The café, four doors down from the flower shop, smelled of baked goods and coffee. Scott’s stomach rumbled, and he realized he was hungrier than he’d thought. They’d taken a small booth next to the front window and ordered turkey and cheese sandwiches on wheat.
Waiting on their food, he watched from across the table as Jennica gathered her honey tinted hair and draped it over her right shoulder, her gaze fixed to the world on the outside the glass. The fullness of her light pink lips relaxed to a natural pout, and he couldn’t help but wonder what they would feel like against his. He also wondered, thanks to the image created by the handcuffed flowers and box full of floggers at her store, how she might look naked and restrained while he pleasured her. The image sent blood rushing to his cock, and he’d never been so glad to be sitting in a booth since his rock hard boner threatened to bust the zipper of his jeans.
She didn’t turn to face him until the waitress sat their plates of food on the table. “So, I hear you’re a pretty big deal in this town.” A polite smile crossed her mouth, though it didn’t reach her eyes.
Damn gossip. He snorted. “Far from it. There’s no telling what you’ve heard though.” He wasn’t surprised the rumors had reached her. Since he’d been back, the mixed emotions from almost everyone he knew were apparent and not many people were afraid to share their newest epiphany with anyone who would listen. He studied her for signs of suspicion, but he found none. She appeared unfazed by whatever she’d been told before meeting him. Maybe the pedestal he’d been placed on five years ago had been all she’d heard about. But that wasn’t him either…never was. “Everyone thinks they have the truth.”
“It has to be difficult, knowing…or not knowing what’s being said. Have you tried to set the record straight?” She took a bite of food and prodded at the ice cubes in her drink with the straw.
“No. It doesn’t matter to me what people think.”
“You definitely don’t seem the way you look.”
“Hmm. Explain.” He sat back in the booth, teasing her with narrowed eyes, and she fidgeted in her seat. This should be good. He couldn’t wait to hear her perception of him.
A broad smile lit up her face and she looked more beautiful than he’d ever seen her. “You’re not the average, stereotypical computer geek.”
He busted out laughing. Again, she had surprised him. “Computer geek? I expected something along the lines of ‘brooding, failed athlete gone rogue.’”
“I think maybe computer geek suits you more.”
The attraction between Jennica and Scott is undeniable, but will her past show up to ruin it all?
After years of being gone, Scott Sims has returned to his hometown. Life is good. He likes his new job, has reconnected with his sister, and even met a "friend with benefits" at the local bar. He does his best to ignore the flurry of rumors—none of them true—about where he's been and who he's become.
Jennica Moss's last relationship ended badly, leaving her guarded and untrusting. She's new in town, but the local gossips have kept her informed about almost everything. The latest hot topic—Scott Sims, the area's most promising star, the guy who threw his football career away and disappeared for years.
When Scott and Jennica meet, emotions run high. Scott can't resist the urge to get to know her. But Jennica's past threatens to come between them, and Scott can't seem to shake his present. When he broke things off with his last fling, she didn't take it well, and she keeps showing up at the most inopportune moments, making his time with Jennica strained.
Now one, or both, of their lives may be at risk, and Jennica must face the consequences of giving in to her heart and falling in love with Scott.
Content Warning: strong language and graphic sex