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Sneak Peek #2: In the Shadows

Last week's teaser featured Grey, and while In the Shadows will have plenty of tension between him and Mia, I didn't want Jacoby fans to despair---he's still just as charming as he was before---so I'm sharing a FUN teaser this week. :)






Realization lights up on my Mom’s face. She gingerly rips off a corner revealing the familiar edge of a canvas. She quickly removes the rest of the paper, gasping when the picture comes in full view. She studies it for a minute before looking back up at Jacoby with wide eyes and a beaming smile.
“I don’t know what to say.” She laughs. “You did this?”

“It was harder than it looks,” he admits, and I can practically hear his smirk.

My curiosity can’t take anymore so I bound down the stairs to see firsthand what Jacoby has painted.

“Hi! When did you get here?” I ask as I reach the bottom of the stairs. I don’t want them to know I was spying on them after all.

“Jacoby has painted me a masterpiece!” Mom can barely conceal the entertainment in her voice as she gazes at him affectionately. “Why didn’t you tell me he was so talented?”

He’s a brown-nosing genius. I’ll have to make him teach me everything he knows.

I take my first look at the painting and burst in to laughter. I don’t know what I was expecting but I definitely wasn’t expecting to see a replica of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

“Jacoby,” I scold playfully. “Is this a Paint-by-Number kit?”

“Maybe,” he answers with a sly little grin that makes me just want to kiss his face. And I probably would’ve if my mom wasn’t standing right next to me.

“Oh good grief,” I tease him. “Look I can still see the number 14.”

“You can not!” He grabs the painting out of my hands and checks to make sure then narrows his eyes at me

“Oh Mia, leave the poor boy alone.” Mom takes the painting back from Jacoby. “I think it’s beautiful. I’ll hang it up in the hallway.”

“Yeah, right along with all of Maddie’s ‘masterpieces’,” I add. He mocks devastation and I nudge him with my elbow. “Come on, let’s go eat. I’m starving.”




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