Warning: Sleeping with a friend might change your life forever.
Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there’s no turning back.
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I’d never seen Jade so happy and light. Her smile was real. It wasn’t the sarcastic, casual smile she used at school, but a giant, I love life smile that made my heart beat faster.
This was the real Jade. Jade with the pony tail and no makeup, with sneakers and shorts, and a little bit of mud. I wanted to believe it was more than the outdoors bringing it out in her. I wanted to believe it was me. But it probably wasn’t. I generally didn’t have that effect on people, but I could pretend. I could pretend that the night—and morning—we spent together would become something more.
“I could stay out here forever.” Jade pulled on my arm to get me to look out at the view.
“I could too, but it’s going to rain.”
She sighed. “I don’t mind getting wet.”
“Oh, I’m well aware you don’t mind that.” I wriggled an eyebrow.
She pushed me playfully. “Kyle.”
“Sorry, I couldn’t resist.”
“Yes you could. You can always resist.”
“Not always. Sometimes words slip out.”
“Are we only talking about words?”
I pulled her close. “Are you asking if I can always resist you?”
“Don’t you already know the answer to that?”
“Is there a reason you’re teasing me?”
She ran her teeth over her bottom lip. “I’m not teasing. I’m being me.”
“And being you means teasing me?”
“I’m only asking a question, Kyle.” She bit her nail for a second before quickly dropping her hand to her side.
“Did you have to say my name that way?”
“What way?” she smiled.
“That way. The way that makes me want you again.”
Her face flushed. I loved knowing I had that effect on her. “I thought it was going to rain.”
“It is, but as you reminded me, you don’t mind getting wet.”
“Not if it means kissing you.”
“I have to agree with you there.” I connected my lips with hers right as the sky opened up.
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Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.