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A Hamilton Stables Novel
BY MELISSA WEST
Nick Hamilton has always known he’d take the reins of the family business when his father died, but that doesn’t make it any easier when the time comes. Especially with his two siblings tempted by a shrewd offer from a huge corporation to buy Hamilton Industries. Needing advice, Nick turns to his sensible childhood friend, Becca Stark—and finds her suddenly grown-up beauty ignites brand-new confusion, and crystal clear desire…
Becca has loved Nick for as far back as she can remember, but she decided long ago that telling him would be a mistake. Stubborn, strong Nick doesn’t see her as anything but the tomboy she used to be—or does he? As she helps him untangle his feelings about the ranch’s future, the familiar bond between them heats into an explosive attraction—and the kind of love that just might take the lead…
A Hamilton Stables Novel
BY MELISSA WEST
“I think that’s the real reason I don’t want to sell the business. If I sell, then it’s like Dad’s really gone.”
“But, Nick…he is gone. Selling or not won’t change that fact. It sucks and I wish with all my heart it weren’t true, but it is, and you can’t keep living your life by the code of WWCD.”
“You know—What Would Carter Do?”
Nick rolled his eyes. “You are never going to let me live that down, are you? It was one summer, one WWJD bracelet. They were trendy.”
“So were fanny packs, but you didn’t see me wearing one.”
He chuckled softly. “Touché, though I think you’d look hot as hell in a fanny pack.”
“Yeah, not happening, but don’t you think it’s funny that ‘hot as hell’ is meant as a compliment when ‘you look like hell’ is an insult? I mean, what’s that about? It’s interesting, right?”
“No, not even a little bit.”
Now it was Becca’s turn to laugh. “Want to stay for dinner?”
“Nah, I want to go out.”
Suddenly, Becca remembered what Alex and Kate had hinted at earlier, and she pulled her hand free from his, ignoring the confusion that crossed his face. “Right. Alex and Kate mentioned something about that.”
“About what? Wait, when did you see Alex and Kate?”
“They were at the diner this morning.”
“So you don’t want to go get something to eat? I’ll buy. Just in case you forgot, I’m loaded.” He flashed her that Crest commercial smile of his.
“Loaded with arrogance. But seriously, what about…?” Becca trailed off, hoping Nick would fill in the gap, but all he did was cock his head.
Though, really, did it matter if he were seeing someone? They were friends. Best friends. And friends had dinner together all the time. It was fine, natural, but then why didn’t he tell her that he’d met someone, and why didn’t he go to this new chick’s house to talk out his issues instead of hers? And why hadn’t he introduced her to this woman? Or maybe he was embarrassed to introduce Becca, the waitress, to what was sure to be a fancy, rich kind of lady.
“Right.” Becca swallowed hard and tried to push aside the ache in her chest, the sadness working its way through her stomach. “Sure. Just let me change.”
Nick thumbed the hem of her shorts. “Why? I like these. They’re like bathing suit bottoms or something?”
Becca swatted his hand. “Shorts, asshole. They’re called shorts.”
“Whatever you say.”
“I’m changing for sure now.”
Nick huffed loudly and made a show of getting up. “All right, all right. I’ll help you get undressed. You don’t have to yell at me about it.”
Becca grinned and pushed him back down. “You are so stupid.”
“You love me.”
“I do,” Becca said.
If only you knew how much.
Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and teen sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn’t like kissing? She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.
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