Title: Falling For Her Brother’s Best Friend, Author: Noelle Adams, Release Date: June 7, 2017, Publisher: Noelle Adams, Series: Book #1: Tea for Two, Word Count: 47K, Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Tropes: Brother’s Best Friend, Price: $0.99 preorder; $2.99 regular
After too many bad decisions in romance, Emma is going on a man-fast. For the next six months, she’s fasting from men. No sex. No dating. No soulful gazes. No fond memories of her first crush. She’s going to spend the time focusing on her career, getting in touch with herself, and helping her two best friends with the launch of their new tea room. No men. And that includes her brother’s best friend, Noah Hart, who has just returned to their hometown. She doesn’t want Noah anyway. He might be even hotter than he was before, but he’s not a nice guy anymore. He’s made a fortune by acting ruthless in business, and the last thing he’s looking for is small-town domestic life. He doesn’t even want to be in town again, but a sick grandmother guilted him into it. Then he has nerve to not even recognize Emma when he sees her again. Maybe it’s been seven years, but a decent guy would remember his best friend’s little sister. Noah is not a decent guy. Anyway, Emma is on a man-fast. And she doesn’t want Noah.
She waited to see if Noah would complain about her walking home alone at night, but he didn’t. He just said, “I’ll walk with you.”
She started to object—automatically but for no particular reason—but she stopped the words from coming out. There was no reason he couldn’t walk a couple of blocks with her. He would probably insist on it, even if she tried to object.
“Okay,” she said. “Thanks.”
They didn’t speak as they walked down the sidewalk and crossed the street to her building. But she was intensely aware of Noah’s presence beside her. It felt so strong, so masculine, so… man.
Why the hell did she always seem to want him so much?
She should know better by now.
She was feeling strangely shy when they reached the front entrance to her building, and she turned to face him, dropping her eyes. “Thanks again.”
“No problem.” There was that husky note in his voice, the one she really liked.
She didn’t dare to look up at him. “I could have made it on my own, you know.”
“I know that.” God, just the sound of his voice sent shivers up and down her spine.
“No matter what you think, I’m not a little girl anymore.”
She had no idea why she was saying this. She was just rambling, too nervous to think through the words that were coming out of her mouth. And she was seriously having to hold herself back from reaching out toward him, taking hold his shirt and pulling him closer.
He smelled so incredibly good. Not anything as strong as aftershave, but something warm and expensive.
She wanted to smell him even more.
She wanted to feel him.
She wanted to taste him.
She wanted to…
He reached out and tilted up her face so she was looking at him. “I know you’re not a little girl, Emma.”
He’d called her Emma.
“You do?” she whispered, the world shuddering in front of her eyes.
“Damn it, Emma,” he rasped thickly, raising his other arm so he was holding her face in both hands. “Surely you know I’m seeing you as anything but a little girl.”
She was trembling now, and there was absolutely no way she could hold herself back. He was holding her face like she was precious, and the look in his eyes…
So filled with heat and hunger. She’d never seen anything like it.
She grabbed onto his shirt like she’d always wanted to and drew him even nearer, and then he was finally, finally kissing her.
Naturally, she was kissing him back.
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel. She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances. If you’d like to contact Noelle, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.