The Only Exception by Magan Vernon
Publication date: April 9th 2013
by Beautifully Broken Books
Genre: NA Romance
Fiercely liberal Monica Remy prefers to blend in. Despite her tattoos, piercings, and outspoken personality, she transferred to Central to escape—before she finds out that her next door neighbor is the uber conservative governor son, Trey Chapman.
No matter how hard she tries to avoid Trey, he still finds a way to get under her skin. Monica can’t stand his crisp white shirts or his staunch views on women. But she can’t help counting every freckle on his face and wondering what it would feel like to have him stop talking politics and kiss her.
A class debate project forces the unlikely pair to work together, and the political lines are blurred in late-night make out sessions. But despite their fiery chemistry, Trey’s politics threatens to smother their relationship for good.
"I'm not flirting, Mr. Chapman, I'm trying to work on an assignment." I put the pen down on the table and then pushed it off. "Whoopsies," I said with a small grin.
I slowly got up, circling to the other side of the chair. Then I dipped down low, with my butt raised in the air and picked up the pen, slowly inching back up and throwing my hair back. I shot a grin in Trey's direction. He was squirming in his seat. Some politician-in-training he was.
Our relationship had slowly been progressing, and when I was with him it became easier to push out the past. As long as we stayed away from his fraternity and the Kappa girls. Instead of seeing them we’d spend nights on the couch watching movies or kissing. He never pushed me to go any farther, but the more time I spent with Trey the more I fell for him.
"I guess I need to keep my hands steady," I said in a low voice. "Maybe I should just check some reference books out over there behind that big book case." I pointed over to the stack of reference books behind us and nodded in their direction.
Slowly, I walked over, swaying my body ever so slightly and hoped he would get the hint and follow. Once I was at the other side of the bookshelf, I pressed my back along the books and waited. It was only a few seconds before I heard Trey's slow, methodical steps approaching the shelf. I pulled the collar of his shirt as soon as I saw his feet, dragging him behind the shelf until he was flush against me.
"Do you suppose we could just absorb these reference books by osmosis, Miss Remy?" he said, putting his hands on either side of my waist.
"I just needed a little study break," I whispered, running a finger down the buttons of his shirt.
"But, Miss Remy, we have barely started," he said, teasing me and letting his lips hover just above mine.
"Mr. Chapman, I'm just trying to make the study process go a little smoother. This book case that keeps us hidden from the rest of the library should help," I said with a coy smile and unbuttoned the top button of his shirt.
"Miss Remy, I wouldn't want to start anything to affect your studies." He ran his hand along the low collar of my shirt so delicately slow it made my whole body tremble. "Especially when you’re wearing such a nice outfit."
I couldn't take the teasing anymore. I wrapped my arms around his neck and pressed against him, kissing him hard. He moved his hands to my lower back, running his fingers up and down my spine. Slowly, I moved my hands from his neck and down to his shirt, unbuttoning each button. I wasn't planning on having sex in the library, or sex at all for that matter, but I didn't want the button marks that I usually had all over me from his shirts.
Once I got the last button undone I pulled him back to me. The material of his undershirt was so thin I could feel every ripple of his abs on my stomach. He really was a fine specimen of a man. His lips trailed down my neck and to my collarbone. I moaned softly when he nibbled at the sensitive skin above my chest.
He pulled his lips back up to my ear and whispered, "This is a library, Miss Remy."
I bit my lip. "Sorry, Mr. Chapman, it won't happen again."
He nipped at my ear lobe and then licked the same spot. "But I love it when it does."
I gasped and then buried my face in his, trying to keep quiet but it was hard when my entire body was aching for him. It had been too long since I'd been with anyone. I hadn't wanted to, but with Trey, it was all I wanted. He was all I wanted. I hadn’t had any flashbacks since the party and I thought I would possibly be ready to move on with my life.
"Trey Chapman, you make me crazy," I whispered.
"And you love it," he said placing a quick kiss where my neck met my shoulder and I squirmed, trying not to squeal.
"And I know how to make you crazy." I pulled his lips to mine, acting like I was going to kiss him and then nibbled at his bottom lip, slowly and tenderly.
His eyes rolled back into his head, and I could feel him harden beneath his pants. Two could play at the teasing game. I let go of his lip, placing a soft kiss where my teeth had been.
"You’re too good at that," he whispered, running his hands down my ribcage and landing at the bare skin where my shirt rode up slightly.
Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.
What inspired you to write The Only Exception?
For the past few years I’ve wanted to write a book with a conservative guy and liberal girl, but just couldn’t come up with a plot, so I put it aside. During the presidential election an episode of NEW GIRL aired in which Schmidt pretended to be the imaginary sixth son of Mitt Romney, Thugg and some girls that used to be part of their local college Republican chapter. That got my wheels turning and I thought about a conservative governor’s son going to college and what it would be like for someone with the opposite views living next door to him. Trey Chapman was born.
Is this a stand alone or will there be a sequel?
This is a planned stand alone. I have been working on a companion novel with the character’s two best friends, but there are no current plans to continue on with the story at this time.
If you had to cast the characters in a movie, who would play them?
Always one of my favorite questions. For Trey it would be a mixture of Max Greenfield and Colton Haynes (if somehow science could make them have a baby. For Monica, Emma Stone has that spunkiness yet vulnerability. For John Boy, wrestler The Miz is the first person to come to mind. For Monica’s best friend Melanie, Emmy Rossum is the closest I’ve found. And I have to admit that Trey’s dad, the governor, was inspired by a certain governor and former Republican presidential candidate from MA.
Did you plot this novel out or write from the hip?
A little bit of both. I actually wrote the first half on my computer and sent to my Alpha reader and then I wasn’t sure what I wanted to happen in the middle so I wrote the last half on my iPad since that was what was in my head. It eventually all worked together.
What books do you have coming out next?
I’m due with my second child at the end of April, so I’m trying not to plan too much, but I do have the sequel to my New Adult title, My Paper Heart, coming out this summer titled On Paper Wings. It continues Libby and Blaine’s story and will focus more on her eating disorder and his commitment issues. After that I’d really like to get out a companion novel to The Only Exception about Melanie and John Boy.