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Take a card.
Owe him a favor.
I promise, you’ll regret it.
I step back just as the door swings open with force, and a rock hard body fills up the empty space. My gaze starts at the top, noting the firm grip he has on the molding. The muscles strain against his taut skin, flexing as he leans forward, cocking his head to the side. His face—
This is bad—really, really bad.
His scowl curves up into a lazy grin.
“Waitress,” he purrs. His voice has this melody of a luring song— one meant to pull you in and destroy your heart in a matter of seconds.
It doesn’t affect me, though.
“Dick at table forty-three, the princess who needed his steak warmed.”
Slap me with a stupid sticker because I have lost my damn mind. Why in the hell did I just say that? Yes, he was the rude-ass who insisted I warm up his food, and yes, he’s the one I dumped said food on, but that was yesterday, and I have moved on. Hopefully, so has he.
“Dick, huh?” He drops one of his massive arms and rubs a spot just above—ah damn, his nipple is pierced. Not to mention the whole right side of his ribs are covered in a massive tribal tattoo. Even on his left, a smaller tattoo wraps from his back and ends on his stomach, teasing me to gaze longingly at the ridiculous set of six-pack abs between them.
Why is life not fair?
I drag in a deep breath and try to let any animosity of yesterday go. “Can we start over?”
That lazy grin of his falls in an instant. “No.”
No. Okay. Well, that’s not good.
Sighing, I watch as his body goes rigid, and his arm goes back to the top of the door frame, blocking any view behind him. His icy blue eyes stare back at me unyielding and hard, not the same guy that grinned when he first saw me. “I’m sorry about last night.” Hopefully, my sincerity will soften him.
“What can I do for you?”
Okay, so we’re going with a hard no on being softened.
With no hint of emotion, other than the apparent tone of boredom, one can surmise that Maverick will not be bought with sweetness and apologies. I’m going with plan B, which I’m making up as I go.
“Are you Maverick?” I could have said that a little stronger and without the slight tremor.
He drops his hands and reaches into his back pocket, producing a handful of playing cards. Oh no. I’m not prepared for it to get real this fast. What if those two idiots in class were right? What if I’m never the same after this?
“How much is it worth to you?” He drawls, producing a marker.
A self-proclaimed reader enthusiast, Kristy started her writing journey back in 2009, reading and writing when her daughter was napping. Establishing her place in Corporate America (because something had to pay the bills), writing became her dirty, late-night secret.
After eight long years, she released her debut novel, Commander in Briefs. It was a long road, but she can honestly say, the road less traveled had the most beautiful sights.
The only thing Kristy Marie loves as much as reading and writing is sports! Especially those that require muscles and a nice ass. Her favorite is, and always will be, baseball. She’s such a fan, that she even married her small town’s high school’s centerfielder where they still live with their three badass kids.
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What a refreshing and interesting storyline!
I adore Kristy Marie since I’ve read Drifter and she is one of my favorite authors. This is not a secret.
Anyway I digress.
Ainsley and Maverick made me smile so much.
The guy who was feared by everyone, ruling all around in the campus, managing his life and planning any move. What Maverick didn’t expect was Ainsley, who could see right through him even with his poker face.
I appreciated how a chain of events brought these two together. Ainsley was the breath of fresh air Maverick wouldn’t suspect at all. Maybe he needed a little crazy in his life, I mean Ainsley’s crazy.
I know I’m rambling but I smiled so hard it hurts.
The grumpy and menacing look who had his cards close to his heart and his enemies closer would see his world turned upside down with Ainsley, her love for sea lions, her sensibility, sweet but badass at the same time.
What I loved the most about Kristy Marie’s stories that she wrote about heartfelt and passionate characters. Always with some craziness and wildness in the air.
As you might guess, Maverick’s cold heart would definitely melt, due to that woman who crushed every wall, by interfering in his life like no other.
She wasn’t afraid and kept him on his toes. He was giving a run for her money.
Their interactions were a mix of sarcasm and innuendos, with that touch of sweetness sometimes that made me swoon so many times I lost count. I adored watching them falling in love, messing more with all the rumors around Maverick, and somehow seeing his cover blowing.
It was such an amazing read, fun, flirty, filled with a strong hint of slow-burn. Beautiful and hilarious. All the things in between. Kristy Marie has a way with words, conveying emotions in a wonderful way. A top favorite for sure!