Reuniting Reality by Nikki LeClair
Published by Nikki LeClair on March 20, 2018
Genre: Chick Lit
Starring opposite her best friend in hit reality TV show Daughter of Famous Mothers, Julie Duncan was riding high, clouded with adoring fans and cozily married to an ambitious plastic surgeon. One day, everything changed. Betrayed by not only her husband, but someone she completely trusted, Julie disappeared from that life and left it all behind.
Four years later, Julie’s life is far from brag-able. Living with her sister and scraping by doing D-list gigs, Julie is given an opportunity to fix her pathetic life. The only catch? Spending a week on camera with the people who destroyed her life.
So what’s a girl to do when her back is against the wall?
✓ Create a new, improved version of herself—a version that has moved on and let go the trials of the past.
✓ Invent a hopping new social life and a hot Olympian boyfriend.
✓ Beg forgiveness from her former best friend.
Simple enough until her fake new boyfriend suddenly shows up, her former best friend gives the cold shoulder, her ex-husband is as shady as ever, and butterflies she thought had died long ago begin to flutter alive.
Will Julie be able to keep up her ruse? Or will the cameras catch something she won’t ever be able to escape?
“Julie? Julie, darling!”
I look away from Declan to see a man crossing the back of the lobby, towards me. He’s in a white suit and black turtleneck. His dirty blond curly hair is brushed back with product, he’s clean shaven and his smile is board, charismatic, so familiar for some reason. He’s definitely at least 6-2, with a thin but built frame I can see through his tight suit. He extends his long arms out, holds his bright smile. “Julie! There you are!”
Who in the hell is this? And why does he seem so familiar—
I feel my body cool and I shudder. My legs are suddenly jello, and my heart begins to slam anxiously inside my rib cage.
This isn’t happening…
He gets to me and grabs my shoulders, pulling me into a tight squeeze. I’m engulfed in the strong grip of his strong cologne. My face is buried into his chest and before I can push him away, he lets go of me but keeps his hands firmly on my shoulders. “I missed you so much, darling.”
“Speechless,” he laughs and with a finger he flicks the side of my cheek. Then he looks around me to Declan and lets go of my shoulders. He extends a hand to the producer. “Hi there. Name’s Simon.”
It takes Declan a minute but after he manages to take his frown off me, he grasps Simon’s hand. “Hi. I’m Declan, the producer of the show.”
“Stop!” Oscar’s scream makes all three of us jump, and we look over to find him rushing from Armin’s side, signaling the nearby camera man. “Stop! We have to get that on camera. Now!” He looks from behind him and smiles largely. “Simon? Do you mind?”
“Not at all,” Simon laughs, it’s loud and booming. He then gives me a wink, “anything for Julie.”
Oscar gives him a thumbs up, “perfecto! This is gold. Simon, come, you must quickly sign release papers…”
Simon leaves my side and I watch as he formally shakes Oscar’s hand.
About Nikki LeClair
Nikki LeClair lives in Canada with her loving husband and their two rambunctious children. When she isn’t ordering her children to behave or begging her Border Terrier to listen to her, she sits behind her lap-top plotting out the next adventure of her new characters. She’s a fan of a good glass of Pinot Noir, and can’t live without her favorite Tea blends.
She enjoys hearing from readers and fans of her work. You can find her on twitter at @NikkiL_Books, and on her Facebook Fanpage Nikki LeClair