Alma Underwood Is Not A Kleptomaniac
Alma Underwood is NOT a kleptomaniac.
But she does take things that don’t belong to her.
The best part about working as a maid in her parent’s motel is pocketing all the random objects people leave behind. From old ticket stubs to the glue that comes with a toupee, Alma has discovered it all and stored it in a tub beneath her bed.
Her greatest treasure isn’t what she found in room six at Great Lakes Motel, but it’s who she discovered in an old, abandoned train car behind her house.
His name is Rumor, and he certainly won’t fit under her bed.
After a quick scan of Rumor’s surroundings, it becomes crystal clear that he’s not just hanging out in the train car for a place to escape. He’s living in it.
With determination heavy inside her, she does the only thing that makes sense to her…
She brings him home.
Turns out, he’s looking for a treasure of his own, and who better to help him find it than her?
Mischief was my greatest kept secret. The side of me I’d never expose. There was nothing on earth that rivaled the rush I got when I sat down inside Circuit every night, fingers twitching with the need to use hacking to change the world. Mischief lit me on fire and there was nothing that could compare.
Or so I thought.
Brett Maddison burst into my life, hair like honey and dimples deep enough to make any man’s knees weak. It was then I learned the truth. Mischief was no longer the only thing that caused my heart to pulse two beats faster and blood to blaze beneath the surface of my skin.
The feelings I had for Brett knocked me off my course and took me on a rollercoaster of emotions I’d never felt before. It took meeting him to recognize what I’d been missing, and suddenly, Mischief wasn’t the only thing in my life I craved deeply.
For a split second, I thought I’d hit the jackpot in life. I was proven wrong the moment unexplained emails began to flood my inbox and the questions they brought went unanswered.
Then I got my answer.
And everything changed
Two years ago, I joined an organization that was so top secret not even the FBI could locate us.
As a hacker, I teetered on the edge of right and wrong every single day, breaking the law to make the world around me a better place.
I knew how dangerous my work at Circuit was. I knew I could get caught one day and wind up behind bars for the rest of my life.
I didn’t care.
And then the packages started to show up on my doorstep. One after another. Never the same gift twice. Never the same day.
I warned my team, tried to get them to prepare for a takedown. They didn’t seem as concerned as I was to learn my identity as Specter had been compromised.
I prepared for everything.
And then Sage Maddison appeared with one of the packages, snow-white hair and eyes filled with fear.
I was not prepared for her
Gideon Stryker hates high school and everything that comes with it. As a dancer at a school filled with students whose favorite past time is to make his life as miserable as possible, his plan for senior year is simple: lay low, graduate, and get the hell out.
Elliott Oakley wasn’t looking for friends, a relationship, or anything in between after his normal life went from tolerable to unbearable and he made the necessary choice to move from Iowa to North Carolina.
But this is life. And plans change.
They were best friends first but Gideon and Elliott soon form a connection that is too powerful to deny. They fall hard for each other, creating chaos and ignoring judgment wherever they go.
Suddenly, high school seems manageable, life seems bearable, and the plans they were so set on following get tossed out the window. They make a new plan. One that ends with them together.
But their plan gets a giant wedge tossed into it the moment Elliott’s past makes the journey from Iowa all the way to North Carolina, creating more chaos than they ever thought possible.
Unable to continue living on the path her father created for her, Gigi Moretti does something she’s never done before.
She takes a risk.
When musician Maxwell Mitchell waltzes into an old diner in the early morning up to his elbows in secrets, he offers Gigi the perfect escape from the future she’s never wanted.
It takes an over the top demand from her father and a shocking revelation from her fake fiancé to get her to pack her bags and ride shotgun on Max’s spontaneous tour across the country.
As she and Max grow closer, Gigi learns what it’s like to throw out her overbearing workload and be an actual 21-year-old. She quits her job, eats too many Cheetos, tosses out her pink wardrobe, and takes a job as Max’s manager.
She’s finally free, living her life free of her dad’s grip and falling in deep with the musician whose songs hold stories no one will ever uncover and whose past includes a secret hero named Aiden he credits for his survival.
The more time they spend together, the deeper they fall and the closer she gets to the truth. Despite the unknown, she’s happy. She has a job she enjoys, she’s making plans for a future she’s actually excited about, and she’s living with a boyfriend who adores her.
Everything is perfect.
And then she meets Aiden.
And it all changes.