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A Friendly Flirtation by Christine Warner
Series: Friends First #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
One kiss can change your life...
Allison Hall is fed up with being a social outcast. Even at the tech company where she works for her brother and his best friend, Jared, she's the invisible nerdy girl. What she needs is confidence—and that requires a makeover and dating tips. And she knows just the man to help…
Jared Esterly is shocked when Allison asks for his assistance and turns her down, knowing that her brother—his business partner and best friend, Nick—would kill him if he dated her, even if it is just for practice. But when Al’s attempt to make changes on her own fails spectacularly, Jared reluctantly steps in. Things heat up quickly, and soon lessons move from the salon to the bedroom.
When overprotective big-brother Nick discovers Jared is dating Allison, their friendship and business partnership sour. Allison, consumed by guilt, must make a choice: stay with Jared, even though that means ruining his friendship with Nick and possibly his career, or leave the one man who sets her on fire.
“Witty, fun, and sizzling- Christine Warner never disappoints!” – Nikki Lynn Barrett, USA Today bestselling author
This is my first time reading anything by Christine Warner and I will tell you it was really a sweet read. Allison is 100% the nerdy girl who works for her brother, Nick and his best friend, Jared at Frontline Securities. What she truly wants though is to shed the nerdy girl look and fit in. So she does what any sane girl would do (I would never but I did say sane girl!) and asks Jared for help. At first he says no yet when he realizes just how serious Allison is he decides to help her with her total makeover.
What happens is Jared ends up seeing Allison in a whole new light. Not to mention all the little sweet things that happen when they decide to see if their attraction is more than friendly. I really loved a lot of the little things! The pebble gift was just so perfect for them. Although Jared and Nick have to work for some sort of middle ground. Which is hard in that I have brothers and know they would flip their lids if I was suddenly with one of their friends. I also really like that Allison’ self-esteem grows as she become more comfortable with herself. It is tough being a nerdy sort of girl but she really comes into her.
And he wanted seconds. More than he’d ever imagined. The soft blush creeping over her face, the way her breasts strained against her blouse as she tried to regain her breathing only encouraged him. Holy. Fuck. With her it’d be too easy to forget where the hell they were. And he didn’t like an audience. Not now. With Allison, not ever.
But that didn’t stop him from running his thumb over her bottom lip. For a second he lost sense of where they were when her eyes grew dark and her lashes fluttered gently over her skin. She looked so beautiful, and that protective urge— or maybe he should just call it what is is…lust—overtook him. He couldn’t picture her with anyone but him. Fuck. He didn’t want her with anyone else. Screw Nick. He’d deal with him later.
If anyone would teach Allison how to please a man, let a real man do the job.
She was ready, so was he. He was willing, and so was she. And they were both adults.
“Al, I don’t want you with any of these men.”
She sighed, sagging against him. “Are we really going to have this conversation again? I—”
He took her mouth in a hard kiss, parting the seam of her lips with his tongue and thrusting inside, swallowing her gasp. She melted against him. He slid his hands down her throat, past her shoulders, and lower still until he curved his arm around her back and squeezed her rear. She smiled into their kiss, and this time he melted.
“Do I need to rephrase?” he whispered against her mouth.
She shook her head, their mouths still touching. “I really only wanted one man in this room, but I didn’t think he wanted—”
“You better be talking about me.” He leaned back just far enough so he could watch the way her emotions flickered across her eyes. Excitement. Uncertainty. Acceptance. She nodded, her lips parted and moist.
“Are you telling me—?”
“I’m telling you I’ve come to my senses. Or lost them completely.”
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