Title: Ask Me Why
Author: Harloe Rae
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 20, 2019
One deep breath. Two slow blinks. Three hollow beats.
Iâm still here.
After three years, that reminder isnât as necessary. But everyone has their bad days. This is definitely one of them.
Until an adorable little boy dashes into my store.
His zest for life makes me smile in a way thatâs been long lost.
Then I meet his father.
Well, confront is more like it.
Brance Stone is volatile.
And canât be bothered to care.
Not that I want him to.
I get frostbite just looking into Branceâs glacial stare. But thereâs something undeniable about him.
My misery suddenly craves company. The suffocating numbness lifts whenever Brance is near. That alone should have me running in the opposite direction. Try as I might, thereâs no avoiding him. If only I could understand why. As if heâd let me.
I donât ask. He doesnât tell. A silent, bitter truce settles between us.
That was our first mistake.
Itâs certainly not the last.
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Branceâs suit is deliciously rumpled. A naughty gleam lingers in his eyes. Evidence of our kiss lingers on his lips, slightly swollen and red. His hair sticks up in sexy disarray, sections pointing in every direction. I curl my fingers, hiding the guilty offenders. But combing through those silky strands will be committed to memory. I want to do that again, multiple times. But I tamp my trampy side down. For now.
He makes quick work of straightening his tie. âYou owe me a story.â
A boulder drops in my gut. âNow?â
Brance sweeps the brown locks off his forehead, erasing more proof of our tryst. âNah, gotta get back to the office.â
âAlready?â Iâm still recovering from my orgasm.
He smooths the wrinkles from his shirt. âMy schedule leaves no time for deviations. I have a full calendar every day. This indiscretion cost me several hours. Iâll be working late to catch up.â
âWas that a dig at me?â
âDoes it matter?â
âReally, Brance? Just like that?â
âWere you expecting something else?â
I open my mouth, then close it. Was I? How could I? Brance smirks at my extended silence.
âThatâs what I thought.â He tops it off with a wink for good measure.
âYouâre such anââ
âAsshole. Yeah, got it. I donât have time to rehash the details.â
Copyright Â© 2019 by Harloe Rae, LLC
Harloe Rae is a USA Today & Amazon Top 100 bestselling author. Her passion for writing and reading has taken on a whole new meaning. Each day is an unforgettable adventure.
Harloe is a Minnesota gal with a serious addiction to romance. Sheâs always chasing an epic happily ever after. When sheâs not buried in the writing cave, Harloe can be found hanging with her hubby and son. If the weather permits, she loves being lakeside or out in the country with her horses.
Harloe is the author of Redefining Us, Forget You Not, Watch Me Follow, GENT, MISS, LASS, and Ask Me Why. These titles are available on Amazon.