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Brother’s Best Friend is Back
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I’m back and the little girl next door is all grown up.
The last time I saw Chrissy, she was in pigtails and she had a crush on me.
What Daddy doesn’t know won’t hurt him,
Brother’s Best Friend is Back is a standalone steamy romance featuring a bad boy next door and the curvy, feisty heroine who steals his heart. It contains no cheating, no cliffhangers and a happy ever after.
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Chapter 1 – Chrissy
“Well, aren’t you a sight for sore eyes?”
I was reaching into the fridge in my parents’ kitchen when I heard a strong, deep male voice behind me. I wasn’t sure if it was addressed to me, but I was intrigued for sure.
I popped the top off my beer, took a sip, and turned around, curious enough to engage in conversation with whoever it was.
“I’m sorry, do I know you?”
I tossed the man a sexy grin and raised an eyebrow. I couldn’t identify the mystery man at first glance, but he was cute as hell.
“Don’t you recognize me?” He flashed me a smile, showing off his perfect white teeth.
I took a moment to drink him in. He was tall, brooding and absolutely gorgeous. He had muscles everywhere, and I had to resist the urge to reach out and touch those bulging biceps just screaming to be squeezed.
Then it dawned on me who he was. “Holy shit! Adam?” I shrieked like a school girl.
He nodded, his eyes sparkling. “In the flesh.”
“Oh my God, I can’t believe it,” I stood on my tip toes to wrap my arms around his neck. He enveloped me in a huge bear hug, lifting my feet off the ground and making me feel dainty and feminine.
I breathed in his cologne and felt a tingle between my legs that I wasn’t expecting. I drew back to take him in again.
“Wow, you really haven’t changed a bit,” I said.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” He playfully tossed a light punch at my arm.
“Nothing, really,” I said with a little edge of flirtatiousness in my voice. I bit my lip. “Still cute.”
His cheeks flushed. “Aw shucks, you’re embarrassing me, Chrissy. I must say though, you are not the way I remember you at all.” He stepped back to size me up.
“Yep, all grown up now.” I did a sexy twirl. “I’m not Jack’s annoying little sister anymore.”
A new voice came from behind us. “Well, let’s not go too far.”
I turned around to see my big brother Jack approaching us with a teasing grin on his face.
I stuck my tongue out at him. “You just love to taunt me, don’t you?”
“It’s what older brothers are supposed to do.” He smiled and shook Adam’s hand. “Well, look what the cat dragged in! My dad did mention something about you showing up at the party. It’s great to see you, man.”
“Great to see you too, dude,” Adam said as he gave my brother a pat on the back.
Adam had been Jack’s best friend when they were growing up. And really, Jack was right─ I had been the tagalong younger sister, always wanting to stick my nose in their business or bust them looking at a Playboy.
Even back then, I’d had an enormous crush on Adam. He’d lived across the street and mysteriously disappeared when I was fourteen. I knew it was his junior year because he was in the same class as Jack.
“Well I have to go mingle some more,” Jack said. He rolled his eyes as if getting along with family and friends was a chore.
“It is your party after all,” I said and slapped his back.
Jack was getting ready to go out on a six-month deployment to sea. I hated that he had to leave at the same time I was revving up for my summer break, but that was the way life worked sometimes.
I still had my heart set on sunbathing by the pool and lounging around while I tried to reenergize before I had to do it all over again and start my senior at a college a few hours away.
After Jack left us alone again, I looked back at Adam.
He smiled, and my heartbeat picked up. “Wanna go outside and get some fresh air?”
“Sure,” I said. I turned and led the way to the upper deck just off the kitchen.
Jimmy Buffet-ish tunes were playing through the outdoor speakers and there were several people in pool floats, and others laying on the lawn chairs.
I looked over and saw my dad at the grill, flipping burgers, talking to some middle aged guys in khakis.
I sat on the edge of the pool and dangled my legs in the water. I loved how the cool water felt rushing back and forth over my legs.
Adam sat down beside me. “To the summer,” he said and clinked his beer bottle against mine.
“To the summer.” I grinned and brushed my hair off my cheek.
We sat together in comfortable silence for a moment or two, and then I turned to face him.
“Hey, do you remember when you were on the swim team with Jack?”
I leaned in on the question, and it felt like the most natural thing in the world for my hand to land on his thigh. I met his eyes and smiled; if he thought I was going to be embarrassed by that, he was dead wrong. I wasn’t stupid; I knew I was cute, and that no straight guy in his right mind would be upset if I touched his thigh. And I was looking for any excuse to touch him.