The story of Kate, Kyle and Reed continues in this second novel of The Perfect Series.
Kate (Katherine) Monroe is finally coming to heads with the decisions she’s made in the past to keep herself distracted at any cost. Learning to move on and forward with the conflicts in her life is harder than she expects though. With Kyle continuing to attempt reconciliation and Kate’s mom back at home, avoiding and running are no longer an option.
All along Kate’s mind and heart are consumed with Reed, but she fights to push her feelings and desires to the side. Despite the obvious pull and connection she has with Reed she finds it difficult to let him in… and trust in herself. However, Reed’s perseverance and patience never wavers and eventually he uses the one thing that had always brought them together… tennis.
As Reed and Kate begin to embark on a new relationship they face the past and the present head on. Along the way, new challenges and emotions arise testing the direction of their future together.
Can Kate forgive herself and trust Reed in order to latch onto the one emotion she needs most… love?
I don’t even care that there are now three different girls talking to Reed. I sneak up behind him and tap him on the shoulder. He turns around and the look of shock and surprise on his face causes me to start giggling. He turns completely around with his back to the other three girls and gives me a smile that touches his blue eyes. His squared jaw highlights his smile perfectly. In this instant of a moment I decide I want to kiss Reed even if it’s just for fun and to forget.
“You’re kidding me. Wow! I can’t believe you came here.”
“I told you we would. You didn’t think I would do it, did you?”
“Honestly, no, but I was hoping. I never see you out on the weekends anymore, so this is a great surprise.”
We stand there for a minute and then he orders me a beer. I take it, but nurse it. I’ve had a bit much already and don’t want the spins. He asks me and Quinn to play a game of pool with him and Matt. Matt wants to play girls against guys, but Reed says no way that he wants me on his team. I warn him that I am not that good, but alcohol may help my case.
We play the game and I actually do pretty well. Reed touches me every chance he gets and is very flirty. It’s my turn and I have to bend over to make a shot, but to be honest I forget that I have a dress on.
“Shit, Katherine,” he lets out in a bit of gruff tone and walks up behind me to cover me.
I laugh at him. “Oops, I forgot about my dress.”
“You look good enough as it is and now with a dress on. Jesus, I don’t need to get in a fight.” He is still pressed behind me as I continue to make my shot. I miss completely because to be honest I’m completely distracted.
“I doubt anyone noticed, but thanks for protecting me.” He steps back and I turn around. I decide to be bold and kiss his cheek.
“Trust me, you were noticed.” He moves a piece of hair from my face and the touch sends a chill through me. “God, you are so beautiful.”
Chapter 16 – Kyle
I’ve latched onto Kate’s hand softer than I would like, but I strain my hand to comply. Even though I’ve told her I’ll wait a little while longer for her to make a decision to try again with me I know that I won’t let her make any other decision. It’s inconceivable to me. We make our way into Johnny’s house passing through a couple messing around on the washing machine. The house is packed with people I’m mostly familiar with. I glance around and see a couple guys eyeing Kate’s entrance and I can no longer restrain myself from gripping her hand tightly. Like always though, she doesn’t notice. It’s part of her innocence that I’ve missed. And just like always, it drives me mad with instant jealousy. I remind myself though that I have to show Kate that I’m different. Quickly, I skirt us around the predators to the counter with the hard alcohol. After I make Kate a Captain and Coke I reach for the whiskey. Ah, whiskey, this will calm me.
As soon as we hit the basement I see Johnny and some of the other guys. These are the guys I grew up with in high school. I’ve known Johnny since grade school though and we are closer than the others. One thing about Johnny is that he always has my back, but even I don’t trust him with Kate. I know if he was ever given the chance with her he’d jump on her in two seconds flat. Selfish bastard. Every chance he gets he’ll push my buttons and that means flirting with Kate. As expected, when he sees Kate he encases her in his arms with his hands roaming too much for my liking. I try my best to brush it off, but I pull Johnny off her before he even says hello. The guys all laugh and Kate releases from my grip locked hand to make her way over to the girls she played tennis with. I mumble, “fuck” because I hooked up with one of those girls during the summer I was trying to get Kate back. She looks my way and I don’t give her a second glance. She had a tight body, but nothing compares to Kate, as I’m well aware of.
Then Stacy a girl that was in my class comes over to say hello. She’s hot with long brown hair, but it doesn’t distract me from keeping one eye on Kate. When Kate’s eyes hit mine I see something that I don’t usually see from her. She shows me her cup is empty and I make my way to her. I’ve never really seen her like this. She’s usually right at my side and she never used to drink. I’m not sure if I like it or not, but I have to go with it. I can’t risk pushing her away when I almost have her back. The change in her is evident, but I’m just praying this change still includes me. As I reach for her cup I kiss her cheek. I hesitate for a moment because she’s already engrossed in a conversation with the girls from tennis. That doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is that a few guys that I don’t know have joined the conversation. I practically growl at the sight of them, but instead I force my legs to make their way upstairs to fill her cup.
Once upstairs I set the cup on the counter and shake my hands out before refilling them. A rage starts to boil in me at the thought of any guys even talking to her. I can’t loosen up though. If she sees me resembling my old self she’ll run. I’m still pissed that I have to even work this hard to get her back, but it’s my fault and I know it. How I ever thought going away to college single was a good idea is beyond my rationalization now. Quickly, I fill the cups. God knows who’s hitting on her down there right now. When I turn around though I run into a friend of my brothers. He’s here with a couple other guys my brother knows. They are older, but if I know them they are here to check out the younger hotter ass floating around.
“Kyle, Kyle Ross, what’s up, little man?” Doug says with a stumble in his step. I laugh as I shake his hand. Doug has definitely had more to drink, which is making the conversation a strain. He starts talking about the old days and I’m stuck here longer than I would like. All I can think of is Kate down there with some tool hitting on her. Eventually, Doug gets pulled over towards another group and I tell him that I’ll catch him later.
I walk through the crowd towards the back and the first thing I see is Johnny grabbing Kate from behind by her waist. Red. I see Red. My fists ball up and my jaw clenches. Kate swats Johnny away and then her eyes see me. I can see her fear and it reels me in sharply. Still I don’t stop myself from ripping into Johnny, really the bastard is lucky I don’t give him a blow and leave him with a shiner.
“What the fuck, Johnny? I can’t even get her a drink without you trying to molest her!” My tone is clipped, but really it’s much more calm than it should be. Kate’s presence is enough to keep me in check. I know she’s grading me, waiting to see how I’ll handle this.
“Chill the fuck out, Kyle. It’s your own fault for leaving her unattended looking like she does. Plus, looks like someone beat me to the punch.” Before I even glance in the direction Johnny is gesturing I look at Kate to see she’s embarrassed. I’ll give Johnny this much that he is right that I should have made Kate come with me upstairs. She’s hot and everyone notices, but she’s mine. Or I hope that by the end of the night she will concede.
She whispers, “Will you two stop it, please.” She sees her drink in my hand and grabs it. She swiftly takes a swig and holds a confidence to her I’m not used to seeing. Her eyes stay focused, challenging me to step over the imaginary line.
I move around Johnny, who is already heading over to some other girl. Stepping closer to Kate I keep my hands to myself because the urge to grab her and move her away from this dick across the pool table is fierce. I practically spit out, “What are you doing?”
“Just playing a game of pool with Joe. Is that a problem?” She raises her eyebrows challenging me again. It’s become a test, a game. She’s forcing me to play and I’d prefer to force her to do what I want. This is new because I have to check myself. I never used to and it always went my way. But I love her and want her all to myself again, so I comply to her challenge. Back in the day I would already have been in that guys face.
“Ok, let me know if you need me. I’ll be right over there,” I say and start to make strides in the opposite direction towards my friends. I put both of my hands up palms facing her to show her she wins. Before I turn around, I say, “Kate, please don’t give me a reason to be jealous.” I’m trying my best to be cool and carefree, but the tension running through me has a grip on my emotions.
These are songs that I listened to while writing and made me think of the characters.
Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye (Kate to Kyle)
Redneck Crazy by Tyler Farr (Kyle to Kate)
Agape by Bear’s Den (Reed to Kate) s (some of the lyrics are quoted in the epilogue)
Closer to You by Wallflowers (Reed to Kate)
Goodbye To You by Michele Branch (Kate to Kyle)
Wicked Game by Phillip Phillips (Reed to Kate)
Wanna Feel It by the Olms (Reed to Kate)
Give It All We Got Tonight by George Straight (Reed to Kate)
Come On Get Higher by Matt Nathanson (Reed to Kate)
You Got Me by Ashley Monroe (Kate to Reed)
Everlong by Foo Fighters (Reed to Kate)
Keep Your Head Up by Ben Howard (Kate)
Apologize by One Republic (Kyle to Kate)
Backtrack by Rebecca Ferguson (Kate to Kyle)
I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift (Kate to Kyle)
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About The Author
Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and then in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs, and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing.
The Perfect Distraction is her first full length novel. A second continuation of this story is in the works with hopes for a third. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle.
Amazon Authors Page: http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Rolka/e/B00FP6QKYE/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1390391017&sr=1-2-ent
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Genre: New Adult Romance