Jealousy (Canterwood Crest Series #17)

Jealousy (Canterwood Crest Series #17)

by Jessica Burkhart

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ISBN-13: 9781442436572
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 02/19/2013
Series: Canterwood Crest Series , #17
Edition description: Original
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 216,659
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jessica Burkhart (a.k.a. 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 Tennessee. (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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Jealousy




  • 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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    Jealousy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I have to say that i have read all of the books in the series and this was the best one yet. So if you are still on a book that comes before this one keep reading. I fell in love with this book. I started it when i got home from school and i finished before i went to school the next day. Your probably thinking " if she finished in a day then its sure to be easy. I finished it in a day because i loved the book not because it was east. Ime in fourth grade so i dont read books that are easy i read ones that grab my attention. This one got my attention so fast i didnt have time to think beffore i started reading it. Hit yes and go buy this book. PLEASE FOR ME? STOP READING AND GO ENJOY THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It was good. I still mis sasha and the team!! It was long in some parts. I wish there was more horse time. Like when she had one of her lessons, it seemed rushed. I just wish that they went to the barn more often. MAKE SASHA APPEAR MORE!!<3
    happyface11 More than 1 year ago
    This book is a perfect book. With lots of drama and action, I could make some real-life connections to this book! There might be some older content in this books for pre teens and older (10 and older). But otherwise, this is my favorite series to read about horses, and one of my all time favorite series. I can't wait for the rest of the series to be released, and see what Jess does after Canterwood Cres Academy! :)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Awesome book! Had a great twist to it and it left u off at a cliffhanger. The description was off and the Taylor thing was right. I do also wish that there were more horse things in the book instead of all this drama. I do enjoy the drama but I think Lauren needs to spend a little more time at the barn. Overall it was a great book. I can't wait for book # 18. Just a few more books and Jessica will end the series.:( I think there is supposed to be 20 books in the series or something. My favorites parts were when Sasha appeared and when Lauren was at the barn with her beloved horse Whisper. I recommend this book for horse lovers and riders but I guess you drama lovers would also love it with all of the drama. I do miss Sasha and Co. but the new class is also exciting. :) Skylar & CF Majestic Highlight (my beautiful Polish Arabian!)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    ******SPOILER ALERT******* I like Sasha much better than Lauren because she is much more relateable. Lauren's parents let her spend her "emergancy" credit card on shopping for a dress and not to mention, socks. SOCKS. Because all rich 12-13 yros. desperately need fashionable socks, so of course it's an obvious (or in Lauren speak, obvi) "emergancy". I miss when the books were almost pure horse stuff with a little drama mixed in to keep things interesting. Nowadays, it's more like almost pure drama with a little horsey mixed in to keep the horse crazy girls semi satisfied. Really,Jessica? I've never met a 6th grade girl with over 50 pounds of Sephora makeup. I think that Jessica seriously needs to stop writing things she wanted to have as a kid ( i.e perfect (Lauren speak: perf) parents, perfect friends, a perfect instuctor, a ton of family money, a swimming pool in her house, and a perfect sister.) And keep it to herself. If you are a loyal JB (burkheart, not bieber) fan no matter what she writes, then you will love this book. If you are not one, here is a brief summary so you won't waste your money. She finds out Taylor transferred to CCA and is now living there. Drew is totally cool that he transferred, nothing about him being there makes him uncomfortable. Lauren spends the rest of her birthday in bliss (and no, her birthday wish did not come true) and all the girls go crazy over Taylor. Even Khloe. Laur gets a brief run in with Sasha where they switch numbers and Lauren forgives Khloe. She goes swimming with Drew and the end of the book holds the biggest surprise yet: Brielle transfers to CCA . Thank you for hanging in there and getting to the end of my quite long review, I would really appreciate this getting rated as helpful so people who need a summary get one!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    But the description is so off. The only thing that is right is about Taylor. And why do we have to wait so long for the next book? Its already out in stores!!! UNFAIR! UG Jessica stop with the cliffhangers! Im dying!!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    OK I just read that long review down there and i'm really upset because really no duh no one would be doing that kind of stuff at age 12-13 but still it's a book get over it and yes I can understand the part were there in new York going shopping at Barneys and stuff but still it's just a book (and a good one at that) plus she kind of had to make them at that age to attend a boarding school with out making them high schoolers witch would just kill the mood of the books. Plus to all those ppl who miss Sasha I miss her too but I guess we just have to deal with it..... Also I loved in this book how Taylor comes to Canterwood!!! that's going to be interesting... P.s if you want any good recommendations on books of any sort check out &quot;xtinemay&quot; on youtube! :)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I think this series is the best in the world execpt when the speakers change from Sasha to Lauren. Which is a little sad b/c you are so use to thinking about Sasha,Callie,Paige,Heather,Eric,and Jacob now you think about Laurn,Khloe,Lexa,Clara,Drew, and Taylor. PLEASE BRING SASHA BACK!!!!!!!!!!!! I miss her and her life drama.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It was awesome great book suspensful and dramatic of course i luved it and cant wait for famou to come out i am def going to pre order it just in case one word can describe this book legit!!!!!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Luv this series!!!!!!! Horses r da bomb!!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Is their an 18th book GREAT BOOK WOULD HIGHLY RECCOMEND IT!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved it with sasha can u please write another one with sash this is my favorite series but i really want sasha back!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Omg drama atitude and awesomeness rolled into 1!!!!!! If cca was a real school i would be there so fast it wouldn't be funny !!!!!!!!!!! It would be AWESOME and amazing !!!!! Love you cca
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is good
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book was one of the best books ive read. Its right down my alley the rest if the series is also truly amazing.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Poor Lauren!!!! Her ex-boyfriend Taylor Frost is now a student at Canterwood. Tay wants her back, but LT is dating Drew. Lauren is very popular.... she better know I'm the Queen. Posted by Queen Bee at Canterwood
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is so cool!!!!!! All of the books are
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The overview is nothing like the book bu t still an amazing book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is sooooooooooooooo good i finshed it in one day. She leaves u hanging at the end. Must read
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I luv this series!! Love how it ends off and you have to wait for the next book to come out. I LOVE YOU CC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):(:(:(:):):):):):):)::):):):):):):):):));););););););
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Hi! I have loved every other book that I have read in this series. But I havent read them in a while, is this one worth the money, time and space on my nook?
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is really good i really cant wait until jessica comes out with the special
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It was good i mean amazing but is brielle supposed to be the forgine exchanged student? Yes bri moves to cc and taylor and i think that taylor and bri are dating..... gummh kisses from m&m girl and her horse kiki
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Love it but jessicain JUNEyou got to be kidding me
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It was a REALLY good book, but nothing like the description. Mabye it is a review for the next book, because advaced team Testing is mid november. And thanksgiving break is approaching, that would be in the 18th book.