About the Book:
1. Do not interfere with someone’s death.
2. Do not become emotionally involved.
3. Do not show yourself to the living.
As a grim reaper, seventeen-year-old Xia has to follow these Rules. But when she meets Shilah, a Native American boy who can see reapers, she figures the rules don’t apply. To find out why he can see her, she pretends to be human, since carrying a scythe probably isn’t the latest teen craze. Things become unnerving as she begins experiencing first-time affection with Shilah, but she’s irreversibly drawn to him. Suddenly Xia finds herself breaking Rule Two, even while collecting dead souls behind Shilah’s back. It isn’t long before she is caught red-handed by the Angel of Death himself, and then not only is her relationship at risk, but also Shilah’s soul. And this leaves Xia wondering: can love overcome Death?
GRIM CRUSH is a teen paranormal romance that shows how love can transcend the boundary between life and death.
Targeted Age Group: Ages 12 and up
He smiled, stroking my hand. Then he turned serious. “Xia, does skin contact still bother you?”
“Only a little. I’m trying to get used to it.” I lifted my head off his chest and put my legs under me, turning to face him. “Give me your hands.”
Shilah placed both of his hands in mine. I squeezed them, trying not to freak out from the warm, electric feeling spreading up my arms. Swallowing, I slowly ran my hands up his forearms. His skin was so soft, so smooth. I’d never felt anything like it before.
I stopped at the crooks of his elbows and looked up, embarrassed. “Do you mind?”
He shook his head. So I continued running my hands over his muscular biceps, up to his shoulders. His skin felt so soothing against mine that I wanted to do this all night. I couldn’t get myself to stop.
I slid my hands over his shirt, up to his neck. He watched me closely, and my heart throbbed as I traced his jawline with my fingertips. I didn’t think either of us were breathing by the time my fingers brushed his lips. His lips were even more tender than his skin.
His warm breath caressed my fingers as they lingered for a moment. That weird stirring of emotions hit me again, jolting my entire body from head to toes. If I had been human, I would’ve thought I needed to see a doctor. This feeling felt natural, but unnatural at the same time.
I looked up, into his staring eyes. Blushing hard, I yanked my hands away. “S-sorry. I was…just…”
Shilah leaned in closer. Our faces had already been inches apart; now there was only one inch between us. I couldn’t take my eyes away from his lips.
My breath caught in my throat as he hesitated. Maybe he was waiting to see if I’d pull away again. Waiting for me to object or run or something.
But this time, I stayed.
And then his tender lips pressed into mine. I closed my eyes and inhaled sharply through my nose, caught off guard by the incredible sensations that coursed through me. This touch felt a hundred times better than any other. My whole body felt like it was lifting off the ground. I was tingling all over.
My mind was telling me to pull away. I knew I shouldn’t be doing this. Kissing a human must be completely against the Rules. A grim reaper should not be having these types of feelings.
But it felt so…right.