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Gem in the Rough

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Gemma is a junior in college who is focused on work and school. There's no time for anything else according to her father and it begins to weigh on her heavily. Another thing that's heavy. is Gemma's weight. Her body image has improved since going to therapy but just like anyone else, her insecurities are still there sometimes. Gemma is confident, yet shy; organized yet anxious. She's the epitome of an overweight college student with daddy issues. And mommy issues. Just issues in general. Kieran is a junior in college who is focused on surviving. There's alcohol, sex, and anything else that can keep him out of his own head. Kieran is from a small town that holds a dark part of his past and he's doing anything he can to forget. He is moody, goofy, and mysterious. He's also so much more than anyone thinks. When Gemma and Kieran cross paths, it's a twist of fate that will change their lives forever.

Romance / Drama
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Author's Note

Hello! Thanks for checking out my story. I wrote this to try and get into writing again after many years. It’s a full-length story and I’m proud of myself for actually finishing something at this length. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read and give me feedback.

Before you begin, there are a few things I want to point out.

1. This is a romance, but it also focuses on family, anxiety, and therapy. It is about open communication, how to work through things in a healthy way, and family dynamics. If you’re just looking for a straight-up romance, this may not be the book for you. There are cute and humorous moments though!

2. The characters like to swear, so I wanted to put a warning on that. If that’s not your thing, please remember that I warned you.

3. This book is marked “mature” for a reason. There’s sexual content, swearing, and mentions of anxiety, therapy, and trauma. Be warned.

4. Some of this story stems from my own life and experiences but are dramatized or exaggerated. Please keep this in mind when commenting.

Thank you so much for reading! I am open to constructive criticism in the comments, but please be nice. :)

This book has been revised as of 9/6/2021.

This is an original work created by, written, and edited by me - the author. Please do not copy this book.

I received some feedback asking for pictures of characters if possible. This is as close as I could get to the image I had in my head for the characters, but it’s still not 100%. Hopefully this helps!



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