Dare to Love # 2
By: Mira Lyn Kelly
Releasing February 17th, 2015
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USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly cranks up the heat for two lifelong friends whose most secret longings come true in every delectable way.
Vivacious and successful, Ava Meyers is living her dream life, except for one thing: Ever since childhood, she’s been in love with her best friend . . . and she’s never admitted it. Back then, Sam Farrow was a damaged young man with a tough past. Now he’s supremely confident, super-sexy, and totally untouchable—until the night when Sam pretends to be Ava’s boyfriend to save her from some unwanted attention. In a moment of weakness, Ava finds out that a long friendship is no match for blistering sexual chemistry.
After years of denying his own feelings, Sam finds that one amazing night with Ava isn’t enough to chase away all the pent-up fantasies. So he proposes they spend a few weeks driving each other wild, exhausting their every desire, and then return to their perfect platonic relationship like nothing ever happened. But Sam’s plan has one fatal flaw: the part where they give each other up. Because the more they let go of their inhibitions, the more they’re tempted to never go back.
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Deep in the heart of the swank Wyse-Luxen Hotel’s fifth-floor ballroom, surrounded by a thick slice of Chicago’s legal elite, Sam Farrow grinned down at his pissy date.
“Ave, I’m doing my part, but who’s going to believe we’re in love with you growling at me like that?”
It was possible he was enjoying Ava’s fuming scowl more than a guy who really loved her ought to. Or not. Since the truth was, he loved the hell out of her and had since she was seven years old. She was his best friend, his family. And she was so damn funny when she got all fired up because he was playing at in-love with more panache than she cared for.
“Babykins?” she demanded, forcing that deep red mouth into a smile he was guessing she meant to look affectionate for the crowd but was seriously scary as shit. Or would be, if he didn’t know her so well.
His Ava had a hell of a lot of bark in her, but much as she hoped to convince the world otherwise, the girl wasn’t much of a biter.
At least not in the context he knew her, anyway. Close as they were—and that was damned close—Ava’s sex life was the one place Sam didn’t dare to tread, so he didn’t know what that mouth of hers was capable of, and he’d made it a lifetime habit not to find out.
Which made this mixer of hers all the more fun.
Because tonight he got to play like he knew his way around her mouth and every other part of her body intimately, and it was making Ava crazy uncomfortable.
Leaning deeper into the space cushion he’d been steadily violating since their arrival, Sam needled just a little more. “Aww, Muffin-top, you know you like my special pet names for you. We’re in love. It’s what we do.”
Besides, he’d made sure the only person in attendance to hear him call her either name was the bartender when he’d gotten their drinks.
Head cocked to the side, Ava looked up at him from beneath thick lashes one shade darker than the fall of deep mahogany hair spilling around her shoulders. “Muffin-top?”
And suddenly her not-so-scary smile was making him nervous after all, because coupled with the spark of challenge he’d just seen light in her eyes . . . this could get ugly. For him.
USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly grew up in the Chicago area and earned her degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University. She met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy, only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her back home. Having spent her twenties working and playing in the Windy City, she’s now settled with her husband in rural Minnesota, where their four beautiful children and naughty dog provide an excess of action and entertainment. When she isn’t reading, writing, or running to keep up with the family, she loves watching movies, blabbing with the girls, and cooking with her husband and friends.
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