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Jealousy (Canterwood Crest) [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Burkhart
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Book Description

Lauren’s got to saddle up and sit tall if she’s going to make it to Thanksgiving at Canterwood Crest.

Thanksgiving break is approaching at Canterwood, but no one’s even close to relaxing—especially not Lauren. For one thing, her ex-boyfriend from Yates Prep is settling in, and he’s got an issue with Lauren’s new crush. And there’s the new girl, whose worldly equestrian background catapults her into the stable’s spotlight. To top things off, Lauren’s working on testing for the advanced team, and she fights feeling jealous toward Khloe, who’s already secured a seat. Looks like Lauren is in for a bumpy ride....


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About the Author

Jessica Burkhart (aka Jessica Ashley) is the author of the Unicorn Magic and Canterwood Crest series, which you can learn more about at CanterwoodCrest.com. She is a former equestrian who writes from her apartment in Brooklyn, New York. (It’s not the size of Crystal Castle, but Jess tries to decorate like a princess!) Jess’s aura would be hot pink and she loves glittery things. If she had a unicorn, it would be named Sparkle. Visit Jess at JessicaBurkhart.com.

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I STARED INTO FAMILIAR GREEN EYES. EYES that I now could tell weren’t ocean blue. The clouds had shifted past the full Halloween-night moon and, mask now in his hands, the wrong guy stood in front of me. Wrong as in my ex-boyfriend.

I reached out and shoved his chest with both hands. Taylor Frost staggered backward a step, clutching his white mask and holding up a hand. The door to the ballroom opened as more people went inside. Music blared until the doors closed.

I’d been dreaming about tonight—waking every morning with a silly grin on my face just thinking that my birthday wish might come true. That Drew Adams, my crush, would kiss me on my birthday. But I had kissed someone else and not even realized it until it was too late. How could I not have known?

“Lauren, I’m sorry,” Taylor said. “I shouldn’t have—”

I was lost in a swirl of thoughts centered on Drew: How was I going to explain this to him? Who made a mistake like this? Would I lose Drew?

I closed my eyes for a second, screaming at the thoughts to evaporate. I had to pull myself together and focus on Taylor first.

“Stop!” I hissed. “I am not going to let this ruin my birthday party—the one that my friends worked so hard on and you just crashed.”

Taylor’s head jerked back a fraction.

“If you want to talk, we’re not doing it here,” I finished.

I turned away from him, stepped around the dark-brown carriage that was covered in twinkly lights. When I’d seen the carriage, I’d imagined it taking Drew and me down the trail that Lexa had decorated and described as “romantic and spooky.” The next carriage ride might be taking Taylor to Union.

I walked to a bench that was far enough away from my Halloween-slash-birthday masquerade party. I closed my eyes, rubbing my temples and probably ruining my makeup. Khloe’s surprise—a professional makeup artist for us—felt as if it had happened days instead of mere hours ago. Khloe, Cole, and all of my other friends were inside dancing, eating, and playing games.

It felt as if I’d seen everyone but Drew tonight. I crossed my fingers that he was inside and hadn’t bailed. It was a confusing scene, thanks to the masks. I hurried, hoping Drew or anyone else wouldn’t see me leaving with a guy. More than anything, I hoped Drew hadn’t witnessed The Kiss.

I shivered in the chilly late-October air as Taylor approached the bench. My light-pink dress with spaghetti straps didn’t offer much warmth. I bit the inside of my cheek, trying not to let Taylor see that I was cold—it felt weak. We’d known each other for almost two years, and I’d never been this upset with him. Maybe not with anyone. My teeth chattered, betraying me.

“Even though you’re mad, please take my coat,” he said.

Without a word Taylor slipped off his jacket and held it out.

“Fine,” I said, my tone as cold as I felt. “Thank you.”

I took the black suit jacket from him and slipped it on. I’d never felt so many things at once.

Anger.

Confusion.

And . . . happiness? I had to be confusing serious fury with happiness, because there was no reason, not even the tiniest one, for me to be happy right now.

Taylor perched at the opposite edge of the bench and turned to me. We just looked at each other. He hadn’t changed since I’d seen him only a few short months ago. His cropped blond hair was still bleached from swimming, and his tan and few freckles had faded a little. It was almost like a dream—a very strange dream.

What are you doing here?” I asked. The words exploded from my mouth. “You’re not a student! How did you get on campus? Why didn’t you tell me you were coming to my birthday party? Do Ana and Brielle know? Why did you kiss me? Why? We’re broken up! You can’t show up at my school and do that!”

I stopped, realizing that I was yelling. I didn’t want any attention drawn to us. I needed to talk to Taylor before any of my friends found out.

Taylor rubbed the back of his neck—something he did when he was nervous. “Lauren, again, I am so sorry,” he said. “I had this idea that it would be a huge surprise to show up on your birthday. I missed you.”

His last sentence caught me off guard and forced me to take a breath before responding.

“I missed you, too,” I said, my tone still clipped. “That doesn’t mean I’d ever crash a dance at Yates and kiss you. Taylor . . .” I shook my head.

“I shouldn’t have done that,” Taylor said. “You’re right—we’re broken up and I didn’t consider your feelings at all. I should have talked to you about it first.”

“I really wish you had—we’re friends. I’m not your girl-friend. You know you should have talked to me before showing up here.”

I rubbed my forehead. A headache was forming over my temples. I thought of Drew. Drew Adams—the très cute rider and guy I’d been going out with. I’d wished on every star in the sky that Drew would kiss me for the first time tonight. Now I was sitting in the cold with Taylor.

Tay and I’d had the best breakup possible after dating for five months. We’d managed to stay friends. He wasn’t a friend like Ana or Brielle—my friends from home. As if I’d talk to him about boys! Way too weird. We’d never talked about our current relationship statuses, so he knew zero about Drew.

Taylor paused. He ran a hand over his hair. I could still smell the faintest hint of chlorine from his endless hours in the pool. “We are friends. But, Laur, I came here to see if there’s a chance that we could be more than that.”

The hopeful look on his face made my stomach hurt a little.

“Taylor, why are you doing this?” I asked. “You’re at Yates. I’m at Canterwood. We both agreed on breaking up and fresh starts for both of us. Long distance isn’t something either of us wanted. Want. And I . . .” I shifted on the bench.

Apparently, my birthday was going to have celebration and confession. Mine was going to hurt Taylor, but I couldn’t let him think we had a chance at getting back together. I hated that I was about to hurt him—no matter how mad I was.

“Laur?” Taylor asked.

“Taylor, I’m sorry. You deserve to hear the truth from me. I like someone here. We’ve been on a few dates, and I want to keep getting to know him.”

I half closed my eyes, staring at him. Taylor didn’t say a word, but I knew him well. Too well for him to hide the shock, sadness, and disappointment on his face.

Finally he nodded. “Timing, huh? I’m sorry, Lauren. You’re a great girl. I shouldn’t have been surprised by what you told me.”

I blushed. “You’re being really sweet about this.”

“You’re too modest. I let you go. That was my mistake.”

“I’m sorry,” I said in a whisper. “I mean, I know we weren’t together, so I didn’t do anything wrong. But I’m just . . . sorry.”

Taylor shook his head. “I’m not mad at you. I mean . . . jealous, yeah. I’m not going to lie. But we were broken up.”

“Are,” I corrected. “We are broken up.”

Are broken up,” Taylor repeated. “Laur . . . are you that into this guy? You know we’re good together.”

“Excuse you?” I huffed. “Please don’t ask me stuff like that. Who I’m ‘into’ is my choice.”

Taylor was acting so not Taylor.

“Am I speaking in French and not realizing it?” I continued. “We talked about all of this before. No. Long. Distance. Nothing’s different—so why are you asking me?”

The streetlamp cast light that made the silver and pink sequins sparkle on my dress as I stood, leaving my mask on the bench. I was too frustrated to sit. I glanced at the ballroom and wished that I was inside and dancing with my friends. If only Taylor had come just to surprise me by being here as a friend.

“Things have changed,” Taylor said. He stood and looked into my eyes. “It wouldn’t be long distance.”

My head snapped in his direction. Words wouldn’t come out. My brain felt as though it was stuffed with the insides of the pumpkins Jill and Lex had scraped out to make jack-o’-lanterns.

“What are you talking about?” My voice shook.

“Lauren, I got accepted to Canterwood.”

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  • File Size: 3527 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00ERK4U2I
  • Publisher: Aladdin (February 19, 2013)
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Canterwood Crest February 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book I am sad the series is coming to a close. I still miss the famous Sasha Silver but Lauren is a great rider and friend. She and her friends always stick together and they are always there for each other. I love Canterwood Crest and am looking forward to reading the next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soooo good May 21, 2013
By Amanda
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I just love the series of canterwood crest!!!! Soooooooo entertaining!!!!!
Can't wait for the next book!!!! I think this is one of the best books in the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it :D April 9, 2013
A Kid's Review
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I'm a HUUUUUGE canterwood crest fan but I like the Lauren Towers series better. This book was really good. It has really good perspective, and it was realistic. I love realistic fiction cuz I can relate to it well. I would say only read this book if you have read the others (Chosen, Initiation, Popular, Comeback, and Masquerade). The series is so good I can hardly put it down! I can't wait for the next one :))
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amaze April 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all of the books that have come out in this series and have LOVED all of them. I finished this book an hour after I bought it because I couldn't put it down. If you like the canterwood crest series then you have to read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best. Series. Ever. March 1, 2013
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I love canterwood crest. It's a series full of horses and girl drama. You should read the books in order though, so you know what's happening. (Start at book 1) I recommend this book for ages 10-13, and to understand parts of the book, you have to know some horse knowledge. (Or just look it up) I enjoyed this series the whole way, and I hope you do to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amaze March 16, 2014
By Emily
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is AMAZING AWESOME and has so many details that it was I like about the canterwood crest series. Jessica burkhart is such a good writer and I wish that this series wasn't ending. But I did read that burkhart is writing some e-novella so at least they won't be gone forever. I also saw that she is writing a new series about a girl named Fallon and that Sasha is mentioned in the book a lot. I wish those books would come out soon. Back to this book it is a great book Lauren kisses Drew and Klhoe gives a great performance as Belle in beauty and the beast the play that she was in and at the end of the book there is a awesome surprise that has something to do with Brielle.
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By Shannyn
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My daughter has "graduated" from Pony Pals and Pony Days, Magic Ponies and Magic Pony, etc, but not yet ready for some of the older series. She is in 4th grade and around an RL 5.6, so we wanted more challenging but not grown up. The manager at Barnes and Noble recommended Book 1 to her and she read it and was hooked, so we got the rest of the series for her for Christmas. She is on book 5 and I imagine, since it a new series, that the books will retain resell value, although she plans to keep this series to re-read again whenever she wants to. The nice and not-so-nice thing about this series is that it does deal with real life bullying, mean girl and social issues, which is a big step from the fluffier children's pony books of 1st-3rd grade that she was reading, but since she has had to deal with some issues at riding school, she likes to bury herself in these books as a way to unwind. I like that she talks to me about what is happening in the books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it January 25, 2014
By G. Carr
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I love the canter wood crest series and this was no exception. It was a great book. Burkhart didn't disappoint.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action
in this book it was very full of action first with drew and Taylor and then with khloe doing the play and Clare getting a new roomate. I recommend this book
Published 2 months ago by booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book!!!!!!!!
This book is tots amaze read it now!!!!! Jessica burkhart is an amazing writer. Her whole canterwood crest series is totally amazing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kailyn wooe
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
it was the best story ever
I love canterwood crest
it was awesome
5 star rating it's totally adorable love lauren
Published 9 months ago by SDG
5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever
Super good book everything about it seems so real and this series is my favorite I read 3 books one day and 4 the next all I want to do when I get home is read which can be a bad... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sierra Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Read it now!!!!
This is the best book I ever read you so have yo get and read it now I totally recommend this book for all of you horse lovers I wish you can make movies Jessica. Read more
Published 10 months ago by anna
5.0 out of 5 stars an okay read
Pretty good. It's knd of repetitive. Now Ana is going to get accepted, now this, now that, it's not predictable but the more exciting things aren't as exciting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chris Saulys
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT......Its the best
As i said before. I LOVE IT so yeah. The whole series are well written and they are so intriguing well especially for me!
Published 12 months ago by mallee artemis wunypi carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Jealousy
Awesome smiley face awesome book ever since the 1900s. Totally different and exiciting. Why does jessica burkhart have to stop writing books.
Published 14 months ago by Abbey bombile
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This book is so awesome! I love what Jessica put into it. I love all the descriptive words. I can't wait to read the next book. And there is an awesome cliff hanger. Read more
Published 15 months ago by B. P. Lynch
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More About the Author

Hi! I'm Jessica Burkhart (Jess) and I write from Brooklyn, NY. I love that I can walk next door and get writer fuel aka Diet Coke and Oreos. :) I was born in 1987 in Nashville, TN and graduated from Florida State University in 2009.

I wrote my first middle-grade novel, TAKE THE REINS, in college and sold it just before graduation at nineteen as part of a four-book deal to Simon & Schuster.

I heart: anything sparkly, unicorns, my bestie and Canterwood editor, Kate Angelella, pink, my friends, pens, horses, lip gloss and books!

I used to be an equestrian before I became a writer. I had to stop due to scoliosis. I had a spinal fusion at Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis in 2000.

My BFF and I co-own Violet & Ruby Productions--a company that will soon be producing e-books and e-novellas. We can't wait to release our first e-novella soon! Visit us at http://www.violetandrubyproductions.com.

I also pen (no projects pubbed yet) YA under my real name, Jess Ashley. Currently, I'm working on KEPT, a YA verse novel. http://www.authorjessashley.com.

I blog a lot, so you'll find the most up to date info there: http://jessicaburkhart.blogspot.com. I also Tweet @jessicaburkhart.

For all things Canterwood related, check out http://www.canterwoodcrest.com.

Oh, yeah! I can autograph Kindle versions of Canterwood books via the Internet here: http://www.kindlegraph.com/authors/JessicaBurkhart. It's free and really easy! :)

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