Release date: January 21, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Everything happens for a reason. I just wish I knew the why behind mine.
Five years ago, graduation wasn’t what it was supposed to be. Publicly humiliated, Melanie was more than happy to kiss off her high school sweetheart. But in doing so, she lost more than just her boyfriend, she lost the only other guy she truly cared for – his best friend, Shane.
Shane loathed the idea of returning to his small hometown. He just wanted to get in, help his best friend manage a legal matter, and get the hell back out again. But he wasn’t expecting to run into the one girl who got away, who always held a piece of his heart despite the animosity that lingered. Melanie could’ve been the one, but after everything that happened, trust was a serious issue.
She just wanted to do right by her son. He just wanted to do right by his best friend. And just when they thought they could find the strength to forgive the sins of the past, more secrets and lies bubble to the surface, threatening to push them irrevocably apart.
It was nothing but a pin drop, but as silent as this room was, it might as well have been a damn cannon blasting. Both our heads twisted for the front door, where Chelsie was standing in awe, already chuckling at us. “So this is what happens after hours.”
Shit! I pushed against him. He reluctantly let me up and I yanked at my top, which had risen up well above my belly button.
“Sorry, guys,” she said on her way to the back of the bar, “but I think my wallet fell out of my bag here. I’ll just…” She disappeared for a moment, then popped up flashing a silver square. “Found it! I’ll just…go away now.”
“Oh! No, that’s okay,” I blurted. “Shane was just leaving too.”
“What?” he cried.
I slammed my palms flat against his body. Dear God, there were some nice ridges hiding under that shirt! My hands slid up to his pecks and pushed. “Yeah. You have to go now.”
“Are you for real?” he asked. He was slowly backing his way through the room but it had nothing to do with the strength of my push…or lack thereof.
“Very. I can’t. I need to sleep on this.”
With a wicked smile, he flattened his hands over mine and sassed, “I’m all for you sleeping on me. Let’s go.”
Chelsie burst out in laughter. Why the hell hadn’t she left yet?
“Ha ha. You’re funny,” I sarcastically remarked. “But not tonight.” I guided him all the way to the door. Chelsie had already gone through and let it close behind her. “Good night, Shane.”
Suddenly, I was whipped around and slammed against the wall, his body smothering mine, connecting what seemed every inch of our bodies. Obviously, I wasn’t the only one aroused at the moment. “What, no kiss goodnight?” he teased.
His eyes, his fingers as they caressed the side of my face…it was all hypnotizing. And I wanted him so badly, enough that I was on the verge of letting him take me right there. But hell if our first time was going to be in this bar. With a whisper, I said, “If I kiss you, I won’t be able to stop.”
His mouth became dangerously close. If I were to lick my lips right now, I could easily hydrate his as well. “And why would that be such a bad thing?” he whispered back.