My best friend, Brecken, collects secrets. So when he tells me he knows a potentially life-destroying secret about someone, I don’t think too much about it.
Until he dies a few hours later.
The police rule his death a suicide, but I’m not convinced. I don’t really start to fully question his death, though, until the day Gaige Irvins moves in with me.
Gaige used to be a good guy up until three years ago when he joined the popular group known as the Perfect Rebels. Now he’s a cocky jerk that hasn’t been very nice to me.
I try to keep my distance from him, but no matter how hard I try, I find myself drawn to him, enough to let him kiss me. But that kiss shatters everything and forces me back to reality.
And the reality is Gaige might have had something to do with Brecken’s death.
Sometimes I feel like the loneliest guy in the world. Do I have friends? Sure. But none of them know the real me, the guy beneath the cocky façade, fake smiles, secrets, and lies.
I wish I could change, but I can’t. Not unless I want to risk my secret getting out. A secret I’m being blackmailed over.
To make things worse, the day I move in with Willa, my blackmailer sends me a new threat: get close to Willa and find out her secrets.
It’s not like his demand is terrible. Willa is gorgeous, just a little strange. But my friends and I haven’t been that nice to her, and I know getting close to her is going to be difficult.
But I have to try.
The problem is that after spending some time with her, I end up feeling more connected to Willa than I have with anyone in a long time. Which complicates following through with the blackmailer’s threat.
But if I don’t, my secret will get out, and mine and my friends’ lives will be destroyed forever.