One Sexy Mistake
The Chase Brothers #5 (Novella)
Releasing Nov 28th, 2016
Olivia Patton’s life just imploded. One night with sexy hacker Grady Donovan seems like the perfect, ego-soothing plan—until an epic snowstorm shuts down the city and thwarts her morning-after escape. Now the only walk-of-shame she'll be taking is right back to Grady's door.
Forced to actually talk, Grady and Olivia realize they can't stand each other. Forget another round in the bedroom—if it wasn't his apartment, she'd shove Grady outside to freeze. But with all the blistering sexual tension flying around, a second night with the hacker might be exactly what she needs...if they don't kill each other first.
Each book in the Chase Brothers series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Five Things I Love About You
Book #2 For Seven Nights Only
Book #3 The Three Week Arrangement
Book #4 The 48 Hour Hook Up
Book #5 One Sexy Mistake
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Olivia’s heart skipped a beat, then seemed to flail down a flight of stairs. Or ten. She so did not do hookups. She usually didn’t have the nerve for something this random.
Worse, she was failing at it.
Her entire purpose was to cut loose and do something wild. Classic delayed response to a bad breakup, following the most vanilla sex life had by anyone ever. A response with merit.
So why the hell was she hitting up a computer geek?
Because he was stupid-hot, for one. But her ex wasn’t bad to look at, and that hadn’t gotten her anywhere but missionary. Nope, had to be more. She just wished she knew what, because beyond the somewhat geek-mussed hair and seriously intense gray eyes, she wasn’t sure what made this guy stand out. Or what had made her go for it. But he did, and she had, and her fingertips hovered over the keyboard, daring a response.
Even her fingertips wanted sex.
She glanced back at her roommate, who was not-so-subtly glaring at a magazine. An upside-down magazine.
“I’m pretty sure this isn’t that crazy,” Olivia said. “I mean, there are entire apps dedicated to this kind of thing, so just think of me as jumping on the bandwagon.” She hoped she sounded convincing. She needed to convince herself.
“I think you’re rebounding a little hard,” Emily said warily. “Lots of people break up without resorting to this.”
“It’s been a couple of months,” Olivia told her, ignoring the part Emily had left unspoken. Olivia had taken it hard. Way too hard to start vetting potential relationships again. She’d lost her job, and her ex had blindsided her by dumping her the next day.
She was a software developer and had put together a killer program, which had been on its way to being some of her best work. But someone within her company had pushed it live without her go-ahead, at which point a test hacker had destroyed it. It hadn’t been ready for that kind of scrutiny. She’d known that, and that’s why she hadn’t released it herself.
But someone had.
Consequently, her unfinished program had left gaping holes in online security for the entire company, which the freelance tester who went by the pseudonym Han Dono had so kindly discovered. Bam, no job.
She’d felt an unreasonable amount of rage toward Han Dono, whoever he or she was. Until, twenty-four hours later, she’d suddenly found herself single. Apparently her state of disgrace hadn’t sat well with her career ladder-climbing ex, but she didn’t care about his excuse. Just that he was gone.
And good riddance.
After two months of few decent leads on the job front and zero physical contact with the opposite sex, unless gropers on the subway counted, she was in desperate need of a pick-me-up. She only wanted one thing from this hookup, and it definitely wasn’t to be reminded of being blindsided and dumped. With utter sobriety, she told her blatantly dubious roommate, “I’d like some sex, please.”
Emily stared, expressionless. “Well, don’t look at me.”
“I wasn’t.” Olivia flipped the computer around and showed off Grady’s picture. “Seriously, can you blame me?”
Emily studied the image a beat longer than necessary, a hint of wary appreciation evident. “That’s probably not even him.”
Olivia shrugged, not feeling the nonchalance. Because this was just a tad crazy, and she was so overdue a moment of insanity. “If it’s not, I don’t go in his apartment.”
“And if he drags you in before you have a chance to compare him to his photo?” Emily shook her head, worry etching her face. “At least check him out when he gives you his address. I don’t want to have to call your parents and tell them you’ve been hacked to death and eaten by some maniac.”
Olivia sighed. She’d love to be eaten by some maniac, but in the alive, sexy way. Of the has-this-address-been-involved-in-any-recent-homicides news search, she said, “That I can do. You might want to turn that magazine right side up.”
Emily frowned and tossed it on the counter instead. “Why would you pick a computer guy? You were dumped by one. Your program was exposed by one, male or female. And you lost your job because of one. I think you need to reconsider the company you keep.”
When the company looked like Grady? Olivia thought not. “This guy’s day job is a technicality because I’m planning to hit it and quit it. He’s hot. And even if he’s lousy in bed, I still get sex. And if it’s crappy sex, it’ll be that much easier to retreat back into my drought. This is an all-win situation.”
Emily rolled her eyes. “Because those exist.”
Olivia laughed, then turned her attention back to the computer before she lost her nerve. Give me your address, she wrote. I’m in, too.
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