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Ambar Hernandez is a senior communications major who has no idea what she wants to do in life. She spends most of her time working on her blog after gaining a lot of readers with a story she wrote junior year and…never followed up on. The last thing she expects is an angry jock accusing her of involvement in a scam that could shake the college to its foundations.
Jeff Maddow should be focused on his senior season of baseball and not the suspicious activity happening on the team. It’s his time to shine and get drafted, but after seeing incriminating evidence, he can’t not investigate. And his first lead is the campus blogger…who’s related to a name in the document he saw.
Ambar’s been coasting, writing about campus fashion and hook-ups rather than politics and economics, but when Jeff shows up at her place spouting wild accusations, she agrees to help him just to prove the stubborn athlete wrong.
Long nights, impassioned arguments, close quarters…both Jeff and Ambar find opposites more than attract when things heat up.
Ambar Hernandez had to be the world’s best actress. The large brown eyes watering on the sides, the bottom lip trembling just enough for it to seem genuine, and the stubborn jaw sticking out in defiance. I’d almost believe she had nothing to do with it if I hadn’t seen her with her uncle and found almost nothing about him online—suspicious in today’s society. Martin Rhett and my coach…it was hard to believe, but something was going on and despite my reservations about Ambar, she was the best place to start.
If only she would say something. It had been three minutes of silence, three minutes of her wounded expression and three minutes for a trickle of remorse to ebb its way into my conscious. My approach had been a little strong without any explanation and straight to a verbal accusation, but the mere thought of someone buying spots at a college over people who deserved it sent a wave of rage through me. The enabling and injustice of it all was hard to swallow. Kids who needed financial help through sports scholarships were missing opportunities for people like Ambar, who didn’t deserve it. Like Jaime Smith from back home.
Shit, is she crying? “Ambar, look—”
She blinked and within seconds, the moisture was gone and her petite face was scrunched in anger. “No, you look. How dare you come in here, accusing my uncle of doing such things? You don’t know anything about him or me.”
I mirrored her position, putting my hands on my hips, and narrowed my gaze at her. “You’re wrong. I do know about Martin Rhett and I want more answers. I want to know what he’s doing and how he gets away with it and I’m going to start with you.”
“Oh, you are? How do you envision that going, Jeff? Want me to spy on him without you showing me a single piece of proof?” she asked, shaking her head hard enough that little pieces of her black hair escaped, giving her a bit of a wild look. It fit her. Ambar Hernandez had always been a bit of a wild girl.
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