He won’t look at me. His grip on the steering wheel so tight his knuckles are turning white. He swallows so hard I can hear the gulp from where I’m sitting next to him.
When I lay a hand on his forearm he almost jumps out of his seat.
“Fine,” he croaks.
“You don’t sound fine.”
I almost start giggling because if I’m reading the situation correctly, he’s nervous about having sex with me. Or, maybe, just what my intentions are. Rex, the sexy bartender that every single female in town lusts over and many have slept with — which I refuse to think about — is hesitating.
I know he wants to.
His body language, actions and words have told me as much.
When he kisses me, it’s real. It sounds simple, because it is. I’ve kissed other men. He’s kissed other women. But it’s never been like this for me. And I know it’s never been like this for him, either.
I know that might make me sound arrogant or overconfident, but I’m not clueless. Nor am I insecure. His feelings toward me are obvious, he’s not hiding it in any way, and unless he’s the most devious person in the world, I think he’s just as turned on by my presence as I am with his. Which is at holy shit levels, if I’m being honest.
I’m in a dang near constant state of arousal around him.
We pull into my driveway and he cuts the engine. His left leg is propped against the door and aside from the constant tapping of his thumb against the steering wheel, he’s the picture of relaxation.
“Just gonna sit out here all night?” I ask, already sensing his hesitation to come inside. I can also see how badly he’s battling with himself right now.
To sex her.
Or not to sex her.
I think we’re on the same page here, though.
It’s just going to be fun messing with him a little bit.
He’s made it very clear that his past relationships have either ended horribly, by way of his brother, the ass, or by the night being over with.
He’s also hinted he would like to see where this thing between us is going to go.
For that to happen, we need to not have sex. At least not yet. Even though every molecule in my body is currently firing and screaming at me to HAVE SEX WITH THIS SEXY AS FUCK GUY ALREADY.
Okay, so maybe I’m not as secure in my decision as I thought but hey, I know he isn’t either.
I open my door and step down.
“Come on, you big baby. I don’t bite.” Then before I close the door I pop my head back through the opening, “Unless you want me to.” I slam the door and run up the few stairs to my front door, quickly unlock it, and rush inside.
I count to five and he’s already charging in after me.
“You think you’re so funny, don’t you? Teasing me like this?”
“Whatever do you mean?”
“I’m in your head, gorgeous. I know what you’re thinking.”
Rex is a nerdy computer guy by day and by night he bartends at the bar his best friend owns, They Flying Goat. When he notices a pretty woman sitting in the bar crying, for some reason he is drawn to her. He wants to know what is wrong and how he can fix it, which is a new feeling for Rex. He’s more of a love them once and leave them kind of guy. So when he approaches the table and corrals the upset woman to the office at the bar, he soon realizes one night might not be enough.
Chloe has had the worst luck lately. Her mother passed away, then she got denied for a loan, and then she totaled her car. When he friends convince her to come out to The Flying Goat for a drink, she never thought she would meet a guy who could turn her life upside down. One night, that was all it took for Rex to insert himself in Chloe’s life. As the two start to get to know each other better and their chemistry becomes too much, are they prepared for what happens next?
This is the second book I’ve read by Jennifer Van Wyk, and I absolutely adored it. I appreciate that her books are quick and emotional reads. There is some drama in this book, but the drama isn’t the main focus, nor is the drama a huge big thing. I think that is one of the reasons I liked this book so much, and this series so far, because everything is so relatable. All of the characters are so down to earth and their stories are something that people experience in everyday life. This was an absolutely amazing book, and I can’t wait for the third book to release!
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From the Ground Up was Jennifer’s first published novel and now that she was bitten by the writing bug, has no intention of ever stopping. Jennifer makes her home in small town Iowa with her high school sweetheart, three beautiful, hilarious and amazing kids, one crazy Jack Russell terrier. This is where her love for all things reading, baking, and cooking happen. Jennifer’s family enjoys camping, boating, and spending time outside as much as possible. You’ll be her best friend if you can make her laugh and follow up with asking her what to read next. When she’s not writing, you can find her cheering the loudest at her kids’ sporting events (read as: embarrassing them), sipping coffee or iced tea out of a mason jar with her Kindle in her lap or binging on Netflix.
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