I mentally urged her to grab her bag and go, but she didn’t. “I realise we’re not going to be friends or anything, but I hope one day you’ll trust me enough to tell me what happened between you and Reece. I can’t imagine the guy I had sex with last night doing anything to hurt a woman.”
“You’ve only known that guy for twenty-four hours. That’s not long enough to know anything.”
“Well, I know you tried to lose the game of pool last night, missing shots on purpose so you could delay the game. I didn’t know why at the time—I assumed you wanted me to win to make me feel good, or perhaps you wanted to see what it was I was going to order you to do when I won my side of the bet.”
“You knew I was throwing the game?” I asked, amused.
“You weren’t very subtle. But thinking about it now, I realise you were doing it so you’d sober up and not feel guilty about taking me home. Which also explains why after drowning yourself in beer for a full hour before you came to talk to me, you stopped drinking and switched to water.”
I swallowed hard and nodded, trying hard to hide the smile when I realised she’d noticed me before I’d even approached her.
“Then, you did actually walk away from me.”
“Only to cave less than five minutes later.”
“You’re going to fight me on everything, aren’t you?”
I laughed. “Luckily we aren’t friends, so you won’t have to put up with it for long.”
“Okay, how about this. While we were having sex, you didn’t just fuck me like all the other one-night stands. You were gentle where it counted most and made sure to kiss me and touch me while you were fucking me. That guy wouldn’t hurt a woman.”
I sat, stunned. My mouth opened to say something but closed again when I couldn’t come up with anything.
She unbuckled her seatbelt and opened her door.
I didn’t want her to leave like that, but I knew I couldn’t do what I actually wanted to do, which was take her home to my bed.
“How many one-night stands have you had?” I called out mockingly.
She laughed as she climbed out of the ute and turned to me. “Out of everything I just said, that’s the thing that stands out the most?”
“I’m just wondering if the list of jackasses is a long one or a short one. Because you don’t deserve anything less than what I gave you last night. You deserve more.”
“You’ve only known me twenty-four hours. That’s not long enough to know what I deserve.”
“Shortcake, I think you just proved that only knowing someone for twenty-four hours doesn’t mean shit.”
Title: One Night with Hemsworth
Author: Eden Finley
Cole Turner’s ex-wife is getting remarried. No amount of alcohol can drown that out, but taking home the hot brunette at the bar is a good enough distraction. That’s all Paige is meant to be—a distraction.
Paige Minor is too busy studying for her law degree and getting over a bad breakup to care about finding another boyfriend. All she wants is one night of careless fun with a complete stranger. Cole seems like the perfect candidate.
When Cole goes to pick up his son from his ex’s perfect house, with her perfect fiancé, and perfect new life, the last person he expects to see is Paige. She definitely shouldn’t be the one opening the door. As he stares at the person who was in his bed less than twenty-four hours earlier, a single thought occurs to him: I just slept with my ex’s new stepdaughter.
One Night with Hemsworth is the first book in a series, but can be read as a standalone.
Eden Finely grew up near Brisbane in Qld, Australia. She’s a romance/erotica author by day, and Batman at night …
Okay, I’m not Batman, but I feel like I am. I have a cool secret name and everything.
I have several Young Adult works published under my real name. For this reason, I chose a pen name to write for this genre to keep them separate. Well that, and I don’t want my mother to read Eden’s books. Seriously, how freaking awkward would that be?
I’m a lover of reading and writing anything that involves romance, contemporary, paranormal, suspense, and YA. If I’m not spending time with my family, chances are I’ll have my laptop or kindle in my hand.
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