So Much More
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by Elizabeth Adams
Description: Angie Adel has been given the opportunity of a life time: a free weeklong vacation in paradise with her best friend. But there's one catch. Her untouchable crush is going, too. Her best friend, Stella, has made it perfectly clear that her brother is off limits. But that doesn't stop Angie from dreaming about him.
Dean has watched Angie for years, lusting after her even though he knows she is off limits. When the opportunity arises and she is literally on display for him, what can he do but offer her a secret vacation fling?
The goal is to get her out of his system and keep her far away from his heart. And paradise is just the place to do it.
eBook Publisher: Whispers Publishing, 2011
eBookwise Release Date: March 2011
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [117 KB]
Reading time: 75-106 min.
He was angry! What did he have to be angry about? He wasn't the one who was going to let his private parts hang out for the world to see. Suddenly his anger fueled her determination to fulfill the dare. She turned to face him, her eyes fixed on his, holding his hard stare. With a tug she pulled the pink tank top over her head and dropped it at her feet. His eyes were still focused on hers. Slowly, deliberately, she reached up and untied the blue strings at her neck, letting them fall. Allowing gravity do its thing, she let the weight of them pull the top of the cups of the bikini. It stopped just short of exposing her nipples.
She was unaware of everyone else except Dean, whose eyes remained focused on hers, holding her stare trapped in his own. She could tell it took all his will power not to look down to where her bikini was resting at the tops of her breasts and this brought a bit of a smile to her face.
Knowing it was now or never, she reached behind her back and unhooked the clasp of the bikini, letting the slip of fabric drop to the sand with her beach bag. Angie stood motionless, eyebrows raised, doing a bit of silent daring of her own. She knew Dean couldn't resist the urge. Something flickered in his hazel eyes before he lost the battle and looked down.
Never in her life had Angie been as pleased with her body as she was in that moment. She could see Dean's visible intake of breath. His hard stare softened and his hand actually shifted in her direction. The appreciation filling his gaze was enough to live on for a year.
"I told you she'd do it!" Stella's words penetrated the bubble they had created around them and Angie had an embarrassing moment of realization that she was standing half naked in front of a beach full of people, and not just her dream crush.
She turned her head to see Stella and David grinning from ear to ear, oblivious of what was happening between Dean and her. "So how long do I have to stay this way?" Angie asked, half joking, half serious.
Stella looked up at David with a conspiratorial grin. "How long should we make her stay this way?"
David kept his sunglasses on so it was impossible to know where he was staring, but Angie had an idea his eyes weren't on her face. "I think she should stay this way indefinitely. I'm enjoying it! If you need help with sunscreen, just let me know."
"All right, that's enough!" Dean bent down and retrieved the clothing at Angie's feet and shoved them at her chest. "Just put your clothes back on and let's get out of here."
"We can't leave yet!" Stella exclaimed. "We just got here and I have yet to see any naked men under the age of seventy."
"Fine," Dean mumbled. "I'm going to find a bar." Then he stormed off, leaving Angie feeling ashamed and embarrassed. She knew she had only brought it on herself--his anger, her embarrassment. But she couldn't help but hope that they had a bit of a breakthrough, she and Dean. Maybe, just maybe, he could see her as a desirable woman for once.