Author: Kim O’Brien
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Synopsis: When Paige Patterson travels to Arizona to spend the summer with her archeologist father, she expects answers. Why did her parents divorce? Why did her father choose his career over family? She doesn’t expect to be reunited with her best friend Emily Linton, a girl she has always admired and secretly wanted to emulate, or to find herself falling for the project manager’s son, Jalen Yazzi.
But the summer takes a terrible turn when Emily vanishes. As the police struggle for answers, Paige sets out to find the truth.
The search takes Paige from the Cliffside ruins of prehistoric Native Americans to the Navajo Nation to the horrifying possibility that the answer is much closer to home. Emily, it turns out, was not the only one good at hiding things.
Her father has no alibi for the night Emily disappeared. An intern with the motive insists he’s innocent. And Jalen has some secrets of his own.
Old bones might not be the only things buried in the ruins. As Paige digs deeper into Emily’s disappearance, she realizes that uncovering the truth may cost her everything—even her life.
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Even before Bone Deep was a mystery, it was a romance, and this is maybe what I love most about the book. The child of a divorce, Paige doesn’t trust love, even wonders if she’s capable of ‘being in love.’ She’s been hurt. So when she starts falling for Jalen, she fights it. The last thing Jalen wants is a relationship with the daughter of his father’s boss – and he has some secretes of his own. However, as they learn more about each other, it gets harder and harder to deny their feelings.
I sense him wanting me, yet struggling with himself. Before I chicken out, I shift closer, touch his face, trace the sharpness of his cheekbone with my thumb, and then slide my hand over his silky hair, pulled back in a tight pony tail. He closes his eyes, but cannot stop the small groan that escapes his lips.
Following an instinct I didn’t even know I had, I close my eyes and kiss him.
It is the bolt of electricity that Emily said it was, and it’s also something stronger, something that isn’t gone in a flash. I move my lips against his, savoring the warmth and shape of them.
His arms go around me, lifting me onto his chest, and then he kisses me urgently, completely, as if everything he’s kept bottled up inside himself has finally overflowed. He tastes like me, only better, stronger, and the smell of his sweat is exciting, deep and rich like the earth.
“Paige,” he says again, softer now, drawing the word out, gooseflesh rising all over me, as if he has breathed the word onto me.
I turn slowly. He’s standing about six feet away, an expression on his face I have never seen before. He wants me, he cares for me, yet this comes at a cost for him.
I move toward him so he doesn’t have to be the one to take this next step. When our faces are inches apart, I look into his eyes.
“Paige,” he says again.
He takes my face in his hands, carefully moves my hair, and then his lips close over mine. He kisses me deeply, as if everything he’s been holding back has finally broken through. I taste a trace of orange and something I can’t describe that belongs to him. I close my eyes, feel like I’m dissolving inside. The muscles in his back strain, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is real, that it isn’t just a crush—that he would not be kissing me like this if it were something he could help.
At Emory University in Atlanta, Kim earned a B.A. in psychology. She then attained a M.F.A in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She worked for many years as a writer, editor, and speechwriter for IBM before becoming a full time fiction writer. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughters, and four-legged friend Daisy.
Kim is the author of eight inspirational romances and seven non-fiction children’s books. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at www.kimobrienbooks.com/, Facebook, and Twitter (kimobri).
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