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Toeing the Line Teaser Part 2
Zane forced his gaze to her face, not able to hold back his laughter at her reaction. “Sorry.”
“No, you’re not.” A smile was creeping onto Riley’s face. She shook her head and tucked her legs under her, covering more with the shirt.
Not that the fake modesty did anything to stop the teasing images racing through his thoughts. “I kind of am.”
She tugged him to his feet, nodding to one of the chairs next to her. “Have a seat.”
He dropped onto the padded seat, trying to be subtle about adjusting himself again. A tiny smile still danced on her lips, and he didn’t know if it was because it was so obvious what he was trying to hide or because she was still half-lost in her drawing. She gave him one last glance before turning back to her work. “How’d the interview go?”
His arousal limped away at the single question. It had gone horribly. He hadn’t even made it past the screening process because he didn’t have any civilian experience or a degree to back up his claims. They hadn’t said so specifically, but he’d heard it in the interviewer’s voice over the phone, the way the conversation had all but died when he mentioned his only experience with network security had been overseas for the military. “Not as well as I had hoped.”
Her mouth twisted in a frown, and she gave him her full attention. “I’m sorry.”
He shrugged and pulled her sketchpad toward him, wanting to talk about anything else that would keep him from dwelling and ruining the night before it started. His eyes grew wide when he saw what she’d been working on. It was the character she’d said was based on him, with a wiry man kneeling in front of him, both of them naked. She hadn’t told him she was drawing yaoi – male-on-male graphic novel pornography. “You drew another guy sucking me off?”
She let out a short laugh. “Since when are you a prude? Besides, it’s just a drawing that happens to be built like you. I already told you that.”
He should be offended or something, but the tease on her full lips, the way the light glinted off what he knew was cherry lip gloss, and the fact she’d drawn him naked in a compromising position—even if it wasn’t one he agreed with—made his pulse race again. “I just don’t get it. Why do some girls get off on two pretty guys groping each other?”
Coming August 2013
Zane’s time as Air Force intelligence has taught him a thing or two about keeping secrets. But when his best friend, Riley, finds out what kind of secrets he’s kept from her, their “Friends With Benefits” relationship won’t be what threatens their growing feelings for each other.
Riley tends to fall hard and fast for the guys she dates, and it never ends with the wedding bells she expects. Tired of the heartbreak and unsure if she even knows what love is, she swears off unreliable things like dating and trying to find that elusive happily-ever-after spark. Focusing on her art seems like the perfect distraction, except she’s missing the physical side of being half a couple. Fortunately, her best friend, Zane, is happy to model for her drawings and pin her down in the bedroom, with no expectations. Just fun.
Zane’s granddad raised him with the belief that people who bring joy to the world should be protected at all costs. For Zane, his best friend Riley is one of those people, and he definitely doesn’t mind when making her happy involves helping her pursue her creative dream and some sport sex with a hint of kink. They can have fun, and he can keep her from falling for the next idiot who comes along while she searches for her Prince Charming.
Regardless of her resolution, as things heat up between them Riley finds herself falling again. She needs to decide if she’s in love with the idea of being in love, or if—despite Zane’s insistence that she deserves someone better—what she feels for him is the real thing. If she can’t learn to trust her heart and convince Zane he’s exactly what she needs, it will obliterate a lifelong friendship.
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