#WildWednesday Snippet from Wild Child by Molly O’Keefe
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Another Wild Wednesday snippet! One of my favorite characters from Wild Child is Jackson’s teenage sister, Gwen. Their parents died in a car crash when Jackson was in college and Gwen was eleven. Jackson left school and the life he was beginning to create in order to take care of his sister but it hasn’t been easy. The entrance of Monica into their town and their lives make all the issues between them bubble to the surface.
“I’m going out to The Pour House,” Jackson said. “Text me if you’re going someplace.”
Gwen hummed in her throat, her eyes still on the book, and he waited another second as if she might look up and smile at him the way she used to. But she didn’t, and he knocked slightly on the door before walking away. He got three steps before he stopped and turned back around.
“You want to go see a movie or something?” he asked. That made her stop reading.
“A movie, get some ice cream . . .” He shrugged.
“It’s poker night,” she said.
“I know, but . . . I’d skip it if you wanted to go see a movie.”
She looked at him for a long moment, and in her blue eyes, so like their mother’s, he saw his sister and a total stranger. Gwen was a genius, reading at age three, completing complicated algebra problems in grade five.
She’d finished the entire curriculum of her sophomore year of high school, including calculus and zoology, during two and a half months of summer school.
For about a year when she was twelve he’d been slightly scared of her, even went to Memphis twice a month so both of them could see counselors. The counselor had told him to make sure Gwen was still a kid, that she did kid stuff.
So in between her reading the classics and taking on-line physics classes at the University of Tennessee, he took her go-carting, as well as mini-putting every weekend. He went fishing with her and to the movies. He invited kids her age, tried his best to make sure she had friends.
He’d worked hard at it, poured himself into it the way he had law school. Normalizing his sister was a job, and it had been all-consuming.
Those, he realized now with a bittersweet pang, had been the best years.
“No thanks,” she said, and bent back over her book.
He sighed, slightly defeated, slightly angry. Always baffled. “Then I guess I’ll talk to you later,” he said, and as he turned again for the hallway, Gwen shifted and he saw what she was reading. Wild Child. Monica’s purple eyes stared up at him from the author photo.
Gwen glanced up and saw what he was looking at before he could pretend not to be.
Without a word his sister pulled the book into bed with her, hiding it in her lap, another secret to keep from him.
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About the Author:
Molly O’Keefe published her first Harlequin romance at age twenty-five and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring each character’s road toward happily ever after. She’s won two Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice awards and the RITA for Best Novella in 2010. Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she now lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband, two kids, and the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America. Follow her on her website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads