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With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I wanted to share a series of excerpts from Lover's Day, my upcoming release from Fireborn Publishing, arriving on February 13. Over the next few weeks, I'll post a few pivotal scenes between Maxie and Nate.
This week, we meet Maxie.
Book Tagline: On Lover's Day, an exchange of favors puts Maxie and Nate back on the right track.
Maxie grinned at Nate's retreating back. She could have so much fun with the wager. Poor Nate. He'd bet against her with a kick ass hand and lost. How she ended up with a full ride, she'd never know. Possibly some type of divine intervention.
Chuckling, she waited until someone topped off her glass again and Nate had just reached the exit before delivering a parting shot. "Be prepared, Nate. Remember, you have to do anything and everything I ask." He raised his hand in acknowledgment, but didn't look back.
Maxie tossed the shot down, growing thoughtful. She and Nate had been doing a slow tug of war for equilibrium since they'd lost a third of their trio—to a stupid mechanical flaw in a plane. Martin Comico acted as a balance beam between her headstrong impulsiveness and Nate's stubborn fastidiousness. Without him, she now tended to bump heads with Nate and didn't like it.
They'd lost the intimacy they used to have. Sure, they were still friends. Not like Nate went out of his way to avoid her. But he held back and Maxie missed having fun with him. She'd given him ample opportunity and openings for the banter they used to toss back and forth, but he didn't even nibble at the obvious bait.
And she knew why. Martin wouldn't be there to rein them in. He'd always kept her and Nate from saying, or doing, anything truly stupid or irrevocable. But there had to be a way to draw Nate back, get closer with him again. She hated the feeling of losing two friends, instead of one.
She wouldn't be above giving Nate a big ass nudge. But she'd have to use a soft touch. Nate didn't appreciate a hard approach. No, he always went for subtlety if he could. Finesse, he called it.
Not really her thing, but she could probably pull it off.
Ten favors wouldn't be a bad way to start.
Available February 13
Brand Blurb: Sexy Short—complete stories sized just right for a satisfying read
Book Blurb: Maxie Yearns is a woman on a mission who wants things with Nate Northampton to go back to normal. Without Martin Comico to act as their buffer, they struggle to find their footing again, but with Lover's Day fast approaching and a lucky draw at the card table, Maxie has just the plan to test the waters with Nate.
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