Corked and Tapped:
Because the best stories never start
with someone eating a salad.
“How did you find me?” What were the chances the two men she’d been in love with since high school would show up at her bar? Her heart seized. This was bad. Really bad. Because in five years, nothing had changed. She still wanted both of them.
Jade, one of the waitresses at Corked and Tapped, gets quite a surprise when two men from her past show up in her present. Not only are they even more handsome and buff they also deliberately sought her out.
Jade is conflicted, Brody was her boyfriend and Carter was their friend, she still has a problem, one she couldn’t solve in the past and one she’s not sure she can deal with now. She wants them both.
Brody convinces her to join them at Carter’s apartment when she gets off work. Of course her boss Mike just encourages her to leave a bit early.
This is a favorite scene.
Jade continued working, hurrying around to her tables to make sure everyone had drinks. Mike had announced last call as soon as she stepped away from Carter, so she knew she only had fifteen minutes before the doors would close.
Fifteen long minutes.
She tried to concentrate and ignore the two men watching her work, but every time she glanced their direction, she found two heated gazes on her.
By the time Mike started ushering the customers out the door, she was beyond aroused. She was also bewildered. No matter how many questions came to mind, she had no answers. There was no explanation for the rabbit hole she was sliding down.
Mike caught her as she set her tray at the far end of the bar. He leaned over the bar and spoke in a low voice. “Go. You obviously have something that needs your attention. Someone else can help close.”
Jade met his gaze. The bartender had already left early with a woman with whom he’d been flirting for a year. A woman who’d occupied the same seat Carter was now in. That stool had some kind of superpowers. Last week another couple had sat there heating up the entire bar with their obvious lust.
And before that… Jade narrowed her gaze at Mike. “Don’t you also have someone waiting for you in your office?” Mike had met his new girlfriend, Aria, that night too. She was in his office again now.
He grinned. “I do.” Then he pointed at the door. “Go. Before I change my mind.”
Jade was nervous about leaving with Carter and Brody. Even though she was anxious to hear what they had to say, she was also completely unnerved.
Taking a moment to center herself, she finally made her way to the other end of the bar. “I can leave now.”
Carter beamed. The man had more enthusiasm at nearly every turn. He always had. But this situation was awkward at best. She was playing a game in which no one had given her all the rules.
“Did you drive here?”
“Are you parked in the lot in back?”
“’ Kay.” She rounded the bar and grabbed her purse from the safe under the counter. And then she took a deep breath and followed the only two men who had ever managed to snag her attention.
Little did they know, after five years, she still had not replaced them. Not even for a night.
Becca Jameson. Jade: Corked and Tapped, Book Four (Kindle Locations 328-347). Becca Jameson Publishing.
There are plenty of emotions as memories of the past collide with new and unfamiliar territory for Jade. However, before anything can be said, she needs to confess something she saw, the night she decided to sever all ties.
Oh the reactions were priceless and when they finally get her to listen and actually hear what they are saying, things heat up rapidly.
Let me just say, these novellas are getting hotter with every release. I think I melted along with my kindle with the sizzling heat coming off the pages.
5 Contented Purrs for Becca!
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Becca Jameson currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two kids, and the various pets that wander through.
After editing for about five years she recently started writing. She is loving the journey, dabbling in various genres.
When not writing or editing she can usually be found taxiing kids to and from their activities, scrapbooking, and reading!
Late at night she can usually be found sequestered in her office creating fantasy with a glass of red wine and a bar of dark chocolate.