Weekenders Romance Watch
Author: Marianne Rice
Genre: Mainstream Romance
Mason Tucker prefers solitude and the company of his laptop, but when vivacious Emma Fulton begs for his computer expertise in tracking down family secrets, he agrees in order to keep an eye on the feisty brunette, as trouble seems to follow her wherever she goes.
“I thought you and Cole were a thing and I s-s-sabotaged it.”
Realization hit her like an airbag to a face. She touched her cheek and nearly collapsed.
“He told me you two aren’t … that you’re friends and not in a, uh, romantic relationship.”
She moved closer to the couch and glared at him. “Let me get this straight. You thought Cole and I were an item, but you slept with me anyway then pushed me away because you felt guilty, but just found out your brother and I are not an item and are now coming to apologize?”
Ick, when she said it out loud it sounded tacky and terrible, but her heart interpreted it differently. Kind of sweet. Paige must be wearing off on her, romanticizing a twisted love triangle. Still, she wasn’t about to let him off the hook so easily.
“You’ve apologized, so now what?” Lord bless him, but the man looked completely shocked. She bet he hadn’t thought that far.
“I… I don’t know.”
Never one to complicate matters—Emma inwardly rolled her eyes and snorted at herself—she knew she had to make the next move.
“Do you like me?”
“Do you think I’m pretty?”
Mason raised an eyebrow and stood up. “No.”
“I think you’re beautiful.”
She melted. “Oh.”
“Do you like me?” he asked.
“I did. And then I didn’t. But I think I do now.”
“Oh. Do you think I’m pretty?” he smirked.
“No.” She waited a beat. “I think you’re so damn hot.” They stood toe to toe, waiting for the other person to make the first move.
Kissing shouldn’t have been so anticipating. But it was. And it was well worth the wait.