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Author: Sarah Ballance
Pub. Date: May 11, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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For Lexi Dean, burning down her kitchen was disaster enough. Agreeing to move in next door with her totally off-limits best friend, Matt Freeman, until her house is livable again?
They’ve always been close, but this is ridiculous. If she’s not bumping into him at the refrigerator, he’s at the front door giving her date the third degree. And slipping between his borrowed sheets? That’s about as distracting as listening to his shower run because suddenly all she can think about is rivulets of water cascading down his spectacular body—the one he seems to be going out of his way to make sure she notices.
Not that it matters. He can flaunt his firefighter abs around her all he wants. They already share everything—their jobs, their friends, their backyard, even their dog—and that means only one thing: Lexi is not going to risk losing any of it by dipping a single toe in the temptation that is Matt Freeman.
Lexi may not know how to handle a fire extinguisher, but this is one fire that just might burn them both if they’re not careful...
“Is it really that easy?” Matt asked. He wasn’t sure what he meant, or what he wanted Lexi to say. “You just join an app and a week later you have a date and just like that it’s real?”
“Whether it’s real has nothing to do with you, Matt. That’s between me and him.”
They stood there, her words lingering, the moments they had left between them so heavily numbered that every passing second seemed to echo and thud with unbearable finality. And in one of those miniscule slivers of time, or perhaps over a lifetime of them, he knew he couldn’t leave the questions unspoken.
He wouldn’t be the one who let go without first taking a chance.
He could agonize what was or should be right. He could spend all day trying to figure out his motives. He could worry for days about why everything had suddenly changed. But none of that mattered.
Because everything had changed, and she had every right to that. And maybe one day he’d find peace in such a monumental shift, but right now he had a narrowing window of time with her, and he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life wondering what he’d missed.
He took a step forward, causing her to tilt her head. “What’s real, Lexi? Is it like this?”
Before he could think, he was kissing her. Not the kind of event that happened and was done, but something that exploded into driving need, like every feeling he’d ever had for that woman demanded to be recognized in that moment.
And she stunned him.
The softness of her lips. The sweet whisper of her breath. The instant surprise was eclipsed with a quiet whimper. But undeniably, untouchably, the moment she kissed him back. The gravity of what he’d done hit him then, with all the subtlety of a shovel to the forehead, and he wasn’t sure if it was she who nearly brought him to his knees or the force of his own regret.
Not because this the best damned kiss of his life.
But because he’d just ruined everything. He’d crossed that line and ruined a lifetime of Lexi and Matt.
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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Ballance and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her.
She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture—a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores sexy contemporary romance, Sarah writes in many genres including historical and ghostly supernatural romance and romantic suspense. Her ever-growing roster of releases may be found on Amazon , Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Google Books, & ENTANGLED PUBLISHING.
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