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“I’m glad you brought me out here.” Gabby stepped over a tree root, lifting her skirt with her free hand so that she didn’t trip.
Ethan squeezed her left hand. “Me, too. The rock face is right up this way.”
They came around a corner and the path opened up to a big rock looming at least thirty feet into the air. There were some creases and cracks in it, but how anyone could scale it with only their bare hands—or why they would want to—was completely beyond her. “You can seriously climb that?”
“I can climb it. Ryan can kick its ass, though.”
“Okay then. Show me.”
With a cocky grin, he reached up and hooked his hand into a crack in the rock. He pulled himself up, his biceps flexing most impressively as he climbed. Holy shit, that was sexy. Soon she was left with nothing but a view of his very fine ass. And by the time he’d reached the top, she was so turned on, she could hardly stand it.
“So?” he called from the top. “You going to join me or what?”
“Not a chance. But I will enjoy watching you climb back down.”
“Gotta give the lady what she wants.” His fine ass reappeared over the edge as he started back down. He took his time on the descent, and if she wasn’t mistaken, he might have reached for a few hand and footholds that made him flex his muscles a little more than was strictly necessary.
“You’re a show-off,” she said when his feet were back on solid ground.
He was a bit out of breath, his bronzed skin glistening with sweat, trademark smile still in place. “No clue what you’re talking about.”
“No? You really needed to reach all the way to that notch?” She gestured above them. “Instead of the one closer to your shoulder that maybe wouldn’t have shown off your lovely biceps quite as well?”
He flexed for her. “What, these old things? And for the record, I totally needed the leverage.”
“Mm-hmm.” For some reason, she put her hand on his biceps, and oh crap, that was a mistake. His skin was hot beneath her fingers, and his blue eyes blazed into hers.
“Killing me, Gabby,” he murmured. “Killing me.”
His words sent a bolt of red-hot desire right through her, and she must have made a sound because Ethan sucked in a breath, his gaze locked on her lips. His hands settled on her hips, burning into her skin through the thin fabric of her skirt.
Risking It All is the first book in Rachel Lacey’s newest series. This book has it all if you love a good small town romance with a meddling grandmother and some humor on the side.
Gabby Winters has set off to Haven to regroup and get her life on track after ending her relationship. When she has a run in with an angry nest of hornets she finds herself being rescued by a sexy stranger. Gabby knew two things the first time she laid eyes on Ethan Hunter, he was gorgeous and trouble however the more time these two spend together the more she finds herself wanting to break her no men rule and see if there is more behind their chemistry.
Ethan Hunter is working on trying to get his new business venture, Off the Grid Adventures, up and running. He doesn’t have time for a relationship even though his grandmother Dixie is determined to see him settled and happy. When he first meets Gabby he is instantly attracted to the beautiful woman but the more time he spends with her the more he finds himself craving their connection.
Seeing how much his grandmother wants him to be in a relationship, Ethan comes up with the plan that Gabby and him pretend to be dating. Together these two set out to fool everyone but in the end they may be the ones fooled.
I really enjoyed this story; it was a quick and fun read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a small town, lighthearted romance.
I received a copy an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
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on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.
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