The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder
by Cookie O'Gorman
Genre: YA Romance/Murder Mystery
In the south, everyone has a secret--and murder is served with sweet tea.
The word's out: Ethan Wilder’s coming back to town, and the people of Bowie, Georgia are in a southern tizzy. Everyone knows the story. He shot and killed his sister four years ago, and people say his father, Jim Wilder, the biggest holy roller this side of the Mississippi, sent him packing for just that reason. Even if her death was unofficially ruled a suicide, Ethan’s return has everybody talking.
Seventeen-year-old Delilah Doherty can’t go anywhere without hearing his name. Born and raised in Bowie, Delilah knows firsthand about the gossipmongers and how they love a good scandal. The daughter of a wild child and niece of the local psychic, she’s also the only one who doubts Ethan’s guilt.
After Ethan saves her life, the two start a slow and steady burn neither can deny. But when Bowie's spiritual leader is nearly murdered, it rocks the small southern town to its core. Delilah and Ethan are caught in the crossfire, their relationship threatened before it's even begun. Someone has it out for Ethan's family. With everyone convinced of Ethan's guilt, it's up to Delilah to unravel the mystery before someone else gets hurt or worse...dead.
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Just as I turned, a dark figure stepped out of the shadows.
“Oh,” I said, releasing a breath. “It’s just you.”
“Hmm,” Wilder said. “Relief. That’s a new one.”
Realizing how I must look, I dropped my hands. They’d flown to my chest in fear before I’d realized it was him. “What’re you doing back here? Do you smoke or something?”
“No,” he said. “Do you?”
“No,” I said incredulously.
He studied my face so long I began to blush.
“Tell your boyfriend not to bring his football into the music store anymore. It’s strange.”
“And lurking in shadows isn’t?” I crossed my arms. “Bruce isn’t my boyfriend.”
He scoffed quietly, which automatically got my blood up.
“What?” I said again.
His eyes went to mine. “You let just any guy touch you like that?”
“Sure, why not?” I said not missing a beat. “Haven’t you heard, Wilder? I’m a Doherty. Everyone gets a free ride. You want yours now?”
It was his turn to blush, but he didn’t. The jerk. The only reaction I perceived was a slight clenching of his jaw.
“No?” I pushed. “Had enough this morning, did you? Who was that girl anyway? A few things about her aren’t genuine, that’s for sure.”
He smiled a slow smile, and I bit my cheek. Where the heck had that come from?
“She’s just a girl,” Wilder said, still wearing that annoying smile.
“Then why was her tongue shoved down your throat?”
My eyes went wide. Holy crap, was that my voice?
Shaking his head, Wilder walked a few steps closer.
“It was only a kiss,” he said, stopping right in front of me.
“Yeah, right,” I muttered, though it was hard to say anything with him so close. My throat had gone dry, and no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t seem to swallow.
He leaned in until we were nose to nose then paused.
For one insane second, I thought: Good Lord, Ethan Wilder is going to kiss me.
Instead, he lifted his hand, ran two fingers lightly under my jaw. I shivered as the tips came away white, covered in powdered sugar.
“You know, you’re kind of cute when you’re jealous.” Rubbing the sugar away with his thumb, he straightened, turned and walked through the back door to the music store.
My face was a permanent shade of red, somewhere close to fire brick and flaming. Jealous? Me? Yeah right, I scoffed though it was too late for him to hear. It wasn’t like I cared who Ethan Wilder kissed. Nope, not me.
The heck with curiosity, I’d seen more than enough.
Cookie O'Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her debut novel ADORKABLE is out now! Her second book NINJA GIRL was released March 30,2017!