To Reject a Mate by Poppy Ireland EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Poppy Ireland
- Language: English
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- Genre: Fantasy & Futuristic Romance, Werewolf & Shifter Romance
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My future stared back at me from outside of my father’s Honda Civic.
Redwood University was situated between two mountain ranges, like a secret
tucked away amongst tall trees, sloping hills, and shadows. A blanket of
clouds blocked out the sun, giving the landscape a gloomy appearance, and
my cell phone lost service about an hour ago, shortly before we passed
through the last major town. My last text message to my best friend was “If
you don’t hear from me, send a search and rescue team.”
“What do you think, Nicole?” Dad’s voice cracked through my thoughts
like a whip as he rolled down his window and took a deep breath of pinescented air. “It’s pretty impressive, right?”
It was… something. Redwood University did not offer the sprawling city
and skyscrapers I had envisioned, nor did it have the same frenetic pace as
New York City, where I had originally intended to study.
I couldn’t put my finger on it, but there was something off about this
place. Don’t get me wrong; the campus was beautiful from what I had seen so
far—some might even say picturesque in a Gothic sort of way—but it was the
exact opposite of anything I had imagined as a child whenever I had thought
about going to college. It was too clean. Too quiet.
Truthfully, I was creeped out.
I didn’t want Dad to feel bad about bringing me along for the ride. I had
plans to attend college at the Parsons School of Design, but he was offered a
research position here—his dream job. The free tuition they offered me was
too good to pass up, and I didn’t want to be across the country from a man
whose idea of cooking an elaborate dinner was tossing frozen chicken
nuggets in the air fryer. Dad needed me, and I was willing to follow him to
the literal middle of nowhere.
“It’ll be great,” I lied. “Are you excited?”
I shifted the focus onto him, gave him an opportunity to babble about the
grant he’d received to continue his studies as a geneticist. He’d been
presenting some of his research at a conference when the university
approached him. The team here was eager for his talents, and I couldn’t
blame them. Dad was one of the smartest men in the world.
“Nine Nobel Prize winners, Nicole. Nine! All from this university. Their
contemporary approach to genetics just makes me giddy.”
I grinned as he took the opening to discuss his work. Dad got excited
when it came to science.
“The lab is state of the art, too,” he continued. “They already said I had
free rein of the PCR machine. I get to play with a piece of equipment that
costs ninety-thousand dollars—and get paid to do it, Nicole! I’m just
shocked. Not only that, they’re giving me a top-of-the-line furnished
apartment, and the benefits are out of this world. I’m officially the highest
paid researcher in the country. Not to mention, free tuition for you. It feels
too good to be true.”
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