by: Mary Elizabeth’s Crazy Book Obsession
If you’re looking for a heartwarming story about a girl who falls deeply in love with a troubled boy who changes her life–a sob story with pretty metaphors and a million ways that’ll tell you how
“broken” she is, STOP. Don’t read another word of this.
I’m not that type of girl.
My name is Emerald Anderson and I’m not going to bullshit you: I flunked out of college after my sophomore year, I’ve been fired from every job I’ve ever taken, and I’ve never had a fully functioning relationship in my life.I wish I could say that I had a cheerleader in my corner, someone who says, “No, Emerald–You’re great and you are good at something!” but I
don’t. My grandparents are completely oblivious to my life, and my mother’s dying words to me were “You’re going to end up just like me one day. A beautiful nothing.”
She was right.
As I decide to start my life over and take two jobs that will forever change me–one from the inside, and one from the outside, I keep my mother’s words close to my heart so I can keep the sexy and mysterious Carter Black away.He’s the first man who’s ever pursued me, the first man who seems bent on finding out why I am the way I am, but he’s wasting his time.
I’m not broken. I don’t need to be fixed. I’m perfectly fine being a beautiful failure…
“You have a very beautiful name, Emerald.” Carter sits down again and hands me two brownies.
“I take it that buying you brownies doesn’t make me any less of a stranger?”
“Hmmm.” He watches me take small bites. “Do you like your job here?”
“That’s good. I don’t think customer service is for you.”
“Someone like you should never be allowed to work directly with people—or any breathing organisms for that matter.” He’s grinning, and I want to laugh but I keep it inside. “How old are you?” His voice is serious all of a sudden.
“How old do you want me to be?”
“Do I look like a minor?”
“No, but it’s always good to double check.”
“Young girls have been a problem for you in the past?”
He laughs. “You have a very smart mouth.”
“Pay me enough and I’ll show you what I can really do with it.”
He raises his eyebrow. “Excuse me?”
I don’t back down. That’s one of Leah’s old lines—it used to net her an easy four hundred bucks, and I’ve often wondered what would happen if I ever used it.
“Are you propositioning me to pay you for a blowjob?”
“Is that what it sounds like?”
“It does.” He smirks. “It also sounds like you’re full of it.”
I blink, and then I burst into laughter. “It was a joke.”
“So you are a child?”
I roll my eyes and stand up. “Whatever. Enjoy your coffee.” I walk away without letting him get another word out.
Sexy as hell or not, I don’t need an unnecessary distraction; I need to focus on getting out of this city.
Talk about drawing a person in with the prologue. Emerald was dealt a bad hand but was loved by the one person she had for 17 years nonetheless. Although her mother taught her ALL the bad she expected nothing but for her to reach the dreams SHE wanted in the end. I would say I am happy she turned away the drugs and stuck to drinking.
Her growth in coming to terms with who she is in life and the role of family in friends was a HUGE milestone and I am happy she climbed that rock and staked her claim. What I did not agree with was her decision about Carter but in the end “Ravens do return”…. I cannot wait until book two and will be upset if I do not get MY HEA.
Beautiful Failure Playlist
“My Kind of Love”—Emeli Sande
“Set Fire to the Rain”—Adele
“Say Something”—A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera
“Dark Horse”—Katy Perry
“Titanium/Pavane”—The Piano Guys
20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake
Back to Black, Amy Winehouse
Songs About Jane, Maroon 5
Mariah Cole is a Starbucks addict (hazelnut shots please!), New Adult author, and an incessant daydreamer. Known s an avid reader of indie books and is always looking to chat with readers and authors alike.
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