Turtle Bay By Tiffany King
If you're a teenager in a small, rural area, how do you exist when your eccentric, free-spirited parents are the town freaks everyone laughs at?
For sixteen-year-old Rainbow Honeywell—or Rain, as she insists on being called—the answer was to become the queen of all pranks. She never wanted to be a troublemaker, but the label quickly stuck when everyone in Huntsville, Kansas, became a target. All she wanted was to deflect the negative attention off her parents, but Rain's plan backfired to the max, landing her in a heap of trouble with the local authorities and expelled from high school.
An unexpected inheritance offers Rain an opportunity for a new beginning when she and her family move across the country to the quaint beach community of Turtle Bay, Florida.
Determined to make the best of her second chance, Rain vows to walk the straight and narrow, hoping her parents will fly under the radar while she soaks up some fun in the sun, sandy beaches, and hot, tanned guys. Unfortunately, she picks the wrong new friends, and a late night party lands her back in the kind of trouble she had been hoping to avoid. As the newbie in town with a record, Rain takes the brunt of the punishment when an unforgiving judge chooses to make an example out of her and slaps her with enough community service hours to keep her busy until she is old and gray.
Facing the harsh reality of paying for the actions of others while atoning for her own past sins, Rain is paired up with Josh Shaw, a judgmental local lifeguard whose love for the beach and the environment is eclipsed only by his distaste for those who trash it. As far as Josh is concerned, Rain is guilty and got what she deserved, regardless of her side of the story. To make matters worse, a tropical storm sits in the Atlantic, threatening to wreak havoc on the small beach community.
Things slowly change as Rain begins to appreciate her surroundings through Josh's eyes, proving she is not the person he thinks she is. Their feelings for one another blossom as the tropical storm grows into a hurricane and bears down on Turtle Bay. With impending danger looming, the small beach community must come together in order to ride out the storm.Kindle Edition, 165 pagesPublished March 20th 2015 by A.T. Publishing LLC
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"Going to the party?" a soft voice asked from the darkness, making me jump. It took less than a half a second to realize it was Turtle Boy."Stalk much?" I asked, placing a hand on my heart. The sudden rapid beating had as much to do with seeing him again as it did with being startled. "What do you do, work twenty-four seven?""Just passing by to make sure you and your friends don't use the beach as your own personal trash can.""Just because we like to have fun doesn't mean we're all asshats who litter," I countered. "Are you always such a dick, or is that just for my benefit?"Even in the dark I could see his eyes narrow. He didn't answer right away, and I was beginning to think he really was a tool. He surprised me by shooting me a rueful smile a moment later."I guess I am being a dick, huh?" he replied, running a hand over the top of his head. "I'm not usually this way.""Great, so it is for my benefit."He actually shocked me when a small smile split across his face, making my breath catch in my throat. If I thought he was cute before with a scowl, then a smile made him downright hot. It was the kind of smile that accentuated every other feature of his face.He stepped from the shadows and his eyes sparkled slightly from the dim light of the streetlamp. I was tempted to ask him if he was wearing contacts. Surely no one had eyes as brilliant as his looked.