Author: Jenna Sparkles
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Synopsis: Amber has finally made it to college! She can’t believe her luck when she is invited to her first frat party by the hottest guy she has ever met. She can’t wait to find out what it is all of the hot college guys do when they party. However, Amber may be in a little over her head when she finds herself tricked into helping “initiate” the new Beta pledges at a frat party. Amber is always up for anything, but this time she may have to ask herself if maybe you can have too much of a good thing.
Excerpt: A heavy silence descended on us as we entered the room. I jumped as the door closed with a heavy thud. I squinted in the darkness and could barely make out four guys kneeling on the floor. A candle flared to life, and Zack stepped up beside me.
“Wait here,” he said. He carried the candle to the center of the room and set it on a table. Then he walked down the line of people kneeling and gently touched each one of their bowed heads.
“My brothers, you are here tonight to pledge your loyalty and allegiance to the Beta house. Once you are accepted into this house, you become our family. And in order to be considered family, we have to trust you beyond doubt. In order to do this, we asked you to complete a series of tasks that initiate you into the fold. Tonight you will complete your last task and become Beta brothers. Are there any here who do not wish to carry out this last and final task?” Zack looked at the four on the floor, and then his eyes locked on mine. He inclined his head slightly and I knew he was also asking for my consent. I slowly nodded my head, and he rewarded me with a small smile. I held my breath and wiped my sweaty palms on my skirt as I waited. When Zack was satisfied that none of the pledges were going to back out, he stepped away and came to my side. There were two other Beta brothers standing in the shadows, watching silently.
“Okay, Amber, are you ready?” Zack asked.
“Yes,” I said.
Zack grabbed my hand and led me to the center of the room in front of the pledges. He stepped behind me and pulled both of my arms behind my back. Fear spiked through me as the other two Beta brothers suddenly appeared on either side of me.
“Wait, what’s happening?” I said as I tried to twist around and look at Zack.
“Shhhh, it will be okay. Trust me.” Zack said as he held me still. The two silent brothers grabbed my arms and held me steady. I struggled and then panicked as I felt a scratchy piece of rope cinch tightly over both of my wrists.
“Zack, what the hell?” Frantically, I tried to pull away from the guys holding me, but they were like mountains. Unmovable. Unyielding.
“Hush, Amber, it will be over soon.” Zack said. He quickly draped another piece of cloth over my eyes and tied it tight. I yelped as pieces of my hair tangled in the knot and pulled. Tears gathered in my eyes at the harsh sting.
“I don’t want to do this anymore,” I said as I struggled against the restraints on my wrists.
Firm hands pushed me until I began walking, and after several steps, my shins bumped into something soft.
“Lie down Amber and just enjoy it. It will be much better if you don’t fight.” Zack whispered in my ear. He spun me around and then shoved. My knees buckled and I fell back onto a soft mattress. I turned on my side to avoid laying on my tied hands. Tears fell from my eyes and soaked into my blindfold. What had I gotten myself into? How could I have been so stupid? I was always up for fun and games, but not whenever I didn’t have a choice. If I got out of this unharmed, I would never trust anyone again.