Before He Was Famous
by Becky Wicks
Falling in love with your best friend isn’t always a great idea, especially when he’s Noah Lockton – the sexiest, most famous new talent on the planet. When 21-year-old small-town photographer Chloe Campbell is offered the chance of a lifetime – to join her celebrity childhood friend Noah on tour as an exclusive blogger for a New York magazine – she’s certain both have put what happened four years ago behind them. But his eyes still burn; his voice is still a jackhammer to her heartstrings; all his songs are about her. Is it possible that that night still haunts them both?
The music industry is a machine, spinning hype and rumors as much as his records. It’s not just Noah’s girlfriends who’ve got it in for Chloe (there’s no stopping the Twitter-obsessed, cat-loving pop-star Courtney Lentini for starters). Pretty soon, the jealousy and media frenzy surrounding these so-called-friends takes a life-changing turn and it seems making love means making enemies at every turn. When tragedy threatens to pull the final curtain on their relationship, both Chloe and Noah must make a choice. As much as this world leaves them starstruck, is living their dream really worth living without each other?
A story of lifelong friendships, love and hope, set in a world of celebrity, fame and social media gone very, very wrong.
Chloe. Chapter 22.
I see the scar on his right shoulder from where he fell off Jack’s homemade sled one winter and tumbled roly-poly style right into a rock. It’s a thin, shiny white line. I resist the urge to touch it. He’s undoing me, again, lying here beside me in a literal bed we made ages ago but have since refused to lie in. How does he do this?
‘I guess she knows it, even if you don’t,’ he whispers.
‘I do,’ I say, and inside I’m screaming. We’re not doing this; we’re not. This is dangerous. But he climbed in next to me and now it’s the strongest, aching urge to keep him here, to have him holding me again and to never let me go. The guilt surges through me, along with the fear. ‘So, she broke up with you?’ I manage.
‘I guess so,’ he replies, scanning my cuts with his eyes.
‘She really liked you, Noah,’
‘Yeah, well, maybe I’m just an asshole.’
I realize my hand is still in his hair and I retract it quickly. He grabs it, holds it against him. You’re not an asshole I’m thinking, but for some reason I can’t say it. It would be like admitting something else; like the fact that he’s an asshole to every girl who likes him, but never to me. And then I’d have to really think about why that is and that’s not something I’ll ever be comfortable with at all, even though his eyes are like maps and his words are like anchors and his songs are like personal messages and I love all that.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Becky Wicks is a HarperCollins author going indie! Itchy feet have led her to live and work all over the world since leaving England at age 21, including NYC, Sydney, Bali, South America and Dubai. Right now she’s scribbling the second book in the HotFlush series in Vietnam, and will soon be in Vancouver if any hot Canadian men want to make her a cup of tea?
Becky has also written three funny travel books about her time in Dubai, Bali and South America (HarperCollins). Her first book, Burqalicious – The Dubai Diaries, her second book, Balilicious – The Bali Diaries and her third, Latinalicious -The South America Diaries are out now as ebooks.
Becky has also written a comedy romance with author Sarah Alderson under the name Lola Salt, called The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft) which should raise a giggle or two… think Bridget Jones if Jackie Collins had written it!
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Becky-Wicks-Author/
Becky will be awarding an eCopy of Before He Was Famous to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop during the tour; and One Grand Prize of an eCopy of Before He Was Famous and a print copy of Latinalicious, Becky’s last travel memoir (HarperCollins) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. (International winner)
Becky is also holding a giveaway for a Kindle HD; and a character named after someone in my next book.