We survived the plane crash.
We survived days on a raft in the middle of the ocean. Right when all hope to get rescued crumbled, we shared a kiss that left me heartbroken―my first and last kiss.
Or so I thought. Because we didn’t die.
My plan is to never see Chris Ross again. To keep hanging out with his sister without crossing his path. Getting my life back together and working on my goals are the only things that matter. I have plans, and they don’t include love.
But then he shows up at my workplace, asking for my friendship. When I learn something that changes everything, I’m determined to stay away and not let myself fall for him.
Too bad he’s persistent. Too bad I can’t stop thinking about the damn kiss. Too bad it’s nice having him around and being his friend.
If things were to change, they could get really complicated…
The Aftermath of Drifting Away is a sweet contemporary forbidden romance. It is the first book in the Fate series that can be read as a stand-alone.
“It hurt when I learned you didn’t want to see me at all,” he confesses, and my lips part open. Chris looks up to the sky, squinting. “I thought I’d done something wrong, or…”
He doesn’t finish his sentence. I swallow, ready to ease his doubts. “You didn’t.”
“Really?” As soon as his eyes bore into mine, I know he’s thinking about the kiss.
The kiss I’m trying to forget, that makes me feel both embarrassed and hot.
We already talked about it once, and there’s no way I’m bringing it up again. It’s in the past.
“I want you in my life.”
I nearly choke on my saliva. Chris watches me closely, his calm expression contrasting with the shock on my face. I wasn’t expecting that much sincerity or that sentence alone to come out of his mouth.
That sounds permanent, and I’m not used to that.
I tuck a lock of hair behind my ear, clearing my throat. “As a friend?”
He exhales through his nose. “Yeah. As a friend.”
This is it, then. I smile faintly. “Then we need to get to know―”
I gasp when Chris opens the bag, showing me what’s inside. Sushi. My eyes fly back up to his amused ones. “This is how you get my friendship.”
He chuckles and hands me a pair of chopsticks. I eye hungrily the food, licking my lips. I’m about to take my first bite when I think about something.
“Wait. Did Kate tell you this is my favorite food?”
“She didn’t,” he replies right away, and I believe him. There’s something about Chris that makes you trust him. He looks and sounds genuine. “I think you mentioned it once…you know.”
I frown. “Did I?” What else did I say on the raft that I can’t remember? I shake my head, sparing him a curious glance. “You pay attention.”
Chewing, he blinks in my direction. “What?”
I grin and eat my first roll.
Audrey Beaudoin is a YA and NA contemporary romance author. Being a French native speaker didn’t stop her from writing her first English story in 2017. She loves writing sweet romance novels, sometimes with a touch of suspense and action.
She’ll read anything from young adult to new adult. Contemporary romance, romantic suspense, sci-fi, and thriller books are her favorites!