Title: The Quest of Perkins Vale
Author: L.B. Dunbar
Series: Legendary Rock Stars #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 22nd 2015.
About the Book
I’m not sure I know what to think of the girl I’ve searched for since I was thirteen; she isn’t exactly how I remembered her.
I’m twenty-five, a guy and a virgin. Yep, you read that right; I’m still a virgin. Why you ask? Because I met the woman of my dreams when she was still a girl and I’ve been searching for her ever since we met. I’ve saved myself for her, as I believe she saved herself for me. Why again? Because I will love her, like she will love me, when we finally meet, again. I’d like to think it was that simple, but I don’t really know if she will love me. I only hope she will. If she doesn’t, she won’t be the right girl for me, because like I said, I’ve been saving myself for the woman of my dreams. I just don’t know where she is…but I won’t stop searching until I find her. That is my mission. My quest.
Perk walked to his bed and sat with a plop on the edge. It was going to be smaller than the king size bed in his home in the city, but if I thought about it, we slept close to each other every night when we were together. The smaller mattress would make no difference.
�It seems that everywhere I turn, someone knew you. Someone knew where you were. I�ve been searching for you for twelve years, and I was the only one who didn�t know where you were, while everyone else did.�
�Twelve years?� I asked, as I came to sit next to him.
He rubbed a hand down his face and told me about a rainy night long ago in a decrypted home. He claimed he saw me, with Elaine and Elliott, at the side of my sick uncle�s bed. It seemed a mystery to me that the same man who found me in the tent, had been the boy I scolded outside my uncle�s manor house. It seemed a bit like destiny that he kept finding me, although I didn�t remember him as clearly. He was a boy at a confusing time. He was a teenager at a time of dismay. Now, he was a man.
When his tale was complete, he looked a bit exhausted as if the weight of years got heavier instead of lifting off his shoulders. I was barely dressed as I left the bathroom in one of his large t-shirts. He undressed down to his boxers, which had become his custom and he covered us in his teenage bed.
I had to giggle as I snuggled up to face him.
�How many girls did you have in this thing?� I laughed, a bit bitterly with hope that the number wasn�t large.
�None,� he said immediately.
�Come on. No high school crush? Summer love? Stolen night or afternoon while your mother was away?�
�No one ever. In this bed.�
His words stunned me. Visions of Perk in hallways with women pinned to the wall and barrooms with girls on his lap filled my mind.
�Other beds, huh?� I questioned in disbelief. I�d seen his room the first night I stayed. It was obvious someone had slept there with him.
�No girl. No bed. Ever,� he repeated, staring up at the ceiling. He had one hand braced behind his head and the other lay between us, which wasn�t our customary position. I lay on my side, watching his body grow rigid with each part of my inquisition.
�I saw your room that first night. You�d had a girl there. Maybe not to sleep over, but someone had been there.� Bitterness was fully in my mouth at this point, as I envisioned someone else sleeping with him in the same manner we slept.
�No one in my bed. Before you,� he said, blowing out air. I could see his chest rising and falling exaggeratedly. If I didn�t know better, I thought he might be trying to calm himself as if he were about to explode at me.
�Perk, honest, it�s okay. I get it. You�re a rock star. Women have thrown themselves at you. It happens, right?� I wasn�t as convinced as I tried to sound, as if this was okay with me.
�Hollister, drop it. Please. There�s been no one else.�
�It�s fine, don�t tell me. I�m sure you�ve lost count,� I said snippily. Suddenly he turned to face me and the old mattress jiggled under his weight.
�I�m only going to say this once; one more time. There�s never been another woman in my bed. There�s never been any woman in any other bed with me. There hasn�t been any one else.�
From the glow of the moonlight outside his unshaded window, I saw his chocolaty eyes sparkle. His face was firm as he emphasized each word.
�Perkins, it�s okay��
�Hollister, drop it,� he interrupted.
�I don�t need to know. I�m just��
�I�m a virgin,� he blurted. The words hung in the darkened room.
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About the Author
L.B. Dunbar loves to read to the point it might be classified as an addiction. The past few years especially she has relished the many fabulous YA authors, the new genre of New Adult, traditional romances, and historical romances. A romantic at heart, she’s been accused of having an overactive imagination, as if that was a bad thing. Author of the Sensations Collection, Sound Advice, Taste Test, Fragrance Free, Touch Screen, and the upcoming Sight Words, she is also author of the Legendary Rock Star series, beginning with The Legend of Arturo King. She grew up in Michigan, but has lived in Chicago for longer, calling it home with her husband and four children.