Number Four is Audrey and James from Robin Benway's Audrey Wait!
This book is so much fun and Audrey is fantastic, she's the kind of person you'd like to have as a friend in real life. I love her and I love her with James. They are so cute together, just adorable.
I love that James is shy and blushes and get's tongue tied round Audrey, who he's liked for a long time. I also like that he doesn't turn into a doormat when he finally gets her. He stands up to her, and challenges her, and helps her work out who she is and what she wants.
I also really like that James is Audrey's second big relationship. So often girls in book are falling in love for the first time, being kissed for the first time (not that there's anything wrong with that and I love those kind of books too) but it's nice to see something else.
And yay for the fact that Audrey's the one who breaks up with her first boyfriend and she isn't left heartbroken and inconsolable. She's out, moving on, with her very awesome, best friend.
Here is Audrey and James first kiss, love it!
"Yeah?" We were so close our noses were almost touching.
"Do you think maybe you'd want to go out some time? I mean, with me?"
"Yes." The answer came so fast that I didn't even have time to think about it. "Yes."
"You. . . have a very pretty mouth." I could see him blushing, and I wondered if he had ever said something like that to a girl before. "You do. It's just like. . . yeah. It's perfect."
"Yeah." His voice was really quiet, like he was trying not to breathe.
"Do you . . .? Do you want to kiss me?" We were getting closer and closer, and then our noses touched once, twice, before our lips met.
I had my answer.
When we pulled apart we were both gasping a little. "Wow," I said.
"Is that okay? he asked quickly. "I didn't mean to-"
"No!" I said. "Don't apologize, it was fine. I mean it was better than fine, but. . .yeah. Good executive decision. Two thumbs up."