Simon has developed feelings for the girl who bedeviled him growing up, his best friend's sister--not that Alys is a girl any longer. She's a grown-up, beautiful, wonderful woman who makes him crazy. He obtains her brother's permission to ask her out. And is rejected.
Alys is innocent and plans to stay that way until she meets a man who holds the same moral code, regardless of her lengthy crush on Simon. Privy to his escapades and conquests, her jealousy has turned to distaste ans she sets herself on a different path. She wants a man who has refrained from meaningless affairs, who has waited for the special woman. And that's not Simon!
Simon does the research but Google assures him he can't become re-virginized and thus Alys is beyond his reach--until one day when he takes her, as a friend, for lunch in his beloved truck. That day, love changes everything.
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âSorry.â Alysâs response was short but succinct.
Simon waited, but she wasnât forthcoming with any excuses. âYouâre â¦ youâre saying no?â
A quick blink, a sweep of thick, dark lashes before those impossibly golden eyes widened. âI guess I should have said no. But I am sorry.â
It was insane, but he wanted to continue the conversation, even figuring heâd regret it. âWhy are you sorry?â
A faint tinge of pink colored her cheekbones and a couple of little white teeth worried a corner of her full bottom lip. âI get asked out a lot. And I know it canât be easy to get turned down.â
Her reply should have reeked of feminine arrogance, yet it didnât. If anything, it was considered and thoughtful, and despite the twinge of her rejection, he found himself admiring her for it. But wasnât that Alys? Kind. Caring.
A hint of surprise followed, confusing him. It didnât make a lot of sense when he dwelled on itârarely was he turned down and when it happened, it didnât bother him. This was different, and a twofer. Huh.
Telling himself it didnât matter did not stop him from pursuing it like a juvenile trout after a cleverly crafted, manmade fly. âIs there a reason you wonât go out with me?â
Another blink, accompanied by her tucking a strand of silky red-gold hair behind her ear betrayed what he thought was a bit of nervousness, and he thought to back down. Aside from his intense need to have her, Alys brought out some weird emotions in him, ones he might catalog as protectivenessâeven possessivenessâand that wasnât him. Better he let those sleeping dogs lie. He was crazy about her but clearly, the sentiment wasnât returned.
âNever mind. Forget I asked.â Even to his ears he sounded peevish and decided to add petulant to his rapidly increasing scope of emotions. Time to get gone. He was back to fleeing from her.
She said, âI donât date men whoâve â¦ been around.
About the Author:
Peri Elizabeth Scott lives in Manitoba, Canada and pretends to work well with her husband in their seasonal business.
Writing for years, along with her alter ego and three coauthors, she has published over 53 novels, including dark erotica and contemporary romance in a variety of genres, and reads most anything she can lay her hands on.