Title: Dating Roulette
Author: D. Kelly
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Seven chances to win my heart.
Itâs not hard â
Donât put ketchup on your eggs.
Donât wear tasseled loafers.
For the love of all thatâs Holy, donât ogle the waitress.
Yet no one can get it right.
Itâs Bexleyâs game.
Correction - itâs her life.
A constant rotation of dates.
You might get one; you might get seven.
No one has ever gotten to eight.
Thereâs only one rule â
Donât commit a dating sin.
Iâve watched for years and bided my time.
Now, itâs my turn to play.
And I play to win.
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She pulls her feet away, tucking them beneath her, and props an arm on the back of the couch. After brushing a wayward curl from my forehead, she meets my eyes again. âWhat is going on in your head tonight? Talk to me, Tris.â
âStart with telling me why you made me promise not to date without talking to you first.â
Reaching forward, I caress her cheek, and she leans into my touch. âDate me next.â
I use the tone she calls the commanding one, and her eyes dilate. Fuck . . . it really does turn her on. How did I never notice that?
âTristan, thatâs a really bad idea.â
âWhy? For starters, youâre my best friend.â
âExactly.â I weave my fingers into her hair, and she moves closer to me. âIf it doesnât work, weâll be fine, I promise. I wonât let this get in the way of our friendship.â
âYou say that now butââ
I bring my finger to her lips to silence her. âNo buts; weâve been through so much already. We can handle seven dates.â
âYouâre assuming youâll make it to the seventh date.â As I smile, she gasps. âThatâs why you made me promise.â
Iâm about to lay all my cards on the table. âYes. Bexley, I want my chance to win your heart.â
Her eyes close for a long moment, but my hand is still at the base of her neck, my fingers entwined in her curls. âIâm scared, Tris. What if you do something thatâs a deal breaker?â
âThatâs always a possibility, but if I do it in the first six dates, you have to let it go. If I do it on the seventh, well, thatâs a risk Iâm willing to take, I suppose. Either way, nothing is going to come between us. Nothing.â
The air snaps between us. This has become a defining moment in our relationship, but itâs one I think, deep down, we both knew was inevitable.
âWould tonight count as our first date?â She still hasnât opened her eyes.
âThat depends. Do you kiss on your first dates?â
Her eyes finally snap open, and Iâm met with a lust-filled gaze. Damn, Iâve never seen this look on her, but now I donât ever want to see her without it. âSometimes, I do.â
âWell, if you want a kiss good night, then we can count this as our first date. Otherwise, tomorrow can be our first date.â
The rise and fall of her chest becomes noticeable as her breathing intensifies. She squirms, and I realize sheâs turned on. Part of me wants her to say no, this isnât our first date, because Iâd love for it to be special to her. But another part of me wants to take her mouth with mine and kiss her until morning.
âAre you a good kisser?â she whispers, inching even closer to me. Bexley watches intently as I lick my lips ever so slightly, moistening what I want to give her.
âIâve never had any complaints, but thereâs always a first time for everything.â I cup the back of her neck and pull her closer to meâso close, sheâs only a whisper from my lips. âItâs your call. What do you want to do?â
She moves forward and presses her lips tentatively against mine. In the course of every relationship, there is a make-or-break moment, and this one is oursâI feel it to my core as her apricot scent envelops me. Iâm a lost cause.
âFirst date it is,â I whisper against them before wrapping my free arm around her waist and pulling her even closer.
D. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. Sheâs a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kidsâ biggest fan.
Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.
A contemporary romance writer, D. Kellyâs stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it. For all things D. Kelly, you can visit her website: http://www.dkellyauthor.com
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