on July 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The prey becomes the predator. Love. That cursed four-letter word no longer belongs in Bryna's vocabulary. The only four-letter word she knows now is gold....and fuck. She's well acquainted with that one. And that's exactly what she plans to do. She's no longer the golden girl, and when she meets a businessman who promises everything she could ever want from the arrangement, she intends to get her money's worth. Follow the conclusion to Bryna's gold digging story in this scandalizing, duplicitous second book to the USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde's All That Glitters series.
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K.A. nailed the conclusion to Bryna’s story in Gold. Now, technically, you could read this one as a standalone; however, I do think you’ll understand Bryna’s motivations better if you read Diamonds first. You’ll also be able to appreciate the TREMENDOUS growth in her character throughout this book if you start with Diamonds. I finished this about a week ago in one sitting, wishing I was able to speed read. I loved watching Bryna learn, the hard way, that maybe gold digging wasn’t all fun and games. There were a few contenders for B’s affections and I was anxious to see who, if any, would be able to find the key to unlock her heart. Like white knuckled my Kindle anxious. Getting to know her men was exciting; I was completely wrong about one, didn’t care for another, and was head-over-heels in love with another (I swear whenever I think about him and the things he said I smile, fondly. I love him on a Jack Howard level). Gold made me deliriously happy. It was a fabulous story reminding us that people CAN change and, sometimes, you just need the right person to make you see the you you’re meant to be, not the you you’re expected to be.
As she worked on the dessert, they talked about football and their undefeated season.
“I wished I were playing,” he admitted. “I’m still on the team, but it’s different, being on the sidelines.”
“But you said you could play.”
“I could,” he agreed. “But I wouldn’t do that to my parents. They were freaked out when I hurt my knee. At first, the doctors didn’t know if I would walk. It was not a good time in my life. I recovered remarkably well, but I don’t want to go back into something I’m good at if it could kill me. I’m still young and smart. I can do something else.”
“Coach? Is that the dream job?”
“Of course. That’s the goal even though so few people make it to the top. Coach thinks I have the right eye for it. That’s why he agreed to train me after I busted my knee,” he told her. “What about you? What’s the dream job?”
She shrugged. “I don’t know. I guess I always assumed I’d marry into money.”
“You’re not serious,” he said in disbelief. “You’re smart and in college. You have to have some dreams, right?”
She stuffed another bite of the banana split into her mouth to keep from answering right away. Her dreams had always been so muddled by everyone else’s expectations of her. She didn’t know how much of what she wanted was from herself or her parents.
“Sometimes, I think film,” she said. She had never said that out loud. “When I was younger, I used to watch clips and piece them together for my dad…when he was around.”
“Cool. So, are you a film major?”
“Um…no. I’m undecided. I don’t think my father would take me seriously if I told him I was in film even though he was in film here.”
“Why not?” Eric asked.
“I’ve never really shown interest in it. Plus, I don’t want to seem like I’m riding his coattails.”
“If you like it, you like it. You have to decide to do it and not give a fuck about what anyone else thinks. I thought you were already pretty good at that.”
Bryna crinkled her nose and shoved another bite of the banana split into her mouth. She was almost finished, but the more she sat around and talked with Eric, the more she thought it might be nice to hang out with him over break. She hadn’t envisioned this being a bet that she would want to lose, but if she didn’t finish the banana split he won…which meant she could hang out with him again. She had been bored out of her mind, and he was actually pretty good company—when he wasn’t acting like a douchey hostile football player.
She got down to her last bite and just stared at it. “Maybe I will change my major then and see how film suits me.”
“Killer. That sounds like a great idea. At least, once you’ve tried it, you’ll know if it’s for you.” Eric then looked at her bowl. “I can’t believe you only have one bite left. I never would have guessed you could finish that whole thing.”
She smiled and then pushed the bowl over to him with the one remaining bite in it. “I didn’t finish.”
“It’s only one bite.”
“I lost. This was fun. Let’s hang out again.”
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