All publicity is good publicity, right? Unless you’re recent college grad Ellie Wagner and an embarrassing video of you and your boyfriend goes viral. Every man in your life abandons you, but who knew a one-minute clip of your latest doomed relationship would brand you a slut, prevent you from getting your perfect job, and force you to keep doing the one thing you swore you’d never do again…live with your mother.
But staying with mom and her latest boy-toy (is this husband number four or five?) until your life turns around might not be all bad. Especially when you fall – literally – at the feet of a sexy, green-eyed stranger who offers you freedom and a life of luxury on a gold-rimmed platter.
There’s only one little problem – the man of your dreams is none other than Mason Nash, the latest hip-hop star busting up the music charts. Fame and fortune are his calling cards and he’s vying to steal the show on a new reality TV series that will catapult him into mainstream stardom. Hello spotlight.
The man behind the famous persona is perfect for Ellie in every way, but can she overcome the ugly pitfalls that come with Mason's celebrity status? Or will she be forced to choose between the man she loves and the independent life she longs for? After all, fame and fortune aren’t always what they seem and not all publicity is good publicity…
The whiskers on his face tickled me and I giggled and brought my shoulder up to my chin. Mason moved away to face me.
"Not the reaction I was hoping for," he said wryly.
"Do you wanna watch another movie?"
"Nah. Let's do something more fun," I suggested.
"More fun, eh? Hmmm....we could go skinny dipping in the pool."
I raised my eyebrows at him.
"Don't like that one. Okay, I could check your body for any strange-looking moles. You can't be too careful about skin cancer living in all this Virginia sunshine, you know."
I grinned at him this time.
"Damn, you're a high-maintenance girl. What about beer pong? We could play a few rounds."
"What are we fraternity brothers now?" I laughed.
"No, but we could always make it interesting. Make up our own rules."
That piqued my interest. "Such as?"
"Such as if you miss you either have to drink, answer a question truthfully, or remove an article of clothing."
I laughed. "Are you serious?"
"I know you're concerned about losing to me, Ellie. But don't worry, I'll go easy on you." He winked and gave me a lop-sided grin that accentuated his dimple. God, he was handsome.
"Is that right? Well, we'll see about that. When I'm finished with you you'll be begging me for mercy."
"I certainly hope so," he said with a sly grin.