By T.K. Rapp
Published July 3, 2013
When Cass Howard was young, she never dreamed she would have the perfect job, living in New York, with an amazing man by her side. That’s a good thing…because none of that ever happened.
Drew Alexander was the one person who knew Cass better than almost anyone, and the friendship that developed in high school carried them to college. Despite the distance, their bond grew stronger, revealing to each of them what they meant to each other. A series of fleeting moments and a string of failed relationships helped them realize that what they really wanted, what they needed, was each other.
But that was five years ago, and sometimes things just don’t work out.
Now twenty-five, Cass finds herself living in Houston, working at a small publishing house as an editor. By most accounts, she appears happy, however she has managed to avoid a true relationship, opting to channel all of her energy on work, despite protests from her best friend.
The only thing that can drag her away is the annual girls’ weekend, which comes at the best possible time, because Cass has just learned life-altering news. With the most recent blow to her life looming overhead, will the getaway with her closest friends change her outlook on life? Or will her inability to put the past behind her stifle any chance she has of moving on? Will she ever be able to open up and let those who love her be there for her?
· “Easy there tiger,” a male voice says near me. I’m not sure that it’s directed at me, so I ignore the comment and continue doing whatever it was I was going to do. “What? Still too good to mingle with the common folk, huh?” I turn to see who is on the receiving end of the asshole’s insults, but the moment I see his face, I know it was directed at me. In front of me stands an older, unfortunately, more attractive Rhen, giving the one grin that just about any girl would have killed to see.
Once upon a time, seeing Rhen and his messy blonde hair and piercing green eyes would have me at a loss for words. His tall and slender physique is as far cry from the scrawnier, but still handsome guy I dated in high school. His smile is still as sexy as ever, but unfortunately for him, his charms don’t work on me anymore.
“Hey Rhen, how’s it going?” I ask; not at all interested in the answer or pretending I really care.
He steps back and opens his arms, “No hug?”
I surrender my bitchitude stance and step into his arms and return the hug before eyeing him questioningly. “So you decided to grace us with your presence this year, huh?”
“Ah, so you have missed seeing me?” His smile grows wider, happy with the knowledge he’s been the topic of discussion.
“Eh, not so much,” I say waving my hand, “we just figured you had gotten fat and bald and didn’t want to show your face around here.”
“And what’d you think now?” He opens his arms, pretending to model so I can get a better look at him. He was always such a showoff.
I squint my eyes evaluating the Rhen that now stands before me, “Not bald. Not fat,” I remark coolly. “Broke?”
“Gay?” I ask hopefully and wide-eyed.
“’Fraid not, cutie,” he says with a single shake of his head.
“You mean you just missed all of us?” I say feigning embarrassment.
“No, not everyone,” he says raising an eye at me. “I heard you might be here, thought it could be fun to see you again.”
T.K. Rapp is a Texas girl born and raised! She attended Texas A&M where she graduated in 2000 with a degree in Journalism. It was there that she met her husband, who already had a contract with the US Navy. They married soon after she graduated and immediately moved to San Diego, California. Being a military family, they continued to move several more times, which was a great adventure. Along the way, they started their family and are blessed with two awesome kids who are her world!
Her first novel, Being There, was self-published on July 3, 2013. When she started writing, she didn’t really have any intention of publishing, but the more she got into it, the more she felt that it was a step she needed to take. It was both exciting and terrifying because she was going for it, but she would also be baring my soul and allowing people to tear her up. So far, the response has been encouraging and it pushes her to do more.
If you ask how her friends would describe her, words they tend to use include quirky, raunchy sense of humor, loves coloring her hair, stubborn, cheap drunk, loyal, fun, awesome mom and simple. If you ask her to describe her friends? One word: Blind!
When she isn’t writing, or thinking up something to write, she can be found chatting on Facebook, reading, adding things to her bucket list or hanging with her family.
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