Series: The Jane Austen Academy
The last thing that the girls at the elite Jane Austen Academy need is hot guys to flirt with. But over the summer the school has been sold, and like it or not, the guys are coming. And it’s about to turn the Academy—and the lives of its students—totally upside down…
Book #1 Title: Fall For You: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice
Fall For You Blurb
To say Lizzie and Dante are polar opposites is the understatement of the century. He’s a snooty Exeter transfer with more money than Google. She’s a driven study-a-holic barely keeping up with tuition. It’s obvious that Dante thinks he’s way too good for Lizzie. And Lizzie knows Dante is a snob with a gift for pushing her buttons.
But things are changing fast this year at the Academy. And when Lizzie’s quest to stop those changes blows up in her face, taking her oldest friendship with it, she has nowhere else to turn but to Dante, with his killer blue eyes, his crazy-sexy smile, and his secrets… Secrets Lizzie can’t seem to leave alone, no matter how hard she tries…
Anne pulled a pen from the cup of mismatched pens and pencils on the desk and began scribbling ideas on a spare sheet of paper. Lizzie went back to reading clips and assigning desks—making sure to assign an equal number of boys and girls to the sports desk.
She heard the front door open as she was finishing up a note, followed by gasps and hushed conversation sweeping through the room.
She looked up. There was just a girl awkwardly standing there. Young—definitely a freshman—with dark blonde hair and ice-blue eyes. There was something familiar about her eyes. Where had she seen eyes like that before?
Then, behind her, in walked Dante, her first interview, with Edward in tow.
Standing next to Edward, with his wide, eager grin, made Dante even less approachable than he already was with his lips compressed in a grim line. Maybe everyone had gasped because of how annoying it was to have him around.
No . . . that couldn’t be it. As much as she found it hard to tear her eyes away from Dante and her line of judgmental thoughts, Lizzie’s curiosity about what was riling up her staff won out.
Lizzie looked back at the front door. Josh Wickham leaned against the open doorway.
He looked just like he did on television. Lanky, jet-black hair streaked with chunks of blond, blue eyes, and flirty lips.
That’s what everyone was quivering about. Who everyone was quivering over.
Well, she wasn’t going to be impressed by the teen acting sensation when he was obviously a recruitment coup for Bergie.
“Are you here for the features interviews?” she asked coolly. “Dante, Josh, and . . .?”
The door opened again—and in walked that incredibly hot guy who could be a model, hotter even than Josh, if Lizzie was going to be honest. His shoulder knocked into Josh as he brushed by him.
Anne’s pen flew out of her hand.
Lizzie ducked, barely avoiding a smack in the cheek.
“Sorry,” Anne mumbled.
Lizzie glanced down at the profiles from the manila envelope. “You are . . .?”
“Rick,” Anne said in a strangled voice.
“Rick,” Lizzie echoed. “Rick Wright. You’re all here for the features interviews.”
“If that’s what you want to do with us,” Josh said with a quirk of his lips.
Lizzie ignored him.
Dante only nodded. Of course he couldn’t dignify her with an actual response. Instead, he pushed forward the girl with the same ice-blue eyes as his own.
Lizzie had almost forgotten about her. She’d have to make an effort to focus on these girls. They were who mattered, after all.
“Hello,” the girl stuttered.
“Can I help you?” Lizzie asked with a touch of sympathy. She remembered her first day at the Academy and this girl looked just as overwhelmed.
“I was hoping . . . I hadn’t requested this elective, but I was hoping you would let me in?”
“Name?” Lizzie asked.
“I’m Dante’s sister,” she said.
“I hope that’s not on your school ID,” Lizzie said, hoping some gentle teasing would lighten her nerves.
The girl blushed. “No—it’s Georgiana.”
“Great to meet you, Georgiana. I’m Lizzie. Welcome to Jasta.”
“The Jane Austen Academy—that’s we call it on the inside.” Lizzie gave her a wink. “So, why do you want to be a journalist?”
Dante cleared his throat. “Isn’t this an open elective?”
Lizzie reared back like she’d been slapped. “Well, yeah.”
“Then she doesn’t really need your approval to join, does she?”
Cecilia Gray lives in Oakland where she reads, writes and breaks for food. She also pens her biographies in the third person. Like this. As if to trick you into thinking someone else wrote it because she is important. Alas, this is not the case.
Cecilia has been praised for “instilling a warmth and weight into her characters” (Romancing The Book Reviews) and her books have been praised for being “well-written, original, realistic and witty” (Quills & Zebras Reviews).
Several of her titles - including A Delightful Arrangement (The Gentlemen Next Door #1) and An Illicit Engagement (The Gentlemen Next Door #2) - have spent, in her view, a shocking amount of time on bestseller lists for romance, historical romance and regency romance in the US, UK, Italy and Spain.
Her latest release, FALL FOR YOU, the first in a series of young-adult contemporary Jane Austen retellings received a starred Kirkus review and was praised for being a “unique twist on a classic” and offering “a compelling action of action, drama and love.”
She’s rather enamored of being contacted by readers and hopes you’ll oblige.