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As florist and co-owner of a successful Chicago wedding planning business, Daphne Lovell has been there for the happiest days of other people's lives. As for her own life? Well, it's hard to be perfectly happy when you're carrying a torch for your sexy, womanizing and oblivious best friend. So when the lights go out on New Year's Eve, she seizes the opportunity to kiss him senseless.
British expat Gibson Moore has a lot on his plate. The hotel he manages is being bought out, his family is crazy and someone just kissed him in the dark. When the lights go on, he searches the room, trying to find the mystery pair of lips. Only, he never thinks to ask the woman standing by his side. He's shocked when he discovers that Daphne is the woman he's been searching for. But Gib's also eager to act upon the attraction for her he's always fought to ignore.
It takes trust to move from friends to lovers, and as Gib's work situation worsens, he is no longer sure he can risk the friendship he relies on most. It's up to Daphne to convince him that some things are worth fighting for...
“You ready to get sexed up?” Gib growled in her ear as he grabbed her from behind. Both arms around her waist, he rocked her sideways playfully. Daphne barely felt the motion.
She did feel the spread of his chest across her back, the way his lips brushed the crook of her neck. How his strong legs anchored on either side of hers, and how if she let herself droop, just a little, his fingers splayed across her midsection just might brush the bottom of her right breast. Oh, she was ready all right. Good thing the oversize shirt hid how blatantly her nipples had sprung to attention, craving his attention.
“I’m game if you are,” Daphne said, in a rush.
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