by Skye Jordan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: 4.5/5
Publisher: Cygnet Books
Publishing Date: December 22, 2013
Series: The Renegades, #2
Format: Digital + Print coming soon
Sassy, smart, and sexy, former supermodel-turned-tech guru Rubi Russo has it all—looks, money, confidence and freedom. Her life is a whirlwind of fast cars and fleeting affairs—and she likes it that way. With a past like Rubi’s, forever isn’t part of her vocabulary. So when studly Renegade stuntman Wes Lawson wants to take their friendship to the next level, she’s all out.
Raised a simple country-boy, Wes knows the brazen Rubi isn’t his type. But after spending time with her, he discovers she’s everything he’s ever wanted in a woman. To win her wild rebel heart, he’ll have to prove he sees behind her smokescreen to all the goodness she tries to hide. Then it’s just a matter of crushing her fears, shattering her barriers, and convincing her that loving him is everything she’s been missing in her life, too.
Piece of cake.
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Wes reached back, grabbed her forearms and used them to pull her around in front of him. Then he gripped her waist, separated her knees with his and pulled her into a straddle across his lap.
She gasped and grabbed his shoulders. Her heart rate spiked. The chair had no rungs. Nowhere for her to plant her feet and lift off him. He gripped her hips and pulled her closer, growling when his package rubbed between her legs.
“I want you looking into my eyes when you try to trash our arrangement.”
“We didn’t make an arrangement.
“What does that make last night? Other than a fucking fantasy come true, I mean?”
A mistake. She scooted off his lap and stood. Crossed her arms. But that didn’t stop the desire flooding her body in a waterfall of heat. “Look, Wes, our friendship doesn’t fit the whole friends-with-benefits model. I really think—”
He laughed, eyes closed, smile stretched across his handsome face. “Baby, you’ve been spending too much time in business meetings. Where’d you get this idea of a ‘model’?”
Embarrassment flushed her face and she bit the inside of her lip. “Internet.” As soon as his smile grew again, she added, “Don’t laugh. It makes a lot of sense.” She covered her face, rubbing at the tingle in her cheeks. “And I seem to need help making sense right now.”
He sat forward and pressed his elbows on his knees. His gray eyes were clear and serious, but also rich with affection. “If you need help making sense of us, listen to your body. It knows exactly what you need. And even if there were some type of ‘model’ to this friends-with-benefits thing, I wouldn’t follow it. I was born to break rules, baby. We both were. All we need is an understanding between the two of us, not a one-size-fits-all list of ‘shoulds’ created by some geek staff writer for an online rag.”
Damn, she didn’t know what to think or how to feel. She only knew she wanted to escape the pressure caused whenever she thought about this situation.
“I know this freaks you out, so let’s keep it simple for now—sex when we want to fuck and friends the rest of the time.”
Her belly burned with the implications. A huge part of her wanted to scream yes. Absolutely. Let’s start now.
Instead, she frowned, narrowing her eyes on him. “You think you can do that?”
“Don’t know. Never done it before.”
Her wall of resistance reappeared. “That’s what I’m afraid of. Really, Wes, this isn’t—”
“Are you chicken, Russo?” he asked, his voice low and taunting. “Afraid you’ll fall for me?”
No. Yes. Shit, she didn’t know. “I’m afraid this is the perfect setup for disaster.”
A slow, hot grin lifted his mouth. “Sounds like the perfect challenge to me.”
She rolled her eyes, her chest growing tight.
“Come on,” he said, razzing her with a fake punch to her gut. “I expected more zing from you, Russo. I think you’re…” He made chicken noises.
A laugh bubbled up, and she reached out, covering his mouth. “Stop that.”
He pulled her hand away and threaded their fingers. “Let’s set up some ground rules if that will make you feel better. I’ll even give you a handicap.”
“Pfft. Like you don’t need a handicap? And this”—she lifted their joined hands—“is not sex when we want it and friends the rest of the time.”
He exhaled hard and pulled his hand back, but his smile faded into a frustrated, tight line. “Go ahead, set up your first rule.”
“No. That would mean I believed this could work, and I don’t.”
More chicken noises.
“Dammit, how did you get so good at that?”
“Grew up on a farm. Duh.”
“I keep forgetting that. Bet you do a great pig.”
“Blue-ribbon winner in the county fair a decade running when I was a kid.” He took a deep breath, closed his eyes, tilted his head back. “Suuuuuu—”
She slapped a hand over his mouth before the “weeeee!” came out and doubled over with laughter. “God…you’re such an idiot.”
He pulled her hand away with his free one and squeezed gently before letting it go. “Just one thing you love about me. There will be lots more. I’ll make sure of it.”
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My Skye Jordan novels are all about enjoying that little wild streak we all have, but probably don’t let out often enough. About those fantasies we usually don’t get the opportunity to indulge. About stretching limits, checking out the dark side, playing naughty and maybe even acting a little wicked. They’re about escape and fun and pleasure and romance.
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