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Getting Wound Up
A Sapphire Falls/Love Between the Bases Crossover Novel
Jennifer Bernard & Erin Nicholas
Releasing April 12th, 2016
(Previously Released in Three Parts)
EN Fiction, Inc.
So when her brother hatches a plan to get Eli to the pro baseball try-out for the Kilby Catfish and another chance at his dream, Caitlyn is all in. After all, what's a little kidnapping among friends?
A spot on the pitcher's mound for the Catfish isn't the only tempting thing about the spontaneous road trip. Eli already knows that Caitlyn is as sweet as the candies she makes for the Sapphire Falls bakery, but alone with her overnight in the tiny motel room in Kansas, it's impossible to resist the urge to take a little taste.
But when that taste leads to falling for the girl next door just as his front door is moving hundreds of miles away, can Eli really have it all? Or do they have too many strikes against them?
Caitlyn took her third shot. The look on her face as she swallowed the liqueur was adorable.
“How many more shots do you need?” she asked.
He frowned. “What?”
“Well, it took two to get you to kiss me. You just had your third. I’m wondering how many you need to take me to bed.”
He just stared at her. He blinked. He was pretty much raring to go right now, actually. “How many do you need?”
She gave him a smile that wasn’t a bit tipsy. And was fully seductive. “I didn’t need even one, Eli.”
It was like his cock was voice-activated. All she’d done was talk and he was rock hard. “Damn, Cait.”
“You can’t be completely surprised.”
Was he surprised? That she was attracted to him? That she wanted to sleep with him?
Yeah, he fucking was. Because if his mind had ever even started to go in that direction, he would have shut it down.
“I don’t need anything to want you,” he said honestly. “I’m going to need a few more to get me past that.”
She took a long draw on her beer. After she swallowed, she nodded. “Okay, well, I’m going to need two more to get to drunk-enough-to-fall-asleep-even-knowing-you’re-half-naked-in-the-next-bed and drunk-enough-to-not-even-get-up-in-the-night-for-the-bathroom.”
Ah yes, the bathroom last night. As if that had been far from his mind all day.
“Two more it is,” he agreed, even as his body screamed at him to shut the hell up.
If he kissed her again, if he kept going … well, from the look on Caitlyn’s face, they both knew where that was going to lead them.
She ate a fry and took a drink of beer, then licked her lips clean of the salt.
An image of her on her knees, those lips and that tongue wetting some other things, flashed through his mind. He coughed and shook his head.
Then she raised her hand to the waitress again. She held up two fingers and waved them between her and Eli.
The girl brought four more shots over and set them in the middle of the table.
Caitlyn picked one up. “Okay, moment of truth. We drink these shots and we go to the hotel, to two separate beds, and home to Sapphire Falls tomorrow as friends. Or we don’t take these shots and we go back to the hotel to one bed. And then go home to Sapphire Falls tomorrow as friends.”
Cute, fun and full of sexy baseball players, I enjoyed it from beginning to end! Eli and Caitlyn have known each other since they were kids, but while she's been crushing on him for years, but until recently, he's only thought of her his friend's little sister. Their relationship from friends to lovers developed at a nice pace and it was great to have both point of views. I loved their family and friends played matchmaker a few times, apparently even they could see they were perfect for each other. As a baseball fan, I also enjoyed the way the game was written into their love story. It is not necessary to read the books from the other series, but as a fan, I can definitely recommend the Love Between the Bases series. I have read any of the Sapphire Fall books, but based on this novella, I will be reading them soon.
I received an ARC for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.