A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.
It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.
Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber’s mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.
All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.
Arden from JOYRIDE is your average (hot) southern (hot) country (hot) boy who used to love fried chicken and waffles as his favorite meal—until he met Carly Vega. Carly isn’t big on cooking, but what she does remember from when her mother was still here is how to make Huevos Rancheros—a super easy, delicious recipe that can be used to bribe Arden to do whatever you want him to. Here’s how to make it:
Small corn tortillas
One small avocado
Fresh lime juice
1.) Prep the ingredients before you heat up the oil to fry the tortillas: Thoroughly rinse and then dry the cilantro before you chop it. Heat up the refried beans and shred or crumble the Queso Fresco. Dice up the avocado and sprinkle with lime juice and salt, wash and chop the scallions. Set all these aside, as they will all serve as toppings for the fried tortillas.
2.) Slowly heat up a skillet to fry an egg in. The goal is to make an over-easy egg that’s ready to place on the tortilla once it is assembled with the other toppings.
3.) Slowly heat up a small amount of vegetable oil in a skillet (enough to cover a tortilla). When the oil is ready, place one tortilla in the oil and fry on both sides until crisp. This will happen very quickly so don’t walk away from it! Drain on paper towels and salt as soon as it comes out of the oil. Fry your next tortilla(s) the same way, and so forth until you have enough to feed Arden.
4.) Top fried tortilla with refried beans, queso fresco and all other toppings as desired. Place the over-easy fried egg on top and finish with another sprinkle of chopped cilantro.
5.) Enjoy talking Arden into anything at this point!
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