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Rules of a Rebel and a Shy Girl, Page 23

Jessica Sorensen

  Because you still wanted me even when I was at my worst.

  Because you’re amazing, wonderful, kind, caring, sweet, funny, and a complete weirdo. But let’s face it, so am I.

  Because you showed me how to love not just you, but myself.”

  My voice is shaking with nerves by the end, and I quickly clear my throat. “I just wanted you to know all of that—to know how important you are to me.”

  His expression is blank, and I wonder if maybe I got a little too lovey-dovey. But then he smiles, and suddenly, he’s cupping the back of my neck and bringing me in for a kiss. And just like that, the brief moment of worry flies away.

  “I love you, too,” he whispers between kisses. “But you left off one thing.”

  I pull back slightly to look him in the eye. “I did?”

  He nods. “You forget to say that you love me because we have awesome naked pillow fights.”

  I chuckle, shaking my head. But the humor vanishes as he grows serious again.

  “I really do love you,” he says. “More than anything.”

  “I know that,” I tell him before sealing my lips to his.

  And it’s the truth. I do know he loves me. I have always known. I was just too afraid to admit it. Too afraid to accept. Too afraid of things I couldn’t control.

  Too afraid.

  Too afraid.

  Too afraid.

  I almost let fear ruin my life, almost let it control me. And I almost missed out on perfect moments like this one. Because, while life is filled with imperfections, perfection does exist in rare, beautiful moments. Rare, beautiful moments make life really worth living. And I’m glad I’m not so afraid of the bad anymore that I miss out on the good. In fact, I think I’m going to make that my number two rule in life, right after loving Beck.

  About the Author

  Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

  Other books by Jessica Sorensen:


  Rules of a Rebel and a Shy Girl

  Confessions of a Kleptomaniac

  The Illusion of Annabella

  The Forgotten Girl

  Broken City Series:



  Oblivion (coming soon)

  Entranced Series:



  Enchanted (coming soon)

  Sunnyvale Series:

  The Year I Became Isabella Anders

  The Year of Falling in Love

  The Year of Second Chances

  The Coincidence Series:

  The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden

  The Redemption of Callie and Kayden

  The Destiny of Violet and Luke

  The Probability of Violet and Luke

  The Certainty of Violet and Luke

  The Resolution of Callie and Kayden

  Seth & Greyson

  The Secret Series:

  The Prelude of Ella and Micha

  The Secret of Ella and Micha

  The Forever of Ella and Micha

  The Temptation of Lila and Ethan

  The Ever After of Ella and Micha

  Lila and Ethan: Forever and Always

  Ella and Micha: Infinitely and Always

  The Shattered Promises Series:

  Shattered Promises

  Fractured Souls


  Broken Visions

  Scattered Ashes

  Breaking Nova Series:

  Breaking Nova

  Saving Quinton

  Delilah: The Making of Red

  Nova and Quinton: No Regrets

  Tristan: Finding Hope

  Wreck Me

  Ruin Me

  The Fallen Star Series:

  The Fallen Star

  The Underworld

  The Vision

  The Promise

  The Fallen Souls Series (spin-off from The Fallen Star):

  The Lost Soul

  The Evanescence

  The Darkness Falls Series:

  Darkness Falls

  Darkness Breaks

  Darkness Fades

  The Death Collectors Series (NA and YA):

  Ember X and Ember

  Cinder X and Cinder

  Spark X and Spark

  Unbeautiful Series:



  Table of Contents

  Chapter One

  Chapter Two

  Chapter Three

  Chapter Four

  Chapter Five

  Chapter Six

  Chapter Seven

  Chapter Eight

  Chapter Nine

  Chapter Ten

  Chapter Eleven

  Chapter Twelve

  Chapter Thirteen

  Chapter Fourteen

  Chapter Fifteen

  Chapter Sixteen

  Chapter Seventeen

  Chapter Eighteen

  Chapter Nineteen

  Chapter Twenty

  Chapter Twenty-One

  Chapter Twenty-Two

  Chapter Twenty-Three

  Chapter Twenty-Four

  Chapter Twenty-Five


  About the Author