Beneath the Hood by Emily McIntire EPUB & PDF – eBook Details
- Author: Emily McIntire
- Genre: Contemporary Urban Fiction, City Life Fiction, Contemporary American Fiction
- Publish Date: 6 April 2021
- Size: 1.4 MB
- Format: PDF / EPUB
- Status: Avail for Download
- Price: Free
B L AKE L Y
You’re not eating much.”
A knot in my stomach tightens, the way it always does when
people question my habits. So I don’t want to shove three-thousand calories
of grease down my gullet, and end up spending hours in the gym to work it
off. Sue me.
I smile thinly, the force of my lips pressing against each other causing an
ache in my jaw. “I literally ate everything I ordered.”
Jared, my best friend Kayla’s flavor of the week, scoffs as he glances at
my plate. “It was baked chicken and plain cherry tomatoes. You can’t be full
I shrug, ignoring the way my shoulder muscles pull tight. “And? Your
His brow arches. “Well, aren’t you still hungry?”
My insides twist, his questioning making my legs bounce under the table
and my lungs compress. People never understand the dedication, but I have
an image to maintain. I don’t have the luxury of being able to demolish a
plate of cheesy fries and guzzle pints of overpriced IPAs. Besides, my body is
my temple. I refuse to desecrate it with trash.
My eyes start at the tip of Jared’s perfectly coiffed blond hair, trailing
down his pink polo with an alligator on the breast—the fabric soaked in his
pretension. Kayla’s been excited to introduce me to her newest “love,” and
this is the first time we’re meeting face-to-face. So far, I’m less than
Kayla smacks his arm. “Leave her alone. She looks fucking fabulous. I
wish I had her willpower.”
Her brown eyes swing my way and she winks. My stomach unravels and
I grin back at her. She gets it.
Jared’s hands raise. “My bad, Blakely, I’m just saying. I didn’t realize
you were on a diet.”
“It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle choice,” I hiss. My fists clench in my lap.
Looking past him, I notice the audience of paparazzi forming outside of
the restaurant. I paste a smile on my face, not wanting them to snap blurry
photos of me sneering across the table.
They don’t even try to hide in the shadows anymore, knowing I’ll play
my part every time. They’re blatantly looking through the windows, waiting
like vultures to catch an unpolished moment. They’ll have to keep waiting.
I’ve been training for perfection my entire life. Having a dad who’s the it
producer in Hollywood comes with a set of expectations. A certain standard
you can’t fall beneath, lest you be picked apart by millions of people who
will never understand what it’s like to be you. I bring it upon myself at this
point, embracing the life I was born into—commandeering the vapid, shallow
waters, and steering the sails to make the waves break for me and not the
other way around.
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