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Title: The Stand-In Boyfriend
Author: Emma Doherty
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About The Stand-In Boyfriend:
Livy Chapman is in love with Jessie Stephenson. It’s that simple. She has been for years but he only see’s her as his best friend. His best friend who copies her homework, relies on her to bail him out of trouble and who he hooks up with other girls in front of.
Enough is enough and when Chase Mitchell, star of the soccer team, and all round Mr. Popular steps in and convinces her that they can do each other a favour by pretending to date, Livy is just crazy enough over Jessie to agree to it.
I mean, Chase is just her stand-in boyfriend. Nothing could go wrong. Right?
Chase rolls his eyes at the expression on my face. “I didn’t tell him not to come.”
“I don’t believe you.”
Chase screws his face up. “Look, I wanted you to have a good night, okay? After everything you’ve gone through to be a state champion, I wanted you to have fun and not worry about him. He had Courtney all over him after the game, and I knew it would upset you if they were there together.”
That makes my stomach turn, especially if he was all over her after our kiss. “That’s not your choice to make. I wanted him there—I’ll always want him to be there.”
“We had fun without him, didn’t we?”
I don’t say anything, but he doesn’t let me get away with that.
“Didn’t we, Liv? We had fun.”
“It was fine,” I bite out.
“Well it definitely felt like we were having fun when you had your legs wrapped around me.”
Asshole. He’s not wrong, but still, he’s an asshole.
I don’t say anything, even though I can feel my face burning, and he sighs and looks away. He knows that was a low shot. Eventually, he turns back to me.
“You shouldn’t have made Jessie feel like he couldn’t come.”
His jaw tenses. “I did you a favor.”
“Well don’t do me any more okay? The whole point of this thing between us is to get him to notice me, right?”
“I think we can safely say we’ve managed that, Liv.”
I’m so worked up, I don’t even acknowledge that he’s spoken, much less what he’s said. “You telling him not to come to a party I’m going to be at is not exactly sticking to the plan!”
“Well you know what?” His voice is rising now, and his calm demeanor is starting to slip. “Maybe I don’t want Jessie Stephenson at my house.”
“What the hell is your problem with him? He’s always been nothing but nice to you.”
“What’s my problem?”
“Yes! He’s always been friendly to you.” Well, he was before we started pretending to date anyway. “Always tried to get involved and hang out with you, and you’ve always been a total asshole to him.”
“I’ve been an asshole?”
He starts to laugh, a cruel, almost mocking laugh as he throws his head back and looks up at the sky. Disbelief is written all over his face. “THE GUY TREATS YOU LIKE SHIT!”
I’m stunned into silence. Chase just stares back at me, breathing heavily. He doesn’t say anything for so long, I think he’s going to leave it. He doesn’t.
“He makes you do his homework for him.”
“I help him,” I grit out.
“He never thinks about your feelings.”
“You don’t even know him.”
“He shoves girls in your face all the time. If it’s not Courtney it’s Melissa Bell from junior year, or Renee McLeo from sophomore year.”
My eyes flash to his. I had no idea he was so well informed about Jessie’s love life. I didn’t think Jessie had even appeared on his radar until recently.
“He doesn’t give a crap that he’s with them in front of you.”
“He doesn’t know how I feel,” I manage to force out.
“Well it’s pretty damn obvious if you care enough to look.”
About Emma Doherty:
Emma Doherty was born in Yorkshire, England. She attended university in Newcastle before moving to London. She loves to travel, write, spend time with friends and family and hear from her readers.
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