by Megan Erickson
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Published by Avon on September 15th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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When the one you shouldn't want is the one you can't resist...
Brent Payton works hard, plays hard, and has earned his ladies’ man reputation. But he’s more than just a good time, even though no one seems to see it. Until a gorgeous brunette with knockout curves and big, thoughtful eyes walks into his family’s garage and makes Brent want more.
Ivy Dawn and her sister are done with men, all of them. They’ve uprooted their lives too many times on account of the opposite sex, but that’s over now. The plan seems easy until a sexy, dirty-taking mechanic bursts in Ivy’s life and shakes everything up.
Brent can’t resist the one person who sees past his devil-may-care façade, and Ivy finds it harder and harder to deny how happy he makes her. But she has secrets of her own and when the truth comes out, she must decide if she’ll run again or if she’ll take a chance on forever.
Brent got a mushroom-and-Swiss burger that was probably, theoretically, the worst date sandwich ever. It was greasy and kept falling apart. It was a total mess. Yet watching Brent lick his lips and his fingers and stick out his tongue to catch an errant drip of sauce on the side of his hand was incredibly . . . arousing. With any other man, Ivy would have been turned off, but Brent had a way of doing everything with a side of sex. Walking? Side of sex. Eating? Side of sex on a stick.
When he smacked his lips for the third time, she couldn’t take it anymore. “Didn’t anyone ever tell you what food to order on a date?”
He froze, his thumb still in his mouth, and raised his eyebrows. And shit, but he still looked hot. He pulled his thumb out with a pop and stared down at his sandwich. “What’s wrong with my burger?”
“Usually on a date, you don’t order something so messy.” Oh, God, why was she talking about this? What was she, his mother?
“You know, to avoid getting food on your clothes.” He glanced down at his shirt, which was stain-free, and then he looked up at her with a grin.
“I don’t go on many dates, but I’m thinking getting food on my clothes could actually be . .. advantageous.” He waggled his eyebrows, and she couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
Then she leaned forward, propping her chin on her hand.
“Do go on, Brent. Tell me more about your scheme.” He picked his shirt off his chest with a thumb and forefinger.
“So. Step one. I get a stain on my shirt, right?” She nodded, widening her eyes on purpose in mock seriousness. He squinted at her. “You think I’m full of shit.”
“Never,” she said with a playful gasp.
He growled and kept talking. “Okay, so my shirt is stained. And I smell like—” “Like a burger.”
Uncertainty crossed his features. “Okay, forget about the scent thing.”
“You brought it up.”
He waved a hand in the air. “Anyway, so I need to change my clothes, right? I can’t walk around looking like a slob.”
“So I take my shirt off when I drive my date home.”
“Because so many people will notice the stain while you’re driving?”
“Well, I’ll notice the stain. And so will she. So I take my shirt off!” He spread his hands out, as if to say voila.
And she stared at him, blinking, waiting for more. But instead, he sat there with a satisfied smirk on his face. She cleared her throat. “That’s it?”
“That’s your grand plan? To drive home shirtless?”
“Babe, you haven’t seen me shirtless. It’s a damn-good plan. Trust me.”
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