Looking for Love Synopsis:
Mike Hannigan is looking for love in all the wrong places. Maybe that’s because having his heart torn to shreds by who he thought was the perfect girl left some emotional scarring. But that’s about to change.
Summer Patterson isn’t like anyone Mike’s dated before, and he can’t help but be intrigued by her. Now if only he could keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to win her over. But when a secret involving Summer brings Mike’s past crashing back to the present, he’ll need some backup from his best friend and wingwoman, Mindy, to sort out the mess.
Will Mike find love before he leaves Timberland College for good?
Here are the opening pages of Looking For Love:
Curvy hips grind against mine in tune with the music. This girl knows how to move. I lean in so my lips brush her ear lobe. “Want to take this back to my room?” I whisper and then pull away to see her response. Instead, a hand grabs my forearm and I hear Mindy’s voice.
“Babe, there you are. I’ve been looking all over for you.” Mindy smiles sweetly, as if she isn’t the worst wingman on the face of the planet, pulling this “Babe” bullshit to scare away a sure thing.
“What are you doing?” I ask her between gritted teeth.
“Sorry,” Mindy says to the girl, who has now stopped pressing her tight body against mine and is allowing the entire basement of Ace’s frat house to see the mega-sized boner I’m sporting. “But we really need to get going.” Before I can protest, Mindy loops her arm through mine and pulls me away.
“Did you really just cock block me?” I ask her, not trying to mask my annoyance.
“You’ll thank me later.”
“My blue balls beg to differ.” We head up the stairs, and I eye the girls who are on their way down to the party with plastic cups in hand. I smile at them, which earns me dirty looks in response, because of course they assume Mindy is my girlfriend.
“Oh whatever,” Mindy says. “You’ll take a cold shower and get over it. That girl was disgusting, Mike. You deserve better.”
The warm spring air hits my face as we walk outside. “Shouldn’t you be out with Ben?” I haven’t seen Mindy much lately, not since she and Ben became inseparable. I give her credit for bagging a younger man. Though I’m not sure how things can work out for them since he’s only a freshman and she’s graduating in less than a month. But since she hasn’t whined about it to me, I’m assuming she has a plan.
“He went home for the weekend, so it’s just you and me for two days.”
Great. Two days of Mindy lecturing me about relationships and why meaningless sex is a bad thing. “Must be my lucky day.”
She squeezes my arm. “Trust me, you’ll be happy to have me as your wingman once I find you a nice girl.”
“Nice? How about hot, sexy, and ready for anything?”
She shoves me toward her car. “Get in before I question why I bother being your best friend.”
I open the passenger door but don’t get in. Instead I lean on the door and meet her eyes. “Because you secretly love me but know it would never work between us, and the mere thought of losing me is too much for you to bear. So you settle for being my best friend because it’s the most you can hope for.”
Here’s a scene between Mike and his best friend Mindy right after he meets Summer:
“She’s pretty,” Mindy says.
“Did you ask her out?”
“I sort of let her know I’d be here for lunch at noon.”
“Think she’ll show?”
Good question. Summer doesn’t seem like the girls I’ve entertained lately. If she came to Timberland to save her parents some money, it means she’s both caring and practical. That’s a far cry from drunk and horny. I shrug when I realize I haven’t answered Mindy’s question.
She smiles, and her eyes go in Summer’s direction. “She’s heading this way.”
My head jerks up—totally not playing it cool. It’s like this girl is making me lose the mojo I found after Fallon. I don’t want to go back to being the guy who fumbles over his words every time he talks to a girl.
“I thought you two could use some new cups,” Summer says, handing one to Mindy and the other to me. “I told my manager there’ve been complaints about defects in the cups. Something that makes them crack easily and spill the coffee. He felt it best to replace yours before you refilled.”
“I like you already,” Mindy says, smiling at Summer. “I’m Mindy, Mike’s best friend slash long-lost sister.”
“Nice to meet you, Mindy. I’m Summer.”
“Pretty name, and it happens to be Mike’s favorite season, too.” Mindy turns to me and cocks her head.
Yeah, it’s my favorite season all right. It means hot girls in skimpy clothes. Not that I can say that. “I’m looking forward to summer coming.”
Mindy stifles a laugh, and I want to smack my own forehead. My comment would have elicited a really dirty response from Fallon, but not Summer. When she figures out why Mindy is laughing, she turns six different shades of red.
“Don’t mind me,” Mindy says. “I need at least three cups before I’m sane in the morning.” She takes her cup and refills it.
“Thanks for these,” I say, holding up my cup. “I would’ve had to listen to her complain the entire way back to the dorm and then again every time she yawned today.”
“I’ve never seen anything like you two.” Summer studies my face. “No guy has ever just wanted to be friends with me. It must be nice.”
Oh crap. I’m cock blocking myself now. She thinks I’m the nice guy she can just be friends with. I’m going to kill Mindy for this.
Ashelyn Drake Bio:
Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult contemporary romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She also writes speculative fiction under the name Kelly Hashway. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.