She ended the call, but kept the phone in her hand as she ran her gaze over the goodie-bags she was assembling.
Her gut said the women receiving those goodie-bags were going to be delighted after seeing Luke Jackson with his hands on the contents!
Her gut said getting to help Luke in return was all the justification she needed.
She looked down at her phone and before the butterflies swirling in her belly managed to break through her stomach lining and invade every part of her, she scrolled through her contacts list and found the entry she wanted.
‘Hey you,’ Luke greeted as he picked up.
‘I accept your conditions,’ said Sephy in a rush.
There was a fraction of a pause and then Luke said, ‘Great. My place. Tomorrow.’
‘What?’ She felt kind of breathy and on the back foot. He was talking like he was taking the lead in this, like it was his situation to control.
‘I thought time was of the essence,’ Luke said, when she ran out of words as quickly as she’d rushed them out.
‘I’m not sure I can get Frazer – that’s the name of the photographer, to make tomorrow.’ Not that she would necessarily be able to make it, either, because surely Nora was going to kill her for not even sleeping on her decision.
‘No problem. We’ll use tomorrow only for practising.’
‘Practising?’ Sephy’s voice went all high.
‘The more comfortable we are with each other, the better and quicker the shoot will go.’
‘I guess,’ Sephy said realising that was probably true. ‘But why your place?’
‘It’s less distracting than yours and afterwards you can tell me what I need to buy to make my place look more lived-in for when the parents visit.’
‘Oh. Okay. You want me to bring anything?’ Sephy rolled her eyes. God, what, like she should turn up with cake or something?
‘Just bring yourself. And your lingerie. Pop over once you’ve dropped Daisy off at school.’
‘Right. Me. Lingerie. Your place. Tomorrow.’ Sephy swallowed.
‘Sure,’ she said, thinking, of course she bloody well wasn’t okay. Otherwise her voice wouldn’t be all high and scratchy, while Luke’s voice in her ear sounded all deep and confident and…
It’s In His Kiss is a standalone novel, but if your curiosity is spiked by the other Kings in the book, then you can read Sephy’s brother, Jared King’s story in Her Best Laid Plans and Sephy’s sister, Nora King’s story in The Love List
Who do you turn to when things go wrong?
Your best friend. Obviously.
Sephy King’s worked flat-out to make her new lingerie business a success, only there’s a tiny snag – the marketing photos for the launch party are a disaster.
Luke Jackson will help her, won’t he? They just need to strip off, model gorgeous, sexy underwear together and take more photos! So what if the stunning body he’s been hiding makes Sephy’s eyes pop out? And when he holds her, she suddenly wishes they were in her bedroom…alone? He’s her best friend.
Then Luke asks Sephy for a return favour: to pose as his fake fiancée to get his parents temporarily off his back. It’s a risky strategy – but she’s sure she can pull it off.
Until he kisses her…
I kind of secretly believe it’s not too late for me to train as a professional dancer, MMA expert, or win an Oscar. I know! This is why writing fiction is for me!
Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave me a taste for adventure and my love for romances began when my mother shoved one into my hands in a desperate attempt to keep me quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals.
When I wasn’t consuming books by the bucket-load, I could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down my adventures. As a teenager, I wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, I worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucket-load, until realising I was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense myself. I live in leafy Surrey in the UK, a book-devouring, slightly melodramatic, romance-writing sassy heroine with my very own sexy hero husband!
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A huge thank you to Eve and to Charlotte at HarperImpulse. ♥