Rob uttered what might have become a groan if he hadn’t snapped off the sound almost before it began. His quick lift settled Eleanora on the truck bed.
Her legs dangled. Hot metal stung the bare backs of her knees. Raising her legs, she scooted deeper into the truck and slumped against the side. Breathing room. God knew she needed some. Rob’s nearness fed an uncontrollable spring in her. A bubbling well David had never touched, not once in the eight years they’d shared a bed.
Rob hoisted himself in and leaned against the wall opposite her. One leg of his shorts gaped, showing off a solid thigh and a smattering of brown hair trailing into darkness.
Heart rate rising, she wrenched her gaze away and studied the neat precision of his shoelaces. Same size loops, same length ends, nothing long enough to drag in the dirt. As pleasing to the eye as a balanced ledger.
He passed food from hand to hand until her dinner sat between her tennis shoes.
She fished a ketchup-drizzled French fry from a red-checkered paper boat.
Rob bit into his cheeseburger.
They traded darting glances and ate in silence. She struggled to tabulate the feeling on her mental balance sheet. Not the comfortable quiet of longtime friends, but not the strained resentment of the silences between her and David, either. A tense silence. No—an intense silence.
Pregnant with possibility. Six inches separated their bare legs. He owed her three kisses. And when he’d lifted her, she’d thought she’d felt his—
Flushing, she sipped the old-fashioned lemonade she’d opted for instead of pop. If fitting the word in her mouth went beyond her comfort level, she sure as hell wasn’t ready for fitting—him.
Her heart is in his hands…
After her marriage ends in betrayal, Eleanora Howard finds herself struggling to navigate the dating scene as a thirty-one-year-old divorcee. But feeling undesirable and living alone in the house she once shared with her ex is hardly the recipe for finding new love—until she meets Rob. He’s just the kind of charming, old-fashioned guy she needs—but he’s also eager for intimacy…
After serving in the Air Force and getting a well-paid civilian career, Rob Vanderhoff planned to settle down with the right woman and raise a family. But at thirty-six, he’s still single and searching—until he meets Eleanora. She’s everything he wants. All he has to do is draw her out of her shell. Soon he’s taking her on high school-style dates, fanning the flames of her desire—and helping Nora re-discover the sexy, adventurous woman they both know she really is…
About the Gentleman series
HER SHIRTLESS GENTLEMAN is the first book in the Gentleman series. Each book is a standalone HEA story with a well-intentioned hero and a strong heroine finding each other on a sweet, erotic journey.
AN ACCIDENTAL GENTLEMAN, the second book in this contemporary romance series, will be available in 2016.
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About M.Q. Barber
USA Today bestselling author M.Q. Barber likes to get lost in thought. She writes things down so she can find herself again.
Often found staring off into space or frantically scratching words on sticky notes, M.Q. lives with one very tolerant, easily amused husband and one very tolerant, easily amused puppy.
She has a soft spot for romances that explore the inner workings of the heart and mind alongside all that steamy physical exertion. She loves memorable characters, witty banter, and heartfelt emotion in any genre.
The former Midwestern gal is the author of the Neighborly Affection and new Gentleman contemporary romance series. Pick a safeword, grab a partner or two, and jump in.
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