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He nodded at her massage table, which was folded up in the corner. “That’s got to be the deluxe version.”
“It is.” It had been expensive for someone at her income level, but she needed it and Cheyenne and Dylan had pitched in with some cash as part of her Christmas present.
“Are you any good?”
“At massage?” Her eyes met his. “I think so.”
“Why don’t you show me?”
She heard the challenge in those words. “Right now?”
“Why not? Doesn’t have to be a full-blown deal. I’ll even pay you for it.”
Hadn’t she just congratulated herself on keeping her distance from Aaron? “Not tonight.”
Not anymore. She was too scared. But what could it hurt? He’d done all that painting for her, and refusing would make a big deal out of something that shouldn’t be. She was in the massage business, after all.
“I guess I could.” She got off the couch to set up the table. When he came over to help, she let him finish. “I’ll be right back. I have to get the table cover, a sheet, my heating pad and some cream.”
Once she entered her bedroom, she stood against the door, willing herself to return and send him home. But the idea of getting his clothes off and running her hands over his body, just one more time, drove her like a cattle prod. Maybe this would be a safe way to get her “Aaron fix.”
It wouldn’t go anywhere, she promised herself, and put on a bra and one of her work smocks to prove it was strictly professional.
“You’re serious about this,” he said when she returned and he saw that she’d changed.
“Absolutely. It’s my job.” But never before had she approached a massage with her heart pounding so hard she thought it might crack a rib.
Excerpt from COME HOME TO ME ©2014 by Brenda Novak. All rights reserved.
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Series: Whiskey Creek #6
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (March 25, 2014)
When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She's made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she's back in the small town that was the closest thing to "home" she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who's her only family.
There's just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers' auto body shop. And no matter how hard she's tried, Presley hasn't been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can't fall back into his arms…or his bed. She's come too far to backslide now. And there's a secret she's been guarding—a secret she'll do anything to protect.
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