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Sleep with your best friend's sister.
She hasn’t changed one bit. She’s still as beautiful as ever and smart as hell, too. I hadn’t expected her questions during the interview to be so on point.
Being around her again makes it impossible not to remember how she looked under me. Every single second we were together is etched into my memory. The way she said my name. How she liked it rough—the way I like to fuck. She made me crazy, hell . . . she’s making me crazy right now. Even though it could never be more than the one night, I’m still pissed at myself for leaving her the way I did. I should’ve stayed all night and explained how I was feeling. But instead my stupid ass bailed.
Chandler steps out to take a call, and she’ll barely look at me as she rushes to gather her things, which makes me rake my hand through my hair in agitation. We used to be pretty close, friends even. But we never really spent time together until she interned here. Then there were a lot of early mornings, late nights, and even weekends spent working on projects that brought us closer. So, even though I get why she’s being cold to me now, I hate it, and I hate myself for ruining what we had.
“Have a good day, Roan,” she tells me, slinging her purse strap over her shoulder, and I have to make this right.
“I’m sorry, Mia.” My voice is barely a whisper, but she brings her eyes to meet mine.
“For what?” She laughs a little awkwardly.
“For what happened.”
“What are you talking about? Nothing happened, remember?” She raises her eyebrows at me.
I know why she says that; it’s because we agreed not to tell Chandler before we even slept together. It doesn’t make her indifference toward me any easier to handle.
“You know what I’m talking about.”
“I’m sorry, I don’t, Roan.” She sticks to her guns. It’s one of the things I find sexiest about Mia. Her strength and resilience is unlike that of any other woman I’ve ever known.
I step closer to her, moving until my body is a few inches away from hers. She ignites everything inside me, just as she always has. My brain is screaming at me to stop, to let her go. But my body wants the opposite. Too bad for my body, Georgia fucked me up in a way I can’t seem to move on from. She broke something in me that I’m pretty sure will never repair itself. It’s why I ended things with Mia before they started, because I’m no good for her, and I’d end up ruining her life like I did Georgia’s.
Still, I have her attention, and I don’t know if I’ll have it again anytime soon. “That night was amazing,” I tell her and touch her face, her soft skin scalding the backs of my knuckles.
She backs away as if my hand is tainted with the plague and glances to the door.
“Just let it go.” Those little words knock the air from my lungs. It’s as if she can’t feel the spark between us anymore, which maybe she can’t. I had my chance, and I killed it.
I know better than anyone how it feels to be walked out on. Even then, that didn’t stop me from leaving Mia that night. It’s been years since Georgia walked out on me, and the pain is still so strong.
It must have taken me too long to say something else, because the next thing I know, Mia turns her back on me and leaves. I feel like a fool standing in the middle of the conference room watching her walk away.
I’m still standing there and staring at the door when it opens again and Chandler walks in.
“Where’d she go?” he asks.
“She had to leave.”
“Without saying bye?”
“She said bye to me.”
Chandler pulls out his phone and calls her. As soon as she answers, he lays into her good-naturedly.
I’m not sure what it is about Mia, that makes me so irrational, but there is something. Something within her that tugs at my heart strings, something that makes me want her more than I’ve ever wanted any other woman in all my life.
What is the one thing you shouldn’t do when your wife leaves you? Sleep with your best friend’s sister.
It’s too bad Roan Reddick never got that piece of advice before he fell into bed with Mia Cavalano. She’s smart, sassy, and sexy as hell. She’s also the only woman to flip his world upside down since his wife. And she’s leaving for college in two days, which is good considering he’s not looking for a relationship, not now, not with the agony that lives inside him from his past. But Roan can’t kick the craving he now has for Mia.
One choice changed everything.
After years away, Mia realizes she and Roan just aren’t meant to be. So she vows to keep her focus on her career and forget about the one-night stand that rocked her world so long ago. But when work transfers her back to Boston, a place that holds so many memories, she has no choice but to go. All she has to do is stick to her plan and keep her focus on work, which should be easy, right?
Besides, in a city of half a million people, how hard can it be to avoid the perfect bastard?
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