Book & Author Details:
The Last First Game by Gina Azzi
(The Senior Semester Series, #1)
Publication date: November 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
When Lila Avers accepts a medical internship through Astor University in California for the fall semester of her senior year, she doesn’t expect much. In fact, she’d rather work on her tan and meet a surfer instead of logging long hours at the hospital and studying. But before she even boards her flight to LA, she meets Astor University wide receiver, Cade Wilkins. A football player. When Cade turns out to be so much more than just muscle, Lila is smitten. Maybe a semester away from her friends won’t be so bad after all.
Cade Wilkins is beyond ready for his last season at Astor. Already being scouted and projected as a NFL draft pick, he’s riding a natural high and all set to breeze through his senior year. To sweeten the start of the fall semester, he meets his dream girl at the airport on his way back to LA. Lila Avers, a blonde, blue-eyed angel. Could life get any better?
When Cade is sidelined by an unexpected injury, he’s devastated to learn of more serious health concerns. As his world implodes, Lila holds him together. But is she strong enough to see him through his recovery?
As their own insecurities and doubts emerge, their new, fragile relationship is tested. Can Cade and Lila handle the ugly truths of falling in love when tensions flare, boundaries are violated, and uncertainty looms over the future of their relationship?
Cade enters the bathroom and stares at me. He kicks the door closed behind him and presses his back against the door, crossing his arms against his chest, his T-shirt pulling taunt over his biceps. God he’s hot. He licks his lips slowly, narrowing his eyes at me, studying me.
I feel exposed, completely self-conscious. I cringe when I realize that I’m still huddled on the toilet seat, so I stand up, squaring my shoulders and meeting his stare. The air grows thick with tension, unsaid words, unspoken thoughts.
And a whole lot of sexual want.
I will not blink first.
After a few moments, Cade sighs, dropping his arms by his sides. His expression grows earnest, his eyes thoughtful.
“Look, Lila, I didn’t mean to put you on the spot like that in front of all those people. That wasn’t cool.”
“I just…” he takes a step toward me “…I hated hearing what those girls were saying about you. And I didn’t want you to get the wrong impression. I mean, about us.” He chuckles wryly. “This isn’t coming out right.” He blows out a deep breath.
He looks so cute, exasperated, trying to explain emotions and thoughts he’s clearly having a hard time putting into words.
I stay silent, waiting for him to sort through his thoughts.
“I like you,” he says it simply.
I smile at him, an encouragement to continue.
“And I’ve dated a lot of girls. It was fun and easy, but I never saw it going anywhere. I don’t want you to have that impression of me, though, because that’s not what I’m doing here. That’s not what I’m doing with you.”
“Then what are you doing with me?”
Gina Azzi loved every moment of college – especially her study abroad experiences, internships, and travel adventures! She drew on her college experiences to create the storylines for The Senior Semester Series.
Gina is a passionate reader, frequent globetrotter, and coffee enthusiast. She currently resides in Dubai with her husband Tony.
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