About the Book
Title: Living the Shallows
Author: Tani Hanes
Genre: YA Romance
Aileen Foster, a shy, 22 year old student from LA, thinks she has landed a dream job as an interpreter for some actors making a film in Japan. She gets a surprise when she arrives in Tokyo and finds out that they are UK Crush, the hottest boyband around. She has been orphaned for most of her life, and it's a shock for her to enter their world of frank physicality. The boys come to love her, and Aileen is forced to look at her life and choices, and decide if she's ready to be brave and start living.
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My name is Tani Hanes, and I am a 51 rear old substitute teacher. Im from central California and am a recent transplant to New York City. The most important things to know about me are that I'm punctual, I love grammar and sushi, and I'm very intolerant of intolerance. The least important things to know about me are that I like to knit and I couldn't spell "acoustic" for 40 years. I've wanted to write since I was ten, and I finally did it. If you want to write, don't wait as long as I did, it's pointless, and very frustrating!
"You want me to kiss Matty?" I asked innocently.
He stared at me. "No, you little idiot, I want you to kiss me!" He saw me smiling in the dark and took a few steps away, shaking his head. He walked back toward me and gently put his large hands around my neck like he was going to choke me, finally smiling and letting me go. He turned back toward the pond and said, in a quiet voice, "I want it to be with me." He took a deep breath, let it out quickly, and turned to face me.
"There you have it." He smiled. "What do you think? Good idea? Or am I barking?"
I continued to look out at the pond. To say I was freaking out wouldn't even begin to cover what I was feeling. Another koi splashed, and I jumped at the sound.
"Well, your continued silence doesn't bode well for me," he said, looking back out at the water. "Don't think it's such a good idea, then?"
I found my voice. "No, it's not that I don't think it's a good idea. I actually think it's a lovely idea. I think it's so darling of you to think of it, I do." I hugged myself to him, drowning myself in his scent, his presence. He hugged me back, hands finding my neck, pulling me close.
"Here's the truth, Teddy. No..."—he tried to let me go so he could look at my face—"I can't say this looking at you, it's too embarrassing, let me say it to your chest, okay? I'm nervous about kissing you. At this point you've probably kissed about a thousand women. So what if I'm terrible at it? I mean, what if it's like golf?"
"What?" He burst out laughing. "Did you say golf?"