Authors: Marie Rochelle
Hunks: Opposites Attract
A novel of erotic romance by
Published by Phaze Books
Also by Marie Rochelle
A Taste of Love: Richard
Alpha Male Incorporated: Under Your Protection
Closer to You: Lee
My Deepest Love: Zack
All the Fixin’
Caught 2: Anja’s Return
Closer to You: Lee
My Deepest Love: Zack
Crossing the Railroad
The Men of CCD: Loving True
The Men of CCD: Tempting Turner
The Men of CCD: Slow Seduction
The Men of CCD: Help Wanted
So Much Better
Taken by Storm
Roped Into You
This is an explicit and erotic novel
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Hunks: Opposites Attract
Copyright © 2012 by Marie Rochelle
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Edited by Judy Bagshaw
Cover Art © 2012 by Niki Browning
First Edition January 2012
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You never know when your Prince Charming
might be right around the corner.
“I’m so glad you could meet me for lunch. I thought you might turn me down because you were shut away in your office working on that blog of yours,” Shauntie Kane complained as her best friend Sapphire Rhodes joined her at the table. “I don’t know how you find time to do it with your already hectic work schedule.”
“I wasn’t working on my blog if you have to know,” Sapphire replied as she placed her purse on the chair next to her. “I’ve been having writer’s block lately. I can’t think of anything new to write about once I get home from work. You know how much I love posting to my blog when I’m not at the dentist’s office. It helps me clear my head and get my mind off my non-existent love life.”
Shauntie picked up her lemonade and took a sip placing it back on the table in front of her. “Are you still worried about finding a guy before New Year’s Eve? Don’t let Emerald’s little competition get to you. She’s just acting crazy as usual. You don’t really have to find a guy before your favorite holiday.
“See how Nash came into my life when I wasn’t even expecting him? I mean your guy is out there. How about you come with me and Nash to New York this year and watch the ball drop? I know it used to be me, you and Emerald for such a long time. She cancelled going this year, but I would still love to go with you. Nash doesn’t care if you come either. He knows how it used to be our thing. He even volunteered to stay home, so what about it?”
Sapphire flicked her hair over her shoulder as she stared at her girlfriend of almost twenty years wondering how Shauntie could even ask her about going to New York now. She didn’t want to come off as envious of what Shauntie had found with Nash, but she didn’t want to be the third wheel on their romantic getaway either.
Nash was the only man she knew who would have taken everything Shauntie tossed his way without blinking an eye and ended up winning her heart. They were so perfect together which amazed her since Shauntie had been so dead set against falling in love again.
“Come on, you know what’s different now. You also understand why Emerald decided not to go this year either. Please don’t pretend that you don’t.” She sighed. “All of us were single the last time we made the trip to New York. Now, one of us is in a relationship so it changes everything. Remember that one blond bartender who liked you and gave all of us a free drink?”
“Yeah, he was very good-looking. I loved how his hazel eyes looked more green than brown,” Shauntie recalled with a faint smile to her full lips.
“We aren’t able to do those things anymore, besides I don’t want to be considered a tag-along friend. You go and have fun with Nash. Lately, I’ve gotten used to being by myself on New Year’s Eve anyway. Don’t you recall how I was all alone last year and the previous year? This New Year isn’t going to be much different in my opinion.”
Sapphire had thought about being honest with Shauntie and then changed her mind. Her best friend should know the real reason behind her decision not to visit Times Square this year. It wasn’t anything against her or Nash, but she couldn’t stand there and watch Shauntie and Nash staring into each other eyes. It would be a little too much for her since Shauntie hadn’t even been on board about the find your hunk challenge from Emerald.
“I can’t believe you aren’t going to New York because you think Nash will have a problem with it,” Shauntie complained. “He was the one who told me to come and make sure you were invited. You and Emerald wouldn’t be considered third wheels if you came with us.”
Undoubtedly, Nash probably told Shauntie to invite her again because he was such a good guy, but no man wished to ring in the New Year with his girlfriend and her single best friend only a few steps behind them as the ball dropped.
This was going to be one of those times that Shauntie wasn’t going to get her way. Sapphire wasn’t going to New York and that was the end of it.
“Tell Nash I was very touched by the offer, but my answer is still no. You go and have a great time with him. I’m going to stay here and think about the next entry for my blog. I want to have it up by New Year’s Eve. I don’t have a lot of time left to get something into my laptop. My followers are waiting for a new post and I’m having writer’s block.”
“What’s going on with you, Sapphire?” Shauntie asked as she leaned across the table concern etched on her pretty face. “You never run out of things to write about. I think the last time I was on there your followers had grown by at least two hundred people. I remember how you wrote about how the two of us first met each other.”
“Oh, I remember how you grabbed those killer pair of black heeled boots right out my hand at the shopping center,” Sapphire laughed, waving at finger at Shauntie then reaching for her salad fork.
“You had already placed those boots back on the shelf before my hand got anywhere near them. I got them fair and square. You always have a memory lapse when it comes to that story.”
Alright, Sapphire was woman enough to admit that Shauntie was telling her the truth, but the way she had written it on her blog was so much funnier. Especially with the two cartoon women fighting over a pair of shoes she’d added. In less than seventy-two hours, the shoe entry gained her a hundred more members. Somehow, the crazy shoe incident turned them into best friends instead of enemies like it would have done most teenage girls back then.
She loved Emerald a lot and would do anything for her, but Shauntie was like a sister to her. When Sapphire moved here from out of state away from her family, she didn’t know how Shauntie would act once she laid eyes on her; however, her best friend had welcomed her with open arms. No one knew how good it felt to have a close female friend to confide in. There were just some things Sapphire knew she couldn’t tell to Emerald.
Now, here she was wishing for another real life post for her struggling blog. All of her loyal followers responded to her much more candidly when she revealed events that had occurred in her real life rather than when she discussed current events.
Sapphire agreed to have lunch with Shauntie in hopes her girlfriend could help her come up with a cute or creative idea for her next blog post.
“I can’t believe you’re having a hard time thinking of something to write. Your blog is always so informative not to mention creative,” Shauntie said before she reached for her drink again.
How could she tell her best friend that a part of her was worried if she still had the touch to keep her blog talked about?
What if she was losing her creative ‘
Sapphire hated the thought of closing down her blog because she couldn’t draw in a wider range of followers besides other business women and housewives. She needed to spice things up with something that would have everyone talking and sending more people towards her blog. Over the past couple of months she’d written with her reader in mind, keeping everything energetic and as interesting as possible.
Her blog was the device she used after a long day at work to unwind; it was something she did just to get away from everyone else for a few moments. Plus, it kind of gave her a little kick having so many people interested in her personal life. She tried to write like she was speaking to one of her girlfriends or even to herself
Sighing, Sapphire played with a fork on the table trying to think of a way to make Shauntie understand her concerns. Her blog was important to her since it was the devise she used to clear her head after a long trying day at work.
“I’m telling you the truth. Every time I sit down to type one of my famous one-liners my mind comes up blank. I’m not used to having problems like this. I usually have to drag myself away from the computer because my mind is racing with ideas. What’s going on with me?”
Shauntie looked at her over the rim of her empty glass before setting it back down in front of her. “I think you need to get away. I’m sure some fresh air away from the hustle of the city will help you out a lot. Your mind is probably in overload and needs something different to stimulate it.”
“I’ve already told you that I’m not going to New York.”
Why wasn’t Shauntie listening to her?
“Will you please let me finish? You need to get some patience.”
Excitement shone in Shauntie’s eyes like the most amazing idea in the world just dropped down from the sky and hit her on the head. “I’m not talking about going to Times Square,” she said. “How about you go to that little cottage I bought at the end of last year. You were so relaxed when we were there to celebrate Emerald’s promotion. I think it’ll be the perfect place for you to ring in the New Year. It’s off by itself. How about it? Nash and I were going to go there until he told me to continue my tradition of going to New York for the countdown. Do you still have the keys I gave you?”