Kiss in the Dark

Kiss in the Dark

by Lauren Henderson

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ISBN-13: 9780375895883
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/13/2010
Series: Scarlett Wakefield Series , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 254
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Lauren Henderson was born and raised in London, where she lives with her husband.

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Me and Jase against the world     

We're running as fast as we can in the dark. Holding hands, our breath coming in quick spurts. Down a gravel path, the heels of our trainers crushing the stones against each other, sharp grinding noises each time we land and push off again. Onto tarmac, for a few short steps. Behind us a man is bellowing like an angry bull, and we know he must be chasing us, though we can't see him. Our ears are full of the yelling and the sounds of our own feet, our own breath, as we race away through the night.  

And then, finally, grass beneath our feet. Open land. We're running even faster, in great lopes; if we were horses we'd be galloping. Cold night air on our faces, soft yielding soil below, on which we land almost silently. I think of werewolves in books,how they can race through forests so fast it's almost like flying, their paws barely touching the ground. That's how I feel as I run and run, my hand in Jase's, our strides matching each other perfectly even though he's much taller than me.  

It's like when I'm running in my dreams, sprinting so fast I feel I'm almost about to take off. Someone's chasing me, but they'll never catch me, because my feet are winged.   

But even in my dreams, I've never run like this with Jase.   His father's yells are receding now, bare wisps of them carried on the air, reaching us across the stretch of untended grass that runs along the side of the barns. He tried to run after us, but we left him far behind. I picture him bending over, handson his thighs, wheezing for breath, his face an apoplectic red.   

Jase wheels and turns and I follow him effortlessly as he swings to the side of the last barn, ducks, dropping my hand, and pries away a loose board from the wall of the barn.   

At first we were running blind. When Jase's father sneaked up on Jase and me kissing goodnight, shone a torch on us, and yelled all kinds of things that I never want to hear myself or Jase called again, we took off like startled rabbits, straight intothe dark, only our knowledge of the school grounds saving us from running straight into a wall.   

But by now, my eyes have recovered from the torch beam and grown accustomed to the dark. There's a waxing moon, a fat unfinished white crescent low in the black velvet sky, and thousands of tiny white pinprick stars; luckily for us, it's a clear night.  

So I can see what Jase is doing as he lifts a second board away and props it against the side of the barn, making a gap wide enough for even him, with his broad shoulders, to clamber through. And I can also tell that out here it's as light as day comparedto the pitch-black interior of the barn.   

Jase is already halfway through, entering sideways, careful not to catch himself on a snag on the boards. He turns his head to me, his golden eyes bright even in the darkness, and holds out a hand.   

"Scarlett?" he whispers.   

But it isn't really a question. He knows I trust him. He knows I'll take his hand and follow him into the barn, even if the opening is as dark as the hellmouth and I have no idea what's waiting for me inside.   

Right now, I think I would follow Jase anywhere he asked me to.   

Because right now, it feels like me and Jase against the whole world.   

I wriggle through the gap without any difficulty. Jase's hand is warm in mine, guiding me as I step cautiously over a board and onto the packed-earth barn floor. He snaps open his Zippo lighter, and a small circle of light around us shows me the loomingyellow side of a tractor to our left. Beyond that is what looks like the big ride-on lawn mower that Jase and his dad use for the endless maintenance of the Great Lawn, tracing perfect green stripes up and down its length.   

"This way," Jase hisses. He wraps his arm around me and guides me over to the back of the barn, where a wooden ladder is propped, leading up to sheer blackness.   

I don't hesitate for a moment. I'm shinnying up the ladder before he can even tell me that's where we're going.   

It's a hayloft. I crawl out onto the wooden platform and get a mouthful of the nasty scratchy stuff immediately; I'm coughing it out as Jase hauls himself up behind me.   "God, you climb like a monkey," he says admiringly. "One minute you were there, next you were gone."   

"It's my special skill," I say, grinning, but he can't see me smile. He couldn't climb the ladder with the Zippo on, and up here it's so dark I can barely spot my hand in front of my face.   

I turn over to sit on my bum and wriggle back to make room for Jase, hearing him land on the floor of the loft. I don't manage it fast enough, though, and a second later he's almost on top of me; he must be on all fours. I hear his hands, his knees, paddingon the wood, like he's a big animal coming toward me. I shiver from head to toe in excitement, tinged with more than a trace of fear.   

Not fear of Jase. I could never be scared of him. But I'm a little bit scared of my own feelings. Of how excited he makes me. It's so powerful it's almost like something rising in my throat, almost like I'm going to be sick with the strength of my ownemotions.   

And no, that's not pretty. It's really raw.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Kiss in the Dark 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
KISS IN THE DARK is the third novel in the series featuring Scarlett Wakefield. Scarlett is finally able to get on with life at Wakefield. The worst part of her routine is dealing with her nemesis, Plum, on a daily basis, and sneaking around to meet up with her boyfriend, Jason. Jason's dad and Scarlett's guardian, Aunt Gwen, have forbidden them to see each other. But life for Scarlett is never easy, and soon more excitement lands in her lap. Taylor and Scarlett are out for their daily run around the grounds when they notice that the gate encircling the lake is open. Scarlett knows that the lake is off limits, so the two of them wander over to investigate. What they find changes everything. There, lying on the ground, dead, is Mr. Barnes, Jason's dad. While Jason and his grandmother are telling detectives events of the previous evening, Scarlett is determined to prove it couldn't possibly be Jason's fault. Yes, she overheard the heated argument between Jason, his grandmother, and his father, but Jason is kind and gentle. He couldn't possibly have killed his dad. As Scarlett searches for the truth, more secrets come to the surface. There is history between Scarlett's parents and Jason's parents. As she delves deeper, the secrets become darker. The ending of KISS IN THE DARK leaves the reader on the edge of their seat, awaiting a future installment in the Scarlett Wakefield drama. Unlike the PRETTY LITTLE LIARS series that keeps going with the same theme, this series keeps readers enthralled with new mysteries around each corner for Scarlett and her friends. Ms. Henderson weaves a captivating story that is at once both believable and highly addicting. Scarlett is likeable and easily relatable for readers. One doesn't have to have read the prior books in the series to enjoy KISS IN THE DARK. Yes, it makes the background easier to follow, but because this story contains its own mystery, it can stand on its own.
Private_Fanatic More than 1 year ago
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! BUY IT!! I recommend reading the first two in the series first, though, Kiss Me, Kill Me, and Kisses and Lies. I absolutely love the series. I can never put it down. Everytime you put it down, it leaves you wanting more. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(spoilers)OK, I was started to get really annoyed, I couldn't get past the cliché of Taylor being a secret lesbian and scared when the mean girls find out. That would have taken her instantly from wonderful strong secondary character to token butch girl. But I was wrong, and when I found out what was really happening, I was delighted. Still didn't think the mystery was as strong as the others, but I still like the characters.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you like the series, you'll love book three, but you don't have to have read book 1 and 2 in order to appreciate book 3. One of the nice things about this series is that although a few of the characters are featured in all three books, the plot does NOT revolve around the same thing, and there is almost no reference to the event (the kiss of death) that kicked off book one, so the series doesn't get stale. I don't want to give any spoilers, but will tell you that someone Scarlett is very close to ends up as the prime suspect in a murder.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this series and I wish Henderson would hurry up with the next book. While the first two dealt with issues directly related to Scarlett, Kiss in the Dark focuses more on her (boy)friend Jase. I like the twists that Henderson throws in, mixed with the murder mystery. Not quite in the same vein as Nancy Drew, but fun nonetheless. I really hope that we'll be getting more Scarlett Wakefield books, because we're left with another mystery that needs solving (though it's not a true cliffhanger).
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This is a great book. I read it in 2 days. I think you should read the first 2 books before this. I really couldnt put it down! Ond of the best books i have read.
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Emily Hicks More than 1 year ago
I love that books from kiss me kill me and kisses & lies. It my favorite book
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This book was AMAZING!!! each book in this series is great. the story grabs you in and you can't stop reading. As you progress through the story, everything picks up speed and your hit with this clue or that shocking revelation. I was soo surprised when I found out who the murderer was. I can't wait for the next one. This is a great mystery story. But one factual mistake was made. This isn't a spoiler, i hate those. In the book, Scarlett mentions that Jase's birthday is July 25 and then she says he's therefore a Cancer. Then she gets upset because she's an Aries and Cancer's don't do well with Aries. Actually Jase is Leo and a Leo and an Aries do well together. But otherwise, great book!
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Jacqueline White More than 1 year ago
if you love mystories and romance you'll love this book, but you should read the two books before it.
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