In the three years after a horrible crime claimed her family, Elise Halliwell has been alone, shut off from the world in a self-imposed emotional exile. She goes through the motions, finishes high school and moves across country to start college and begin the next step in her pre-destined life.
But her exile is dramatically cut short by the entrance of a dark haired, blue-eyed, smirking man who shakes her to the core, achieving what everyone else before him has failed to do, he makes her feel again.
As much as he wishes it were different, fate has not brought Braxton James into Elise’s life, or has it. Brax has to keep her safe from people in her life who have ulterior motives and may want to hurt her.
Elise has no idea the threat she faces, and Brax wants to make sure it stays that way. But as Brax struggles with getting close to her, he begins to live a lie. Unable to resist the pull that is Elise’s bright green eyes, infectious giggle, and loving heart, he finds it impossible to stay away, so the double life of being Elise’s boyfriend and keeping her safe begins.
Full of twists and turns, danger and revelations that no-one could predict, you won’t be the only one lost in distraction.
*This book contains adult situations and explicit content/language*
Set when Brax has walked Elle back to her apartment after their coffee ‘date’
Once I’m inside my apartment I sit down and replay the morning’s events. For the past three years life has been a big blur, my sole focus has been on getting through high school and moving onto college. My life consisted of nothing other than school, home, eat, read and sleep then rinse, lather and repeat. Most of the nice guys would stay away from me due the legendary self-destructive behaviour I chose to engage in following the murders. I’m truly don’t think I know what it’s like to have fun is anymore. There has been no fun in my life, it’s like there has been a cloud surrounding me, darkening my world. I shake my head. I can’t think about that now, last time I was so consumed by it and nearly didn’t come out of it alive.
Thinking more about it, I do wonder why Brax is being so forward with me. I don’t know the guy from Adam but still I found myself going out to coffee with him and even agreeing when he offered to walk me home. I’m usually very shy with strangers. I can’t pinpoint it but he seems different from guys. Maybe it’s because he’s a few years older. I am amazed that after so long, he is the first guy to garner my attention since that fateful day. No one has even warranted a second look. Something about him has thrown me for a loop. Is it his piercing blue eyes, his polite mannerisms, his cheeky smirk, his forwardness, or all of the above? After not feeling anything for such a long time, it’s mind blowing to have a total stranger have this effect on me. I can’t seem to get him off my mind. I find myself wanting to get to know him, to try and find out what it is about him. It is like he has pushed his way in while I wasn’t watching. Having exhausted myself with thoughts about Brax I decide to have a long relaxing bath and get ready for my afternoon classes.
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