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Sam Castle just needs to get away and find himself again. What better place than the middle of nowhere.
Faith Adams has depended on no one for the past6 years. She is raising her daughter and doing the best that she can while running a hunting retreat in Dale, GA. The summer is always her slowest period of time, so when she is contacted by a manager to rent out one of her cabins for two months, she saw it as an opportunity to make some extra cash during the slow months.
What neither of them expected was to find the one thing they needed from each other.
I really loved Sam and Faith. Faith was strong and independent. She knew what she wanted and what she would take from her friends. Sam was a little alpha with a soft side. As each of their walls came down, their connection was electrifying.
“Knock-knock. Sam?” Faith called in through the door as she opened it. It was the first time she’d been in the blue cottage since the night she’d shown it to him. The flowers she’d left for him were dead, and he had two full bags of garbage tied up and set near the door, but other than that, the place didn’t look half bad. Clean dishes rested on a drying board next to the sink, some pencils and paper were on the coffee table, and a half-full bottle of Gatorade was on the kitchen counter. Considering she hadn’t been in to tidy up, it was a pleasant surprise.
“I’ll be down in a second,” he answered from the loft.
She could smell soap and steam and figured he must have just taken a shower. Don’t think about him walking around up there naked.
“I can leave the laundry basket and come back if you’d like.”
“Is something wrong?”
“Not wrong, just irritating. I waited too long to do laundry and now I only have one pair of clean jeans left.”
“I can take care of that in no time.”
“I mean, that’s all I have left. One pair of jeans. All my shirts and stuff are nasty.”
“Oh.” Faith’s face got hot as she realized what he wasn’t saying. His bare feet appeared on the steps and she tried not to look at the front of his jeans and imagine him going commando underneath.
Thank God, the pile of laundry he carried blocked his view of her, because she was sure she was staring. A thin line of dark hair trailed from his belly button down to the waistband of his low slung jeans and a few drops of water sparkled in the light.
For the last two weeks, every time she’d seen Sam, he’d been in running shorts and a T-shirt. Seeing him shirtless sent her blood pressure through the roof. Her mouth watered and she imagined capturing those droplets with her tongue as she followed the path to what waited behind the fly.
“I think this is all of it,” he said, dropping the pile of laundry on the couch.
“Did you remember your towels? I brought you some new ones.” Her voice was thick and raspy, and she tried to discreetly clear her throat while looking anywhere but at his naked chest.
“Yeah, they’re in the pile.”
“Good. Great. I’ll just strip the…ah, the bed and put on the new sheets.” She scooped the clean linen out of the laundry basket and bolted for the stairs. “Just put your laundry in the basket, and I’ll bring it with me when I go back to the house.”
If her face got any hotter, she’d burst into flame.
Arianna Hart enjoys spending time with her family, reading anything she can get her hands on, and of course writing! She’d love to spend her days on a beach with a drink in one hand and a book in the other, but until she wins the lottery she’ll just have to settle for chasing her girls around the pool.
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