Title: Paper Dolls
Author: Ketley Allison
Series: Falling Paper #1
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2015Summary:
It’s too bad for Scarlet that no matter how sweet a person is, fate can still screw you over.
Now she’s jaded, half of her torn away and the remainder flesh and bones. In her grief, all Scarlet wants to do is to rebel against the life that betrayed her and her roommate provides the perfect lure…
Scarlet awakens when she enters the New York City underground, where vice and fortunes thrive. Hustling, trickery and savagery allow her to discover her true self—-her forgotten soul reemerging. She just can’t promise it’ll come back pure.
It won’t matter that there is a shadow in her periphery. Theo Saxon thinks he can save Scarlet from a world she craves and protect her from the very elements he’s spawned from. But it’s through his unwitting instruction that Scarlet will become a part of his league and find the danger he wants so badly to keep to himself.
Scarlet thinks the stakes are within her control. But she won’t just be betting her heart on Theo and his seductive sins. She will wager her life.
I stalked out of the apartment, noticing Verily at the poker table as I went by, dressed in a red-and-lace something. I could only nod at her. Theo followed behind, his footfalls light despite his contained fury, and took a seat next to Kai. At Verily’s curious, concerned glance between Theo and me, I smiled to let her know everything was fine.
I made it to the elevator with strong, held-together strides. My hand didn’t tremble when I pressed the down button. My stance was calm as I waited. As soon as the doors slid open, I entered, and when they shut behind me, I fell.
Hunched over, I held back sobs, my face hidden in my hands and my chest concaving with heaves.
I allowed myself one more gasping lurch before I rose, brushing back my hair and wiping my cheeks. After one last swallow, I’d choked back the flood.
Theo had given me many warnings. I’d been manhandled, threatened, and seen this underground for what it was: vice. If there was any time where there was an opportunity for avoidance, now was that moment.
The elevator doors opened on the ground floor, and I left both it and the lobby, tying my trench coat tighter as I exited.
Theo’s gun flashed in my mind, the coolness of it encased in the warmth of his hand.
My heart pounded, trapped in its prison of bones and blood.
I couldn’t turn back.
Ketley Allison began her creative career by writing books as birthday presents for her friends (with her friend as the main character and opposite a super sexy lead, of course) before ending it in order to walk down a path she thought she was supposed to follow.
The writing bug never left her—and, in fact, would often bleed into the official papers she was supposed to write—so now Ketley’s putting down her suit and finally following her dream. While her friends are no longer the stars of her books, she still throws in bits and pieces of them into each and every one of her characters.
As a result, her books tend to focus a lot on friendships as well as love, because let’s be honest, friends are what really get you through—especially when your epic love turns into epic heartbreak.