Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Second Chance, Romance
When you fall in love with your best friend, it’s the kind of love that’s supposed to last forever.
Jo Donovan was a true believer of happily ever afters—until her best friend, Christopher, was killed in Afghanistan, destroying her belief that fairy-tale endings existed.
Destroying her. Destroying her world.
Five years later…
Jo finds herself still stuck in the past, unable to find closure with Christopher’s death.
When she moves to Austin, Texas, with her son, Junior, she’s finally given the fresh start she’s been desperately seeking.
What she doesn’t know is that the fresh start comes in the form of her sexy neighbor, Drew Greyson.
Their friendship starts off rocky, but eventually, a spark between them ignites. It isn’t long before that spark turns explosive, and she finds herself falling for him.
Drew wants to be her everything, her forever, but will Jo’s pain from losing Christopher stop her from following her heart?
Warning: Recommended for ages 18+ due to explicit language and sexual situations.
“So, this is new to us, huh? The whole having a face-to-face conversation? My hands are at a loss without the phone—which, by the way, is mine now.” I give out a teasing grin as my eyes flitter between Drew and the soccer field.
“I thought we already established that it was all yours, sugar.”
The way he pronounces sugar in his husky, deep voice with a sexy gleam in his eyes, I suddenly feel vulnerable, as if every inch of my naked body is on show. It’s unnerving, and my thighs begin to tremble again.
He blinks, his eyes crinkling with humor. “This isn’t new to me though. I seem to recall some crazy woman ripping me a new one for playing my music too loud, dressed in only a skimpy white T-shirt and a pair of…oh, wait, what color were they again?” He’s quiet for a moment, as if deep in thought, before going in for the kill. “Red panties.” He shakes his head with a reminiscent look on his face, almost like he’s replaying the scene over and over again in his head.
I can’t believe he remembers what color my panties were.
He edges closer to me until his warm breath can be felt against my ear.
“Can I confess something to you?”
I think I manage a nod of some kind, but I can’t be a hundred percent sure since the heat I feel surrounding me at his proximity is messing with my focus. All I am aware of is Drew and the incredible smell that radiates from him. It’s a mixture of summer fruits, soap, and sex. Yes, he smells of satisfying, dirty, rugged sex, and that sweet yet woodsy scent is making me feel a little light-headed.
“Since that moment I set eyes on you, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you.”
Now, I can’t breathe. Holy shit. I could easily pass out right now.
He pulls away with a smug smile on his lips, knowing just how much his words have affected me.
My clothes seem to cling to my skin, and that’s when I realize I’m drenched in sweat. I can barely glance his way, overwhelmed with an emotion I’ve never felt before. He’s everywhere, and it’s suffocating but not in a hands-wrapped-around-my-throat-trying-to-strangle-me way. It’s more of an I’m-so-incredibly-turned-on kind of way.
I try to speak, but no words leave my mouth. I am officially speechless, and for the first time since our friendship began, I have no witty comment to throw back at him.
Receptionist by day, author by night, Elena Matthews is from Manchester, United Kingdom, the home of Manchester United, MediaCity and of course, Coronation Street. When Elena isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or watching guilty pleasures such as Grey’s Anatomy. And when she isn’t doing any of those things, you can often find her on Facebook, obsessing over Kellan Kyle, book boyfriend extraordinaire.