Penelope Ward

The Assignment

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

Reasons why I should not be drawn to Troy Serrano.

Number one: He’s obnoxious.

Number two: He and I were enemies over a decade ago in high school.

Number three: He’s my friend’s ex-boyfriend.

I could go on and on, really.

When my boss gives me an unwanted assignment and tells me it involves spending time with the grandson of one of our residents—the grandson turns out to be Troy. He’s now as successful as he is undeniably handsome.

Lucky me. Four hours a week of having to deal with his insufferable personality and unsolicited advice.

The only consolation is getting to stare at his annoyingly gorgeous face in between our many arguments.

Eventually, though, we slowly warm to each other and our outings become something I actually look forward to.

What’s happening to me?

Apparently, I misunderstood the assignment, because it certainly didn’t include thinking about Troy when I close my eyes at night, imagining what it would be like with him—just once. All the while hating myself for fantasizing about a guy who’s all wrong for me. A guy whose car I keyed back in the day. (Long story, but he deserved it.)

That’s all this is—a fantasy.

Well, until that one night at the bar.

The night Troy and I run into each other, and all of our pent-up frustration comes barreling out.

Still, I refuse to accept that it means anything.

There’s no way the guy I’m supposed to hate is also the one I can’t live without.
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  • Jovana Ćetojevićidézett8 hónappal ezelőtt
    Dear Aspyn,

    I’ve been trying to figure something out for a while, and I think I finally have.

    Lately, my coffee tastes better. At first, I thought maybe I’d bought a different brand by mistake, but no. It’s the same brand I’ve always used.

    Then I noticed that the leaves on the trees seem so much more colorful than I remember. I don’t think I’d ever stopped to appreciate fall in Meadowbrook. Why am I noticing it all of a sudden?

    The answer is, it’s not the coffee or the leaves. It’s you, Aspyn. You make me happy. And everything is better, more vibrant, when you’re happy. You’re the first woman to ever make me feel this way.

    I hope you realize how special you are.

    XO Troy
  • Jovana Ćetojevićidézett8 hónappal ezelőtt
    I’m talking about making her feel like she’s the most important person in the world, that she’s safe with you. That’s how you keep a woman.”
  • mavvidézett2 évvel ezelőtt
    drifted off to sleep—on top of Troy with a cat on my back. Kind of an odd threesome, if you ask me.
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