NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
He acts like he barely knows her.
But she knows he’s the one.
Matt Banks was ready to tell Harper Sanders that he loved her, that he’d always loved her and that even though they were young, she was his forever girl.
Then her brother stepped in, wanting more for his sister than a garage owner. Too young to stand up for himself, Matt made her brother a promise that he’s regretted every day since.
After years of being ignored by the guy she’s always loved, Harper is on a dating binge. No one is Matt, but a girl can keep on trying. Then she gets stranded on the side of the road, and she has no choice but to call the only mechanic in town.
Matt comes to her rescue, and then to her bed. It’s an idyllic, passion-filled weekend—but there’s still the matter of his promise. And a man’s word is his bond.
NOTE: Take Me Now is a never before published SHORT story in the Knight Brothers series.
We met Harper and Matt in Take Me Down. Harper is Emily’s partner in Harper and Em’s Bake and Brew and Matt is the town mechanic who at that time was pursuing Emily.
Harper has been in love with Matt since school, but he has continually ignored her. Now she is on her way to Denver for a coffee class in Latte Art, to learn all the cute decorations to swirl in her coffee creations.
As Harper is leaving Matt hears a noise from her car that doesn’t bode well for her trip. Harper is having none of it and drives off anyway. Only to have to call him from the road.
This is a favorite scene.
Harper hated her stubbornness. She hated that Matt was right. And most of all, she hated that she’d had to call on him to rescue her. Sitting on the side of the road, her gloves on her hands, scarf around her neck, her jacket zipped up tight, she shivered, waiting for him to arrive and rescue her.
She had too much time to think about the weekend she was now going to miss, how she’d really been looking forward to learning new foam techniques and making pretty hearts and squiggles in her customer’s cups. Not to mention a weekend to herself in Denver, no work, nothing to do but enjoy. Now she’d have to drive home in Matt’s tow truck with him muttering about how she could have saved them both the trouble by letting him check out her car before she left town.
Expecting it to take at least an hour for him to arrive, she was shocked when he showed up forty-five minutes later, skidding to a stop behind her car in his Tahoe and not his tow truck.
She opened her door just as he walked up to her side of the car. He wore his heavy parka. Her toes were frozen, her body almost numb. Just seeing him, his handsome face, and the worry in his brown eyes made her want to cry in relief.
“Did you fly here?” she asked, half-jokingly.
He looked down at her and a semi-smile lifted his sexy mouth. “No. Now, go get in my warm truck. Let me see what’s going on with your car.”
Unwilling to argue after hearing the word warm, she rushed to his vehicle, climbed into the passenger seat and slammed her door shut. The inside smelled like musky man, like Matt, and she breathed in deep, savoring the scent before she whipped off her gloves and held her hands up to the hot air blowing from the vents.
As she warmed herself, she watched as Matt first popped the hood and inspected the engine, then slammed it shut, a scowl on his face. From there, he opened her trunk and loaded her luggage into the back of his truck before returning to the driver’s side.
“Hey,” he said, as he slid into his seat. “So your belt is broken, which is what I thought that sound was. Good thing you pulled over before the engine overheated.”
Even his frown was sexy, she thought to herself. “Why didn’t you bring your tow truck?”
He slung an arm over the top of the seats and turned towards her. “Because I know how much this weekend and these classes mean to you, so we’re going to Denver. I’ll call someone to tow the car to the garage when we get there.”
She blinked in surprise. “I’m sorry … what? You’re not taking me back home?”
He rolled his eyes at her. “You’re going to argue with me when you’re getting exactly what you want?”
“No,” she whispered. But why was he being so … so … chivalrous? And nice? “How do you know about my classes? Never mind, my uncle,” she said, answering her own question.
He chuckled and gave her a nod. Turning in his seat, he started the car and headed toward her original destination.
“What about the garage?” she asked, knowing he worked long hours, and though he had employees, he liked to be there himself.
He glanced from her back to the road. “Harry can handle things for the weekend.”
Just … wow. “Matt?”
“Yes?” One hand on the wheel, he glanced over at her. He’d put on sunglasses that covered his eyes, and she drank in the sight of him.
She swallowed hard. “Thank you for coming to get me. And for taking me to Denver.” She couldn’t believe that was his plan.
Carly Phillips. Take Me Now (Kindle Locations 126-156). Hewlett-Packard.
This is definitely a case of FINALLY!
Lots of fun, with plenty of twists, some unexpected surprises and the heat between these two is off the charts!
I can’t wait to see what Carly has in store for us next!
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Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love.
Carly’s career spans over a decade and a half with various New York publishing houses, and she is now an Indie author who runs her own business and loves every exciting minute of her publishing journey. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.