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This complete collection of The Philadelphia Series includes:In My Arms, A Part of Me, Out of My Element & Learning to Live Again.
Come fall in love the characters of The Philadelphia Series as they navigate through real-life struggles and triumphs with friendships and love.
With a lot of humor, drama, sexual frustration, dancing and plenty of alcohol, this complete series will touch your heart and make you laugh as you see where the story takes these remarkable people.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult
Heat/Violence Level: Heat Level 4 – R Rated
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love Philadelphia! While visiting, my husband and I were having lunch in Center City and I found myself watching a group of friends eating close by. The way that they all interacted made me want to create a group of friends like them.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
These characters are the kind of friends I would love to have. Each one of them spoke to me in ways that made it impossible to ignore. They are fun and sarcastic and love big!
The club was packed. I knew I shouldn’t have offered to drive Talia tonight. I was never one who liked the club scene anyway, but having to navigate it stone cold sober was killing me.
I gazed across the room to where Talia was currently feeling no pain as she swung her long blonde hair around, twirling and grinding on random men with wild abandon. Every once in a while she would catch my eye and gesture for me to get out there and dance.
Yeah, that wasn’t going to happen. I didn’t dance. I knew my limitations. Trust me, I had danced plenty in the privacy of my own room, and every time I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, I was making some ridiculous duck face or doing something awkward with my arms. There is no doubt that my moves weren’t ready for the public arena. Besides, Kyle had always told me how awful I danced. Maybe that was just his excuse so he could dance with random women right under my nose. Bastard!
“You must be proud.” The deep voice caught me off guard, causing me to jump.
“Pardon me?” I turned to find a tall, muscular man propped on the stool next to me. When had he shown up? He was smiling at me with one of those I’m-sexy-so-you-can’t-resist-me kind of smiles. Not this girl. No way!
He nodded his chin over to where Talia was still gyrating on people and inanimate objects. Hmmm. Wow. I couldn’t very well not claim her, could I? I was like a parent with the kid who was constantly embarrassing her in public. As much as you wanted to leave her there, you knew you still had to take her home. Talia was a little outspoken, exuberant, even animated, but she was still my best friend. Yes, damn it! I was as proud as a stage mom!
“Ah, yes … as a matter of fact, I am.” I took a sip of my diet soda and raised my eyebrows at the breathtaking specimen next to me. I needed to remind myself that he just insulted my friend—no matter how gorgeous he was. He looked away, so I took a moment to discreetly admire his deliciously broad shoulders, muscles that rippled and flexed down his arms, his flat stomach, and strong legs. Yummy! Come on, a girl can look right? Raising my eyes back up, I landed on his amused face, obviously taking in the fact that I was totally checking him out. Yeah, guess I wasn’t exceedingly discreet.
“So, do you always make it a habit of insulting random people’s friends?” I challenged, as I stirred my dreadfully non-alcoholic drink with the straw. The man was hot, but his arrogance … yeah, not so much.
Maybe I could overlook that? Focus Ava!
He threw his head back and let out a low sultry chuckle. Oh my! “No, as a matter of fact, I don’t. I just noticed you sitting here watching your friend, and it sure seemed like you weren’t having a good time. Am I right?” He took a long pull from his bottle of beer and continued, “Why would you come with her if you didn’t want to be here?” His green eyes bore straight through me. They were captivating with gold flakes and lashes that were so long, it was sinful. He almost seemed genuine, but I was slightly taken aback by his observation. What the hell? Who did this guy think he was? It only infuriated me more that his observation was dead on. I wasn’t having fun, well, at least not until now. I was kind of enjoying this banter. Maybe I could take my aggression out on this man. He looked as if he could take it.
“Oh, I'm sorry; I didn't realize you're an expert on my life and how I should live it after sitting next to me for two minutes. Please, continue while I take notes,” I quipped and took another sip of my soda, doing my best not to focus on his soft pink lips that were slowly turning up in a sultry half smile. Look away!
“Are you always this sarcastic?” he wondered out loud, tilting his head to the side.
“Are you always this rude?” I countered.
We both stared at each other for a few awkward seconds before Talia took that moment to come bounding back to the bar. She flagged down the bartender and asked for another Cosmo before she turned and, quite unabashedly, analyzed the man next to me.
“Wow, Ava, who’s your friend?” My tad-more-than-tipsy petite blonde friend blurted out.
I gave her one of my best annoyed looks before glancing back at the hot, muscular guy and nonchalantly shrugging my shoulders. “Oh, we’re not friends—just a casual chat that has run its course.” I shrugged as I stepped down from my stool. “If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to the restroom.” I turned and walked away without a second glance back—which I had to literally threaten myself not to do.
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