Desperate for money and running out of time he finds himself signing a contract for an acting job that is about to break every rule that he’s ever made…
Is dying. With only a year left to live, falling in love is the last thing that she wants to do.
But with a mother desperate to see her find her one true love before her final days and an inability to say no to the one woman that she loves more than anything in the world, Neddie sets herself a simple task…
- Hire someone to play her ‘lover’.
- Don’t fall in love.
“You can ask me anything.”
She takes a deep breath as if she is suddenly nervous. “How do you do it? How do you love me knowing everything you do?”
She still doesn’t get it.
I stare at her for a moment before taking her glass out of her hand. I place both glasses in the little slots that were made for them and turn to her. “Come here,” I whisper. She slides toward me and I pull her onto my lap so she is straddling me. I wrap my arms around her waist and breathe her in for a moment. “What makes you love your parents, Ned?” I ask calmly. She looks puzzled and shakes her head.
“I don’t know,” she says shrugging her shoulders. “It comes naturally, I don’t have a reason … I just love them, I always have I guess.”
“That’s exactly the way I feel about you. I can’t explain the reason that I love you. It’s like asking me why I breathe … I do it to survive.”
She’s silent. Then she nods her head.
“I get it,” she whispers. “I just needed to know if you felt it too or whether I was going crazy.”
“You’re definitely going crazy, you’re just not going crazy by yourself,” I chuckle. She laughs.
“Well, misery loves company so why shouldn’t crazy,” she teases.
“Doesn’t it scare you?” she asks seriously.
“Knowing it’s all going to come to an end,” she says sadly.
“It terrifies me,” I say honestly. “I hate that I never found you sooner but I’d hate it if I never found you at all.”
“Yeah,” she breathes.
“Are you scared?” I ask.
“Yes, not of dying but of knowing that I’ll never feel anything like this again.”
“That’s ridiculous,” I scoff.
“What?” she asks in confusion.
“Babe, do you honestly think that when I get to heaven I’m not coming to find you — well after I thank the big guy for letting me in of course. But after that, your ass better be prepared to spend an eternity with me because if I’m going to live forever then I’m going to spend every day of it seeing that smile.”
Sharlay is a British author who released her first book, PRETEND in 2012 following it’s huge success after uploading it in draft form to the free and popular writing site, Wattpad. After the book received millions of views (to date the book has exceeded 9 million views) and became a finalist in the site’s annual contest, fans wanted to know where they could obtain the paperback and ebook version. This began Sharlay’s journey as a self published author.
Sharlay is also one of the very few authors with a single pen name. At heart she is a storyteller and loves to write in any genre but always loves to include an element of romance. Her books have fallen into the Young Adult and New Adult romance genre and will most definitely give you a HEA (Happily Ever After).
Sharlay loves her family, friends, amazing readers and God. She is extremely blessed and privileged to be living her dream!
When Sharlay is not busy talking to the characters inside her head then you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or her website…talking about the characters inside her head with the awesome readers that she loves to connect with!