Release Day Blitz with Excerpt: Before you by Amber Hart

Posted July 29, 2014 by love2dazzle in Features, Promo Blitz / 0 Comments

Release Day Blitz with Excerpt: Before you by Amber Hart

Release Day Blitz with Excerpt: Before you by Amber HartBefore You by Amber Hart
Published by Kensington Books on 2014-07-29
Genres: Adolescence, Hispanic & Latino, Love & Romance, People & Places, Social Issues, United States, Young Adult
Pages: 320
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Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. I say it is both.

Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places,

before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect.

Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.

It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care.

Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba

is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn't stand a chance of fitting

in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past,

which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.

At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong

together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they

long for. What they get is something different entirely.

Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.


“Hi, I’m Faith Watters.”

Those are the first words I speak to the new Cuban guy in the front office. He

grimaces. He’ll be a tough one. I can handle it, though. He’s not the first.

I can’t help but notice that he looks a lot like a model from the neck up—eyes

the color of oak, strong bone structure. Everywhere else, he looks a lot like a criminal.

Chiseled, scarred body … I wonder for a second about the meaning behind the tattoos

scratched into his arms.

One thing’s clear. He’s dangerous.

And he’s beautiful.

“I’ll show you to your classes,” I announce.

I’m one of the peer helpers at our school. It’s not my favorite thing to do, but

it counts as a class. Basically I spend the first two days with new students, introducing

them around and answering their questions. Some parents with kids new to the school

voluntarily sign their students up, but it’s only mandatory for the international students,

of which we have a lot. Mostly Latinos.

This Cuban guy towers over me. I’m five six. Not tall. Not short. Just average.

Average is good.

This guy’s not average. Not even a little bit. He must be over six feet.

I glance up at him, kind of like I do when I’m searching for the moon in a sea of


“Looks like you have math first. I’ll walk you there,” I offer.

“No thanks, chica. I can handle it.”

“It’s no problem,” I say, leading the way.

He tries to snatch his schedule from my hands, but I move too fast.

“Why don’t we start with your name?” I suggest.

I already know his name. Plus some. Diego Alvarez. Eighteen years old. Moved

from Cuba two weeks ago. Only child. No previous school records. I read it in his bio. I

want to hear him say it.

“You got some kinda control issues or somethin’?” he asks harshly, voice slightly


“You got some kind of social issues or somethin’?” I fire back, holding my

stance. I won’t let him intimidate me, though I’ll admit, he’s hot. Too bad he has a nasty


The side of his lip twitches. “No. I just don’t mix with your type,” he answers.

“My type?”

“That’s what I said.”

“You don’t even know my type.” No one does. Well, except Melissa.

He chuckles humorlessly. “Sure I do. Head cheerleader? Date the football player?

Daddy’s little girl who gets everything she wants?” He leans closer to whisper. “Probably

a virgin.”

My cheeks burn hot. “I’m not a cheerleader,” I say through clamped teeth.

“Whatever,” he says. “Are you gonna give me my schedule or not?”

“Not,” I answer. “But you can feel free to follow me to your first class.”

He steps in front of me, intimately close. “Listen, chica, nobody tells me what to


I shrug. “Fine, suit yourself. It’s your life. But if you want to attend this school,

it’s mandatory for me to show you to your classes for two days.”

His eyes narrow. “Who says I want to attend this school?”

I take the last step toward him, closing the gap between us. When we were little,

Melissa and I used to collect glass bottles. Whenever we accumulated twenty, we’d break

them on the concrete. When the glass shattered, the slivered pieces made a breathtaking

prism of light.

I cut myself on the glass by accident once. It was painful, but worth it. The beauty

was worth it. It’s funny how the bottle was never as beautiful as when it was broken.

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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