Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt

By Lauren Barnholdt

Seventeen-year-old highschool senior Shannon Card wishes cash. and plenty of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, yet her dad simply misplaced his task, and by some means she has to come back up with a yr of college herself. yet Shannon's dream of creating vast dollars waitressing on the neighborhood on line casino, the Collosio, disappears speedier than a gambler's fortunate streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her probabilities of balancing a tray choked with beverages whereas donning high-heeled sneakers are slender to none. Worse, time is operating out, and Shannon hasn't made even part the cash she'd hoped.

When Shannon gets a mysterious invitation to hitch Aces Up, a mystery community of hugely proficient university poker avid gamers, at the beginning she thinks No means. She has adequate to fret approximately: conserving her task, profitable the coveted math scholarship in class, and tutoring her mystery weigh down, Max. but if Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react in any respect, the attract of Aces Up and its attractive eighteen-year-old chief, Cole, is by surprise too robust to ignore.

Soon Shannon's stuck up in an online of lies and deceit that makes being concerned approximately university funds or a highschool overwhelm appear like child stuff. nonetheless, whilst the money's this reliable, is the terror of having stuck cause adequate to fold?

This enjoyable, horny, recession-proof tale is a bubbly summer time learn with outstanding depth--great for fanatics of Sarah Mlynowski.

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Screaming filled my ears. It was my own voice. “Alessia! ” I blinked, the fluorescent lights blinding. The office was normal again. One of the secretaries bent over me, her face flooded 37 Nicole Maggi with concern. ” I sat up, gulping in air. I held my hand in front of my face, flexing my fingers. It was only my hand, no wings, no feathers. ” I looked around. Principal Morrissey and the other secretaries stood in a semicircle around me, their faces perplexed. “Everything went dark for a minute.

I made a face. Heath had lived in France for a few years and helped me with my French homework sometimes. ” He snorted and dumped a forkful of hay into the stall. ” “But you know,” I said, “my teacher applied for a grant to take us to Paris next spring. ” 26 Winter Falls He kept baling without looking at me. “I didn’t spend much time in Paris. ” I leaned against the door. ” Heath paused. He closed his eyes and smiled, seeing something that I could not. ” He opened his eyes. “Purple. ” He went back to his baling.

Lidia snapped her head up. She stared at me, her eyes full of tears. I knew I had crossed a line, but I was too angry to 48 Winter Falls apologize. I flung open the door and ran out into the chilly night, pretending I couldn’t hear her call my name. The air tinged my throat with the cold smell of salt from the distant sea. I rounded the side of the house and climbed over the hill, came to the fence that marked our property, and hoisted myself onto the top rail. Heat cramped my chest, and I dug my knuckles into my breastbone as I looked over this tiny corner of the world.

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