Living in the Shallows
by Tani Hanes
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: October 28th 2016
Aileen Foster is half Japanese, rocky smart, brilliant at the piano, and really, really poor. She also likes to keep herself to herself; “an arm’s length sort of girl, with a very long arm”, as someone describes her in Living in the Shallows. Through her professor, she gets an amazing job for the summer in Japan as an interpreter for popular boyband UK Crush, who are making a movie.
When she meets the boys, she’s shocked by their openness, kindness, and frank physicality. She’s never met anyone like these guys before, who live so raucously, emotionally, and they awaken feelings she’s never had, particularly Theo, the acknowledged flirt and womanizer of the band. She travels with them as they film the movie, falling more and more under the spell of these amazing boys, who themselves are charmed by the presence in their midst of an intelligent, articulate female who isn’t a crazy fan; who hadn’t really even known who they were before this job:
Gethin, the ginger Welshman, who keeps his feelings to himself, but won’t hesitate to throw a punch if he thinks someone he cares about is being hurt;
Matthew, the gentle Scot, who is so beautiful that it almost hurts to look at him sometimes;
Ronan, the fun loving Irishman who loves to laugh;
Theo, the emotional English boy who loves with his whole heart, but seems to bounce from one beautiful woman to the next.
Eventually, Tink, as she’s known to the boys, realizes that she has to make some decisions about life and living that she never thought she’d have to make. Classical piano has been her whole life, and she is woefully unprepared to deal with the river of emotions released by being with these boys, Theo specifically. How can she give her heart to someone, anyone, when she never ever, thought she’d have to, let alone want to?
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"You want me to kiss Matty?" I asked innocently. He stared at me. "No, you little idiot, I want you to kissme!" He saw me smiling in the dark and took a few steps away, shaking his head. He walked back toward me and gently put his large hands around my neck like he was going to choke me, finally smiling and letting me go. He turned back toward the pond and said, in a quiet voice, "I want it to be with me." He took a deep breath, let it out quickly, and turned to face me. "There you have it." He smiled. "What do you think? Good idea? Or am I barking?" I continued to look out at the pond. To say I was freaking out wouldn't even begin to cover what I was feeling. Another koi splashed, and I jumped at the sound. "Well, your continued silence doesn't bode well for me," he said, looking back out at the water. "Don't think it's such a good idea, then?" I found my voice. "No, it's not that I don't think it's a good idea. I actually think it's a lovely idea. I think it's so darling of you to think of it, I do." I hugged myself to him, drowning myself in his scent, his presence. He hugged me back, hands finding my neck, pulling me close. "Here's the truth, Teddy. No..."—he tried to let me go so he could look at my face—"I can't say this looking at you, it's too embarrassing, let me say it to your chest, okay? I'm nervous about kissing you. At this point you've probably kissed about a thousand women. So what if I'm terrible at it? I mean, what if it's like golf?" "What?" He burst out laughing. "Did you saygolf?"
My name is Tani Hanes, and I am a 51 year old substitute teacher. I'm from central California and am a recent transplant to New York City. The most important things to know about me are that I'm punctual, I love grammar and sushi, and I'm very intolerant of intolerance. The least important things to know about me are that I like to knit and I couldn't spell "acoustic" for 40 years. I've wanted to write since I was ten, and I finally did it. If you want to write, don't wait as long as I did, it's pointless, and very frustrating!
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