Kate has always been everybody’s friend and the de-facto little sister to the Wyatt brothers. But her feelings for Todd Wyatt, the town’s hottest firefighter, never skirted the sibling zone. Not that he’s ever noticed.
After years of nursing her crush, Kate decides to take action, hoping to hide her one awkward secret—she’s a virgin. Can she seduce Todd and keep her inexperience a secret?
In Todd’s mind, Kate’s always been the sweet girl he teases and hits up for free cupcakes. Until one surprise kiss over the summer jumps her from the platonic side of his brain to the want-her-in-my-bed side. The last thing he wants is to lose her friendship, but his resistance to her determined seduction is slipping. Fast.
When her bakery is vandalized and the attacks escalate, it becomes clear that for all Kate’s friends, she’s made at least one serious enemy. Can Todd and Kate solve the mystery before things turn deadly?
Silence fell between them, heavy and awkward, and the longer she kept quiet, the more she just wanted to scream. She could barely deal with Todd talking to her about the women in his life, seeing them was bad enough, but having to help him with it?
Todd seemed to sense her mood change, because any further attempts at conversation stayed firmly away from the topic of women and dating.
When the check arrived, he handled it despite her insisting that she pay half. The entire ride home, the hot ball of anger in her belly just kept expanding, until her vision was tinted with red and her hands were clenched into fists.
When they pulled up outside her house, she didn’t trust herself to say anything more than a terse, “Goodnight.”
She climbed out of the truck, slamming the door behind her as she strode toward her front door. She’d just blown any pretense of playing it cool, but so what? She heard the truck door slam again, and she flinched, increasing her pace.
Todd’s fingers curled around her elbow, spinning her around and off balance. She reached out to catch herself, just like she’d done earlier today with Walt. Only this time, there was no urge to pull away when her palms flattened against Todd’s hard, broad chest. But the fact that she was pissed, not just angry, downright pissed at Todd, had her jerking away regardless.
Todd didn’t let her go though, instead slid his hands up her arm to pull her closer to him.
Her heart lurched in her chest and her mouth went dry.
“I’m sorry,” he muttered.
She lifted her gaze to his and from the light of her porch saw the regret in his eyes.
“There isn’t a woman I’m trying to impress with baking. I made that up.”
Kate frowned, stilling in her efforts to free herself. “Why did you say that then?”
“Damn it, to keep this from happening.” His head blocked out the light as it dipped, and then his mouth crashed down on hers.