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Title: RULES OF A REBOUND
Author: Nina Crespo
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Blitz: August 12th
About Rules of A Rebound:
Natalie Winters thought sheâ€™d married the man of her dreamsâ€¦but her marriage ended way too soon in a nightmarish divorce. She even has to share custody of the dog! The stress is killing her, so she decides to take a night off and attend the Breakup Bashâ€”a private party for women celebrating their breakupsâ€”with her friends.
Former executive security specialist turned bartender Rome Collier is drawn to the woman easily trading sexy banter with him. And if she wants the â€œDo Meâ€ condoms she accidentally throws across the counter at him, sheâ€™ll have to claim themâ€¦personally. Their flirtation turns into so much more, and every scintillating night they spend together is better than the last.
Strong, protective…and hot
, Rome is everything Natalie ever wanted in a man. All she has to do is convince him heâ€™s more than a rebound.
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Mortification kept Natalieâ€™s gaze on the string of four condom packages lying on the counter between her and Rome. The printed words â€œDo Meâ€ glittered and flashed on them like neon signs, mocking her clumsiness.
Heat flamed in her cheeks. â€œOops. That was an accident.â€ Sheâ€™d just meant to take out cash to pay for her drink.
But the amusement in Romeâ€™s golden-brown eyes expressed exactly what he thought. Yeah, right, the condoms just magically flew out of your purse.
More heat surged into Natalieâ€™s face. But they really had. Determined to salvage some of her pride in failing the flirting game, she made a grab for the condoms, but he did, too. As he slid them from the counter, his fingers brushed hers. A rush like the kind that came from heady, high-proof alcohol almost threw her off-balance.
â€œUh-uh.â€ He grinned, and a slight dimple sunk in below a semi-circle shaped scar on his right cheek. â€œIâ€™m not giving these up. Theyâ€™re the best tip Iâ€™ve gotten all night.â€
â€œTheyâ€™re not your tip.â€
â€œCould have fooled me.â€ He stuffed them into the front pocket of his jeans.
Her gaze riveted on the slight bulge to the left of his zipper. â€œTheyâ€™re my property.â€
â€œLooks like theyâ€™re mine now.â€
His husky possessive tone conjured up images of him pinning her up against the wall as he made good use of one of the â€œDo Meâ€ condoms, doing her.
â€œExcuse me,â€ a woman farther down called out. â€œCan we get some service? The showâ€™s about to start.â€
Romeâ€™s attention remained on Natalie. â€œHold on. Iâ€™ll be back.â€
She held out the money. â€œBut I need to pay.â€
â€œYou will.â€ Romeâ€™s mouth lifted with a faint lopsided smile before he turned away.
His self-assuredness made Natalieâ€™s heart flutter. She was all into compensating for whatever transgressions he accused her of. Was it wrong for her to strip off her clothes, lay on the bar, and give herself to him as payment? Yeah, it was definitely inappropriate, no matter how much the thought of doing it turned her on.
The woman Rome served at the bar smiled coyly up at him and brushed her fingers over his forearm.
As his deep chuckle floated over the womanâ€™s laughter, Natalie suppressed an eye roll. And a tinge of envy. Obviously, she wasnâ€™t the only one willing to be his sexual sacrifice. So what? Like she cared if some bottle-blonde flirted with him. Technically, sheâ€™d caught his attention first. Yes, things had gotten a little messy in the process, but sheâ€™d still landed him. Experiment over. Time to go. Cori and Alexa were probably wondering where sheâ€™d run off to.
As she went to put her money down and leave, Rome opened a mini fridge and grabbed a bottle of champagne. He stripped off the foil covering, deftly loosened the wire cage, then draped a towel over the bottle. As he pointed it away from the crowd, he twisted the bottom of it, and a muffled pop reverberated. Rome glanced over at her and winked.
Seriously. Did he think opening that bottle would impress her? But as much as she tried, she couldnâ€™t stop a laugh or tear her gaze away from him as he served champagne to customers at the bar.
Natalie put her purse on the counter. Staying until he came back to her was purely about principle. No way in hell was she leaving her party favors behind so he could use them on some other woman later on. He had her â€œDo Meâ€ condoms, and she wanted them back.
Minutes later, Rome returned to her with a cocktail glass filled with ice, amber liquid, and topped with a maraschino cherry. He set it in front of her.
â€œSorry. Iâ€™m all out of condoms to pay for my drinks.â€
He nudged the glass closer. â€œThis oneâ€™s on the house. Try it. I think youâ€™ll like it.â€
She would, huh? No one read her that easily, but he had made the effort. Natalie took a drink, and the bite of alcohol mingled nicely with a hint of sweet. â€œNot bad. Whatâ€™s it called?â€
â€œA Do Me Slowly.â€
The low tone of his voice made her tingle. â€œIf this is some kind of ploy to change my mind about getting my condoms back, it wonâ€™t work. I have plans for using them.â€
Lust sparked in Romeâ€™s eyes, mesmerizing her to the point where she failed to realize his mouth was suddenly just inches away.
â€œSo, you still think theyâ€™re yours?â€ As he leaned in farther, his hair-roughened cheek brushed hers, and her knees grew weak. â€œThatâ€™s definitely something we need to talk about.â€
Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions â€” the beach, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing.
Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a â€œborrowing spreeâ€ in her older sisterâ€™s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel.
Let Ninaâ€™s sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.
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