Shuffle by Lisa Swallow
Release Date: January 28, 2016
Series: Ruby Riot #2
Will Campbell, Ruby Riot bassist, is back at university and failing badly at everything apart from partying.
With Ruby Riot on a break, Will returns to university to finish his degree. He needs major help if he wants to pass his final year and attempts to join a not-very-rock star study group. Will is horrified to discover the person organising the group is Fleur Roberts, the girl he’s secretly crushed on for two years and who recently threatened him with a restraining order.
Fleur’s rock stars are history academics. She has no interest in any variety of pierced, tattooed slacker, especially not the jackass rock star who humiliated her at a party. There’s no way in Hell that Will Campbell is joining her group.
Faced with losing the easiest way to fix his academic problems, Will has the perfect solution: pretend he’s his twin, Nate. Will and Nate have swapped identities before so nothing can go wrong. Surely.
Fleur is successful academically, but her love life is a failure. Following a number of disastrous dates, she finds herself falling in love with a guy who is lying to her. But Will’s deceit isn’t the only thing about to shatter her world. When another man Fleur trusted betrays her, and she attempts to retaliate, Fleur discovers how dangerous he is. And when Will becomes involved, the repercussions threaten both of their futures.
Shuffle is the second standalone book in the Ruby Riot series and can be read separately to the first book.
(every ‘Nate’ who is in the excerpts with Fleur is Will)
“She’s wasted.” Steph’s voice from nearby but far away.
“I know. I told her to stop.” Nita.
“Did you call a cab?”
“At this time? And how much cash do you think I have?”
“How are we going to get on the bloody bus when she can’t stand?”
My hair hangs in my face and I stare at the sticky carpet. The music grows louder, then quieter again as a door opens and closes. “I’m okay.”
Anne crouches down and I attempt to focus on her face. “Do you feel sick?”
“No,” I mumble.
“What’s going on?” Another person joins my audience and I stare as a pair of bashed up combat boots enter my line of sight. “Fleur?”
I peer up through my fringe and focus. Will or Nate. Twin. “Which one are you?” I ask as he crouches in front of me. “‘Cause if you’re Will coming for another go, you can piss off!”
“Wow, you’re an obnoxious drunk!”
I hiccup down the vomit threatening to spill as he stands again. A discussion continues in low voices as I gaze with interest at the pattern on the carpet.
“Nate’s taking you home,” says Steph.
Powerful hands pull me to my feet, catching under my arms. “Or Will.”
“Who? Which?” I mumble.
“Whichever one you want me to be.”
With those words, I accept this is Nate and relax. A little too much because my feet don’t appear to be working. I stumble forward and end up with my face pressed against Nate’s hard chest. He smells all kinds of amazing, fresher than the grungy guy he looks.
“You okay to walk?” he asks; and as my legs buckle again, he laughs. “Stupid question.”
The world shifts position as Nate scoops me up, arms beneath my legs and I grab him around the neck. “Don’t drop me!” I shriek.
He hitches me higher, arm around my waist. “Are you suggesting I’m weak?”
“No, you’re just a bit…” I squeeze an arm around his tense bicep. Maybe not.
“A bit what?”
“I’m perfectly capable of carrying a damsel away from her distress.”
I’d fight for him to put me down but suspect I wouldn’t do a very good job of walking home alone. “Funny.”
“You are when you’re drunk. What happened?”
The fresh air hits as we step out of the club into the autumn air, and I wish I knew where my coat is. “Am I not allowed to get drunk?”
Nate sets me down, carefully leaning me against a wall. “You are allowed to do whatever you want Fleur; but I don’t want to hear you’re getting drunk because something shit happened to you.”
“Hmm.” My back scrapes along the wall as I slide to the floor.
I look up at Nate who looks down with an amused quirk to his mouth.
“What’s funny?” I snap.
“Nothing. Well, drunk chicks are always funny.” I’m about to retort when he steps away. “Wait there.”
About the Author
Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.
Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.
In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.
She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university. This has given Lisa stories which would sound far-fetched if she wrote them down, and maybe one day she will. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave, under Tilly’s supervision.
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