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Val has a chocolate fetish. Nathan's fetish is far more interesting.
On a lonely stormy night, Val plans to spend a quiet evening at home alone. She certainly isn't expecting to be seduced. But Nathan has other plans. And who is she to say no to a man with delicious chocolate eyes and a drool-worthy body?
When she discovers he harbors a secret fetish for light bondage -- something she's always longed to try -- there's no way she can send him back outside and into the storm.
A HOT read!!! What an enticing way to spend a stormy night!
- Teri Heyer, Author of Outback Love
Val texted the words back to Grant, not about to use the same explicit language he had used with her. A variation thereof was bad enough, and it instantly put her in a foul mood.
"Are you listening to me?" Janine asked from across the table. "Val!" Her voice rose a notch, sounding very close to a screech.
Val cringed and snapped the phone closed. "The answer is still no." She should have known that her best friend had other things on her mind, besides generosity, when she offered to buy lunch for the two of them today. She pushed her chair back from the table.
"Why not?" Janine whined.
"Forget it!" She tossed her empty paper cup into the trash, then took off out of the food court and headed into the mall. Why did others always think they knew what was best for their friends' lives?
"What's the problem? You need some testosterone in your life. It's not like it's a blind date," Janine called out after her, rushing to catch up. "You've known him for years."
"Only in passing." She couldn't believe that Janine was trying to set her up with Nathan. He was certainly handsome, smart, and nice enough, but the man had been married twice already, unsuccessfully, according to the gossip at work. She didn't need the baggage. "I think I'll stay celibate for a while."
"You don't have to sleep with him. It's just dinner. You haven't been out with anyone since Grant left you for that bimbo executive last year." Janine turned and whistled at a tall hunk who strolled past.
Val slapped her shoulder. "Stop that. You are so embarrassing. And please, don't remind me of Grant." He'd told her that she wasn't hot enough to show off to his corporate colleagues. But apparently, she was hot enough for phone sex whenever he got the itch. Jerk. She hoped his division demoted him to janitor when the upcoming company cutbacks rolled around.
"So you'll go out with Nathan?"
"No. I'm not looking for another relationship right now." When Janine opened her mouth to protest, Val added, "Nor am I looking for a dinner companion."
"You're no fun at all." Janine slouched, until something caught her eye. She perked up and rushed toward a nearby boutique. "Look. Fifty percent off. Let's get you something sexy. Something to impress."
"Janine, geez. I don't need anything sexy. Or anyone sexy. Please give it a rest."
"Ah, so you do think Nathan is sexy. I knew it!"
When a smile lit her friend's face, Val frowned. "I didn't say that." Even though it was true. Nathan kept himself in drool-worthy shape. And his eyes were such a delicious chocolate brown. His hair was also chocolate brown and always curled attractively around his ears. If anything, she loved chocolate. But that's as far as it went.
Nathan was fantasy material at best. "I'm perfectly happy with my life as it is." That was her story, and she was sticking to it. She'd had enough of men. Well, enough of being hurt by men.
Janine snorted. "Sure you're happy. Anyone can see that. Ooo, pasties!"
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