The Reformation of Marli Meade
Genre: YA Thriller
Release Date: December 1st 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Born and raised on an isolated Appalachian mountain, sixteen-year-old Marli Meade yearns to break free from her father’s puritanical church, but fears its cult-like clutches are so deep she may never escape.
When she meets local boy Nate Porter, though, she realizes the life she craves—to be a normal teenager—is worth fighting for, even with the grave and deadly risk that fight would entail.
As her two worlds collide, exposing buried church secrets more sinister than she imagined, and unknown facts about her mother’s death, Marli must decide if she has the courage to fight for her future or if time has run out on her chance to live.
With the first touch of Nate’s lips, pressing against mine as his arms wove around my back, one hand pushing into my hair, something in me blossomed like a moonflower. Alive.
He pulled my braid down in one swift move and I stopped thinking. For once, I started feeling and only feeling. Desperate, urgent, irrational feeling. I pushed my arms around his neck and pulled him close.
Make me forget. Make me forget who I am.
His kiss deepened as if he’d heard my silent plea. For the first time, his tongue pushed between my closed lips.
For one second I was shocked, unmoving. Then my instincts took over, matching his actions motion by motion.
I was nothing but sensation and feeling and energy and…life.
Everywhere his hands touched burst with an energy I never knew a body could have. I pushed against him and he pushed back. As close as we were wasn’t close enough. Would never be close enough.
Electricity shot through me, waves and waves of energy, raw and powerful. He took the kiss deeper and I responded.
His hands worked a magic trail up and down my arms and over my shoulders. I hoped mine did the same for him as I let them roam over the muscles of his upper arms.
We slid to the floor and I didn’t even notice the cold, hard tile. The only thing I was aware of was his warm, solid body.
No, this wasn’t life. This was Heaven.