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This week’s teaser is from Chris Knight’s POV. This teaser also contains **MAJOR SPOILERS** for those who haven’t read Relentless. If you haven’t read Relentless, feel free to scroll down to the bottom of this post after you read the giveaway instructions.

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The winners are Courtney (comment #24) and Erica (comment #53). Thank you to all who participated. Good luck in next week’s giveaway where I’ll be posting a teaser from Adam’s POV and giving away three ARCs!

Giveaway Instructions

Today I will be giving away TWO digital ARCS of Pieces of You (to be delivered on or about May 7th). To enter the ARC giveaway, leave a comment below telling me who’s POV the next teaser should be from: Claire, Adam, or Chris. Please include your email address in the comment or send your email address to me via the Contact page. After you comment, you can enter a second time by sharing the link to this teaser on Facebook and tagging me or my FB fan page in your post. If we’re not friends, feel free to add me as a friend so you can tag me.

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Now onto the teaser….

Chapter Six – Chris

Watching Claire and my mom comforting each other fills me with the worst kind of longing for the way things used to be. Claire should have spent the last year here, not bouncing around from the dorm to Senia’s house then to that apartment. She needed us and because of my stupid pride she suffered alone. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure I never let her down like that again.

They finally release their grip on each other and my mom brushes the tears away from Claire’s face. Claire’s eyes are red as hell the way they get when she’s crying uncontrollably. I’ve seen that look on her too many times.

“I’m so sorry I didn’t come sooner,” she says.

“That’s water under the bridge. The important thing is that you came back and that you never, ever do that to me again.”

This gets a small, congested chuckle and a smile out of Claire, but the pain she’s hiding from my mom quickly returns to her dainty features.

“All right, that’s enough,” I say. “Claire has to freshen up so we can get going.”

“Oh, poo. You just got here,” my mom complains as she glares at me across the kitchen. “You can’t leave yet. You two can hang out later. Let me have some time with my girl.”

Claire looks at me and I can’t help but gaze at her for a moment. I love that Claire has never been good at hiding her emotions. It took almost a year after she arrived at our house for her to allow herself to be vulnerable in front of anyone. But once I tore down those walls I fell irrevocably in love with her. She’s so hard on herself, but I’ve never met anyone more loving than Claire.

I know she gave up Abigail for both of us. I have no doubt that she believed she was making the right decision. But I can’t reconcile the girl I fell in love with—the same girl who made me wait over two years to have sex with her—with this girl who fell in love with a guy she’s known less than two months. Is this guy better than me or did I just leave her heart wide open for him to get inside?

“Stop staring at her, Chris,” my mom says and I’m snapped out of my thoughts.

Claire looks down at the floor. She knows I’m thinking about something we can’t discuss openly in front of my mom.

“Sorry, Mom, but we have to go. I have to get Claire back to the dorm soon so she can study. I’ll bring her by another time. I promise.”

The disappointment in my mom’s face kills me. She nods, looking a bit defeated, then turns to Claire and grabs her hands.

“In case I don’t see you anytime soon—”

“I’ll be back. I—”

“Sh! I don’t want you to promise me you’ll be back soon. I know you’ve got classes and lots of studying and parties and all that college nonsense. I just want you to promise me you’ll come home for Christmas. It just wasn’t any fun without you last year. Right, Chris?”

Fuck. Knowing Claire, she’s going to think I set this up.

“Mom, Claire probably already has plans for Christmas. Let’s not put any more pressure on her.”

“Oh, come on. You were miserable without Claire here last Christmas.” She turns to Claire in full gossip-mode. “You should have seen him. He was a mess, brooding in the bedroom with his guitar for days.”

“Come on. She doesn’t want to hear that shit.”

Claire wipes the tears from her cheeks as she stares at me. She’s not thinking about how pathetic I am. She’s thinking of how sorry she is for not being here last Christmas. I want to tell her that she has nothing to feel guilty about, but I can’t speak openly about any of that stuff here.

She finally turns away to face my mom. “I’ll be home for Christmas if I have to crawl here.”

I try not to let this statement get my hopes up, but right now I’m just insanely grateful that my mom seems to be more convincing than I am. They embrace again and I give them a moment before I break up the love-fest.

“All right, all right. You guys can cuddle some more later. Claire and I have to get going.”

I place my hand on the small of Claire’s back, something I’ve done a million times, but this time I expect her to push my hand away or shoot me a severe look. She doesn’t do either. She allows me to lead her out of the kitchen and up the stairs to her old room where she can fix her hair and makeup. I open the bedroom door and wait as she stands at the threshold for a moment.

I take a few steps inside and turn around. “We didn’t change anything. It didn’t feel right since it’s still your room.”

She steps inside and gazes around. “Maybe I shouldn’t have come here.”

“Don’t be silly. Just brush you hair and we’ll get out of here.”

She takes a few tentative steps toward the white desk and sits down in the rolling desk chair. She slowly pulls open the top drawer on the right and pulls out a purple brush. I can’t help but feel nostalgic as I watch her run the brush through her soft, blonde hair.

I can’t stop myself as I spin her chair around and place my hands on her knees as I kneel before her. “I know that everything seems awkward and fucked up right now, but this is your home. Whether or not we’re together. Don’t let that Christmas shit make things weird. You know my mom is just being pushy.”

“It’s not awkward or fucked up and I think that’s what’s getting to me. I expected it to be weird, but it’s not. It’s just… home.”

She looks me in the eye as she says this so I know she’s telling me the truth. I want to kiss her so fucking bad that my whole body aches for it, but I can’t. Claire is not the cheating type and I don’t want to be the source of any more of her misplaced guilt.

“Hey, I know you’ve seen me play a million times, but I’m doing this jam session with Neil Hardaway at a blues club in Durham a week from Saturday. It’s the final stop on this fucking ‘Home Sweet Home’ tour Xander set up for me. I know you have a boyfriend, but it’s fucking Neil Hardaway. You know this is a dream of mine and I’d love to share it with you.”

The pained expression on her face tells me she’s about to let me down. “I can’t. I’ll be with Adam that Saturday. I’m sorry.”

Just hearing his fucking name come out of her mouth, the same lips I’ve kissed for hours, makes me want to punch something. I take a breath to calm myself because this isn’t like me. Only Claire can get me this worked up.

“Don’t apologize,” I say as I let go of her knees and stand up. “Come on. We gotta get going.”

We make it downstairs into the hallway where I open the door to the attached garage and flip the light switch. The stale smell of gasoline and rubber is stagnant in the late Summer warmth. She enters ahead of me and immediately walks toward the Porsche.

“You got a Porsche?” she asks incredulously as she runs her hand over the shiny, black hood. “Could you be any more flashy?”

“Hey, I don’t spend money on a lot of shit. I don’t even have an apartment in Raleigh. Let me have my cars and my bikes.” I make my way to the driver’s side of my mom’s Volvo. “We’re taking the Volvo. I have to at least pretend to be responsible.”

We both climb into the Volvo and sit for a moment in silence as I slide the key into the ignition and adjust the radio station.

“Pretend to be responsible?” she says. “But you are responsible, Chris. You don’t have to pretend to be anything. I’m the one who should be worried about looking irresponsible.”

I open my mouth to speak when my phone vibrates in my pocket. “Hold that thought.” I slip the phone out of my pocket and see Tasha’s name. “Hello?”

“Chris, I’ve got bad news.”

I let out a deep sigh because I already know what she’s going to say.

“They backed out?”

“Yeah, but this is normal. This is the way these things go. They’re good people, as far as I can tell, but she got cold feet. I guess she’s a big fan of your music and she got a little nervous about meeting you. Then her husband got freaked out about the whole rock star thing.”


“Hey, it’s just a minor setback. We’ll give them a few days to cool off then I’ll call and try to set up another meeting. Don’t get discouraged.”

“What happened?” Claire whispers.

“Thanks, Tasha.”

As soon as I say her name, Claire’s face falls. I tuck the phone into my pocket and we sit in silence for a moment. I don’t know how much more heartache Claire and I can take. All I know is that this was not the homecoming I had planned for today.

“Hey, did I show you this tattoo,” I say as I pull up the sleeve on my right arm and show her the shattered heart tattoo I got on New Year’s Day.

It’s just a two-inch red heart broken into a bunch of pieces, but some of the shards are colored black and spell out the one word that I think of when I think of Claire: home. She gazes at my arm for a moment before she looks up at me.

“This is really hard for me, too,” she says. She doesn’t have to say anything more.

Another teaser and ARC giveaway coming next Tuesday! Good luck, everyone! 🙂

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  1. Annie T March 26, 2013 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Adam all the way. [email protected]

  2. Melanie J March 26, 2013 at 8:36 am - Reply

    I am thinking the next one should be Claire! Thanks for the giveaway…

  3. Michele Dewell March 26, 2013 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Even though we only got a glimpse of chris in relentless i hope that him and claire get their HEA. Even though i like chris i think the next pov should be from adam so we can see whats going on in his head. i cant wait to read this. u do an awesome job!!!! thank u. michele dewell

  4. Tina March 26, 2013 at 8:40 am - Reply

    This amazing! I can’t wait for more and I would love the next POV to be from Adam. I have total book crush on him!

  5. Tina March 26, 2013 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Forgot me email address: [email protected]

    • Tina March 26, 2013 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Oh my…geez….*my* email

  6. Annette March 26, 2013 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Awesome!!!! I would love love love the next POV to be of Adams.

  7. Maria Malaveci March 26, 2013 at 8:42 am - Reply

    I think you should write Claire’s POV! ♥


  8. kgagnon2013 March 26, 2013 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Adam please! Thanks! <3
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  9. Jennifer Black March 26, 2013 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Next teaser from Adam’s POV please!!!!! 🙂

  10. Beth March 26, 2013 at 8:52 am - Reply

    That was awesome……I cannot wait for May 7th! I would love to see an Adam POV next!! I just love him! My email address is [email protected]

  11. kitten18blog March 26, 2013 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I would like for the next POV teaser to be from Adam

  12. kitten18blog March 26, 2013 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I would like the next POV teaser to be from Adam

  13. Brianna Lee March 26, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I would love to see a teaser from Adam’s POV~!! Thanks for this chance to win an ARC. I’d love to read and review it! My email is [email protected] Thanks again!

  14. Rose Caceres March 26, 2013 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Hi Cassie, I think the next POV should be Claire’s. My email address is: [email protected]

  15. DeeDee Griffin March 26, 2013 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Love it! Thanks so much for the teaser. I’d like to see another teaser from Chris’ POV since we got so little of him in Relentless. I feel like I barely know him. I’m sure that will change with Pieces of You, and I can’t wait!
    deedee [at] grifmail [dot] com

  16. Lisa March 26, 2013 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Adam please! Loved Relentless can’t wait for Pieces of you! Email address is: [email protected]

  17. Amber Slagle March 26, 2013 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Hi Cassie,

    I think Adam!!

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  18. alexandra March 26, 2013 at 9:34 am - Reply

    [email protected]

  19. Mary Anne March 26, 2013 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Im not sure which side I will take…Chris or Adam? It seems they both love Claire. But Im more interested with Chris bec even though they’ve been apart, he never stopped loving her.

  20. Ashlee Crawford March 26, 2013 at 9:44 am - Reply

    I was so torn between Adam and Claire’s POV, but after reading this I’m defiantly thinking Adam’s POV should be next. I am beginning to be torn on who should share the HEA. At first I was really looking for Adam and Claire to live happily ever after and now I’m falling for Chris…ugg. I can not wait for the release to see who the HEA belongs to!!!

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  21. Tanya H. March 26, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Cassie, I think we need a nother Adam POV 🙂 My emial is: tanya.f.sanders (at) gmail (dot) com

  22. Courtney March 26, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I love Adam so is like to hear his pov next. Thanks!! Excited to see what happens.

  23. clare pennicook March 26, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

    defo we need a claire pov next to see how she really is feeling about chris being back in her life

  24. Heather Mitchell (@HMitch) March 26, 2013 at 9:48 am - Reply

    I think the net POV should be from Claire. I’d like to see where her head is at in the next book 🙂
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  25. Amy Baehl March 26, 2013 at 9:54 am - Reply

    It should definitely be Adam!

  26. Paula Jackman March 26, 2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

    As much as I love both chris and adam, I would love the next pov to be on claire

  27. Veronica March 26, 2013 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I loved the teaser but I am team Adam so I think the next one should be on Adam’s POV!!!

  28. Jennifer G March 26, 2013 at 10:05 am - Reply

    I’m torn between Claire and Adam. So I’m trusting you toake the final decision.
    [email protected]

  29. Serpil March 26, 2013 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Thanks for the teaser. I can’t wait to read the book. I was siding with Adam, but Chris is becoming appealing, too. Holly Cow!

    I think it should be Adam’s POV only if Claire will stay with Adam at the end. I’ll send you my email address via the contact page.

  30. sarita March 26, 2013 at 10:22 am - Reply

    next one claire- [email protected]

  31. Rebecca Bench March 26, 2013 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Adams’s point of view please! Love him.

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  32. Angie honda March 26, 2013 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Should definitely be Claire!! Team Adam:)
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  33. Desiree March 26, 2013 at 10:32 am - Reply

    Pleeeeasseeeeeee have Adam’s POV!!!!!!!!!! I really want to know where his head was at (and his heart) when he finds out about the baby AND that Claire kissed Chris. OR when his dad comes out of the house and goes straight to Claire with a huge smile on his face. [email protected]

  34. Desiree March 26, 2013 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Just realized you meant a Pieces of You teaser. BUT I still vote for Adams POV. I feel like his voice wasn’t heard in the first book. Sooo many unanswered questions to his life. Like Claire mentions in Relenteless, we were so busy trying to fix her and trying to figure her out that we forgot about Adam’s side 🙂


  35. Sara G. March 26, 2013 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I think the next teaser should be from Adam 🙂
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  36. Elizabeth March 26, 2013 at 11:08 am - Reply

    I would love Adams POV !

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  37. Lauren March 26, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I would love Adam’s POV!

  38. Stephanie March 26, 2013 at 11:49 am - Reply

    I would like the next POV from Adam. He rubbed me the wrong way in Relentless. I didn’t like how he treated Claire. I’m hoping that he’ll realize he’s not right for her and let her get her HEA with Chris!
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  39. Jessica March 26, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

    dang, this made me like chris a little more… i’m so torn. would love Adam’s POV.
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  40. Janette March 26, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Omg I loved it, I so want Adams pov to be next loving Claire having Chris back in the picture and him being hours away wth must he be thinking about, oh my what emotions is he feeling. The rage the pain his confusion with Chris the baby everything. I am so ready.

  41. kp March 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    claire please!
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  42. Stephanie March 26, 2013 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    I am totally Team Adam so pleeeeease let the next teaser be from his POV!!

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  44. julez811 March 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Definitely time to hear whats going through Adam’s head. Is it bad that I am having a bit of love/hate relationship with Chris right now…lol

  45. Rosa March 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    I have to say I’m liking Chris POV. We didn’t get to see much of him in Relentless so it’s nice to have a different POV. I wouldn’t mind Adams POV either. [email protected] hotmail.com

  46. Becky Kamola March 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm - Reply
  47. Ivette March 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Adam’s POV
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  48. Erica McCullough March 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Pls give us a teaser from Adam’s POV!!!!!!

  49. Alexis Mendicino March 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply
  50. Karla March 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm - Reply
  51. Lisa Hoft March 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Claire, please! 🙂

  52. Jennifer March 26, 2013 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I think it should be Adam!!! My email address is [email protected]..

  53. Lori Nelson March 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    I think I would like to see Adam’s pov. Honestly loved this book and can’t wait for the next one!

  54. Stacey LaCock March 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    I would love Adam’s POV

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  55. danielle james March 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm - Reply


  56. jackiebkworm March 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I think the next teaser should be from Adam’s point of view. Loved this teaser. Any chance of a book about Chris and Claire when they fell in love? I would love to read that story.

    • Cassia Leo, Author March 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      You’re not the first to ask about this. I’ll have to decide once the series is complete (probably in September). 🙂

  57. kelsey pollard March 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Adam’s point of view would be great.

  58. Jennifer Zorko-Legan March 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Adam’s POV Next please 🙂

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  59. Margarita Mall March 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    More Chris!!!!!! I need more info before deciding whose team I’m on!! 🙂

  60. Alexandra March 26, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I say Adam’s POV!! (:
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  61. Julie Deaton March 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    I say it should be Adam’s POV!!

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  62. Evette PRMamaLlama March 26, 2013 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Definitely Adam’s POV!
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  63. britton March 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    more chris so we can see what he his intentions are

  64. Tammie Clark March 26, 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks!!!! Adam. [email protected]

  65. Tina Connor Myers March 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    It’s Adam..Thanks! adgali at ymail dot com

  66. novelgrounds March 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Adam! [email protected] 😀

  67. Alicia yay March 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Adam’s POV please!! [email protected] 🙂

    • Alicia Taylor March 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply

      Sent name wrong lol Alicia Taylor not Alicia yay :/

  68. veRONIca March 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Adam! Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. Julie March 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply


    (I sent my email to you via the Contact Tab)

  70. Adrianne March 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait!! Adam, please!! Thank you!!

  71. Zita R March 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    More Chris please!
    zita at aol dot com

  72. Shannon Fuhrman March 26, 2013 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Adam’s !
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  73. Jessica Cross March 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Adam should be next!

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  74. erica March 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    I Can not wait! Can we have it from everyones point of view! But if I most choose I guess Chris, no wait Adam ohh grrrr!! I can’t choose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  75. tessmaz March 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Adam for sure !! 🙂 [email protected]

  76. nreed1369 March 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Chris. Adam. Chris. Adam. Oh I have no clue.. I choose BOTH! lmao.
    Thanks for the teaser!

  77. tessmaz March 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Adam for sure!! 🙂 [email protected]

  78. Leslie C. March 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I would love to see a teaser from Adam’s POV!

  79. Micah Woodley March 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Adam!!! Please 🙂

  80. Emily V. March 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Claire, please! [email protected]

  81. Vickie Milizia March 26, 2013 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Claire’s pov should b next.
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  82. Emily P March 26, 2013 at 6:54 pm - Reply


  83. pam proper meikle March 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    id like to know claire’s POV and what she is going to do

  84. monicams2013 March 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm - Reply

    It should be Adam! [email protected]

  85. monicams2013 March 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    It should be Adam, [email protected].

  86. Natascha vO March 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Adams Please 🙂 [email protected]

  87. nataschavo March 26, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Adam Please 🙂 [email protected]

  88. Gloria Landavazo March 27, 2013 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    I would love to read Chris’ POV next!!!! [email protected]

  89. May March 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    I want Adam’s POV! I don’t know if I’m for team Adam or team Chris. I’m so confused…

  90. Mariella March 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I would like a Claire POV next! thanks for the giveaways
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