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About Betting the Farm
Clay Hearts, Book One
Fritz Carter has carved out a nice life in his hometown of Serenity, Georgia. Together with his brothers, they’ve made the family farm more successful than ever. Fritz wants for very little—save for the girl he’d loved in high school. The girl who’d left Serenity behind…left Fritz behind as well.
The girl who just sauntered into the local dive bar, looking all woman and hotter than ever.
Fritz would have to be blind not to want Kai back in his bed. He’d also have to be stupid to give her his heart. Not again. Not right away. They’ve both changed, and past hurts haven’t healed as well as either had thought. A few sultry summer nights in Kai’s arms don’t equal love…even if his heart says otherwise.
Fritz watched Kai’s face for any signs of disgust over what he was implying they do with Eli. He waited for an angry outburst or an indication she was about to punch him in the nose for being so presumptuous. Or that she would take her chances and walk home, never to speak to him again. But all he saw was apprehension as she chewed her bottom lip and pondered the idea of being shared by two men, her arms still crossed over her bare breasts. Her eyes kept darting from him to Eli, now casually propped against the front bumper of his truck, waiting for Fritz’s signal.
Eli had been down this road before, sharing women with Sage a few times and Tucker at least once, but Fritz had never taken Eli up on the invites. It wasn’t that he found the idea unappealing; it was just that the right mix of participants hadn’t been there for him. He’d never been one for wild, all-night sex romps with random women either, so he’d taken a pass.
The seed had been planted the night of Eli’s birthday party. When Eli scooped Kai up in his arms and kissed her on the cheek, he knew there was genuine chemistry between them. Always had been. Not the kind that made him nervous about Eli stealing her away, or that she would go. Just that they liked each other as friends, and he knew Eli was attracted to Kai physically, maybe her to him as well. Neither one of his brothers had ever been called ugly.
He trusted Eli, and the thought of sharing Kai with him, watching them together, made something dark and dirty unfurl inside his lizard brain.
She’d gone so quiet and still he could hear the faint ticking of Eli’s truck engine as it cooled. Hear the meager breeze rustling the leaves on the trees and the movement of the water as it slid around them.
“He’s done this before?” she asked.
“A few times, yes.”
“Oh.” She paused, processing that tidbit of information. “Is he…healthy?”
“He’s had all his shots.” Fritz smiled, trying to unwind her a bit. “It’ll still be standard protocol, though. I brought protection.”
She nodded, the gears inside her head churning like plow discs.
“I just thought it would be fun, Kai. Not to mention fucking hot as hell. But if you’re too uncomfortable with it, I’ll tell him to go.”
“But you want this. Otherwise you wouldn’t have asked him to come.”
“What can I say?” He shrugged one shoulder. “I’m a typical red-blooded male with a dirty mind. The thought of sharing you with Eli turns my crank. Just Eli though,” he added to reiterate that particular point.
“Is this a one-time deal?” she asked, her eyes guarded.
The question gave him pause. “That’s hard to say. It’s not something I want to make permanent. I’m too selfish for that. But if you enjoy it and feel like a repeat sometime in the future, I doubt I’d say no.”
Had she caught that reference to the future he’d let slip? No, she was too dazed by the sex bomb he’d detonated for it to register.
“And you can stop things at any time if you start to feel uncomfortable, honey. Just say so and it’ll go no further.”
“Well, not at any time,” she said wryly, giving him a smirk that loosened the tension in his muscles.
Whether it was being done consciously or not, she’d started to shift closer to the creek bank, her body expressing its curiosity before her mouth did.
The water no longer hid her top half, although her arms stayed braced across her chest. If anything, the small expression of shyness made her that much sexier. He’d been careful not to touch her up to this point because even that might feel like coercion. He finally let himself rub her shoulders, just the briefest brush of his palms across her chilled skin.
“You need to tell me what your limits are,” he said.
“Limits?” She frowned, then her eyes stretched wide with comprehension. “Oh, yeah, limits. I might have one. I’ve never…you know.”
“If and when you’re ready to give that ass up, it’ll be me and only me who takes it.”
The possessive comment made her smile, but it vanished as quickly as it appeared. “Except for that particular act, I guess I’ll defer to you and Eli. I trust you.” She nodded and licked her bottom lip. “I want this too.”
“Are you sure? ’Cause it’s all up to you. I won’t be disappointed if you say no.”
“Now you sound like you’re the one having second thoughts.”
“Fritz, if she needs convincing, we shouldn’t do this,” Eli said from his post at the front of his truck.
Kai’s head swung in Eli’s direction. “Maybe Fritz is the one who needs convincing,” she fired back, all bark and no bite. “Ever think about that, Eli?”
Eli grinned smugly, tucking his thumbs in the front pockets of his jeans.
Fritz felt better at hearing their teasing exchange. Eli had all but dared Kai to go through with it, and that was one surefire way to erase any remaining hesitancy on her part.
“Why don’t you bring that sassy mouth over here and prove you’re not the one who needs convincing,” Eli taunted.
Jesus Christ, this is gonna be good.
Water sluiced off Kai’s sleek body as she waded out of the creek, one arm still braced across her breasts in a token form of modesty. Fritz followed, keeping a little distance between them. He didn’t want her to feel pushed or pressured, cornered or caged in. He wanted her to know that he and Eli might be the ones who did the orchestrating, but like he’d told her, she was ultimately in charge of the afternoon’s festivities. One word from her and everything came to a halt.
She grabbed a towel from where he’d stacked them on top of his cooler and tossed it to Fritz before picking up another for herself. Turning her back on Eli, she squeezed the water from her hair and patted herself dry. Fritz dried himself off in quick swipes across his skin and hair, never taking his eyes off her. He guessed he wasn’t totally convinced she still wouldn’t dart off into the trees or fire a rock at his head.
Kai remained standing at the edge of the large quilt he’d brought along—a premeditated move on his part—with the towel wrapped around her chest, one hand clutching it together between her breasts. She tipped her head to the side and a clump of her damp blonde hair slid over one side of her face. Fritz’s dick approved of the coy pose, even though he knew that wasn’t her intent. Kai didn’t do coy.
His heart did a stutter step when she crooked a finger at first him then Eli, assuming the role of full-on sex kitten. Despite the brave outward appearances, he suspected deep down inside she was as nervous as a virgin on her wedding night.
Fritz moved to stand behind her, keeping his hands to himself for the time being, and tossed his towel aside. His brother sauntered over like threesomes were a part of his daily routine, right along with brushing his teeth and cranking a tractor. But when Eli stopped in front of Kai, Fritz noted the telltale flush on his cheeks and the way the pulse at the base of his neck jumped with his thudding heartbeats.
“So, Mr. Cocky,” Kai drawled. “Time for an equal showing of skin.”
A slow smile curved his brother’s mouth before Eli whipped his T-shirt over his head, dropping it to the quilt. Next came his boots and socks before his hands went to his belt buckle. One eyebrow lifted, taunting Kai’s boldness. She sighed dramatically. Eli stripped down to his briefs, kicking his jeans aside as he stepped into Kai’s personal space.
“Satisfied?” Eli asked her.
“Not yet, but I’m confident the two of you will take care of that for me.”
Eli tipped her chin up, grazing her cheekbone with his knuckles before he tucked that wayward chunk of hair behind her ear. “Oh, sugar. You have no idea.”
She released the death grip she had on the towel, letting it slip to her feet. “Enlighten me then,” she said.
Yeah, this was going to be damn good.
Book 2, Straddling the Fence coming October 10, 2014!
Turned down for her dream job, large-animal vet Bellamy Haile is determined to drown her sorrows at the bottom of a tequila bottle—and underneath the ripped bod of the gorgeous stranger she just met in the liquor store. She’ll have time enough to nurse mild regret later, when she takes over her uncle’s small practice in Serenity, Georgia.
Settled into an old house bequeathed by her grandmother, Bellamy doesn’t expect one of her first vet calls to bring her face-to-face with her one-night stand. Eli Carter happens to live nearby…and he’s more than willing to pick up where they left off.
As Eli and his family welcome her into their hearts and homes, Bellamy experiences a sort of love and acceptance she’s never known. But even hot nights in Eli’s bed may not be enough to make her choose small-town Serenity when a second chance at her dream job comes calling
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