Nights With Him(108)

By: Lauren Blakely

He breaks the kiss and I’m honestly not sure where I am anymore. Or who I am. I look at him, at Davis, but everything is so hazy right now that I don’t know what to say. I don’t think he does either, because he doesn’t speak for a moment. He exhales deeply, collecting himself. As if he doesn’t know how the kiss transpired either.

“I’m sorry,” he says then steps back. He looks away from me, staring at some distant point on the wall. “That was a mistake,” he says quietly.

My mouth is open in shock. A mistake? That was a kiss that begged to become so much more.

But I manage to hide my embarrassment at having kissed my first Broadway director by doing what he hired me to do. Act.

“Yes. A mistake,” I say confidently.

“It won’t happen again,” he adds, now turning his gaze back to me, his eyes cold once more. Stripped of all that longing from seconds ago.

“Of course not. Thank you for the script. I’ll see you when rehearsals start.”

“Yes.” He returns to his desk and I grab my coat, my head cloudy even as my heart beats fast, my body still racing, still wanting.

Wanting more.

As I walk away, my lips feel bruised and so does my heart, especially when I hear him turn up the music now that I’m gone.

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Much gratitude and love to my friends and colleagues who helped shape this story. They include Violet Duke, with her impossible choices, Kim Bias with her keen suggestions, and Kelley Jefferson who turned the key in the ignition with the set-up. Big thanks to Tanya Farrell who read every chapter as I wrote and offered tweaks and tune-ups, to Jen McCoy who cheered me on, and to Gale who brainstormed the big gesture.

Thank you to Theresa Stokes Harrell, who is a goddess of sex toy knowledge and served ably as the official sex toy consultant for this book.

Thank you to Sarah Hansen for the gorgeous cover, to Helen Williams for fabulous graphics, to Kelley for the daily grind, and to Kelly P for being my sherpa, coach, cheerleader, mama bear, manager and favorite person to talk to. Lauren McKellar offered her wisdom in fine-tuning details and Kara proved an eagle eye.

I am lucky to have met so many wonderful people in the book community – the talented bloggers, passionate readers, outspoken advocates of books and sexy romance – I adore you all.

Big thanks to my family, my husband, my children and my dogs – they are all my reasons for everything I do, every late night, every early morning. Thank you for being by my side.

Most of all, THANK YOU, the person reading this book. You rock my world and you turn it inside out with joy. Thank you for making dreams come true.

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