Addicts Anonymous, Stella’s got no time for popular guys. Especially the
surfers who hang at Shoreline’s beach—they think flashing a sand-sprinkled,
tanned chest is enough to get any girl. But when surfer-hunk Damien Capernalli
crashes Stella’s PAA fieldtrip to a haunted bed and breakfast, it may be time
to rethink her priorities.
gleam in Damien’s eye?
mind played a trick on her. A tall man-slash-beast with perfect white teeth
stared back at her. Darn Gordon, she thought she saw Bigfoot of all things.
“Hi, I didn’t mean to scare you,” he said.
thing stepped closer, out of the darkness. His appearance was forming more
clearly. No, no beast. Far from it. A tall guy, with dark hair and eyes. His
perfectly straight teeth still glistened white. Her heart rapped against her
chest. “What are you doing here?” She realized who it was. Damien’s muscles
were just as beautiful as before, pronounced under another tight T-shirt. It
wasn’t fair. Her traitorous thoughts needed to keep to themselves.
wanted to… come check it out…” He leaned over and picked something up. “Is this
yours?” He pulled his find closer to his face to study it with quirked
could feel the heat of her embarrassment flushing her pale cheeks. “None of
your business.” She grabbed the book from him instantly. Her hands shook as she
opened the car door and shoved the thing into the glove compartment.
turned around to face him again, her hands still quivering. She balled them
into fists at her side. “I hate being snuck up on. Why are you here?”
I said. I wanted to check out the meeting.”
did you know there was a meeting?”
scratched the back of his neck. “I may or may not have found it in the heap of
what used to be a dressing room last night.”
know,” she stood there, still tense as all get-out, “you are definitely making
a habit of seeing me in my most embarrassing moments.”
smiled at her. It was the first time she saw him smile since the night he
leaned over the counter at Dough-licious, taking her order. But this smile was
different. Mockery maybe? “Is it really my fault?” he asked.
question. “Well, tonight is. This is my domain. You aren’t supposed to be here.
You weren’t supposed to see that–that book, which is totally not mine.”
whose is it?” He smirked.
She said the first name that came to mind.
lips parted into another smile, and he let out a laugh. “Am I supposed to
She nodded unconvincingly. “No, I guess you weren’t. Just tell me what you’re
paused. There was something different about his brown eyes. They were intense,
like he was holding back a major secret. Rather than revealing anything
remarkable, he said, “I told you. I just wanted to check out the meeting.”
are a paranormal addict?” Stella questioned. It was hard spitting out those
words, since they screamed contradiction to being a
have a confession to make.” He said his words slowly and thoughtfully.
read New Moon within three hours of
picking it up.”
three hours? It took Stella five days to finish that book. Three hours? “You’re
wish I were,” he said seriously.
Cappernalli, paranormal addict,” she said aloud. “Does not make sense
not? You know my name, but you don’t know me.”
laughed at that. Oh, she knows popular guys. They’re all basic carbon-copies of
each other. His eyebrows went up as if waiting for her to continue with her
don’t need to explain,” she said. With that, she turned back toward the grange
and sped up her steps to make it inside before him. Had she entered a parallel
universe? Just what was he up to? All she knew was no matter what the true
explanation would be, she wouldn’t like it. Damien was supposed to stay in his
separate world from hers.
on the other hand, was pleased with the new addition to the group, sitting
right beside the beefcake. “Please, introduce yourself to everyone else,
were back to their circle formation. He stood up and confidently put his hands
in his jeans’ pockets. “Okay. Hello, everyone.”
looked at Stella out of the corner of her eye for the seemingly hundredth time.
Stella ignored Kit, just as she had done the ninety-nine times before.
name is Damien, and I am a paranormal addict.”
Damien,” all said but Stella. Maggie added, “It is important to know we aren’t
like other addicts anonymous meetings. We won’t try to cure you of your
obsession. We will support you in it.”
he said. “Well, my monster of choice is the werewolf, and I would like to learn
as much about them as possible. So this sounds… perfect.”
felt his eyes on her as she looked down to the concrete floor. Of all the books
she had to choose from tonight, she just had to grab the werewolf one. Or was
he just saying he liked werewolves to tease her? Maybe he came tonight to get
revenge for the big dare gone horribly wrong. Stella suddenly looked up,
compelled to say, “I like zombies.” And so she did.
turned to her, some surprised more than others over her interruption.
things,” she said. “Er, Undead things. With decrepit flesh.” Shut up, she told herself. “I can’t get
enough of them.” That just came out sounding like she had a creepy attraction
idea,” Maggie said happily in her accent. “How about everyone goes around the
circle and re-announces what their particular addiction is, so that our newest
member can get to know us better. I have been a ghost hunter ever since staying
as a child with my great grandmother in her haunted cottage in England. So, as
the Ghostbusters would say, ‘I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.’”
most comfortable place to be in all the world was quickly taken down, down,
down to the innermost depths of discomfort.
Stella happens to be the President of Paranormal Addicts Anonymous and she also has a slight crush on popular boy Damien. Damien comes off as unattainable initially but keeps finding himself in Stella’s company. But things are changing for Damien and there is a reason he is attending the PAA meetings Stella holds. But Stella has her own issues when her not so normal ex is intent on getting her back whether she wants it or not. Damien plans on rescuing her though, but first he has to catch her.This was an unexpected surprise. Had several plot twists that I did not see coming. I thought the way Damien figures out what he was was priceless and the way he tries to stop it had me laughing. A great read if your a paranormal fan.
Fiction Author, awarded by The Idaho Book Extravaganza. Her works include
quirky teen romances BeSwitched and Fallen Angel. Also a speaker on writing,
her school assemblies have been featured in The Contra Costa Times and The
Brentwood Press. Snow is married to her high school crush, has a set of silly
twin boys and a bobtail cat named Meow-Meow. Molly Snow also co-writes
mysteries under her pseudonym Claire Kane.