Cayden (Deni) Indigo is the hottest pop star on the charts, selling out stadiums in minutes and idolized by her fans. But when a bomb goes off at her concert, the music career that was once her dream becomes ground zero for her biggest nightmare.
Haunted by flashbacks and struggling with anxiety, Deni can't get on stage without having panic attacks. Bullies on social media blame her for the deaths at her show, and she can't leave her house without the paparazzi hounding her. Deni's mom decides she needs a break from L.A. and her superstar life for any chance at healing. That's how she ends up at a lake in Canada for the summer, barred from her phone.
Without her wigs or stage makeup, Deni flies under the radar--just a 17-year-old girl at the lake with her mom. And when she meets Hunter Gray, a boy from the cottage next door, her old life of red carpets and awards shows is replaced by one of bonfires, boat rides, and a budding romance. Hunter not knowing about her life as Cayden Indigo means he likes her and not her celebrity, and it's normalcy she craves. She'll tell him when the time is right, after a peaceful summer as an ordinary girl.
But Deni's summer of healing is on a collision course with what she wanted to escape. When the truth catches up, it threatens to undo the only happiness she's found since the night the bomb went off and puts her, Hunter, and both of their families in danger.
FROM CHAPTER 24
"Stop undressing me with your eyes, Cali."
"I'm doing no such thing!" I exclaim.
"I don't know. You seem a little defensive." His face has mischief written all over it.
I look up at the ceiling and pray he thinks I'm exasperated rather than averting my eyes from his. "You only wish I was imagining you that way."
He leans in closer to me. "And if I do?" His voice is both lower and huskier than I'm accustomed to.
"I, um--" I stammer, aware I have nothing to say in my defense. Dear sweet lord, I was not prepared for this today.
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