First Crushes & Embarrassing Moments by Natalie Anderson
Remember your first crush? I’m talking your first seriously stirring, pulse racing, can’t-sleep-or-eat-for-thinking-about-him crush? The guy who somehow had the power to rule your state of mind – you were happy if he so much as looked at you, devastated if he didn’t… and you were constantly waiting for the moment you might next see him.
Full on, intense… and surely not destined to last…
In Hot Boss, Boardroom Mistress, Amanda Winchester had that kind of crush on Jared James. Jared who worked on her grandfather’s farm – Jared who most certainly never made her happy because he never seemed to look at her.
But Amanda was an only child, cared for (read spoilt!) by her grandfather. Amanda was used to getting what she wanted – and she wanted Jared James. So on her sixteenth birthday, Amanda set out to get her most prized present all for herself.
It’s excruciatingly embarrassing isn’t it? Making an absolute fool of yourself when caught in the bonds of an obsession.
But it’s even worse when you meet that guy ten years later and all those feelings you thought you’d grown out of come hurtling back.
And it’s worse still when you learn a few truths, see things with an adult perspective, and realise that all those overwhelming feelings were merely a precursor to something with far more depth and potential for causing you pain.
I never had the kind of chutzpah Amanda had as a teen – but I have to admit I admire her for it! It took guts to do what she did, and as an adult she still has guts – to work as hard as she does, to do what’s necessary for her family. And it’s her strength and passion that cause a very tortured Jared so much heartache!
But I do remember those feelings of an intense crush – and my friends and still I laugh over some of the dumb things we did when trying to get some (probably clueless) guy’s attention. For several of us it seemed to involve baking for some odd reason – maybe we got that ‘to his heart though his stomach’ maxim at an early age.
So did you ever do anything totally crazy when in the grips of a teen crush? I think my most pathetic was walking my dog for miles so I could wander ‘by chance’ in the neighbourhood where he lived – but I was too chicken to actually go past his house!
Still, I guess me and my dog both got a little fitter… how about you? Got any cringe stories to share?