 

MY REBOUND

 

 

A rebound isn’t supposed to last. Though, sometimes, fate has other ideas in this opposites attract, friends with benefits romance.

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way.

I started planning my future at the age of six. I knew the college I wanted, the career I needed, and the boy I would marry.

Only he wasn’t supposed to break up with me in such a spectacular fashion. Now, I’m tossing my planner and breaking my rules.

First up: Pacey Ziglar.

I want one night of fun. One night to toss out all inhibitions with the sexy Brit across the hall. Too bad I fell for my rebound along the way.

I never meant to say yes.

I know exactly what Mackenzie Thomas wants when she asks me out on a date. She won’t be my first no-strings-attached relationship, and if things work out the way we both want, she won’t be my last.

Yet the more I get to know her, the more I want her. But she’s not looking for me to be her forever.

And when my family secrets threaten our future, I’m afraid forever might end far too soon.

 

 

Chapter 1

 

 

Mackenzie

 

 

The start of a new adventure should be filled with anticipation, excitement, unease, and gut-churning tension. Perhaps not all of those emotions rolled into one, but that’s how it felt at that moment with everything swirling around me, trying to dig in. I took a deep breath and looked at the two-story brownstone the girls and I were going to rent for the year. We had already signed our names to the lease and were about to move our belongings in to try and make the place our own.

I still couldn’t quite believe this was happening.

“Why do you look like you’re going to vomit?” Nessa asked as she stood by me.

I sighed. “Oh, no reason.”

“You shouldn’t be worried,” the other girl said with a sly smile. “We don’t bite. At least, I don’t think we do. Maybe Natalie does.”

“Why am I the biter of the group?” Natalie asked, chuckling. “If anybody, it’s you.”

“She has you there,” Elise added, her eyes dancing with laughter. I looked at the three girls I would be living with for the foreseeable future and smiled. They had lived together for the past couple of years in another home they knew they could never go back to, thanks to circumstances that had broken all of us in different ways. Together, they had connections, memories, and so much hope and love. I was the outsider, but I was going to make this work. I had a plan, a to-do list, and the ability to place checkmarks on that plan. I could make things work.

“Seriously, though, why do you look so nervous?” Nessa asked, the humor in her voice gone, now replaced by worry.

I smiled, hoping it reached my eyes. “This is my first time living with you guys. I hope you don’t mind my eccentric ways.”

Elise met my gaze. I saw the sadness there, but I ignored it. Because I had to. I was the replacement. There had been another girl, another roommate, a friend we loved. But Corinne wasn’t here anymore, and that was the reason the ladies couldn’t go back to their old home. The reason we were all moving to another house together rather than me merely moving into their already well-maintained place.

“As long as you don’t leave wet towels on the floor, I’m sure we can make do,” Natalie said.

I shuddered. “Why on earth would you ever think I would leave a wet towel on the floor?”

Natalie grinned. “I know, even saying that made me cringe.”

“As it should,” I replied. “If anything, my chore wheel will probably annoy you. I’m not going to be the one leaving messes behind.” Elise and Nessa met each other’s gazes before they broke out into laughter.

I blushed, ducking my head against the cool wind that came from the lovely January breeze in Denver, Colorado.

“What?” I asked, worried I’d crossed a line.

“Oh, it’s just I owe Elise ten bucks,” Nessa said, grinning.

I flushed, and it wasn’t only from the cold. “I’m sorry?”

Elise pushed at Nessa’s shoulder. “I thought you would bring up the chore wheel before we even walked in the door. She assumed you’d wait until after we’d unpacked.”

I felt the blush creep up my neck. “I’m sorry, I had one with my other roommates. Is that not what you guys do? Oh, crap. We don’t have to do anything like that here. You tell me what to do, and I’ll do it.”

Natalie squeezed my hand, and I smiled at the other woman. I had met the girls through Natalie. We had been study partners for her class, and I had easily fit in with the crew. Now, I felt like I was off-kilter because I wasn’t just the friend who came over but one who would be living with them. Without Corinne.

“No, we like chore wheels,” Elise said. Then she shuddered. “Okay, not really like, but we use them. That way, we can get things done. We all like a clean house. You’re going to fit in just fine, Mackenzie. Stop worrying.”

“You clearly don’t know me that well if you’re telling me I shouldn’t worry. It’s sort of my thing.”

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