Countdown begins – in less than twenty four hours, Sweet Charity releases from Samhain!
This book takes up a year later after To Do List ends and it’s Rafe’s brother Gabriel’s story. It’s also a friends to lovers theme, one I totally love to write!
Blurb: Charity Harris has finally got a taste of handsome bad boy and lifelong friend, Gabriel Bettencourt after eight years of pretending a horrible one night stand never happened. Trouble is, he’s persisting with his story about not wanting a relationship and not being good enough for her.
Gabriel has ached to make Charity his for many years now and having her in his bed, willing and not flinching away from his darker urges is more than he’d ever imagined it could be. But Charity needs candlelight, not candle wax and he didn’t have the kind of soul she needed in a husband. But he’d be a fool to turn down the offer of a short term fling so he could have his fill until it was time to move on.
Charity can’t be managed and Gabriel finds less and less resistance to her insistence that good girls can still be naughty and bad boys like him can still be gentle and loving when the time was right.
When he runs away to think things over on New Year’s Eve, she follows. Gabriel is about to find out that even sweet girls have their limits.
Excerpt after the jump!
The birds singing outside her window woke Charity up slowly. Her hand was still down the front of her panties and she groaned, remembering how horny she’d been and how Gabriel had walked out on her.
She couldn’t help but groan as she got out of bed and shuffled to the bathroom, turning on the water for a shower. A clear head was needed to puzzle over what to do next and a shower would hopefully do the trick.
As she washed her hair and waited for the pain relievers she took to work, she worked up a head of steam just thinking about the night before.
First of all, hello, the kiss he had laid on her was not the same as before. The kiss last night was hot and hard and sort of dark. She might have been tipsy but she remembered the way he’d yanked on her hair to kiss her neck, the way his hands had trembled as she ground herself over his cock.
All right, she could admit it, she had some major league feelings for Gabriel. Last night had let them surge through her, past the wall she’d built over the years. There was simply no more denying it.
He’d wanted her enough to let himself kiss her for real in his truck and yet, he’d walked away. She’d had on her sexiest undies and even started to masturbate in front of him and he left! What was the deal?
That whole “we’ll talk later” crap made her grind her teeth as she slapped on lotion and wandered into her bedroom to get clothes.
Charity wanted some answers, and she’d have them! She pulled on a pair of eggplant toned boyshort panties and the matching bra before getting socks and jeans on. Since she knew he’d be at the dairy she pulled on her boots and found a purple sweater with a cowl neck.
This was a war and Charity Harris meant to win it. To do so, she’d have to swallow her pride and use every weapon she had. First, her looks and her body. She had to do everything just right so she did her hair, making it full with big curls. Just the perfect amount of makeup, Gabe was a farm boy at heart, she’d seen him with super glammed-up girls before, but she knew he liked natural beauty so she’d go with that.
Gabriel Bettencourt was what she wanted. Had wanted for years now and all this pussyfooting around was for suckers. She was getting older, she wanted to settle down and start her life with someone. She had a house and a business and a lovely family, having a partner was the next logical step. Gabriel was going to be that partner unless he could give her a logical reason why not.