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by Marie Rochelle
Category: Erotica/Erotic Romance/Romance
Description: What happens when a man finally decides he wants to go from best friend to lover? Is it possible to take that big step with your female buddy without ruining the friendship? Patrick Kaye hopes so. Computer programmer and designer Jada Michaels has given up on finding the perfect match. Her last three relationships ended badly because her ex-boyfriends spent more time at the spa than she did. Besides, it wasn't like she didn't have a man in her life. Patrick Kaye was her best friend and sounding board. Who needed a boyfriend when she had Patrick?
eBook Publisher: Phaze, 2009
eBookwise Release Date: March 2009
39 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [83 KB]
Reading time: 53-74 min.
"I can go over there and talk to her. I've done it before," he muttered to himself. "All I've to do is walk about ten steps and I'll be there." Hurry up before someone else beats you to it. Checking his appearance one last time in the mirror on the wall, Patrick Kaye slowly made his way over to the woman across the room.
He was proud that he made it without losing his nerve. Taking a deep breath, he touched her on the shoulder. "Hello, Jada. I didn't think you were going to show up."
A pair of eyes that made him think about steamy nights in the bedroom glanced at him over a smooth brown shoulder. "Hey, Patrick," Jada Michaels smiled. "I'm surprised to see you here, too. I didn't think these corporate parties were your thing."
"Mr. Street told me I had to be here or it wouldn't look good for the promotion. I would rather be at home," he answered honestly. Patrick wondered, could Jada see how fast his heart was beating underneath his shirt.
"Well, he is right. You were a big part of everything coming together. We couldn't have done it without you. I know that I owe you so much. You were so sweet to stay all those last nights here with me."
"I didn't mind staying here with you," Patrick mumbled, pushing up his glasses with his index finger. "I lov--like working with you." He prayed that Jada didn't catch his slip of tongue.
"Oh, you're such a sweetheart," she grinned, making a deep dimple pop out in her right cheek. "I like working with you, too. You're such a wonderful guy. I'm really surprised that your girlfriend isn't here with you."
How can I want anyone else when I'm in love with you? Patrick thought to himself.
"Hmmm ... I don't have a girlfriend," he retorted.
"Really," Jada exclaimed and then she pushed his glasses up again when they started slipping on his face. "You're a cute guy. What's wrong with these girls out there?"
Patrick moved from one foot to the other, trying to hide the erection Jada's innocent touch just gave him. "I think most women think of me as a..."
"Geek or nerd," he replied. God, he knew that he wasn't in the same league of guys that Jada dated. In the three months that his office had been across from hers, he never saw one guy that wasn't model perfect come out of her office. She dated pretty boys and he wasn't anywhere close to Brad Pitt or George Clooney.
"Let me tell you something. If a girl is too dumb to see how charming and kind you are, then you don't need her. Don't waste your time on her," Jada said. "I'm beginning to think most of my friends have their heads screwed on wrong lately. I swear these past couple of months my friends have set me up with the worst men."
"You're not dating anyone? I thought you were seeing that guy named Evan," Patrick stated. Could he really be this lucky? Maybe this was the chance he had been hoping for.
"Evan is a good friend and we go out a lot, but I'm looking for a guy that will romance me," Jada sighed. "Someone who will think about me first instead of himself, but that will never happen to me. I seem to draw all of the losers."
"Have you ever thought that your soul mate might be right in front of your face?" Patrick asked, sliding his hands into his pockets so he wouldn't touch Jada. The warm scent of her perfume was making him hot. He wanted to touch her so badly and couldn't. The main reason was she only thought of him as her co-worker/buddy and nothing else.
"Well, my soul mate better step up his game because I haven't seen him. All I see in this room are men who enjoy making money and not much else."
You're so wrong about that, he thought. I'm thinking about how to get you to notice me as a man and not your dependable old Patrick from across the hall.
"When I start working on a new project, making money isn't on my mind. I get pleasure from the work that I do. I really get into the computer programs I'm asked to write virus codes for. I find all of it a lot of fun. I finally have a job that I don't mind getting up for everyday," Patrick smiled. Honestly, he thought this job couldn't get any better until the day Jada Michaels moved into the office across from his and then his whole opinion changed.
She was beautiful in the way a woman should be. Perfect Hershey-brown skin that looked totally mouth-watering in the purple dress she was wearing. That was one thing that he loved about Jada. She wore colors that brought out the richness of her skin. For months after she started working for Charming Technology, he always made it a habit to make a personal bet about what color Jada would wear to work.
"Did I tell you how exquisite you look tonight?" Patrick asked. He was so proud that he had enough nerve to voice his thoughts out loud.
Jada's face lit up as she gave him a huge smile. It brought out the prettiness of her dark brown eyes. "You're such a sweetheart. I can always count on you to make me feel better."
"I'm glad that I can," he smiled. "I like giving you compliments."
"I'm always happy to get a compliment, but we have to find you a girlfriend to romance and captivate. Surely there's someone you're interested in dating?" Jada asked looking up at him.
Patrick glanced away from Jada trying to find a way to answer her question without giving himself away. She didn't know that he was with the woman he wanted to be with tonight. He was so exultant that none of his co-workers were surrounding Jada like they usually did at these events. This time he had her all to himself and he couldn't have been happier. Now all he had to do was just get her to look at him like a possible boyfriend material.
"There is someone, but she doesn't know I have feelings for her. She only sees me as her favorite sidekick or something." He tried to keep the bitterness out of his voice, but couldn't. Jada was so perfect for him, but she constantly looked past him. She probably hadn't even noticed the erection he had been sporting the past twenty minutes because of her.
"Do you really like this girl?"
Why did Jada think he was interested in dating girls? He was a grown man and he only got involved with women. "I'm not interested in dating girls. I want a woman and this particular woman would be my perfect match, but she's oblivious to the fact," Patrick complained.
"I like this side of you Patrick," Jada grinned, displaying that dimple he loved so much again.
"What are you talking about?" he frowned.
"Usually you're really quiet and laid back. Sometimes it's like pulling teeth to get an answer from you. I bet if you showed this woman you're interested in this kind of attention, she would stand up and take notice of you. You're a cute guy."
Patrick tried not to let Jada's words hurt him, but they did. She only thought of him as cute. Great. That wasn't going to get him anywhere with her. He had to do something to make her see him the way he hoped she would. It was time for him to go home and think about what he learned tonight. Jada was the woman he desired and he was going to find a way to get her.
"I think I'm going to call it a night."
"Lucky you," Jada sighed. "I'm waiting for Tina to show up. She wants me to go somewhere with her after the party. I hope it isn't another blind date. I'm so fed up with all these creeps who get tossed my way. I miss the kind of man who would send the woman he liked little love notes and made the romance slow and sweet. I guess that sounded old-fashioned, didn't it?"
"No, I think you should be able to get what you yearn for out of life and if that what's you desire, don't settle for a guy who won't give that to you." Patrick could barely stand still. He finally had an idea of the perfect way to make Jada his. Now all he had to do was set his plan in motion.
"Wonderful, Tina is here. I can't wait to see what she wants," Jada groaned looking past him toward the front entrance. "If she wasn't my best friend, I wouldn't have stayed this long and waited for her."
"Do you want to sneak out with me?" he suggested, secretly hoping Jada would agree.
"Sorry, I can't. She already spotted me, but you have a wonderful night. I'll see you tomorrow at work." Jada touched him on the arm and then made her away across the room toward the blonde waving at her.
"Oh, you bet I'm going to see you tomorrow," Patrick whispered. It was going to start part one of his plan to win over one Ms. Jada Michaels.