That’s me—Tingly Simmons—athlete, foreign-language major, professor lover, obsessed idiot girl. Definitely not a frat rat or sorority slut. I’ve never even played beer pong.
I ditched the vapid, soulless high-society life of Los Angeles for the promise of something more meaningful in rural Ohio. Accepting a track scholarship for college, I tried running my way to happiness, but instead I ended up sleeping with my French professor and falling head over heels for him.
When that relationship fell apart, so did I.
Barely hanging on by a thread and using the most absurd coping skills, I was determined to hide behind my past indiscretions. That was, until I met Tiberius Jones. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d learn the truth about love from a six-foot-five basketball player.
Tingly Simmons feels like the campus pariah. She let her anger and her loneliness lead her down a destructive path – and now she’s left picking up the pieces. She’s keeping her head down, going to class and doing everything she has to in order to keep her place on the track team.
Until one night in athlete’s study hall, she meets a gorgeous up and coming Basketball player that changes everything with just his smile. Tingly tries to outrun her growing attraction, but Tiberius is a force unlike anything she has ever seen before.
“Tingly, don’t run,” Tiberius said as he caught up with me, easily keeping pace next to me. Even with my speed and endurance, I was no match for him.
Tiberius Jones isn’t a typical kid from the inner city. Growing up, he wasn’t black enough for some people and not white enough for others. It’s forged him into an extraordinary young man whose heart is as big as his talent on the court. He‘s going to show Tingly that she’s worth fighting for and that love can win if you only let it.
“Vérité . . . that’s the first time anyone has ever given me that,” I half mumbled, half whispered to myself.
Vérité is more than just a book – it’s a feeling. It feels like losing yourself and then finding yourself once again. It’s feeling unworthy of love and then finally accepting your true worth.
Rachel has given rise to characters that push the harsh boundaries of society as they effortlessly as they make their mark on your heart. I will be reading this book over and over for a very long time…
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He stood there patiently, grinning as he waited for me to move through the doorway or answer him, and pinned me with his unusual blue eyes, so pale in his handsome face against his deep brown skin. His gaze seared right through me, just like it had earlier, before dinner in the courtyard.
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Rachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation. She currently shares her reading recommendations on HEA at USA Today.
Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.
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