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Parental Guidance, an all-new, sexy and laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Avery Flynn, is available now!
All I want is to play hockey on the Ice Knights, instead, Iâ€™m in a viral video for all the wrong reasons and my momâ€”yes, my momâ€”has taken over my dating apps. Then, when I think it canâ€™t get any worse, the fates deliver Zara Ambrose, a five-feet-nothing redhead with more freckles than inches and whoâ€™d rather be anywhere other than on a date with me.
Now a bet with her friends and my PR nightmare have us both stuck in this go-on-five-dates-with-the-same-person hell situation. But if we band together, we can get the whole thing over with and go on with our lives. Itâ€™s perfect! No feelings. No future. No fucâ€” *ahem* fun. No naked fun.
What could go wrong? Nothingâ€”as long as I remember the rules. Donâ€™t notice the way she looks in a dress. Donâ€™t react when she does that little shivery sigh thing whenever we touch. Donâ€™t think about the fact that sheâ€™s never had a toe-curling orgasm that wasnâ€™t self-delivered and just how badly I want to change that.
Five datesâ€”thatâ€™s itâ€”and then we go our separate ways. At least, that was the plan.
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Excerpt:â€œSo why are you on Bramble?â€ She took another small bite from her roll before answering. â€œMy best friend is blackmailing me, and my dad wants a SAG card.â€ That was definitely not the answer heâ€™d been expecting. â€œAnd I thought my reasoning was twisted.â€ â€œIâ€™m sure it all makes sense in Gemmaâ€™s head,â€ Zara said. â€œShe thinks I work too much and need to loosen up. Sheâ€™ll let me be her plus-one to go meet a collector if I do the Bramble five dates thing. And my dad? Well, letâ€™s just say heâ€™s never met an unlikely plan he didnâ€™t think he could pull off.â€ All the possibilities this created sped around inside his head until one broke free like a perfect fast break late in the third period when the game was on the line. All he had to do was put the biscuit in the net. â€œSo neither of us really wants to be here,â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™re each otherâ€™s solution to getting back to our regular lives as soon as possible.â€ It was fucking perfect. Petrovâ€™s job with the team would be safe for another seasonâ€”well, as safe as he could be, considering he didnâ€™t have a no-trade deal in his contract. Zara, though, didnâ€™t seem to be seeing the genius of it, going by the suspicious look she gave him as she took another bite of her roll. Instead of giving him a straight-up no, though, she started eating. The wordsâ€”okay, begging pleasâ€”were bubbling up inside him but for once, he kept it in lockdown. He wasnâ€™t about to rush this play, no matter how it had every nerve in his body jinglejangling. Finally, she used her napkin to wipe the corners of her mouth, straightened her spine, and looked him dead in the eye. â€œWeâ€™d have to have ground rules.â€ â€œSure. Whatever you want.â€ Ice Knights season tickets? Heâ€™d make that happen. A photo op with her dadâ€™s favorite player? Done. Whatever it took, heâ€™d do it. â€œThis isnâ€™t a real or fake relationship, itâ€™s a temporary alliance,â€ she said without an ounce of humor in her tone. â€œIâ€™m not pretending to be your girlfriend or the random chick youâ€™re banging this week.â€ â€œAgreed.â€ All of that sounded like it would cause more problems than it would solve anyway. â€œIâ€™ve got a condition. Dressing up is not required. Iâ€™m not putting on a suit.â€ The best thing about the off-season was not having to strangle himself with a tie multiple times a week just for a bus ride to the rink or a plane trip to another city. Coach Peppers was old-fashioned about doing things the original way. â€œFine.â€ Zara held up three fingers. â€œThe third stipulation is that Iâ€™m not putting on a good attitude. If itâ€™s been a crappy day, I donâ€™t have to pretend to be a manic pixie dream girl.â€ He snorted. â€œNo one whoâ€™s met you would believe that. Youâ€™re a little salty.â€ That was putting it mildly based on her attitude when she showed up for their date. â€œI have my reasons.â€ She added another finger, so she was holding up four. â€œOh, and no making love. Sex?â€ She paused and looked him over quickly. â€œMaybe. Emotional, heartfelt, staring-each-other-in-the-eyes making love? Not gonna happen. No offense, but youâ€™re not my type.â€ What the hell? Not her type? He was a professional athlete making millions. Heâ€™d been led to believe he was everyoneâ€™s type. â€œNot a problem, since I donâ€™t think we could see eye to eye while having sex unless you magically grew a foot,â€ he said. â€œYouâ€™re not into being creative?â€ Zara rolled her eyes. â€œI guess thatâ€™s expected for someone who has probably had women throwing themselves at him for years. You havenâ€™t ever had to work for it.â€ Caleb had no idea what to say to that. Heâ€™d been punched square in the face by the most feared goons in hockey and it hadnâ€™t knocked him as senseless as this little five-foot-nothing of a snarky woman had done with a few choice words. â€œI have one more rule,â€ she said, reaching for another roll. â€œFive dates and weâ€™re done. Period. Do we have a deal?â€
About AveryUSA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindseyâ€™s Mallory books. It wasnâ€™t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequinâ€™s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasnâ€™t long before the local book storesâ€™ staff knew her by name. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.
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