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This week, my excerpt comes from Bad in Bed, the first book in my Brighton Heat series, and is the part of the story where Ethan is considering ways to boost Amber’s sexual confidence. An opportunity presents itself when Marco, his best friend, calls him in the midst of his deliberations.
Amber walked right into a cliché when she found her fiance in bed with her best friend. With plenty of practice, she plans to discredit his claims that she is lousy in bed, but his warning that her physical scars repulse men is more difficult to bear.
Memories of his past have taught Ethan to keep women at a healthy distance. Instantly attracted to Amber, he finds it strange that she’s happy to indulge in a quickie in a shop doorway, yet resists his attempts to get her naked.
When her secrets are revealed, Ethan sets out to make Amber see that not only is she dynamite in bed, her scars in no way diminish how desirable she is. When Ethan enlists the help of his friend Marco and sets up a threesome, he hopes this will not only improve Amber’s sexual confidence, but will prevent him from losing his heart.
“You want to work on your telephone answering technique or get yourself a receptionist, buddy boy.”
Marco’s deep laugh only hiked up Ethan’s temper levels. “It’s after five. I’ve clocked off for the night.” Ethan tried to ignore the way his breath had hitched in that millisecond between answering the call and hearing Marco’s dulcet tones. He’d hoped it might be Amber.
“With no expectation of getting Amber between the sheets tonight, by the sound of your voice.”
Despite Marco’s razzing, Ethan noted the hint of concern in his friend’s statement. “She was supposed to call.”
“What? You have a fight?”
“Not exactly.” He wasn’t about to tell Marco what had happened. Amber wouldn’t thank him for it.
There was a long silence, then Marco said, “Maybe I can get in there fast, before she has time to change her mind and call you.”
Ethan might have been pissed, but he knew the difference between Marco being an asshole and Marco attempting to lighten the load. He took a long breath as an idea, not altogether pleasing, took root. “Are you just trying to provoke me, or are you really interested?”
Marco’s silence gave Ethan time to suffer the hot burning sensation building in his chest and do his best to ignore it.
Marco’s answer, when it came, held the cautionary tone of a man shoved into a corner. “Both?”
“For God’s sake, Marco. Answer a simple question.”
“Fuck. Give me a break.”
Ethan had to take another breath, though his throat ached with the effort. “Then answer the damn question.”
Still Marco hesitated and Ethan could imagine him working through what he thought Ethan’s reaction would be to his answer, before admitting in a careful, quiet tone, “I’m interested.”
Ethan’s stomach jumped and his blood heated. Well, he’d started it, he might as well see it through. “If I set this up, it’s a one time only deal.”
“Shit, man. Are you for real? I thought you were seriously into her.”
“Then what’s going on? You’re actually giving me permission to fuck your girlfriend?”
Ethan almost jumped down the phone to personally strangle the life out of his friend. Until Marco had spelled it out in such glorious prose, he’d thought he maybe could go through with it. But now?
He took the time he needed to steady his racing heart, his pounding blood before he trusted himself to respond. “I’m talking about you joining us in the sack. Like I said, one time only deal.”
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