The Great Pick Up Line featuring
Sway by Melanie Stanford
“Water, huh?” Dimples-guy leaned against the bar next to me. His voice carried over the din of music, a deep bass like the beat of the song. He motioned to the bartender and asked for a beer.
My eyes on him, I took a long swig.
His eyes lingered on the sweaty shirt clinging to my skin. “It obviously does a body good.”
I removed the bottle from my lips. “That’s milk you’re thinking of.”
“If you say so.” He gave me that same cocky expression from before. The dimples made his mouth looked entirely too delicious, which I’m pretty sure he knew.
I leaned toward him so I wouldn’t have to yell. “Are you always this cheesy?”
“Do you always talk about dairy products?”
“It’s a very important subject.”
He raised his eyebrows.
“Right up there with the federal budget, or the whole potato potahto debate.”
He barked out a laugh. “I’m Gage,” he said into my ear. Hot breath wafted over my face, tinged with beer. I wrinkled my nose. “And you’re Ava?”
“Yep.” He remembered my name.
“Well, Ava…” He moved in close and stroked his hand down my arm. Even though he was insanely attractive, I didn’t want to go where he wanted to take this.
“I’m going to rejoin my friends,” I said, and stepped away. “Thanks for the dance.”
“Wait!” He set his beer on the bar and grabbed my hand. “What if I want to see you again?”
I studied his face. His dark eyes were a little glassy and sweat sprinkled over his forehead, but his lips were oh so inviting. A sharp pang of want surged through my gut.
“You’ll have to find me,” I said.
“Give a guy a chance here.” He took my other hand in his. “Phone number?” I shook my head. “Last name?”
I bit my lip. Why not? “Elliot.” He blinked and his eyebrows rose just a fraction. “Ava Elliot.”
For a moment, he just stood there and stared at me, looking a bit shocked. Then he leaned into me. “Challenge accepted.”
by Melanie Stanford
She’d be happy to forget…if the past would just stop hitting “replay”.
Ava Elliot never thought she’d become a couch surfer. But with a freshly minted—and worthless—degree from Julliard, and her dad squandering the family fortune, what choice does she have?
Living with her old high school friends, though, has its own drawbacks. Especially when her ex-fiancé Eric Wentworth drops back into her life. Eight years ago, she was too young, too scared of being poor, and too scared of her dad’s disapproval. Dumping him was a big mistake.
In the most ironic of role reversals, Eric is rolling in musical success, and Ava’s starting at the bottom to build her career. Worse, every song Eric sings is an arrow aimed straight for her regrets.
One encounter, one song too many, and Ava can’t go on like this. It’s time to tell Eric the truth, and make a choice. Finally let go of the past, or risk her heart for a second chance with her first love. If he can forgive her…and she can forgive herself.
Contains an actor whose kisses taste like chocolate, a pianist with scores of regret, and a sexy crooner who just wants his ex to cry him a river.
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