The Rebound Girl ~ Book 1 ~ Completed!

Liam is having a hard time after his break up with Danielle and when he meets Bess Boone he sees her only as the rebound girl. When Harry begins to really fall for her though things are bound to get complicated. In the meantime, Bess is fighting depression.The story contains cigarette use, a little bit of bad language, and some possible mature content, so, be aware of that.

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30. To Whom Do I Belong?

Bess’ POV

I have a capacity of screwing things up and pushing people who care about me away. I’m so good at it I should win an award for it or something. Here’s what happened one week before my marriage to Harry …

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‘I have to get fit, I have to get fit,’ I said over and over, running as fast as my legs allowed me on the treadmill. The wedding was closing up on me so I went to the gym with Liam everyday while I starved myself for a week now. Liam was standing next to the treadmill, watching me. He didn’t approve of my so called diet, which only consisted of fruit and salads, and he was afraid that it was only a matter of time before I passed out somewhere. Liam lowered the speed and I complained, panting, ‘NO. I have to get fit.’

‘It annoys me that you don’t know how perfect you already are,’ Liam said, picking me up and setting me on my feet on the ground.

‘Thanks for the compliment but I have to lose at least 2 pounds if I want to look like a princess in that beautiful wedding gown I found,’ I said, touching a towel on my forehead and neck. Yes, I did want to look like a princess on my wedding day. What girl doesn’t!? My stomach rumbled embarrassingly loud and I cried, clutching it, ‘I’m so hungry though.’

Liam crossed his arms across his chest. ‘Did you eat anything today?’ he asked in a strict tone.

‘Yes,’ I replied, nervously playing with my fingers. Liam lifted an eyebrow and I confessed, ‘A granola bar and a banana.’

‘That’s enough, Bess,’ Liam complained. ‘Go take a shower and I’ll take you to dinner.’

‘What about Harry?’ I quickly asked. I tried my very best not to cross any lines with Liam again. I was a good girl now, only dedicated to my fiancé.

‘We’ll call him and he’ll join us,’ Liam replied, shrugging.

‘Okay,’ I nodded and joked, ‘I’m so hungry I could eat you right now.’

‘I won’t complain if you want to,’ Liam replied, half smiling.

‘Ha ha, that’s funny,’ I sarcastically said, hitting him a little too hard on the shoulder. Liam was still grinning and it annoyed me. I walked away, shaking my head. I looked at my watch. It was 8.30 and the gym was almost empty. On my way to the changing rooms, I noticed that nobody was in the indoor pool. I never went skinny dipping before, I thought, smirking. No one was around and Liam was waiting in the gym upstairs. It wouldn’t hurt anyone if I swam for a little while, would it?

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Liam’s POV

Liam watched Bess walk away until she was out of sight. He sighed, touching his heart, before he noticed she had forgotten her bag. He grabbed it and went after her. He found her in the indoor pool. She pulled her t-shirt over her head and threw it on the ground.

‘What is she doing?’ he asked himself, smiling. He hid behind the door and watched her through the glass on it. When she unclasped her bra, Liam swallowed hard. He realized that she was going skinny dipping. She removed her sweatpants and hesitated before taking her underwear off too. She looked around one last time to see if anybody was there. Liam hid in the shadows. She didn’t see him. She giggled with what she was about to do and then dived in the pool.

Liam wanted her. Bess was his mate’s girl but talking to her and being around her always made him feel better. He had liked her from the start and even though he had her once, he wanted more now. And, anyway, since when did Harry like brunettes with curls and curves? Harry almost always fell for skinny blondes. Not this time though. Now, he kept saying that he only wanted Bess. It was as if she had become an obsession to him. He was addicted to her. But so was Liam. What if she didn’t belong with Harry after all? What if she belonged with him?

Bess went below the surface. This is my chance, Liam thought. He took off his clothes and dived in the pool too.

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Bess’ POV

Under the surface, I moved my hands about while my hair floated everywhere. I had my eyes closed and pretended I was the only person in the whole wide world. I panicked when someone grabbed my waist and pressed their lips on mine. I was pulled up and pushed against the tiled wall. When the stranger broke the kiss, I sucked a deep breath and opened my eyes.

‘What are you doing?’ I yelled in Liam’s face.

‘I want you, Bess,’ he simply said, leaning in, but I put my hands on his stomach and tried to push him away. He was too strong. His body was pressed on mine and I could feel how much he wanted me.

‘Stop it!’ I demanded. Harry trusted me. I couldn’t betray him like that. And Liam shouldn’t either. He was one of his four best men.

But Liam acted as if he had no reservations. His lips melted on my neck, kissing it hard and eager, while his hands were digging into the skin of my back, slowly sliding downwards. A part of me wanted to give in. But I didn’t.

‘Liam, please,’ I cried and he punched the wall, pulling back. His head was bowed and he was breathing hard. I hugged my breasts, stupidly hiding what he had seen before.

‘I’m sorry,’ Liam breathed, running a hand through his hair. He found the courage to look me in the eyes after a while and he went on, ‘I don’t know what came over me.’

‘Harry must not find out about this,’ I told him. I was shivering, partly from the cold, but mostly from what he had almost done to me.

He nodded. ‘Okay.’

Then, I said, ‘I can’t be friends with you anymore.’

‘What!?’ Liam asked, wide eyed.

‘Please, stay away from me,’ I added and a few tears left from my eyes. He made to touch me but I quickly turned my back to him.

‘Bess, I’m sorry,’ Liam desperately said. ‘Forgive me.’

‘NO,’ I objected, getting out of the pool. I grabbed my things and walked away, not looking back.

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