|Kate's vision of Sam - Logan Lerman|
Describe yourself in 4 words.
Patient. Committed. Protective. (smiles a little) Stubborn.
Though you've known Sarah for years, you don't make any moves towards her until now. What kept you away?
I’ve asked myself the same question every day for the last year and a half—pretty much since I figured out James was hiding way more than I thought. I think it comes down to me being afraid I’d lose contact completely if he shut me out. There’d be no way to keep an eye on Sarah if her brother thought he had a reason to keep me away. Though the longer I’m with her, the more I see how badly I fucked things up by keeping my distance. I should’ve done something earlier. Confronted James. Called the cops. Taken her dad out myself. Something. (shakes head)
What is the worst part of keeping your relationship with Sarah a secret from James?
I hate that I can’t be there as often as she needs me to be. I mean, it sucks that I’m lying to my best friend and it really sucks that he doesn’t trust me to do right by Sarah, but I’m more worried about what she’s dealing with when I’m not there. I see the way he looks at her, even if she doesn’t.
What's it like to kiss Sarah?
Mmm. (smiles) It’s like drinking a gallon of spiked hot chocolate on a cold night, jumping off the tallest building you’ve ever seen and realizing everything’s going to be okay because you know how to fly, and driving crazy fast on a winding road knowing at any second something big is going to careen around the corner and take you out. Now times that by fifty. It probably doesn’t make any sense, but that’s how I feel whenever Sarah kisses me.
Describe your dream date.
That night by the river was pretty close to my idea of a dream date. I love exploring the forest, especially late at night, and who doesn’t love swimming? Add in ice-cold water, Sarah in her underwear, and nothing to keep us warm except each other… Yeah, that was a good date.
Boxers or briefs?
Sarah knows. That’s all that matters.
What kind of cookie would you describe yourself as?
Oh, hell. Um…I think I’ll go with oatmeal raisin. Not that I’d ever eat one (don’t tell my mom—she makes them all the time), but my dad always said they reminded him of coming home. I want to be that for Sarah.
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Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago—James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.
Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.
Sam Donavon has been James’s best friend—and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on—for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realize James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact…