I had just gotten home from spending a few days with two of best friends in Vegas. All I wanted was a little time to relax and rejuvenate before going to work the following day. I'd just set my bags down, closed my door, and fell onto my couch when my phone rang. I should have known it was my big brother. That was always a joke with him. We were twins, and he was minutes older than me. He'd been protecting and hovering over me my entire life. Of course he'd call to make sure I was home safe and in one piece. He was a thousand miles away, but it never felt like it. When he announced that he was getting married, I was surprised. They had only known each other for about a year. What he said next shocked me even more. They were getting married in two weeks, and he wanted me to be in the wedding. I hadn't been home for more than a moment in over ten years. He'd come to visit me plenty of times, and he'd even brought her with him. No matter what was happening, I'd always found a way out of going home. His wedding was the exception. My brother was getting married, and I needed to be there. There was only one problem. His name was Jackson, but I called him Jackie. He was my brother's best friend and the reason I'd been running for so long. Could I do it? Could I face him after all those years? I didn't have a choice. I knew I had to go, but I didn't have to do it alone. I talked one of my best friends into going with me. His name was Chris. I promised him a weekend of fun on the beach with all expenses paid. That all changed the moment I saw HIM. I did the only thing I could think of and hoped it wasn't going to blow up in my face.
It had been five years since my twin brother Gabe had moved to California when I got the call that changed my life forever. He was my family, the only one I had, and he was gone. I sat in the cold, dark funeral home while people moved around me. I could hear them talking, but all I could do was think. How could I have let him go? How could I have lost five years with him? Why hadn't I gone too? There were two reasons. One was to take care of my grandparents. They'd both passed in the five years he'd been gone. The other was the one person I couldn't stand, my brother's best friend, Doug. He'd gone with him to help him start his company. I'd been under my covers in the same clothes for two days when my phone rang. It was my brother's lawyer letting me know that I needed to be in California the following morning. If I didn't show up, my brother's company would stop running. It took all I had to get out of bed and shower off the funk I was feeling, but I did it for my brother, his company, and the people that worked there. When I walked into the room to wait for the rest of the people to arrive, I thought about Gabe and how proud I was of what he had accomplished. When the door opened and his best friend walked in, it took all I had to remain in that room. I couldn't wait for the others to walk in and fill the space between us, but that never happened. There were no others. Then it happened, the lawyer began to speak, and I thought I was going to lose it. Gabe left everything, including the company, to his best friend and me evenly. But that wasn't all, not even close. There were rules we had to follow before the papers would be signed and everything would be split. 1. We had to work together at the company for six months. 2. We both had to live in my brother's house the entire time. I was done. There was no way. My brother had always been a jokester, and that was by far his best joke ever. I was ready to leave when his lawyer added one last thing. If we didn't follow those two rules, the company would be sold and everything would be given away. I couldn't let that happen. There was only one problem, and his name was Doug.
Rachel was away for her first year in college. She had remained a virgin all through high school and was tired of waiting for the right one to come along. Brad was her best friend's brother and two years ahead of her in school. He was tall, muscular, and extremely sexy. Rachel had a huge crush on Brad when she was younger. He was the one who kissed her for the very first time. When she went to high school, she saw a side of him that she didn't like. He was arrogant and extremely cocky. Being the star of the football team gave him many advantages, and those advantage went straight to his head. When Brad left for college, Rachel was able to avoid seeing him for two wonderful years. She was thrilled and had no intention of seeing him anytime soon. Home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Rachel hoped she could continue to avoid him. What if he wouldn't let that happen? Would all of her feelings come rushing back, or would she remember who he really was? When faced with the chance of being with the only guy she ever loved, would she give into those old feelings, or would she walk away?
Falling for My Best Friend
Author: Sharon Cummin
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
I was getting ready to turn eighteen and was looking forward to starting my senior year of high school. They say senior year is the best, but I wasn't so sure. Lance Smith, a retired Pittsburgh Pirate, was the most overprotective man I'd ever met. He was also my dad. I was Sammie, his little tomboy baseball player. That was the only way he'd ever see me. My bedroom walls were still covered with scenes he'd painted before I was even born. A picture of him still hung on my wall. The words date, boyfriend, and college all sent him into a crazy speech about his little girl not growing up. He used to joke that I wouldn't be able to date until I was thirty, but I was starting to think it wasn't a joke. I had one goal for the year. That goal was to go to prom. Every girl went to prom. It was the most important night of high school. My dad would surely have to let me go to that, right? When my parents told me that James Reid was moving into our house, I wasn't sure how I felt. They were so excited, especially my dad. James had finally agreed to sign on with the Pirates. He was a pitcher just like my dad. The thought of having him there to practice with had my dad jumping for joy. While I loved the game and played with him all the time, I'd never be a Pirate. Believe me, If I could, I would. You're probably wondering why James moving in would matter to me at all. He'd never be around. He'd always be with his team. We'd never see each other. James was three years and ten days older than me. We'd spent hours and hours playing ball with our dads growing up. Every time our families visited, we were together the entire time. He was the one person that never judged me. He was the one person that promised he'd always protect me and keep me safe. He was my best friend, he just didn't know it. There was something else he didn't know. I'd had a crush on him since I was thirteen. I would remember that moment forever, the moment that changed it all. James kissed me. It wasn't a big kiss. It was just a tiny moment where his lips touched mine. It was my first kiss. It meant nothing to him, and we never mentioned it again. Something about that tiny moment changed my life. One year, I told myself. I could get through one more year with the most overprotective father in the world. I could get through one year with James Reid living on the other side of my bedroom wall. In one year I'd be off at college and free of all the Pirates. Nothing was going to get in my way.
She’s always craved his touch...even though it’s forbidden. When Ash is assigned her first feature as a reporter, it should have been simple: interview a real life Dominant for an article about BDSM. But her subject is none other than Darien Gallagher, her best friend’s stepfather...and it’ll be an interview she never forgets. What started for Dare as a lesson in sensual domination suddenly has become so much more. He can't deny the spark between them, even though he knows she’s completely off limits. With every seductive word, every lesson, Dare tests Ash's resolve and pushes her boundaries. But at the same time, her boss Adam has her craving things she shouldn’t. While Ash finds herself dreaming of both men, a dark secret threatens to destroy everything. But how can she hold onto a relationship that isn’t even real? The newest romance from Opal Carew, My Best Friend's Stepfather is everything fans desire!
After too many years being overlooked by men, Carol is ready to take action. She wants a man, and she knows which man she wants. Her brother’s best friend, Patrick Stevenson. Patrick is funny and brainy and the sexiest man she’s ever known, but he has never looked at her as anything except his friend’s little sister. That’s going to change. Carol isn’t good at flirting. Or seduction. Or anything that requires putting herself out there. But she’s going to make sure Patrick sees her as a desirable woman—and one he wants for more than one night—even if it turns her whole world upside down. He already likes her a lot. He just needs to open his eyes to how good they’d be together. After all, how stubborn can he be? Fifteen years ago, three girls were thrown together because their brothers were best friends. Now they're all grown up, and their brothers are grown up too. The Tea for Two series tells their stories.
Author: Mary Mapes Dodge
Warning: This story contains content which is intended for readers over the age of 18. The one person I loved most in the world was gone. What was I going to do? I had given up the last two years to take care of my mom and be with her until her last breath. She was my best friend. At twenty-one, I was going back to school. That was what she had wanted for me. I was determined to own my own company one day. It was important to her that I finish school, and I wanted to make her proud. My father had passed away before she could tell him she was pregnant. She had given up so much to raise me alone. I knew she would have done anything for me. The day after her funeral, I found a box in the attic with my name on it. She told me about the box the day before she passed, but I promised her I would wait to open it. When I opened the box, I found a letter on top. There was nothing that could have prepared me for what I was about to read. As I read the letter, tears fell from my eyes. I dropped the letter to the floor and tore through the box as I sobbed. My life would be changed forever. How could she have lied to me? How could the one person I trusted most have kept such a big secret from me? There was only one person who could answer the questions I had, and I could only think of one way to get to him. I had to get a job, and there was only one company to work for. The only thing on my mind was getting answers. One thing I didn't need were distractions. Then he came along. He was tall, built, tattooed, and oh so sexy. In a suit he looked amazing, but in jeans and a tight t-shirt he was unbelievable. Just when I thought he couldn't get any sexier, I saw him on his Harley. I was in trouble. I couldn't keep my thoughts straight. He was cocky, full of himself, and held my fate at the company in his hands. One minute I couldn't stand him, and the next I wanted him more than I had ever wanted anything. Would I be able to get the answers I desperately needed before tall, dark, and sexy turned my world upside down?
A Catalog of Birds
Author: Laura Harrington
Billy Flynn always wanted to fly. An attractive young man, a patriot, he is also an artist with pencil and paint and has an abiding affinity for nature. It’s 1970 and he cannot resist the call to serve in Vietnam. A year later he is the only survivor when his helicopter is shot down. A wounded Billy returns home to his family in upstate New York, especially to Nell, his adoring younger sister. In his absence, the woman he loves has mysteriously disappeared. His wounds have crippled his ability to even hold a pencil and his hearing loss has cut him off from the natural world. Nell, a brilliant student headed for a career in science, will do all that’s possible to save him. A Catalog of Birds is the story of a family and a community confronted with a loss of innocence and wounds that may never heal. The legacy of war and its destruction of nature is seared onto the memories of a small American town. Laura Harrington has written a tale of forgiveness, of ourselves, and those we love. Illuminated by heartbreak and promise, the novel is alive with spirit and wonder and hope for the future.
Disarm (Disarm #1)
Author: June Gray
PART ONE OF JUNE GRAY'S DISARM SERIES Even the deepest secrets always find a way to surface... Twenty-six-year-old Elsie Sherman has had a crush on her brother's best friend, Henry Logan, since she was twelve years old. Unfortunately, Henry has only ever treated her like a younger sister, stepping into her brother's shoes after he was killed in action. That is, until one night, when one dance ignites a sensual fire between the two, leaving Elsie aroused and confused. Is she allowed to lust after her surrogate big brother who also happens to be her roommate? But Henry, an Air Force officer, has been harboring two secrets—one will bring them together and the other will tear them apart—and it is up to Elsie to decide if their relationship is worth fighting for. Don't miss Besiege, part two of the Disarm series!
(Book). Kinky Friedman has always maintained his Kinkster persona and hidden Richard Friedman from the public eye. Using one-liners, humor, and occasional rudeness, he follows the advice of his friend Bob Dylan to keep an aura of mystery. Author Mary Lou Sullivan spent many contentious days and nights at Kinky's Texas Hill Country ranch before he trusted her enough to open up and speak candidly. Best known as an irreverent cigar-chomping Jewish country-and-western singer, turned author, turned politician, Kinky has dined on monkey brains in the jungles of Borneo, supped with presidents, and vacationed with Bob Dylan in the tiny fishing village of Yelapa, Mexico. A satirist who loves pushing the envelope, he's been attacked onstage, received bomb threats, and put on the only show in Austin City Limits' history deemed too offensive to air. From the 1970s music scene in L.A. with Tom Waits and the Band, to political platforms advocating legalized marijuana, to friendships with John Belushi, Joseph Heller, Don Imus, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, and Billy Bob Thornton, this is the candid account based on dozens and years of interviews of the larger-than-life Texan who is still writing books and songs, recording albums, and performing for enthusiastic audiences throughout the world.