Going All The Way by Cynthia Cooke
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: February 8th, 2016
After a failed marriage and quitting her high-pressure job, Carrie Steinhem is ready for uncomplicated fun. Love? Not what she’s looking for. She’d rather crash a wedding with her friends and find a hot hookup. The bride’s father is onto her, though. But just as her night out veers toward public embarrassment, a sizzling stranger sweeps in and claims Carrie as his date.
Potential hookup? Check. If she doesn’t get cold feet first.
Ryan Burton is on the fast track to a promotion…assuming he can avoid distractions and nail this new account. Except the woman he rescued at a friend’s wedding ends up not only being his new neighbor—she’s his client’s ex-wife. And his client has every intention of winning her back.
Carrie and Ryan would love to leave complicated alone, but when two people share a duplex and irresistible chemistry, temptation—and love—is right around the corner…
“Yes, I know. I blew it. The truth is, I can’t stop thinking about you and the time we had together, as little time as it was. I want to try again. I know it sounds crazy, and I told myself when I was chasing you out here that I wasn’t going to do this. I wasn’t going to ask you out again, and yet here I am doing exactly that.”
Finally the truth. “But you’re still leaving soon.”
“Yes. But what I’m going to do next is up in the air. I haven’t quite decided, and I’m feeling off-balance. Out of my element.”
She smirked. “Yes, I’m aware of that.”
“Hey now,” he protested.
“And you think I can help you with that?”
“No, I have to figure out what it is I want on my own, but I can’t do that until I fix things with you.”
He hesitated, his blue gaze meeting hers and connecting. “Because I can’t think about anything else but you.”
His words were a sucker punch to the gut. She wanted to believe him so badly. To trust what he was saying was true. But she was so afraid if she let him in, if she gave him all she had, if she started to believe they could have something together, he’d eventually turn his back on her and let her down. Again. She resumed running. Slowly, if for no other reason than to put some distance between them. He was getting to her: the sincerity in his eyes, the truth in his tone. She couldn’t say for sure whether he was being honest, but she could say that she knew how he was feeling, because she was feeling it too.
“I was looking forward to taking my buddy Riley here to the beach that day,” she said, dipping that first toe into proverbial waters.
“We would have had a great time.”
“So I might be open to giving it a try. As long as this isn’t about sex.” She looked at him. “That’s not what this is about, is it? Are you just hoping to get back into my pants?"
"I would never..." he said, his hand on his chest. And she couldn't help laughing.
"Yes, you would."
"Okay, I would,” he admitted. “But no, that's not why I'm here. Though I really do like watching you run in those pants."
She’d missed him. She'd missed this, right here—their ease with each other. And the way he could make her laugh. God, she missed laughing.
"All right,” she agreed. “Tomorrow. Same time, same place. But you're going to have to keep up. And if you can..."
“Yes?” he asked hopefully.
“Then maybe after we win the Costas account we can take Riley to the beach.” And with that she took off, leaving him in the dust.
About the Author
Cynthia Cooke is an award-winning author who has published several books with Harlequin/Silhouette, Steeple Hill, and Entangled Publishing. She has a deep affection for romance, thrillers and all things that go bump in the night. So if you choose to delve into one of her stories, don’t forget to turn on the lights. Cynthia’s books aren’t sweet and they aren’t for the faint of heart.
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