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Holidays at The Corral Series
Tina Perkins thinks falling in love with your best friend is a tired cliché. She's had a flirty friendship with Nick Jameson forever, and she likes it that way. Until she's dared to sleep with him and suddenly can't stop thinking about what it would be like to cross that friends to lovers line.
Nick wants Tina. Badly. New Year's Eve is the perfect time to make a resolution to get her into his bed. He doesn't want to ruin the friendship they share, but adding 'with benefits' to the label would make things perfect.
As the clock ticks closer to midnight, there's a lot at stake. Will a night of passion ruin everything or lead to a lifetime of love?
Page Count: 46
Word Count: 8990
Maybe she should give into temptation just this once while she had the chance. No. Despite the residual tingle Darla’s words had spawned and the incident at the store, Tina had no interest in the whole concept of Friends-with-Benefits. Casual sex, even with her best friend, especially not with her best friend, wasn’t her thing. If she was going to get that close to someone, she wanted equal parts emotional and physical intimacy and commitment. Not a quick roll in the hay, no matter how amazing that roll might be or how plentiful the hay around these parts.
Then again, she might be able to avoid Darla’s question, but she couldn’t hide the truth from herself. Of course she’d thought about it. Nick was male. Very male. She was only human. And female. And it had been for-ev-er since she’d had a boyfriend.
Fulfilling Darla’s dare could prove to be very interesting. To say the least. How wide would Nick’s eyes pop if she were actually wearing that gown? For him.
“I’ll go get the broom.” Darla’s words acted like much-needed cold water and doused the flames of the inappropriate fantasy.
“No, it was my fault. I’ll get it.” Tina stalked across the bar. The overhead fans swept cool air across her flaming cheeks. As she pushed the door of the supply closet, it suddenly opened, throwing her off balance. She stumbled. Right into Nick’s arms.
They closed around her. “Whoa.”
She clutched his shoulders. She’d hugged Nick before. Lots of times. Since it had been that kind of day and she hadn’t quite recovered from earlier, this time was different. Exciting. More exciting than it should be.
The woodsy scent of his aftershave made her head spin. Her heart hammered against her ribs. The breath caught in her throat. When he looked down at her, her whole body froze as every involuntary, life-supporting system ceased to function.
If someone had asked whether or not she thought Nick was good looking, she would have responded in the affirmative. Here in his arms, a whole new awareness gripped her. Had she ever fully appreciated the hard muscles beneath the T-shirt? The slight wave in the brown-almost-black hair falling onto his forehead. The dark chocolate with caramel of his eyes.
Those melt-you-where-you-stood eyes held a combination of concern and something deeper. Darker. Something all consuming that tugged at her soul. Oh cripes, he was still feeling it too.
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