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Biker Baby by Penny Dee

 

Title: Biker Baby

Series: Kings of Mayhem MC #3

Author: Penny Dee
Genre: MC Romance/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 19, 2019

 

Blurb
I was about
to make a huge mistake.
And when I say huge, I mean, approximately ten inches’ worth of mistake.

But after the week I’d had, this was just what I needed. A night of big bad
mistakes with a big bad biker.

Honey Scott

Finding out your boyfriend is a cheating loser is a real buzz kill. Finding out
you’re actually the other woman, is devastating. Call it temporary insanity,
but I decide the best way to get over the loser I’d dated for two years is to
get under a biker with tattoos, dimples and a hard body he knows how to use.

He’s going to make everything better with numerous mind-blowing orgasms. But
just for one night.

Except one faulty condom means my one-night stand isn’t so one-night after all.

Caleb
Calley
After a night of insane sex, the beautiful blue-eyed brunette gave me the slip.
And even with all the women on offer afterwards, I can’t get her off my mind.
So when she turns up at the Kings of Mayhem MC compound I’m quick to give her a
second night of amazing sex and crazy orgasms. But this time, I’m not ready to
let her go.

There’s just one problem— she’s not interested.

But if she thinks she’s going to give me the slip again, then she’s got another
thing coming. I know she is keeping a secret from me but I don’t care what it
is. I want her and I’m going to make her mine.

Biker Baby,
book three in the Kings of Mayhem MC series.

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Review by Victoria:

Everyone loves babies! But what happens when you don’t even know the name of your baby’s biker father?

Honey spent 2 years dating a man she thought was great until she found out she was the other woman. One night of wild passion under another man is definitely what she needs to get her worthless ex out of her system. Until 2 months later, that passion filled night gave her something else. Can Honey really spring this on a total stranger?
Caleb is a man with many talents and assets, one of which makes him very well known with the bike bunnies that hang around his club. None of them have ever held his eye for long though until one woman comes strolling through his world and turns it everything on its head. He may not have learned her name, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten her. When she strolls back in to the club house seemingly by random, he needs to find a way to keep her.
Honey and Caleb start their relationship in a nonconventional way, and with so many hurdles. Can they really come together and make this work? Or at least enough for a baby to join them? Caleb does not disappoint in the skill department. This is a wild ride! I don’t normally like surprise babies but Penny pulls you in from the beginning and before you know it, you’ll be cheering and crying all at the same time. Caleb will change your view on bad boy bikers when he rides in to the rescue. 4 Stars

Excerpt

As he
waited for his breathing to calm, I took a moment to marvel in the bulk of the
man lying on top of me. My fingers slid across golden skin colored with a
collage of intricate pictures, symbols and words. My palm curved around strong
deltoid muscles that were well-rounded and powerful. He was big. Strong.
Lethal. And probably not interested in
being the father of my baby.
The thought
made me shift uneasily beneath him. I had to get out of there. I needed to be
alone to collect my thoughts and find my senses. I wiggled and Caleb rolled off
me. I thought he would let me go but he didn’t. Instead he turned my face
towards him and kissed me hard on the mouth.
But I was
leaving. I sat up and began looking for my panties on the floor. Finding them
wedged under the corner of the bed, I slipped them on and began hunting for my
skirt.
“Where are
you going?” He asked.
“I have to
go.”
“Why are
you always running away from me?” He said, an amused sparkle in his eyes. “Will
I see you again?”
I paused
and looked at him over my shoulder. “Do you want to?”
He grinned
and I was momentarily taken back by how beautiful it was.
How
beautiful he was.
“Hell
darlin’, I don’t want you to leave.”
I resumed
looking for my skirt. “I have to leave. I have things to do.”
I found my
skirt in a tangle with my shirt at the foot of the bed. 
“At least
let me give you a ride home.” He sat up.
“Its fine. I
can call a cab.” I stood up and slipped my shirt on.
“I’m not
letting you take a cab.”
“Really its
fine.”
He climbed
off the bed, unfazed by his nakedness, and began looking for his boxer shorts.
I paused to drink in the fine display of his muscular body and his still
swollen manhood swinging between his powerful thighs. It was obvious he took
very good care of his body.
He slipped
on his jeans and by the time I had buttoned my blouse and found my phone and
shoes, he was fully dressed and securing his wallet chain to his jeans.
“Ready?” He
asked.
There was
no point arguing.
As he
opened the bedroom door, I mentally braced myself. I wasn’t looking forward to
the walk of shame through the clubhouse. But the hallway was quiet and the
clubhouse was still. Sometime in the night the music had stopped and the party
had wound down.
As soon as
I entered the bar, the stench of last nights partying hit me like a bat to the
face and I had to hold my breath.  The
bar was littered with snoring bikers and the odd club girl asleep where they
had passed out. Bottles lay scattered and spilled everywhere. Stale booze and
body odor were ripe in the air. Caleb took my hand and led me through the mess,
stepping over discarded bottles and sleeping bodies. Musty smoke glittered in
the dusty rays of sunlight bursting into the room from a window above the
jukebox.
Across the
room, an older biker was quietly having sex with a large, partially dressed
woman up against the pool table. His jeans were down around his ankles and his
eyes were closed as he lazily rocked into her. The slap, slap of her large
wobbly boobs against the pool table broke the stillness of the morning.
Further
away, a naked woman lay slumped at the base of a stripper pole with everything
open and on display. She hugged a half-spilled bourbon bottle and snored
loudly. As we passed by her, Caleb shook his head and grabbed a discarded shirt
from a nearby chair to cover her.
“Is she
alright?” I whispered.
“Yeah,
that’s Candy. It’s not the first time she’s passed out there and it won’t be
the last.”
  I glanced around me. This place. These
people. This was Caleb’s world. And it reeked of bad choices. Nausea roiled in
the pit of my stomach and I barely made it outside in time before losing the
contents of my stomach.
“Jesus, are
you okay?” Caleb asked, coming up behind me.
I gestured
for him to give me a moment as another wave of nausea washed over me and I
vomited again.
“You drink
too much?” he asked when I finally straightened and walked over to him. “I
don’t remember you being drunk.”
I shook my
head. “I didn’t drink a thing.”
He handed
me a helmet. “Are you okay to ride? Or do you need a minute?”
“I’ll be
okay.”
He led me
over to a row of motorcycles parked alongside the clubhouse. His was a big
black beast with lots of chrome gleaming in the early morning light.
Before he
climbed on, he touched my hand. “Are you sure you’re ok?”
I smiled
brightly but it was fake because I felt weird. Out of place. I didn’t belong
there.
“Yes. I’m
fine.” I said, very aware that I needed to get out of there. I did up my helmet
and climbed onto the back of his bike. “Lets ride.”

 

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Penny Dee
writes contemporary romance about rockstars, bikers, hockey players and
everyone in-between. She believes true love never runs smoothly, and her
characters realize this too, with a boatload of drama and a whole lot of steam.
She found
her happily ever after in Australia where she lives with her husband, daughter
and a dog named Bindi.
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Red by Measha Stone

 

 

Title: Red
Series: Ever After #3
Author: Measha Stone
Genre: Erotic Romantic Suspense/Adult Fairytale
Release Date: April 16, 2019

 

Blurb
Collect the girl. Speak some vows. Inherit the fortune. Nowhere in the requirements did it say anything about falling in love.Melinda thinks she’s just coming to grandma’s for dinner, but she’s wrong. She’s wrong about a lot of things. None of which is my business.

Until I make it my business. There’s more to Melinda than I imagined. She’s not simply going to march up to the auction block for me. With her red hair and fiery spirit, she’s giving me more trouble than I anticipated. But I’ve never run from trouble before.

But she draws dangerous attention and what seemed like a simple collect and deliver job turns into something more. She drags my darkness forward, bathing it in her light. But if she doesn’t toe the line, if she keeps pushing, she’ll fall deep into the pit with me.

The unwanted advances from outside are closing in, and I have to find a way to keep her safe. I need her, and I won’t let her go.

 

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Review by Paula:
What a amazing book! Melinda is one strong, stubborn lady and even though she’s being sold she is determined. Erik unfortunately his family was all screwed up and left him with 3 evil tasked that he truly didn’t want to do. But it’s do it or have nothing. I loved all the intense moments and whew the chemistry makes you melt! A great romance that leaves you wanting more 5/5 stars

 

Excerpt
“You are getting a choice in this—”
“Choice? You told me you have to sell me to honor my
grandfather’s debt. You said that. So, my choices are what? Who gets to buy me?
Who I get to be a slave to for the rest of my life?” Her cheeks reddened. “You
are a monster. A disgusting monster.”
Erik’s heart clenched. “You think so?” He took a menacing
step toward her.
Her eyes darted to the door, but she’d never make it. “You—
I—”
“What’s wrong, Melinda? Run out of bravery?” he mocked her.
She’d had all afternoon to gather up her anger and spew it at him when he
walked in, but she would learn to keep her venom fanged from now on.
“Why can’t you leave me alone?” she asked in a more
placating tone. But it was too late. The claws had been unsheathed.
“Oh, I will,” he promised. She tried to dart around him, but
he caught her.
In a fluid motion, he spun and hoisted her over his
shoulder.
“No! What are you doing?” Her fists banged against his
shoulder blades, but he wouldn’t be stopped. She wanted to see what a monster
truly was, and he was going to give her the lesson she needed.
The door bounced off the wall when he flung it open.
Marching down the hall and down the stairs, taking little care to be sure she
wasn’t bouncing too hard, he headed for the stairs leading down to the
basement.
Nico popped up from the couch in the living room when Erik
passed by with Melinda screaming and kicking over his shoulder.
“Stay the fuck there,” Erik barked at him as he rounded the
corner and went for the room he needed.
“What are you doing! Put me down!” She pounded harder, and
her legs kicked. He readjusted his grip around her knees and smacked her ass
hard enough to knock some sense into her.
“Stop wiggling like that!” He smacked her once more then
threw open the door to the basement.
“I don’t want to go down there!” she cried when his boots
clattered down the wooden staircase.
“Sure you do. You want to see the monster.” He flicked on
the lights.
His uncle had a special basement. At first glance, it
appeared to be an ordinary man-cave with a large screen television set. A
dartboard hung on the wall. A minibar and fridge nestled in the corner. Really
cozy.
Erik put her on her feet but held onto her upper arm. Most
of her hair had tumbled out of the elastic band and rained down around her
shoulders. Her face was red from dangling upside down, but her eyes held his
interest. Wide and curious.
She had no idea what a real monster was. But he’d show her.
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Measha Stone is an international bestselling author of
erotic romance. She’s had #1 top-selling books in BDSM, and suspense. She lives
in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and children, who are just
as creative and crazy as her. Her vanilla writing has been published in
numerous literary magazines, but she’s found her passion in erotic romance.
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TRAVIS by LeAnn Ashers

Title: TRAVIS
Series: Grim Sinners MC Book 3
Author: LeAnn Ashers
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: April 15, 2019
Bailey
 
Being the single mom of a beautiful five-year-old was hard. I’d struggled since the day I gave birth to my daughter when I was eighteen. So when we got the opportunity of a lifetime—to start over somewhere new—it was a no-brainer. We had to go.
 
What I never expected was to find him.
 
With one look, our whole world changed. Travis became everything to us. For once, we were carefree and happy. We had everything we’d always dreamed of.
 
Then things started happening…
 
Travis
 
Bailey came out of nowhere and changed my life completely. I’d never known what living was until her eyes connected with mine and my world imploded. My days now revolved around her and the beautiful little girl I loved as my own.
Bailey and her daughter were now my family, and I vowed to protect them at all costs.
What I never expected was for someone to want to hurt Bailey.
 
If he ever tries to breathe the same air as Bailey and Gabby again—that’ll be the last thing he’ll ever try to do. By the time it’s over, he’ll consider Hell a welcome treat.

Review by Susan:
I’ve been waiting for this book for a while, we met Bailey in a previous book so couldn’t wait to find out how she  manages to knock Travis’s socks off! It’s love at first sight for this couple, Travis manages to make Baileys daughter fall in love with him too, there are a lot of swoon worthy moments with Travis and Gabby. There isn’t much angst in the story, it’s mainly the relationship between them, there’s some issues with baileys ex but again that is resolved quickly. If you like your MC read with a lot of action and angst, this is not the book for you, but if you like a safe read with a HEA then give it a go. I loved the epilogue! This author always gives a good epilogue, we get a glimpse into how their future pans out. Overall another great read from this author, can’t wait to see who gets their story next. 4 Stars

LeAnn Ashers is a blogger-turned-author who spends her days reading and writing. She released her debut novel early 2016, and can’t wait to see where this adventure continues to take her. LeAnn enjoys writing about strong-minded females and swoon-worthy, protective alpha males who love their women unconditionally.

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Unchained (Blood Bond Vol 1) by Helen Hardt

Unchained (Blood Bond Saga Vol 1)  by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Helen Hardt Genre: Paranormal RomanceAdd to your TBR

 


Unchained (Blood Bond Vol 1)

Synopsis Vampire Dante Gabriel is starving. What he craves is red gold—human blood. After being held captive as a blood slave to a female vampire for years, he has finally escaped. Unchained at last, he follows his nose to the nearest blood bank to sate his hunger. ER nurse Erin Hamilton expects just another busy night shift…until she finds a gorgeous stranger vandalizing the hospital blood bank. Though her logic tells her to turn him in, she’s pulled by stronger and unfamiliar emotions to protect the man who seems oddly infatuated with her scent. Chemistry sizzles between them, but Dante, plagued by nightmares of his time in captivity, fears he won’t be able to control himself…especially when he discovers a secret she doesn’t even know she’s hiding. 

Reviews for Unchained, Volume one in the award-winning Blood Bond Saga by #1 New York Times Bestselling author Helen Hardt.Review by Candy:

Wow! This is a fantastic read. There is so much going on that’ll not want to put it down. Vampires, humans and ghosts so far with so much more to find out. Oh and an evil vampire who calls herself the Queen.
Will Dante figure out the blood bond? Will Erin accept Dante as a vampire and the blood bond?
This is just the beginning of the journey for Erin and Dante. Helen will have you on the edge of this story. You’ll love the characters and the journey they’ll lead to for love and truth. You’ll see a different side to the paranormal with this one. As you read along you learn new things about vampires that haven’t been expressed before. Tradition vs myth?
A must read series! 4 Stars

“Helen gives us the dark, tormented vampire hero we all love in a sensual paranormal romance with all the feels.  Be warned… the twists and turns will keep you up all night reading.  I was hooked from the first sentence until the very end.”  ~New York Times bestselling author J.S. Scott“A genially written and enthralling romantic suspense that will take over all your senses…” ~MammieBabbie“Unchained was unlike anything else I’ve ever read before!” ~Natalie the Biblioholic“A dark, intoxicating tale.” ~Library Journal 

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PRAYING FOR RAIN by BB Easton

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BB Easton is a masterful storyteller at her very best with Praying for Rain. It’s a story I’ll remember always and reread often.” — T.M. Frazier, USA Today bestselling author

Praying for Rain, an all-new powerful and emotional love story from BB Easton, is available now!

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With only three days left until the predicted apocalypse, the small town of Franklin Springs, Georgia, has become a wasteland of abandoned cars, abandoned homes, abandoned businesses, and abandoned people. People like Rainbow Williams.

Rain isn’t afraid of dying. In fact, she’s looking forward to it. If she can just outrun her pain until April 23, she’ll never have to feel it at all.

Wes Parker has survived every horrible thing this life has thrown at him with nothing more than his resourcefulness and disarming good looks. Why should the end of the world be any different? All he needs are some basic supplies, shelter, and a sucker willing to help him out, which is exactly what he finds when he returns to his hometown of Franklin Springs.

As society crumbles, dangers mount, and secrets refuse to stay buried, two lost souls are thrust together in a twist of fate—one who will do anything to survive and one who can’t wait to die.

Perhaps, together, they can learn how to live.

Before their time runs out.

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Review by Paula:

Holy wow! I couldn’t stop reading this book! I read straight through and still want more and more. It’s so intense that I was pacing while reading it. You don’t know what’s going happen your even confused sometimes but damn this book is amazing! This is Rain and Wes’s story. What do you do when you know your gonna die in 3 days in a crazy world that you fight for your life daily? Wow Rain has so much strength that it brings tears to my eyes just thinking about her. Wes ahh that amazing man who makes you feel and blush and his words and thoughts just make you wanna hold him tight. I can’t wait to read the next book to this series! 5/5 stars

 

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BB Easton is a best-selling, award-winning author, artist, psychologist, wife, and mother who loves drinking, cursing, and staying up late mining for humor in the darkest of places.

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Bad Boy Blues by Saffron A. Kent

 

Title: Bad Boy Blues
Author: Saffron A. Kent
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance

Release Date: April 11, 2019

 

Blurb
Cleopatra Paige hates one thing in this world — just one — and his
name is Zachariah Prince.
In grade school, he pulled at her pigtails. In middle school, he spread
false rumors about her. And in high school, he ruined her prom.
She hates that his smirks are unfairly sexy. And she definitely loathes
that his dark eyes seem to follow her everywhere. Sometimes, even in her
dreams.
It doesn’t matter that he’s rich and popular or that he lives in a
freaking mansion full of butlers and maids. He’s rude and arrogant, and she
wants to stay as far away from him as possible.
But unfortunately for Cleo, she lives in the same freaking mansion as
Zach.
Only he’s the prince and she’s the lowly maid who serves him.

 

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I love hate turned into love romance and this one hit the spot dead on. Cleo has been bullied for years by Zach the Prince. Zach has been gone for 3 years and now he’s back and Cleo is a maid for his family.  Lots of angst in this book but also love and forgiveness. But mostly this book is about bullies and why they bully. I read this book straight through and actually read it again because it made me realize things I never thought about before. I’ve been bullied many times in my life and never thought why I was always just angry. Now I see things differently. Zach and Cleo’s  story happens probably daily in this world but it’s how you react that makes a difference. This is one book I’ll never forget! 5/5 “Stage-five clinger.” Stars
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Saffron A. Kent is a Top 100 Amazon Bestselling author of Contemporary and New Adult romance. More often than not, her love stories are edgy, forbidden and passionate. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

 

 

 

She lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband, and a million and one books.

 

 

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ELEANOR & GREY by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Eleanor & Grey, an all-new beautiful and emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is available now!

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Greyson East left his mark on me.

As the young girl who first fell for him, I didn’t know much about life. I did know about his smiles, though, and his laughs, and the strange way my stomach flipped when he was near.

Life was perfect…until it wasn’t, and when we were forced to go our separate ways, I held on to our memories, let go of my first crush, and wished for the day I’d find him again.

When my wish came true, it was nothing like I imagined.

I couldn’t have known when I took the nanny position that it would be his children I looked after, that my new boss would be that boy I used to know, that boy who was now a man—a cold, lonely, detached man.

The smile and laugh I had loved so much were gone, now distant memories. Every part of him was covered in a fresh pain.

When he realized who I was, he made me promise to do my job and my job only.

He made me promise not to try to get to know him, not to recall the memories I’d treasured all this time.

But, sometimes, I saw the boy I’d once known in his stormy eyes. I saw the Greyson who smiled and laughed, who had stolen a young girl’s heart, and there was no doubt in my mind that this boy was worth fighting for.

I was given a second chance with the one who’d left his mark on me. All I hoped was that somehow I’d leave a mark on his soul, too.

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I have read every single book of Brittainy’s and this one stole my breath away. Eleanor & Grey’s story speaks to your soul. I cried many times reading this book. This story makes your heart feel like it’s gonna explode with so much love it’s never ending. Eleanor is one unique Harry Potter loving girl that when you have her in your life you shine. Grey is stubborn, loving man but when tragedy happens..  Can Eleanor be the light to Greys darkness or will everything just tumble and fold?  I love Lorelai too that little girl has me laughing so hard at her spunk! And Kara such a strong, stubborn, teenager that I felt her pain fiercely.  This truly is one beautiful book that I’ll never forget! Top 2019 contemporary romance I wish I could give it 10 stars 5/5 “Pinky swear” stars  “More of that, Ellie,”

 

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Excerpt:

Eleanor

Thirty-two years old

Greyson’s assistant, Allison, finished giving me a tour of the house. “Okay, I think that’s everything. I’m going to head out now, but go ahead and make yourself comfortable. Get used to the property. Mr. East knows you’re here today, so don’t feel like you aren’t allowed to wander around a bit. If you need anything, my cell number is on the contact list in the book, or you can email me. If nothing comes up, I hope your first day goes well. Claire will be with you Monday to make sure the transition goes smoothly.”

I must have looked terrified because as Allison grabbed her coat and purse to leave, she gave me a light squeeze on the shoulder.

“You’re going to be fine, Eleanor. Mind over matter. You got this. Let’s touch base later in the week so I can check in on how things are going.”

“Sounds great. Thanks, Allison.”

After she left, I took a deep breath and flipped through a few pages in the binder. Then, I did a once-through of the house, familiarizing myself with whose room was where. There was something so unsettling about the quietness of Greyson’s home. It was so dark with an odd gloomy feeling attached to it, haunting almost. I didn’t mean dark as in the lighting situation, rather it was the energy level. There was such a heaviness in the space.

The place felt like a house, not a home.

If I hadn’t known any better, I wouldn’t have believed a family lived there at all.

It felt so abandoned, almost like a memory frozen in time.

That might’ve just been my own thoughts, thought, due to knowing about the tragedy that had taken place in the lives of the individuals who lived there. With the number of books I’d read, it wasn’t inaccurate to say my mind wandered toward the dramatics.

I walked back into the kitchen, flipping through the binder, completely taken aback by the girls’ schedules. Between school, swim lessons, karate, piano lessons, physical therapy, and grief counseling, I wasn’t sure how they found the time to live a little.

“Eleanor.”

I leaped out of my skin at the sound of my name and turned to see Greyson standing behind me with an empty glass in his hand. He was dressed in a suit and tie, which was so strange to me.

Who wore a suit and tie in their own home?

I hardly wore pants when I was home alone.

“Oh, Greyson, hi. Sorry I’m still here. Allison was just giving me a tour, and she said it was okay to look around a bit more.”

“She made me aware.”

Wow. He had responded immediately, unlike the first time I saw him. I called that progress.

I smiled at him, but he didn’t smile back, and that felt like the oddest thing in the world. The old Greyson had been full of smiles.

“It’s a beautiful home,” I stated, unsure what else to talk about. “It’s massive. I swear, it’s like ten times the size of my place.” He blankly stared my way as I shifted from foot to foot. “I love the décor,” I blurted out, and I hated myself the second the words left my lips. Just walk away, Eleanor. Don’t be awkward. “Those throw pillows in your living room are to die for. Where did you get them?”

“The interior designer chose everything,” he replied dryly.

“Oh, right, of course. My interior designer is normally the clearance section at T.J. Maxx,” I joked. “Or on special occasions, Target.”

He didn’t laugh, probably because I wasn’t funny.

I wondered when was the last time he’d laughed.

Did he ever find anything funny anymore?

We kept staring at one another in the most uncomfortable silence, though I didn’t feel as if I could pull myself away from it. I probably stared at him too long, but how could I not? I’d gone fifteen-some years without looking at him. It was understandable that I wouldn’t be able to turn away quickly.

The awkwardness of it all finally came to a halt when Greyson cleared his throat.

“Eleanor?”

“Yes?”

“I came for water.”

“Oh?” I stared at him like an idiot, wide-eyed like a deer in headlights, waiting for his next words. I stood still as if he were going to expand on his interest in water. Was he offering me a drink? Were we going to sip water and catch up on things? Was I finally going to be able to ask him how he’d become the CEO of his father’s company at such a young age? What had happened to his father?

His stare narrowed, and his lips turned down in a displeased fashion. He nodded once.

“Hmm?” I asked.

He nodded more aggressively this time, gesturing past me.

I glanced behind me and realized I was standing right in front of the refrigerator, blocking the water dispenser. I stepped to the side, mentally beating myself up.

Idiot.

“Oh, right, of course. Well, I think I’m done here, so I’ll see myself out,” I stated, scrambling to grab my binder. “Have a good afternoon.”

He didn’t reply, but that wasn’t shocking. I was quickly learning that this new Greyson didn’t have nearly as much to say as the old one.

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