I wasn't in the market for a man. I definitely wasn't looking for a man like Clay Nichols, with a dirty mind and a mouth to match. But then he walked into my life one night and he was everything I wanted.
He's also exactly what I can't have.
Because there's a price tag on my head. I'm a wanted woman and I owe debts that were never mine.
The dangerous men I owe them to have threatened to hurt anyone in my life if I don't pay up. So I work off my debts by playing cards in an underground poker ring. One so risky I shouldn't get involved with a soul.
Clay is irresistible though, so I steal away to New York to spend one delicious weekend with the man who unlocks pleasure in me I never knew was possible, and who captivates my mind.
But when I return home, trouble is waiting for me and for everyone I care about.
The reading order for the NYT Bestselling Seductive Nights series is Night After Night, After This Night, and One More Night and A Wildly Seductive Night.
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Let me make a few things clear. I didn’t go to the wedding intending to dance with the best man, to dare him to show me a very sexy pic on his phone, or to accidentally kiss him in the hotel elevator after the reception ended.
But you know how it goes. Things just happen at weddings...
The next day, Crosby and I agree to put all those shenanigans behind us. The fun-loving, stupidly gorgeous, all-star baseball player might be my brother’s best friend, but he’s my friend too and has been for years, so it’s easy to move on, especially because I have a high-profile business to run.
But since he’s newly single and I’m always single, it turns out we both desperately need plus ones. We agree to “publicly date” over the next two weeks of galas, parties and events before his baseball season begins.
The only trouble is the more time I spend with Crosby, the more I keep imagining how much I want him to take my V-card.
And when I broach the possibility with Crosby, his answer surprises the hell out of me.