Title: The Last First Game
Author: Gina Azzi
Series: Senior Semester #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 29, 2015
When Lila Avers accepts a medical internship through Astor University in California for the fall semester of her senior year, she doesn’t expect much. In fact, she’d rather work on her tan and meet a surfer instead of logging long hours at the hospital and studying. But before she even boards her flight to LA, she meets Astor University wide receiver, Cade Wilkins. A football player. When Cade turns out to be so much more than just muscle, Lila is smitten. Maybe a semester away from her friends won’t be so bad after all.
Cade Wilkins is beyond ready for his last season at Astor. Already being scouted and projected as a NFL draft pick, he’s riding a natural high and all set to breeze through his senior year. To sweeten the start of the fall semester, he meets his dream girl at the airport on his way back to LA. Lila Avers, a blonde, blue-eyed angel. Could life get any better?
When Cade is sidelined by an unexpected injury, he’s devastated to learn of more serious health concerns. As his world implodes, Lila holds him together. But is she strong enough to see him through his recovery?
As their own insecurities and doubts emerge, their new, fragile relationship is tested. Can Cade and Lila handle the ugly truths of falling in love when tensions flare, boundaries are violated, and uncertainty looms over the future of their relationship?
I clap my hands together, effectively securing the attention of my friends. “Alright, ladies, enough of this ’ish. We are about to start senior year. It’s going to be fun and wild and epic. It’s one semester. That’s it. We have to live it up and enjoy it.”
Emma nods enthusiastically, her bangs falling into her eyes. “Li is right. This is it. We all need to enjoy this semester and have fun.”
I take a large gulp of sangria. “We need to date hotties.”
Emma chimes in, “And get stupidly drunk with people we don’t know.”
“Make new friends?” Mia asks nervously.
“And fill each other in with weekly updates,” Maura adds. “I want photos,” she tells Mia seriously.
I smile at Maura encouragingly. That’s the spirit, girl!
Mia nods, her brown eyes shining as dusk falls. “So, we’ll keep in touch.”
“All the time,” I tell them, swatting a gnat away from our pizza. “We update each other on all of our adventures, but we promise each other this: we enjoy the semester, stay present in the moment, and have a lot of freaking fun. Mia, you’re heading to Italy for crying out loud. Travel, eat everything, make out with tall, dark, and handsomes. Emma, you’ve landed your dream internship in Washington, D.C. We want gossip and scandal and midnight liaisons in the Capitol building.”
Emma laughs boisterously, helping herself to a second slice. “You got it.”
“Maura,” I continue, eyeing her firmly. “The past few months have sucked for you.”
The girls stop talking and stare at me, mouths open.
“What?” I ask. “I’m not going to pretend the past few months haven’t been extremely difficult.” I reach out, taking Maura’s hand in my own and squeezing lightly. “But this is a fresh start. Don’t waste it. Focus on yourself, focus on healing, and whatever helps you get there, then do it. Maybe it’s rowing.”
Maura’s eyes narrow.
“Maybe it’s not anymore.” I smile at her sincerely. “If it’s not, that’s okay. Whatever it is, you need this semester for yourself. And we all want to see you happy.”
Emma and Mia nod in agreement.
“What about you?” Mia asks.
“Me? Well I’m about to go to Cali…” I flutter my eyelashes dramatically.
Gina Azzi loved every moment of college – especially her study abroad experiences, internships, and travel adventures! She drew on her college experiences to create the storylines for The Senior Semester Series.
Gina is a passionate reader, frequent globetrotter, and coffee enthusiast. She currently resides in Dubai with her husband Tony.
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