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“Hungry? I tossed together some stuff for sandwiches and salads last night, using your leftovers. Hope that was all right.”
“Sure.” She normally didn’t neglect to feed her guest for over twenty-four hours. Geez, she really had been tired.
“I’ll make you a plate.”
She cocked her head at him. Hayden had never been half so helpful. Or caring. As soon as they’d begun dating, he’d expected her to feed him more often than not after cooking all day. He’d claimed that all his pencil pushing behind a desk exhausted him, so more often than not he’d preferred to end the day with a blow job. Less effort on his part than actual sex.
She and Jamie hadn’t done more than share a bed and some skin for a few hours but already he was far more considerate. Giddy little butterflies began dancing in her belly, and Bristol had to remind herself that being a nice human being didn’t mean he intended to be romantic. And they were not having a relationship.
“That would be great.” She smiled his way.
“Give me a minute and I’ll get you fed.”
“Thanks. I’m going to dry my hair now and hope that I don’t look like Medusa when I’m done.”
“I’m pretty sure that’s impossible since you’re gorgeous, but go for it.”
Bristol rolled her eyes at the compliment. “I look terrible. You don’t have to butter me up, but I appreciate it.”
As she turned for the bathroom, Jamie grabbed her wrist and snapped her around, flush against his chest. “I’m serious. I think you’re beautiful. You’re not calling me a liar, are you?”
His silky tone warned her that would be a bad idea. Bristol swallowed against the sudden tension in the air. “No. I just…”
“Don’t take compliments well?” He raised a brow at her as if he already knew the answer. “As long as I’m around, you need to start accepting them. And believing them.”
She stared up into his dark eyes in breathless disbelief. He may not be trying to romance her…but he was certainly making her heart flap and quiver. Which made her feel like a twit. She had to stop reading happily-ever-after into his nice gestures.
“Sure. Okay. Thanks.” She pulled gently at her wrist, eager to leave the room before she made an idiot out of herself.
Jamie was slow to release her. “I’ll have your food ready in ten. Then we can talk.”
What did he want to say? She’d rather they simply had sex. She didn’t find tangling between the sheets with him nearly as confusing as watching him defend her against Hayden or staring back into his eyes as he complimented her. But she had a few things to say if she was going to persuade him to go with her to dinner on Tuesday night at her mom’s house, then move on afterward.
We first met rock star Jesse in Kimber and Deke's story, and we didn't get a great first impression of him. I must admit it took me a while to like him, I couldn't get the image of the womanising, drugged up, drunk rocker out of my head. He was making an effort to change, and throughout the story he really grew up so by the end of the story I did like him. Small town girl Bristol has recently been betrayed by those that she loved, so the last thing she wants it to get involved with a player like Jesse. But after Jesse helps her by pretending to be her boyfriend they grow close. But Jesse is hiding his true identity from her, how will she react when she finds out who he really is?
There is a lot of insta-love going on here, but it didn't really bother me as it seemed to work with this fun, lighthearted story. The action between Jesse and Bristol is hot, I enjoyed their chemistry. If you're looking for an easy, sexy read then this will be ideal for you. Four stars!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
About Shayla Black: Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. For over fifteen years, she's written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages. Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She's thrilled that she's been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years. Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her "free" time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.