Title: Anything to Have You
Author: Paige Harbinson
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
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First Semester, Junior Year
The new guy was hot. People had been talking about him all day long—well, all right, girls had been talking about him all day long—but I had yet to see him. I knew everyone in the school except the new freshmen, so I was sure that when I saw him, I would know it was him.
It would have been impossible to miss him, even if I hadn’t been keeping my eyes peeled for hours. I was sitting at my usual lunch table holding court with my friends, as I generally did, when he walked through the doors. I was struck speechless—something that was verifiably difficult to do. I stared at him and was instantly infatuated by his good looks and charmed by the nervous way he looked around the cafeteria.
I almost stood up and invited him to come sit with us, but resisted. I was glad I did when a girl
named Kylie went up to him and did, and I saw how pathetic she looked.
“Brooke?” asked Alexa.
“What?” I responded dumbly, not able to take my eyes off him.
“You just...stopped talking.”
“Right.” I snapped my gaze back to her and tried to look unrattled. “The point is, everyone should
watch the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet and the ’96 one back-to-back at least once in their lives. You’ll never look at love the same way again.”
God, would someone else come up with something to talk about for once? Why is the burden of conversation always on me? This was fine except for when I didn’t feel like it.
The next day, I was lucky enough to be standing in the right place at the right time in the hallway.
I turned to see Hot New Guy behind me, holding a schedule and looking lost. And still superhot. “What’s up?” I tossed my hair to one shoulder.
“Can you tell me where to find room 324? It jumps from 318 to 400... .”
“It’s down this one weird hallway. Here, I’ll show you.”
“Are you sure? I don’t want you to be late to class.”
I was almost always late to class, but I liked that he thought I might be the studious kind of girl
that hated tardiness.
“It’s fine,” I said. “My teacher will understand when I say I was helping the new kid.” He gave an adorably timid laugh. “Thanks so much.”
“No problem. So...are you a junior?” I asked, like I didn’t know damn well that he was.
We started making our way down the hall.
“Yes, ma’am.” Was that an accent? “And you?”
“Yes, I am. And you just moved here from...”
We were already almost at his classroom. “Wow, Texas. Must be a big change for you, then.”
He breathed in and nodded slowly. “It definitely is. But I’m excited to be here. I knew all the same people back home for most of my life. Pretty small town. So I’m lookin’ forward to meeting new people.”
There was definitely a slight accent, and I couldn’t help but smile at it. “Here’s 324.”
“Yeah...I would never have found this.”
“It’s a tough one. Well, hey, if you want to, then look for me in the cafeteria at lunch, and you can meet some new people.”
“Sure, I’ll look for ya. Thanks again. What was your name?” “Brooke.”
“Brooke. I’m Aiden Macmillan. Pleased to meet you.”
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