We were raised to know them as users. Manipulators. But I only ever saw Connor as the enigmatic senior hottie who dropped into fifth period to teach us about the perils of drunk driving.
When my first big girl job out of college ends up with us working at the same company, it’s heart throb city all over again. Except he’s way ahead of the game. Successful, talented, put together. I’m just a frumpy twenty-something in a quarter life crisis who doesn’t know a glue stick from a makeup highlighter.
He would never want me, even though he’s all I ever wanted in secret. So when we cross paths one night at the bar and one drink leads to another, he slaps me with an offer I can’t refuse.
Accompany him back to Bayshore, flight included.
Only stipulation? Pose as his girlfriend.
Our families will flip, but I’m not strong enough to say no to those baby blues, especially if it means I’ll have a chance to go on vacation with my adolescent heart throb.
We’ve got two weeks to prove we’re head over heels for each other.
Which is just enough time to make me fall.
* * I HAD BEEN GIVEN AN ADVANCE READERS COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR MY HONEST REVIEW * *
The Humor in this book gets me, and Kinsley and her unrequited crush just does my heart in. Conner is a guy who needed a reality check and got one.
How Kinsley talks herself into still believing this is all but a ruse to get under his families skin, and how she carries herself in the face of their frosty reception of her shows how amazing she is as a person.
Connor his character bothered me, in many ways. Mainly because I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone’s business, who you dates, who slept with who and who was on what drugs…. AHH Small Town living, such a great time.
In some ways it was like Connor never really left high school, where as Kinsley’s issues were fresh and more raw, Connor needed someone to take him out of that popular kid, high school mentality and Kins seemed to be that person. Whether she knows it or not, that is a completely different story.
This is my very first Ember Leigh book and I fell that I will be coming back for more.
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We were raised to know them as
users. Manipulators. But I only ever saw Connor as the enigmatic senior hottie
who dropped into fifth period to teach us about the perils of drunk driving.
So when my first big girl job out of
college ends up with us working at the same company, it’s heart throb city all
over again. Except he’s way ahead of the game. Successful, talented, put
together. I’m just a frumpy twenty-something in a quarter life crisis who
doesn’t know a glue stick from a makeup highlighter.
He would never want me, even though
he’s all I ever wanted in secret. So when we cross paths one night at the bar
and one drink leads to another, he slaps me with an offer I can’t refuse.
Accompany him back to Bayshore,
Only stipulation? Pose as his
Our families will flip, but I’m not
strong enough to say no to those baby blues, especially if it means I’ll have a
chance to spend the next two weeks with my adolescent heart throb.
make it through dinner alive, even though my parents acted as if she wasn’t
there the entire time. I probably need to up her compensation for agreeing to
this. Even I couldn’t have predicted this brutally frigid reception. I thought
Dad would put on a forced friendly front and complain viciously to Mom behind
closed doors, like any normal American.
Once dinner is over and my brothers have
completed their jousting match over who gets which bedroom, I am feeling far
superior, since I have been the most laidback about the bedroom thing. I
grin my way up the staircase, Kinsley trailing behind me. We head for the last
bedroom, which has a sunrise-facing window I’ve always particularly liked. I
push open the door, and the cozy guest bedroom greets us.
front of us, the plush queen-size bed is neatly made, the head of the white
comforter pulled back. Beckoning us into its comfort.
is off, but I can’t tell what.
speaks. “I thought you said there were two twin beds?”
what it is. I roll our luggage into the bedroom and shut the door.
were.” I frown. “In my old room.”
gnawing at the inside of her lip, glancing between me and the bed.
this be okay?” I ask, suddenly worried I’ve overstepped our tenuous boundaries.
Clutching her hand in a vice grip for the duration of dinner? Fine. But sharing
a bed, even platonically? This could be the deal breaker. “I can sleep on top
of the covers, if you want, or bring a sleeping bag—”
be fine.” She waves her hand dismissively and heads for the bed. “I wouldn’t
want you to sleep on the floor on my account.”
smirk, unable to pass up the chance for a joke. “I didn’t mean I would
be sleeping on the floor.”
narrows her eyes, a laugh bursting out of her. “I can’t imagine you’d drag me
two thousand miles for that encounter with your parents and make me
sleep on the floor.”
laughter turns into a sigh. “Sorry about that. I didn’t think it would be that
shrugs again, picking at something on the comforter. “I know our parents always
had issues. I just didn’t think it would make them act like that.”
ease onto the bed next to her, even though I could have sat anywhere else in
the room: the other side of the bed, in the chair facing the bathroom, or hell,
even on the gray berber carpet. But being near Kinsley has already burrowed in
like a habit. Even though no eyes are watching us. “Do you think your parents
would act the same?”
don’t know. Maybe. It’s weird to think that we’re being the adults here.”
crashes through me. Am I being the adult here? My reasons for bringing
Kinsley are hardly noble. Sure, I bought her plane ticket. But also, I needed
her presence to get back at a small handful of people. And that seems like the
opposite of mature.
We’re gonna have a great time,” I say, channeling my hopes into words. “My
parents will loosen up. But we won’t even be here much. We can go do whatever
we want. This is vacay, baby.”
sends me a curious glance. “Whatever we want, huh?”
can’t help it. My mind goes straight to sex. I’m 100 percent man and 50 percent
beast. Which makes for some sort of mathematically impossible species. My gaze
drops to her lips. God, she’s got great lips. Maybe we can slightly expand the
list of Bayshore-relationship activities.
The side of my body closest to hers is getting hot from curiosity. She’s not my
type—not even a little. But I’m still wondering what it might be like to go
there with her.
know I brought twenty books with me, right?” she says. And like that, the fire
under my skin goes out. Not because books aren’t sexy—trust me, they are—but
because I realize she wasn’t heading down the same kiss-curious path I was. She
meant books. Because she is not a man beast who would already have her
half undressed if she’d allow it.
I said.” I push to my feet. More distance is probably wise. Sitting that close
to her is messing with my head. “We’re creating this vacay. And if that
includes starting your own book club, so be it.”
smiles up at me, and there is something so pure and innocent in her gaze that
my breath catches. The sunlight filtering into the room catches on her hair,
highlighting the strawberry undertones there. Between her glistening braid and
her sweet smiles, I decide in that moment that she is the definition of a
sunbeam with slightly-too-large ears.
already know that Kinsley is my humor and mental equal after one sad night at
the bar and an entire day of travel together. She can lob a joke as far as I
can. And I’m realizing that although we’re just pretending here in Bayshore, I
actually want to spend time with her.
About Ember Leigh:
Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young. A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides near Lake Erie with her Argentinean husband, where they run an Argentinian-American food truck. In addition to romance novels, Ember also writes travel memoirs and occasionally updates a couple of blogs. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, hops around the world, and eats lots of vegetables.