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Just who are Grant Slate and Tyler?

Evie Johnson decided to be the bad girl when she went home with Grant Slate. After a sexy night, she’s not prepared for the warnings Tyler gives her about his billionaire boss.

Evie isn’t sure who to trust and she’s not sure why she’s so attracted to Tyler, with his alert and guarded blue eyes. When she finds a stack of letters that tell of a mystery Evie finds herself wanting to find out exactly what’s going on. Only as she digs deeper, she finds herself more caught up with both Grant and Tyler.

What game are the two wolves playing with her and will Evie cross a line that will forever change her life?

Alpha Billionaire, Part 2 (The Second Teaser)

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“Don’t touch me.” I pushed Tyler away from me as hard as I could. He stepped back and stared down at me with a twinkle in his eyes.
“Such a strong push for a girl so…” His voice trailed off and I stared into his eyes searching for some sort of glimmer. All I wanted from him was the truth about Grant.

“Why won’t Grant let me leave?”

“Why do you want to leave?” He stared at me disdainfully. “Didn’t you enjoy his lovemaking?”

“You’re so rude.” I shook my head, my face afire with embarrassment. Was he calling me out for sleeping with Grant? “It’s none of your business.”

“I didn’t say it was.” He shrugged. “I should leave.”

“Where are you going?” My voice dropped. I didn’t want him to leave me by myself.

“Out.”

“Out? Now.” I grabbed a hold of him. “Take me with you.”

“You want to run away from Grant?” He paused and leaned in towards me, his tongue trailing down my cheek for a few seconds. “Or you just want to be with me?”

“What are you talking about?” I gasped and stepped back, my cheek hot with fire from his touch. “I just want to go home.”

“Do you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood?” He asked softly, his eyes intense on me.

“Doesn’t everyone?” I rolled my eyes and shivered.

“What was the lesson you learned from Little Red Riding Hood?”

“I don’t know. Don’t trust people pretending to be your grandma with hairy faces?” I tried to crack a joke to lighten the mood, but he didn’t crack a smile.

“No, the lesson to be learned is that Little Red Riding Hood should have been smarter before she even reached the house. She should have realized that anything could have been waiting for her.”

“But she got the better of the wolf.” I licked my lips. “She wasn’t to know that the wolf was a psycho.”

“What wolf is not?” He stared at me for a few seconds and I could see him studying my face carefully. “Why did you come back here with him?”

“You don’t want to know.” I bit my lower lip, feeling ashamed.

“I do.” He stared at the rumpled sheets and then back at me. “I very much want to know.”

“What’s going on?” Grant opened the door and walked into the room, looking at Tyler and I with narrowed eyes.

“We were just talking.” Tyler said smoothly. “Do you have a problem with that?”

“Why would I have a problem with that?” Grant looked annoyed and stared at Tyler, who was staring back at him defiantly. I stared at the two men in front of me and swallowed hard. There was Grant looking so handsome and virile. His dark hair shadowed his face and his eyes were intense and possessive as he gazed at me. Then I looked at Tyler, so strong and buff. His blue eyes light as they gazed at me with questions. I shivered as I stared at his arms, so strong and muscular. Tyler licked his lips slowly and grinned, a devilish, captivating and spine-chilling grin.

“So Evie.” He said softly as he took a step towards me. “What do you say?”

“Say to what?” My heart beat fast as he looked me over from head to toe. What was he asking me? What was going on here? Was this some sick sort of game?

“What do you say to the big bad wolves that are both ready to eat you up?” He whispered into my ear.

“What?” My jaw dropped as I stared at him. Was he saying what I thought he was saying?

“Are you ready to be breakfast?” His husky tone dropped and I felt his hand on my lower back. “Or would you rather be lunch?”

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Alpha Billionaire, Part II- The First Teaser (And a Release Date)

ALPHA BILLIONAIRE, PART II TEASER & RELEASE DATE

Alpha Billionaire II  will be released on September 9th, 2014. You can purchase part I on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

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Prologue

“Touch me, tease me, never leave me,

Kiss me, lick me, I won’t think you’re easy,

Fuck me, blow me, close your eyes

I’m going to take you on the ride of your life.”

He whispered in my ear as his fingers trailed down my stomach and closer to my panties. “Do you like this, Evie?” His voice was raspy, more urgent and his eyes searched mine. I stared back at him with my heart pounding. I shivered at the look of desire in his eyes. I was in over my head and I knew it. He smiled then, a warm satisfied smile as if he could read my mind. His fingers stopped their journey and he grabbed my hands. “Are you ready for what’s next?” He pulled me towards him, not blinking. I nodded slowly, barely believing that I was agreeing to his offer. “Good.” He said before his lips crushed down on mine, claiming what was his. I melted against his chest and kissed him back passionately, wanting to be an active part of this journey he wanted to take me on. His hands squeezed my shoulders as he kissed me and I cried out as he pulled my hair roughly. He chuckled at the sound and pulled away from me. “You need to toughen up if you want to do this. Do you understand.”

“Yes.” I finally whispered a reply. “I understand.”

It was then that I heard the door close. We hadn’t been alone.

“He knows?” I looked up at him in confusion, anxiety running through my veins.

“Yes.” He stilled. “He knows.”

The end 

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It was only meant to be one night.

Evie Johnson was doing her best friend a favor when she agreed to work a bachelor party as a dancer. She hadn’t expected to meet a man like Grant Slate. A man so handsome and cocky that she couldn’t help but be attracted to him when he asked for a dance.

And when he asked her for a private dance, she didn’t want to say yes, but she couldn’t stop herself. Before she knew it, she was being whisked off to his private mansion and entering his home for one night of passion.

Only Evie had no idea what she was getting herself into. Grant Slate was not the man he’d appeared to be at the club. He wanted more from her than one night of passion. He was a man with secrets so deep and dark that Evie was unsure just what she was going to do.

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Alpha Billionaire- The Second Teaser & Release Date

ALPHA BILLIONAIRE Teaser #2 and Release Date

Alpha Billionaire will be out on August 17th. Alpha Billionaire is a three part serial.

“Tell me, Peaches, why are you working here? You look so uncomfortable.”

“I’m working for a friend. I sighed and made a face. “I know how that sounds. Cliché right? Broke college girl trying out stripping for fun or whatever. But I’m not in college, and this isn’t fun. But I am broke and my roommate told me I can make five grand for the night.” I shrugged. “And she said no sex or anything, so I figured how hard could it be?”

“So you’re new to all this?”

“Yeah.” I nodded. “Couldn’t you tell?”

“I could tell when you burst out of the cake that you had no idea what was going on.” He laughed.

“Yeah, Crystal and Starr didn’t look too impressed.” I groaned as I thought back to the two girls expressions.”But hopefully, they didn’t notice.”

“I doubt anyone really noticed.” He spoke again. “Most of the guys are wasted.”

“Yeah, it’s a bachelors party.”

“I kinda noticed that.” He laughed and I blushed. He reached over to me and his fingers trailed down my neck. I held my breath as I wondered what he was going to do next. Please don’t let him try and grope my breast, I thought to myself. And please don’t let him try and reach even further. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do if he tried to finger me or something. I closed my eyes for a second, wondering what I should do when he sat back.

“You look nervous.” His voice was soft as he whispered into my ear. I opened my eyes and gave him an awkward smile.

“No.” I squeaked out, thanking God that his fingers were no longer on me, though my body wasn’t as happy. My body had quite liked his warm fingers on my skin caressing me.

“How about that dance now?” He sat back in the chair and smiled as the music changed. A loud fast number I didn’t know was playing and I stood up nervously.

“You can do this.” I whispered to myself, though I had no idea what I was supposed to do. Was he expecting me to take my clothes off? Was he expecting me to rub myself all over him? Was he expecting that he’d be able to touch me? I wanted to groan as I started dancing in front of him, my face burning a deep red. He sat there, his eyes watching me like a hawk as I moved back and forth awkwardly.

“Don’t be nervous.” He growled as he grabbed my hand and pulled me towards him. I stumbled into his lap and adjusted my position so that I was straddling him. That had been a mistake. I could feel his hardness in-between my legs and I bit down on my lower lip as I felt myself growing wet. This was so embarrassing and I knew he could tell I was turned on because he was grinning as he stared at me. His hands lay on my hips gently and he started rocking my body back and forth.

“Just dance on my lap.” He leaned forward and his tongue licked my ear. “That way we’ll both feel good.”

“I don’t know.” I mumbled as I moved around on his lap. I could feel him growing harder beneath me and I was starting to see how easy it was for the lines to become blurred in situations like this. I felt like I was dryhumping him. I was starting to feel more turned on that I normally felt before sex with someone I was dating. It made me feel like I was a bit of a slut. Was I basically getting a guy and myself off for money? I groaned as I felt the man moving me back and forth faster, my breasts were hitting his chest now and I felt his slide down in the seat a bit, so that my breasts were now slapping his face. I tried to push his hands off of my hips, but he just shook his head.

“No, don’t stop.” He muttered and I licked my lips nervously. I was the one giving him the dance, but he was definitely the one in control of everything that was happening.

“I think I have to stop now.” I whispered hoarsely as I felt his mouth on my nipple and his fingers on my ass as I moved back and forth.

“Not yet.” He groaned and I felt his hand between my legs for a second as he undid his zipper. “Ten more seconds.” He muttered and I realized he had pulled his cock out of his pants and it was now sitting between my legs as I moved back and forth. I jumped up after two seconds as I felt his hardness right next to my wetness.

“No way, Jose.” I shook my head and looked down at him. “Sorry, I can’t continue with this dance.”

“What if I offered you twenty grand to finish it?” He sat there staring at me with narrowed eyes.

“No, sorry.” I watched as he tucked himself away again.

“What about one-hundred thousand dollars?”

“To finish a dance or to have sex with you?” I mumbled horrified that I was even considering his offer.

“A hundred thousand to finish the dance.” He smiled at me and stared at me expectantly.

“With your, you know what out?”

“Yes, with my cock out and between your legs. Your panties would be off.” He said shortly. “No penetration though.”

“No,” I said softly. “Sorry, I can’t do that.” I shook my head and sighed. “As much as I’d like to make a hundred grand, I can’t do that.”

“Are you sure?” He asked me softly. “I’d pay you in cash.”

“I’m sure.” I nodded and looked down at the floor. A hundred grand would go a long way.

“Good.” He jumped up and took my hand. “Come with me.”

“Huh?” I looked up at him in confusion.

“You passed my test.”

“What test?”

“I’ll explain more later. Let’s go and get your stuff.”

“What?” I frowned, feeling confused. “What are you talking about?”

“We’re leaving.”

“I can’t leave. I haven’t gotten paid as yet.”

“I’ll give you the five grand for tonight. Go and grab your stuff, put your clothes on and meet me outside in ten minutes.”

“Uhm, I’m confused.”

“I’ll explain more later.” He squeezed my hand. “Now do as you’re told and go and get your stuff.”

“Okay.” I nodded and sighed. “I guess I can–”

“Peaches.” He placed a finger to my lip. “Be quiet. Go and get your stuff and meet me outside. You now have seven minutes.”

“Okay, by the way, what’s your name?” I changed the subject to hide my irritation.

“I’ll tell you when I meet you outside.” He grinned and I felt his fingers on my stomach tracing a trail around my bellybutton. “I’ll tell you everything when we meet again. Don’t be late. You won’t like it if you’re late.”

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Alpha Billionaire- The First Teaser

Alpha Billionaire- The First Teaser

Alpha Billionaire is a three book serial from Helen Cooper. The first book will be out in August 2014.

The Teaser

“How do I always get myself into these situations.” I groaned as I found myself in a room with three naked girls.

“Sorry, what did you say?” Starr grinned at me, glitter all over her face and body.

“Nothing.” I shook my head. “I was just wondering what outfits we’d be wearing.”

“Outfits?” Starr gave me a crazy look. “What outfits?”

“I thought we’d be wearing outfits tonight…” My voice trailed off. Oh my God, I was going to kill XYZ.

“Don’t worry honey.” Starr laughed as she adjusted her blonde wig. “XYZ told me you’d be taking over for her tonight and you might not be down with going naked. You can wear a bikini and pop out of the cake.”

“Pop out of the cake?” I frowned. “What does that mean?”

“It means you’ll jump out the cake and do a little dance.” Another girl Crystal spoke up as she joined the conversation. “Unless you’d rather give dances?”

“Uhm, the cake sounds fine.” I said weakly. “I’ll still get five grand?”

“Yeah.” Starr nodded. “Though you could have made more if you did the dances.”

“Oh?”

“I’m thinking I’m going to get about 25k tonight.” She grinned. “These rich guys pay well for some booty shaking.” She danced all the way to the ground.

“But you have to be naked?” I asked, trying to avoid staring directly at her jiggling breasts.

“You don’t have to be.” She shook her head. “But these rich guys, that’s what they want. They want it as freaky as can be. Shit, I’m willing to be freaky for 25k.”

“How freaky?” I asked, as my heart stopped. Was I going to be witnessing sex or something?

“Don’t worry girl.” Crystal shook her head. “We’re classy girls.” She pasted two stars on her nipples. “We don’t fuck em or give them blow jobs. We just dance.”

“Yeah, we’re not hoes.” Starr pouted her lips and applied some bright red lipstick.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to suggest that—“ I started but stopped as Starr started laughing.

“Girl, it’s not that serious, trust me.” She handed me a bikini. “Put this on. Mark’s going to wheel the cake in soon. You’ll stay in there until you hear a bang. Then just pop out. One you pop out you can do a little dance and then just come back in here and wait for us.”

“That’s it?” I looked surprised. “I guess I can do that.” I took the bikini from her. It was basically two pieces of string.  I held it in my hand and took a deep breath. Did I really want to prance out of a cake in a string bikini? Not really. “Do you have any other options?” I asked Starr hopefully. “I’m not sure this is going to compliment my body.” I laughed awkwardly and Starr and Crystal started laughing. “Is that a yes?” I asked hopefully.

“Girl, just put the bikini on.” Crystal rolled her eyes. “It’ll be fine. And make sure to take your glasses off.”

“Oh?” I bit my lower lip. “I left my contacts at home.”

“Girl, I don’t care if you left them in an elephants butt.” Crystal rolled her eyes. “You ain’t going out there with no librarian glasses.”

“Not unless that was part of your dance.” Starr added. “These men, they love them a dowdy librarian turned sexpot.”

“I won’t be able to see much.”

“You don’t need to see nothing.” Crystal responded. “Just hurry up and put the bikini on. We got to go out in a bit. If we’re late, the guys will be mad.”

“Okay.” I sighed and looked around. “Is there a changing room for me to put this on?” My voice drifted off as they both looked at me as if I were crazy. “Or I can just change here.” I sighed and undid my jeans. XYZ really owed me. This was going to be so awkward. I didn’t care if I was popping out of a cake, a bunch of random guys were going to see me in a string bikini that left absolutely nothing to the imagination. I cringed as I pulled the top on. It was so small, that I knew my boobs would pop out with one wrong move. The only saving grace was that my nipples were covered. I pulled the bottoms on and frowned as I realized that my ass was hanging out completely in the thong bottom. I would never wear a bathing suit like this normally. And when I say never, I mean not even if someone gave me $100. I laughed to myself as I realized I was doing it for five k though. Oh the humiliation. I looked down at my body and ran my hands over my stomach. No one could ever mistake me for a Victoria’s Secret model.

“Don’t worry.” Starr looked at me with a smile. “These guys don’t want stick and bones. They like women with a bit of meat on them.”

“Uh, thanks.” I smiled back at her, not sure if that was a compliment or not. I didn’t want to be referred to as someone with a bit of meat on her. I wanted to be thin and beautiful with a flat taunt stomach and defined abs wouldn’t hurt either. Though, I knew that wasn’t something to be worried about right now, as I couldn’t turn back time.

“Hey, do you guys have any bronzer?” I asked quickly thinking about a magazine article that I’d read that said you could some definition to your body using makeup.

“Yeah, here.” Crystal handed it to me. “You’re looking a bit pale.”

“It’s for my stomach, not my face.” I responded, my face burning.

“Oh, oops.” She made a face at Starr and they both laughed.

“It’s fine.” I sighed. “I haven’t been able to tan much recently.

“It’s fine, many guys like the pale look.” Crystal made a face, her dark olive skin glowing as she looked me up and down. “Peaches and cream they call it. You can call yourself Peaches tonight.”

“Sorry what?” I frowned.

“Your. Name. Tonight. Will. Be. Peaches.” Crystal said slowly. “If any of the guys ask you.”

“Oh okay.” I shrugged and applied the bronzer to my stomach, hoping to give it definition.

“Unless you’d rather be called something else?”

“Like what?”

“What about tight pus—“ She began and Starr giggled and touched her shoulder.

“Be nice, Crystal. We still need Peaches to jump out of the cake. That was a requirement for the night.”

“Fine.” Crystal rolled her eyes. “You ready?”

“I guess so.” I took my glasses off and put them in my handbag. “What do I do?”

“Wait here. We’ll get the cake. Just sit in it and jump out when you hear a loud bang.”

“Okay,” I nodded. “That sounds simple enough.”

 

***

I sat in the cake listening to the music booming and the sounds of a lot of men talking. I was starting to feel hot and I could feel the sweat running down my body. I tried to shift, but there was no where to move. And then I heard a loud bang. “Is this the signal?” I muttered to myself as I sat there. I heard another bang and then popped up out of the cake. “TA DA.” I screamed as I jumped up, the cake flying everywhere. My eyes were fuzzy as I looked into the room, but I could tell that everyone was staring at me.

“You were supposed to wait for the loud bangs.” Crystal screamed at me as I stepped out of the cake awkwardly.

“I heard the bangs.” I said feebly as I listed the bass of a rap song playing in the background. Was that the bangs I’d been hearing? I made a face and then tripped forward as I clambered out of the cake. I felt two hands grabbing a hold of my arms as I tripped and I looked up and saw a masculine face looking down at me. “Sorry.” I mumbled and looked away. I couldn’t really make out what he looked like.

“No worries.” His voice was deep as he stood there in front of me, his hands still on my arms. His fingers pressed into my skin and I shivered slightly at the feel of his cool hands on my warm skin. “Do you need a hand?”

“No, I’m fine. Thanks.” I pulled away from him and then looked for Crystal and Starr to see what I should do now. However, they were both busy giving two guys lapdances. Hmm.

“Do you need help?”

“I’m fine.” I shook my head and bit my lip. I could see my $5k going down the drain if I just stood there. “I’m trying to figure out what to do.”

“Maybe you should give a lapdance?” He suggested with a hint of humor in his voice.

“I don’t think so.” I shook my head as I looked around the room at all the men in their business suits.

“Dance then?”

“I guess so.” I sighed. “This sucks.” I muttered

“Sorry what?” He leaned towards me and I stared into a pair of bright green eyes that were mere inches from my face.

“Nothing.” I swallowed as I focused in on his face. He was hot.

“Your friend is looking you. I suggest you get to work.” He whispered into my ear and I turned and saw Crystal giving me a death stare. I sighed and started moving back and forth to the rap song.

“Hey sexy.” An overweight balding guy whistled at me from a few yards away. “I’ll have a lapdance for a stack.”

“A stack?” I repeated back at him and took a step back.

“A stack of hundreds.” He grinned and held up a wad of cash. “What’s your name?”

“Peaches.” I said hesitantly. I really didn’t want to give him a lapdance.

“Come on over Peaches. I like my peaches with cream. You can be the peaches and I’ll provide the cream.” He joked and I froze.

“She’s with me.” The guy in front of me pulled me into his arms. “Right Peaches.”

“Uh, yeah.” I nodded slowly. “Sorry, he asked me for a dance first.”

“Whatever.” The bald guy turned away.

“Thanks.” I whispered to the guy in front of me and tried to step back. “That was a close one.”

“Where are you going?” His voice dropped and his expression looked serious. “I want my dance.”

The End

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Four Week Fiance (The Agreement)- The First Teaser

Teaser #1

 His name is TJ Walker. He’s 28, hot as can be and he’s my brother’s best friend. Which means he is off-limits to me. Some may say 28 is too old for my 22 years, but I beg to differ. Guys my age are just way too immature. I need a man and not a boy. And the man I want is TJ Walker. Only I can never have him. Not that he wants me. To him, I’m just Cody’s little sister. I’m a girl in his eyes. Not a woman. And while I was in high school, I accepted that. But now I’m out of college and I’m willing to do anything to change his mind. At least, I think I am. I mean, it’s easy to say you’re willing to do anything when there is nothing on the table. But who knows what I would do if presented with some real situations?

If you haven’t figured it out as yet I’m a realist and a pragmatist, while also being a dreamer. Don’t ask how that works. I don’t really know. My friend Sally says that I’m an enigma. I tend to agree with her; I don’t even understand myself sometimes. But back to TJ. He’s hot. Like really hot. Tall, dark, and handsome hot. Or as Sally would say take off your pants and fuck me tonight hot. Of course, I wouldn’t say that, well not out loud I wouldn’t. Though, I’ve had many dreams where I’ve said that and more to TJ. “Take me now, TJ,” being the phrase most often uttered in my dreams. And he always rises to the occasion. If you know what I mean.

You may be wondering, if I like TJ so much, why don’t I just go after him? Well, for one he’s my brother Cody’s best friend and has been for 20 years. So he’s known me since I was a baby and I guess that makes him think of me as his little sister. Though, I sure don’t think of him as an older brother. And I’m determined for him to notice me as more than a little girl. There’s just one problem though. I don’t really like him. I mean, I think he’s hot and sexy and I have dreams about him, but in real life he’s an arrogant asshole who thinks he’s God’s gift to women, thanks to the many hot women who throw themselves at him daily. So yeah. I have a bit of a moral dilemma on my hands. Should I go for it, knowing he’s an asshole or should I leave it alone, because he’s an asshole? I’m not really sure what to do. Why is it so important for me to decide now you ask? Well, he’s going to be spending the weekend with me and Chad and the parents at our lake house. It’s a tradition in my family to go to the lake house every fall, right before winter hits. And Chad always comes, because as I said before he’s practically a part of the family. I know, I know, I shouldn’t be fantasizing about my brother’s best friend like this. I grew up with him, he’s an asshole who teased me mercilessly. But all I can say is he’s hot and I can’t help that my body catches a fire when it sees him. And all that I can think of every night before I fall asleep is the kiss we shared when I was 16. It was hot. But it freaked him out. He was 22, and to him kissing me was akin to being a pedo.

So anyways, here I am packing my suitcase and I’m trying to decide if I should try and go seduction mode on him. That’s what Sally advised. Because yes, she is coming as well. And she is planning on going into seduction mode this weekend, only not with TJ, thank God. She’s after my brother, Chad. Eww. But who am I to stop her? My only problem is, if both of us are successful with our seduction plans, what are my parents going to think is going on? We can’t just disappear and there is no way we can have sex at the lake house. The rooms are not soundproof. I mean, I can try and be quiet, but if TJ is as good a lover as he is in my dreams, it’s going to be hard. And let’s just say that Sally will have a bigger problem than me. I lived with her in college and trust me, she doesn’t not what the word quiet means. I picked up two different swim costumes and tried to decide which one to take with me when the phone rang.

“Hello, Mila here.” I sang into the phone, assuming it was Sally.

“Mila?” The voice was deep and gruff and tingles ran through my arm to my fingers.

“This is Mila.”

“It’s TJ.” His voice sounded amused. “Auditioning for The Voice or something?”

“No,” I laughed. “I’m trying out for The X-Factor actually.”

“Oh,” he cleared his throat. “I would have though you would go for The Voice!”

“Why is that?” I said confused.

“Because they don’t see your face at first.” He said with a straight voice and it took a moment for his meaning to sink in.

“You’re an asshole.” I groaned at him, shaking my head at his diss. This is what I meant about him thinking he was my big brother. It was like he and Chad had sat down one day and discussed the responsibilities and tasks of being my older sibling.

“You gotta love it.” He laughed as if he thought his joke was hilarious.

“Not really.”

“Anyways, I was calling because Chad can’t pick you up later. He’s stuck at work until tomorrow morning, so he asked if I can pick you and Sally up and drive you up to the Lake House.”

“Oh, really?” I grinned into the phone, slightly excited, but then I remembered that Sally would be with us. “I guess that’s fine.”

“What time will you be ready?” He cleared his throat. “And an accurate time please, not a I’ll try to be ready, but I’ll keep you waiting for 30 minutes, sort of thing.”

“TJ Walker, shut up.” I groaned into the phone. “That was only one time.”

“It was one time too many.”

“Whatever. I’m sure all your dates keep you waiting as well.”

“Yeah, but I know I’m getting something from them that makes it worth it.”

I gasped and he laughed into the phone. “So what time, Milady Sadie?”

“7, but I’ll check with Sally to make sure she can make that.” I ignored his use of the nickname he and Chad had coined for me when we were younger. They had created a rhyme for me that went, “Milady Sadie, went to bathy, and she got a stupid navy. A navy wavy goofy baby, that is out Milady Sadie.” It made absolutely no sense, but the nickname Milady Sadie had stuck. I knew better than to get annoyed when they used it anymore. It only fuelled their teasing.

“Okay, Milady Sadie. Call me back and let me know.”

“You’re a child you know that TJ.” I couldn’t stop myself. “Only a little boy would call me a nickname from when I was a little kid.”

“You’re still a kid, Mila.” His voice was dry.

“No, I’m not.” I growled into the phone.

“Oh yeah. I forgot you’re a college graduate now.” He laughed. “You’re officially in the big girls club.”

“Whatever.” I rolled my eyes, even though I knew he couldn’t see them.

“Oh, yeah. I may be bringing a friend with me. I spoke to Chad and your parents don’t mind.”

“A friend?” I frowned.

“Yeah, her name is Barbie.”

“No, it is not.” I groaned into the phone, and tried to ignore the swell of disappointment that rose up in me as I threw the bikini’s down onto the floor. What was the point of me trying to seduce him, if he was bringing another girl up.

“Yeah, it is.” He laughed. “And she calls me Ken.”

“Are you joking? Why is she calling you, Ken?”

“I kind of told her my name was Ken when I picked her up at the bar two nights ago.”

“Oh my God.” I groaned into the phone and flopped onto the bed and closed my eyes. “Please tell me that is a bad joke. She did not actually believe you?”

“Of course she believed me.” He laughed. “Do just let Sally know, I’m Ken for the weekend.”

“What are you going to tell my parents?”

“Oh, Chad told me that they couldn’t make it. He didn’t tell you?”

“No.” I sighed. “No one told me anything.” I rolled over on my side. “Not my parents and not Chad. So you’re telling me that this year the family get-together is going to be me, Sally, Barbie and you?”

“You got it.” He laughed. “And Chad will be there tomorrow morning.”

“Great, that’s just great.”

“Don’t pout, Mila. You know it doesn’t become you.”

“Thanks for nothing.” I stuck my tongue out at the phone.

“Anyway, go call Sally and then call me back to confirm the time.”

“Yes, Sir.”

“I like that.” He drawled.

“You like what?”

“When you call me, Sir.” He laughed. “I could get used to it.”

“I’m sure you could.” I paused. “But I guess you’ll just have to get Barbie to call you that.”

“Don’t worry, Mila. You’ll have a guy to call Sir soon.”

“I already have a guy.” I lied, slightly annoyed at his comment.

“What?” His voice changed and suddenly became brusque. “What guy?”

“Just a guy I’m dating.”

“You never mentioned him before.” He said sharply.

“Well, it’s a new relationship.”

“Hmmm.” He paused. “I hope he’s not another loser that dresses up in women’s clothing.”

“That’s not fair.” I protested, groaning as he reminded me of Richard, the last guy I dated. The one that was more interested in my wardrobe, than me.

“Hey, I’m just looking out for you.”

“Yeah, sure.”

“You don’t want to date another loser.”

“Do you have someone better for me?” My voice was shrill as he continued teasing me.

“I may.” He paused. “I just may.”