Published By: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.
Published: Feb 08, 2013
ISBN # 9781419943478
Available in: Epub, HTML, Adobe Acrobat, Mobipocket (.prc)
A bowling alley—this might be the first time one of Anne’s schemes hasn’t gotten them into trouble. Until Tori finds that her friend has a little matchmaking in mind.
Collin is instantly smitten. He has no trouble getting into Tori’s bed, but the next morning she’s gone. What will he have to do to convince her to let him into her heart as well?
A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave.
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An Excerpt From: STRIKE
Copyright © SHERYLZAINES, 2013
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.
“Well, it’s your last night here, what do you want to do?”Tori asked.
“So many choices, so little time,” Anne muttered inresponse.
Tori was putting away the clean dishes, not needing to turnaround to see that her friend was distracted and not really answering her. Sheeven knew what was drawing the other woman’s attention. It was the hot guy wholived across the street. He never closed his curtains—not even while he wasworking out, which he did every night except for Thursday.
“I thought this was the one night a week he didn’texercise,” Tori said.
Tori turned around to look, even though she couldn’t seeanything. The curtains were closed with only an inch-wide gap for Anne to lookthrough. Anne really believed that no one could tell she was looking.
“Unfortunately,” Anne responded. “I never did figure outwhat he does on Thursdays that is important enough to deprive me of my dailyviewing of his body.”
Tori walked around the end of the breakfast bar thatseparated the kitchen from the living room. She sat down on the edge of thesofa, not letting herself get too comfortable. She knew they were going to beheaded out the door any second—just as soon as Anne got done daydreaming. Withnothing to do but wait, Tori quickly became fidgety.
“So, what is he doing now?” Tori asked.
“He’s eating,” Anne replied.
The silence drew out while Tori waited for her to expound.Surely he was doing something more. That couldn’t be enough to keep herfriend’s attention, could it? Watching him work out was one thing—his body wasshown off in its prime—but to be entranced by day-to-day behavior was somethingelse entirely.
“You’re really so bored that watching him sit and eat hasyou captivated?” Tori shook her head at her closest friend, just as she hadbeen doing since she started acting like a peeping tom. It had only taken Toria few minutes to get bored of staring at him. It wasn’t that he was hard on theeyes, it was just that she watched people work out for a living and didn’t wantto do it at home.
“He’s not sitting and eating,” Anne corrected. “He’sstanding over the sink scarfing down food.”
“Sounds amazing,” Tori said sarcastically.
There was no response. The silence drew out as Annecontinued to leer out the window. Tori wanted to tell her to get a life, but itwas her last chance to see the man she had been watching for almost a year. Afew minutes more of waiting wouldn’t hurt anything.
Anne finally broke the silence. “I think I figured out whatI want to do tonight. Just remember, you promised we would do anything Iwanted.”
Tori took a deep breath, preparing herself for whatever wascoming next. When she had made the promise to let Anne decide what they woulddo, she’d known she was making a mistake. Anne was always the one trying to getthem into trouble and Tori was the one who kept them out of it. She had learnedwhen they were very young never to let Anne have free rein, otherwise she wouldend up regretting whatever they had done. Well, obviously she hadn’t learnedthe lesson completely, or she would not be in this position. Her only hope wasthat she would be able to talk reason into her later.
“Okay, let’s go.” Anne had turned away from the window andwas coming across the room at her. Tori just had time to grab her purse beforeshe was being dragged into the hallway. They were down the stairs and almost tothe main entrance before she got an explanation of where they were going.
“I’m going to find out what he does on Thursday nights,”Anne announced.
“You’re going to follow him?” Tori asked.
Anne had spun around to use her back to push the door open,leaving her facing Tori. A huge smile took over her whole face and her eyestwinkled. Tori could see the anticipation building in her friend.
“No, we are going to follow him,” Anne corrected.