What happened in chapter 11 - chapter 15?:Sydney is jealous of Sly’s relationship with Sydney, and how much time he’s taking up that she used to spend with him, so he distracts himself with a movie star who lives in their building, Scarlet. He feels a little bit bad about using her as a distraction, but it’s sort of a mutual relationship.
One night Sydney gets a call from his mother in Arizona – there was a smaller fire in her garage. He leaves to immediately get on a plane, but he runs into Scarlet in the building when he’s leaving – she’s having a melt down over her mother publishing a tell-all about her life, so he invites her to come with him to see his mother.
They take off without a word, and Emi only finds out where he is and who he’s with from the paparazzi pictures of them at the airport.
Lynn calls Sydney and confronts him about Emi. She wants to know if he’s only seeing Scarlet because Emi is seeing Sly. Sydney tells her that Scarlet coming to see his mom with him was totally unplanned and they end up fighting about his feelings for Emi. Lynn thinks he should go for it, but he insists they’re too different and at entirely different points in their lives, with him looking to settle down and her being so much younger than him.
When Sydney gets back from Arizona, he and Emi get into a fight about him not telling her where he was going and not inviting her to go with him. He apologizes and tries to make plans with her for the weekend, but she’s flying out to Chicago for the weekend to be with Sly.
Their birthdays are fast approaching, and Sydney mentions to Emi that he’s considering going to Cape Cod with Scarlet for his birthday. She gets upset because they had been planning to celebrate their birthdays together, so he decides to stay and take her out drinking for her 21st birthday.
Emi is a lightweight and she gets wasted the night of their birthday celebrations. He takes her home and she does a strip tease, telling him that he loves her and she begs him to stay with her that night. He has trouble resisting her, but he doesn’t want take advantage of her drunken state.
“As much as Sydney hated to admit it, there were no two ways around it. Sly Sabian was a good guy.”
“Congratulations. You’ve done it again. You’ve fallen for your best friend.”
“What he had to admit after that day was that he didn’t just enjoy Em’s company. He craved it.”
“You have very suckable lips.”
Why do you think Sydney didn’t tell Emi when he left to see his mom?
No regrets. Just lessons learned.
Having lived through the torment of losing his first love to someone else--all because he never spoke up--Sydney Maricopa vowed never to repeat that mistake again.
So when he finally admits he's fallen for his new best friend, he refuses to lose her too, especially once he realizes his feelings for her might be requited. There's only one problem.
Her perfect boyfriend.
Still, Sydney's determined to fight for the girl he loves this time. He has what it takes to go up against Mr. Perfect. Most importantly, he and his new best friend have something even her boyfriend can't compete with--their profound connection. One he intends to use to win her over.
Until he finds out what she'd be giving up if she chooses Sydney.
Something no one should ever give up. Would he dream of selfishly asking her to? Or should he do the honorable thing and sacrifice his own happiness for hers? Allow the girl he loves to sail off into the sunset with another man as he stands back and watches in agony . . . again?
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