The Georgia Corbins by Kara Leigh Miller
Ali Philips never thought anything could be more devastating than the day Levi and Tucker Corbin, her two best friends—her only friends—moved away. Three years passed without a single phone call, text message, or email from them and she’s resolved to the fact that she will probably never see them again. Until one morning when she comes face-to-face with Levi Corbin in physics class.
Little does she know, the Corbins have returned to Haldeen with only one thing on their minds: winning Ali’s heart. Ali soon finds herself in the middle of a love triangle she doesn’t want any part of. As she tries to reclaim the friendships she’s lost and to adjust to the unfamiliar feelings she’s having, she struggles with making the one decision that will forever change their lives: Levi or Tucker Corbin?
She’s always had a special bond with Tucker and feels most comfortable when she’s with him. But Levi brings her to life in a way she didn’t think was possible and makes her feel things she didn’t think she would ever feel. Torn between the two, Ali is certain of only one thing–by the time it’s over, she’ll lose one of her best friends.
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This is a deleted scene from Ali's POV that happens the day she learns the Corbin boys are back in Haldeen:
My body was overloaded with a mix of emotions: excitement, anger, confusion, lust. I made a split-second decision to skip the rest of my classes. I needed to get away from Levi and Tucker and everyone else who’d be giving me sympathetic looks and, worse, whispering behind my back. The Corbins had always been known as my personal bodyguards, my protectors. It had taken a long time after they left for me to show this damn town that I didn’t need anyone to take care of me. I had a bad feeling now that they were back, my life was going to be turned upside down.
The second bell rang, and instead of going to gym I walked out the side door. I headed down the dirt road behind the school that led me to the abandoned farm dividing my house and the Corbin’s farm. Since they were both in school, I assumed it would be a safe haven for a few hours. All I needed was some time to clear my head. I climbed up the large oak tree and into the busted window of the hayloft like I'd done countless times as a child. So many memories took place in this hay loft, all of them with Levi and Tucker.
This is a deleted scene from Levi's POV. Things between him and his brother are becoming tense, and they are fighting all the time now—this is one of those times:
Several more weeks passed and things were progressively getting worse. Tucker and I were barely speaking, and we were always fighting to spend time with Ali. She was doing her best to be fair and spend an equal amount of time with each of us, but we weren't making it easy on her. With homecoming a week away, I was getting really nervous. She still hadn't agreed to go with me. Of course, she hadn't told Tucker yes, either. All I knew was, if Ali decided not to go, I wasn't going, either.
“What color cup do y’all need?” Kayla asked as Tucker and I approached the field, which was full of our peers drinking, hollering, and having a good time.
“Excuse me?” I said.
“That’s right.” She laughed. “Y’all haven’t been around for the stoplight party.”
“The what?” Tucker said.
“It’s this party we do every year right before homecoming,” Kayla answered. “Everyone gets a cup based on their relationship status. A red cup means you're taken and only looking for friendship. If you take a red cup, you have to write your girlfriend or boyfriend's name on it. A yellow cup means it’s complicated, and a green cup means you're fair game. With a green cup, you've gotta put your name on it so if somebody wants to talk to you, they know your name.”
I laughed. “That’s ridiculous. We already know everyone, Kayla. Not to mention who's dating who.”
“Maybe so, but it’s a tradition and y’all ain’t gonna change it. So, what color cup do you need?” Kayla asked with a smile.
“Red,” Tucker replied.
I eyed him suspiciously. Why did he need a red cup? He and Ali weren’t a couple, and I doubted he'd gone and gotten involved with anyone else. I guess I wouldn’t really know, though. Tucker and I didn’t talk like we used to.
“Got a marker?” Tucker asked Kayla.
I watched him scribble on his cup and scowled at him when I realized what he’d done. I looked at Kayla. “Give me a red cup, too.”
Tucker and I went to the keg and filled our cups, then stood looking at the crowd. I was looking for Ali and I’d bet he was too.
“Woo hoo! Come on, Ali girl!” Cass shouted when Lauren Alaina’s “Georgia Peaches” started to play.
I nearly choked on my beer when I saw Ali climb into the back of Brody’s truck. She was wearing a red and white striped bikini top, and really short shorts. Her feet were bare, and her hair hung in loose damp curls down her back. She shook her hips, moved her arms around in the air, and sung along to the song. I was going to have to spend a week in church just to be saved for the thoughts that were going through my mind right now.
“Quit staring like she’s a piece a meat,” Tucker growled from beside me.
“Like you ain’t staring, too.” I peeled my gaze from Ali and looking at my brother.
“So what if I was?” He turned and got in my face.
Great. Looks like Tucker and I were going to have another fight. I was so tired of fighting with him.
About the Author
Born and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word. In early 2010, Kara picked up her very first erotic romance novel, and she was instantly hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, erotica, and young adult romance. Currently she has several full-length novels in the works, a series of novellas, and a handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY Creative Writers Café and the CNY Romance Writers. Today, Kara resides in New Haven, New York with her husband, five kids, and three cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s thinking about reading and writing. And when she’s not doing that, she’s spending time with her family and friends.