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Title: One Northern Morning (Southern Nights Novella Series)
Author: Marissa Carmel
Cover Design: Cover Me Darling
Photographer: 6:12 photography
Model: Chase Ketron
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Alabama’s golden boy has everything he’s ever wanted.
He’s smashed the school record for most passing yards, touchdown passes and completed passes during his college career. He is the winner of the Maxwell Award as the Nation’s best all-around player, and is slated to enter the NFL draft. But even with all his success, he was unable to hold onto the one thing that was most important to him-Laney Summers.
Laney and Kam have long since gone their separate ways, but one Friday morning sports broadcasting class and an unforeseen threat to Kam’s brightly shining future has these two back on a very familiar path. A path full of love and lust and unresolved feelings. A path where life-altering decisions have to be made, and questions need to be answered – like what’s more important your heart or your career.
I slept with Kam.
I knew it was inevitable. I knew what I was doing when I suggested coming to the cabin, but I couldn’t resist him anymore. I barreled straight through the forbidden door, and there’s no going back now.
I clean up after lunch, throwing the paper plates away and wiping the counter. The first batch of Reubens went into the garbage, obviously. The second batch was made with no interruptions. Thank god. I needed a breather. I needed to process everything that just happened, and I knew one sexual advance from Kam and we would be in the same predicament all over again. I feel hyperaware of everything now, as if my body flipped a switch and Kam is the electricity running through my veins.
“Hey, Laney,” Kam comes bounding down the stairs. “Look what I found.” He smiles brightly flipping a football in the air.
“The extension to your hand?” I ask flippantly.
He chuckles. “How’s your arm, Lemon?”
“Rusty,” I admit as I throw the sponge back in the sink.
“Well, let’s see what we can do about that.” He spanks me on the ass arrogantly as he walks by and out the front door.
I follow him outside, and for a few wistful moments, I watch as he palms the ball expertly with a look of elation on his face. Kam personifies the term ‘love of football.’
“C’mon, Lemon!” He tosses the ball to me while I stand on the front porch of the house. “Let’s have a catch.”
“I haven’t thrown a football in a long time,” I inform him, walking down the stairs holding the ball.
“That’s okay. You had a great teacher.” He grins shamelessly. “It’s as easy as riding a bike.”
“Says the professional quarterback.” I flip the football around, reacquainting myself with the leather.
“I’m not pro yet.” Kam puts is hands on his hips. His T-shirt pulling tightly across his chest outlining the sculpted muscles. The same muscles that were just pressed up against me. That body makes me forget how to freakin’ think.
“Soon enough.” I place my fingers between the laces, the way Kam taught me, and launch the ball at him. It actually spirals pretty nicely, but my aim could use a little work. He needed to take a step to the side in order to catch it.
“Not bad, Lemon. Not bad at all.” He smiles brightly as he throws it back. His spiral is way prettier than mine.
“Maybe it is like riding a bike.” We lob the ball back and forth. I lost count how many times Kam and I did this when we were together. Just hung out and watched the sunset over the lake while throwing the football around. It was so simple, yet meant everything.
“Lots of things we used to do are just like riding a bike,” he insinuates.
I catch the ball then flutter my eyes. But I can’t deny he’s right. Our chemistry is still off the charts, maybe even hotter now than it was before. I actually get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it. Thinking about how he touched me, and kissed and completely overtook me.
I fire the football back at him.
“Geez, Laney.” He catches it in the crook of his arm. “That one had some power behind it.”
I actually giggle like a little girl. What the fuck is wrong with me? The control Kam has over my panties is ridiculous.
~~~ FIRST IN THE SERIES ~~~
Kamdyn Ellis is the man.
Mr. All-Star athlete and resident bad boy. #7 quarterback on the field, and #1 player off.
Every guy at school wants to be him, and every girl at school wants to date him. Well, except Laney Summers that is. The sassy city girl is the only one immune to Kam’s clear blue eyes and arsenal of southern charm. But when a debilitating injury sidelines Kam’s future and ability to play football, it’s Laney who is tasked to be his tutor while he recuperates at home.
The chemistry between Kam and Laney is undeniable, and after months of ignoring what’s clearly evident, Laney gives in. Allowing herself one night with Kam, no strings attached, no commitment to speak of. Alone, under the stars, on the fifty-yard line, Kam and Laney set out to discover if what they have is real, or just one steamy southern night.
About the author:
Marissa Carmel has loved writing ever since a young age. She has a duel degree in History and Political Science, but took as many creative writing classes in college as she could. She spent most of her twenties bartending which is where she met her husband and a multitude of interesting people. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s hanging out with her family, experimenting in her kitchen or doing yoga on the living room floor.
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