Growing up in the shadow of two NFL-destined cousins, Chris Dunkin has high hopes for his own future in football. However, a drug addiction threatens to destroy everything he has worked hard to attain. When Chris meets Courtney Angeletti – the mayor’s straightedge Christian daughter – he believes she could be the source of inspiration he needs to overcome his destructive lifestyle. Courtney, however, has other ideas.
The desire to rebel has been tugging on Courtney’s heartstrings for some time, and Chris’s “bad-boy” reputation draws her to him like a moth to a flame. After all, he is a central part of the most popular clique in her high school. Will Chris pull Courtney away from her faith or will Courtney inspire him to overcome his addiction?
A Pembroke, Massachusetts native and college counselor, Stacy A. Padula published her first novel, The Right Person, in 2010, followed by When Darkness Tries to Hide (2011), The Aftermath (2013), The Battle for Innocence (2014), The Forces Within (2014), and Gripped Part 1: The Truth We Never Told (2019). She is the owner of South Shore College Consulting & Tutoring based in Plymouth, Massachusetts and has accrued years of experience working with teenagers as not only an educator, but also a youth group leader and mentor. Fun fact: she initially created the world of Montgomery Lake High after being assigned a project on peer pressure when she was only thirteen years old.