on July 25th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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When it comes to women, sexy, well-built Kyle Coleman has always been a lover, not a fighter. His one exception? The sassy, tempting, smart-mouthed Ella Fisher. Her family and his are sworn enemies, which make the two of them off-limits—despite the fact that she's inspired some of his dirtiest, most erotic fantasies for years. But when the lines between animosity and lust become irrevocably blurred one fateful evening, their one night stand leads to a very unexpected consequence—that changes everything between them forever.
Ella Fisher has lived her entire life in Woodmont, Illinois, population 956. Her mother passed away when she was 13 years old, and even though she has a sister, Gwen, a little older than her, she’s always been the responsible one. For the last 10 years Ellas’s been running the family business, Fisher’s Grocery, after her father had a stroke. She gave up her dream of going off to college to stay home. It’s been that long since she broke up with her high school boyfriend, Kyle Chapman. Gwen’s always been a flighty, selfish sister, and she left town a while ago. Mr. Fisher hates the Chapmans. Her father blames Kyle’s family for Gwen’s problems and he’s convinced they’re responsible for his health problems. Ella dated Tucker, a high school friend, for 3 years and was even engaged to him, but broke it off a year ago. Why? Because she’s still not over her first love, Kyle.
Kyle has a very successful business in Chicago, buying and renovating properties to resell. For the last ten years he’s been living the carefree, bachelor life. He’s never forgotten Ella and still regrets how acrimoniously they ended their relationship. When he finds out the business next to Fisher’s Grocery is up for auction, he decides he’s going to buy it and surprise his mother. He wants her to quit working at the diner and fulfill her dream of owning a bakery/event center. The same property that Ella has plans to purchase, to expand the store, and add products made by local artisans. When he outbids her she decides she’ll have to go to Chicago and try to convince him to sell it to her.
“So, you came by to proposition me?”
“Yes….no, not like that.”
“I’m sorry, Ella. It’s not for sale. At any price.”
“Are you doing this to spite me or because of some kind of grudge you’re holding against me or my family from the past?”
“Ella…there is no spite as far as I’m concerned, and I’ve never held a grudge, I know this is coming ten years too late, but I’m so sorry about what happened that night, for the things I said and how it all ended. For your sister….For your father…For us. Walking away from you was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, and the second most difficult thing was not going back to Woodmont to make things right. I never should have left despite you wanting me gone. I should have been there for you when you needed someone the most.”
Kyle’s going to be in Woodmont supervising the renovations and seeing Ella daily. He doesn’t like, or accept, that she friend-zoned him. She knows her father won’t be happy learning that she and Kyle are on friendly terms again. It seems he wants her to be bitter and unhappy just like him. Kyle can’t understand why she isn’t willing to live her own life.
“You’re going back to the city, where your life is, and I’m staying here, where I need to be for my father. A long-term, long-distance relationship isn’t fair to either one of us.”
**sigh** it’s not fair to put your life on hold. To sacrifice your own dreams and happiness. I wanted Ella to stand up to her father and his selfishness to say that enough was enough! And Kyle, I loved him and his persistence. For all of us that love to sigh at the end of a story you won’t be disappointed!
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Dan Briggs, the auctioneer in charge of today’s sale, arrived and took his place in front of the small crowd. Less than a minute later, Kyle caught sight of Ella walking out of the connecting market, a bright, self-assured smile on her face and a sassy pep to her step, as if this piece of property was already hers and this auction was just a formality. His gut clenched at what he was about to do to her, but he couldn’t let himself be deterred by an emotion such as guilt.
Without looking at who was gathered to watch the sale, she walked up to Dan and spoke to him for a few moments, even laughing at something he said, though Kyle couldn’t hear their conversation. But he did have a clear view of Ella, and he took advantage of the opportunity to really study her without her guard being up, as he knew it would be as soon as he topped her first bid.
It had been years since the last time he’d seen her. In high school, she’d been a pretty girl, with a lithe body that had tempted him to indulge in all sorts of sin. She’d had a sweet innocence about her that had effortlessly drawn him in. She was still slender with graceful long legs, but her curves were more pronounced and womanly. Her fitted jeans emphasized the alluring dip of her waist along with the tight shape of her spectacular ass. She was wearing a light blue T-shirt with Fisher’s Grocery printed across her chest, and it didn’t escape Kyle’s notice that the breasts that had once been small swells of flesh were now firm and full and would overflow in his big hands in the best possible way.
Her delicate features had matured, but she still possessed that natural beauty that didn’t require any cosmetics or enhancements. Judging by the loose braid hanging halfway down her back, she’d let her once-shoulder-length style grow quite a few inches, and he found himself wondering how those chestnut strands would look completely unconfined, and if her hair was still as soft and silky as he remembered.
Something in his belly tightened, and he recognized it as attraction and desire, even after all this time. If Ella were anyone else, or a woman he’d seen at a bar in the city, he would have already been working his way toward her to introduce himself and to see if the chemistry was reciprocated. And from there, he’d buy her a drink, they’d talk a bit, and he’d get a feel for if she was up for a mutual night of pleasure.
Kyle killed that line of thinking. As much as Ella still tempted him, he was pretty certain that she’d knee him in the balls before she’d ever date him again. Especially after she learned he was going to be her new business neighbor.