Itâs supposed to be simple. One week. A road trip. Point A to B. But everyone knows what they say about best-laid plansâ¦
Running from her familyâs expectations, art student Samantha Millson enjoys some independence in San Francisco. When tragedy strikes, Sammy sets off for her childhood home, swallowing her pride and silencing her fears. She is both comforted and stressed that this time, her road trip wonât be solo.
Adam Fallon refuses to tether himself to anything or anyone. Enlisting in the military straight out of high school, he has defied attachments, be they a job, a homeâor one woman. But he commits for a week as co-pilot on a road trip across the country with his best friendâs younger sister.
Reunited on this drive, they are uncertain in the face of chemistry. Together, they face dark memories of Sammyâs past, and challenge Adamâs antipathy to settling down.
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âWhich is why the ball is in your court, Sammy. I canât and wonât push. God knows youâre driving me crazy. Yeah, you had a crush on me back then. Jake used to tease me about it all the time. But just because I never reciprocated back then doesnât mean I never noticed you.â
âSoâ¦ Now what?â
âNow this isnât a crush. Jake isnât here to kick my ass when I say I want you. No one is going to say we need a chaperone because weâre eyeing each other with sinful intentions. Weâre adults, and if youâre on the same page as meââ He leaned back abruptly and exhaled in a long whoosh. âIâm leaving it up to you. Ballâs in your court. Cold showers have never killed a man.â
A small smile almost crept onto her lips. When I say I want you. It was empowering to hear him admit it, even if she struggled to believe it.
She rolled her eyes. Like she had that much sway over him. Probably caught him between lovers. âThatâs my point, though. Iâve come this far, and I donât know what to do next. How to â¦ make a move. I have no clue how this works.â
âYou want me to give you the birds and bees talk?â
She sneered at his grin, reaching across to smack his shoulder as he picked up his burger.
âWant me to be your Mr. Robinson of some kind?â
She kicked him under the table, unable to refrain from laughing at his teases.
âSo then, what do we do?â he asked.
Impatience didnât lace his tone. Nor annoyance. Maybe some hope. Curiosity.
As fantastical and unbelievable as it was to convince herself of his wordsâhe, Adam Fallon, her first crush, desired her as a woman, not a sidekick, tagalong palâSammy supposed it really was quite simple.
Do nothing. Or â¦ something.
The idea of acting on her desire, actually taking a sample of Adam, had her blushing.
âAhâ¦â Adam grinned and pointed at her. âThose are the kind of thoughts Iâve got in mind, too.â
Just please donât let me sink too fast.
Amabel Daniels lives in Northwest Ohio with her patient husband, adventurous toddlers, smiley baby, and a collection of too many cats and dogs. Although she holds a Masterâs degree in Ecology, her true love is finding a good book. When she isnât spending time outdoors, or wondering how to negotiate with her mightily independent two-year-old daughter, sheâs busy brewing up her next novel, usually as she lets her mind run off with the addictive words of âwhat ifâ¦â
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