I, Emma Black, am a nerd. A social outcast. The senior who has avoided the cafeteria for the past two years, ever since I got yogurt dumped on my head.
When the popular girls initiate a plan to humiliate me, I find I’m also naïve. Gullible.
But, I’m also smart in ways they can’t imagine.
It doesn’t take me long to discover that revenge is a dish best served with a smoking hot guy and pretty little crown.
One finger. Two words.
“How many drinks have you had?” Dane asks, grinning.
“Umm…” I count on my fingers, trying to recall. “Maybe four? Or, like, five?” I shrug.
He takes a sip of the rum and Coke I made him, before bringing his eyes to mine. “I really a sorry, Emma. I feel like shit about the whole thing.”
“Shit happens,” I say nonchalantly, not letting on how much the whole scenario humiliated me.
“Assholes cause it,” he agrees.
I giggle. “You’re funny! How is it you can be funny and hot? You can’t be both. You have to choose one or the other,” I announce bossily, but jokingly. Kinda.
“I guess I’ll choose funny then. Looks fade, after all.”
“Gah! You’re smart, too? This is so unfair!”
He leans toward me, his soft puffs of breath skating over my face. “You know, you’re funny and smart and so fucking beautiful, Emma. But you’re also humble and kind, and sweet enough to give a guy like me a toothache.”
“Oh, my god,” I whisper.
He leans in further and then his fingers hold my chin, keeping me in place, as his lips sweep across mine. I open up for him and his tongue invades my mouth. Soft, sweet, slow. He tastes like peppermint breath mints with a hint of spicy rum. I kiss him back with an intensity I didn’t know I possessed.
Kasey Millstead is a wife and mother of four children. She lives in a picturesque location in country New South Wales, Australia.
Kasey is the author of the #1 bestselling Down Under Cowboy series. She is also the author of The Steele Investigations series, Fighting to Stay and Illicit Desire.
When she is not busy writing, racing around after her children and husband or trying to avoid doing housework, she enjoys nothing more than curling up with a good book and getting lost in the world of Happy Ever After.