Become a Book Nerd
When you’re not reading books, read our newsletter.
The boat was tipping, moving to the side, Roman’s body blocking my view of the rest of the ship. All I could see was the vast, never-ending ocean. I heard Jace’s voice from somewhere. “Ava’s okay?” he yelled, sounding too far away.
“Yes, she’s fine! Get Joseph,” he replied, screaming in my ear.
Alex was…somewhere, too. “Ava-“
“Not now, kid. Just get to the other side of the boat.”
“Roman,” I whispered, sounding like a child, “what’s happening?”
He breathed heavily, then said, “Just… stay calm, okay? I can see the island from here.” He raised his voice and yelled to whoever was listening, “I see the land! Jump ship, we’re headed for it!”
I twisted awkwardly, so that I could see his face. “What do you mean ‘jump ship?’” I demanded, the worst possibility entering my mind.
He smiled apologetically and nodded toward a single lifeboat. “Alex, get the lifeboat!”
Roman leaned down and kissed me, long and hard. At first, I tried to resist, but… there was really no point. He kissed me until I was so breathless, everything turned black. The last thing I remembered seeing were his gorgeous brown eyes.