For Him, Book 2
About last night… I could blame the bourbon. I could say I let things get out of hand, that I should have never called you, but I’m done lying to myself—to you. I know what you’re going to say. You’re not very good at keeping your opinions to yourself, but this can’t happen. It’s inappropriate, at best. I’m your boss. Not to mention, you’re clearly still hung up on him. I’m not a consolation prize.
You didn’t think it was inappropriate when you had your tongue down my throat, but I digress. As for your accusation, I’m not the only one stuck in the past, but at least I’m not running from it. I can’t believe I’m about to say this… Maybe you’re right. You shouldn’t have called me. Especially if you never intended to own it. Own that you wanted it to happen. Admit that you wanted me.
Not so sincerely,
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Ethan. Leaning back in my chair, I took in his appearance as he shoved his hands into the pockets of his gray slacks. His hair was damp, a few stray pieces falling over his forehead, dusting his brow line. The sleeves of his blue button down were rolled to his elbows, exposing the lean muscle of his forearms. His pants hugged his thighs as he walked into the room. He even had on a tie. I’d be lying if I said he didn’t look fantastic. His usual cocky demeanor faded as I met his eyes.
“You showed up.” Ethan’s scowl was comical.
I checked my watch, knowing it would piss him off. I couldn’t explain my need to rile him like I did. Our last few email exchanges had made me laugh as much as they’d infuriated me. He was flippant in a way I envied. It made me want to pick at him even more. It was too easy. As predicted, Ethan’s shoulders stiffened, and he sighed.
“I’m running for coffee with Nora,” he said, the strain in his voice evident. “Did you want us to grab you anything?”
“That’s thoughtful of you,” I said and meant it, despite my sarcastic tone. He’d made an effort today, showing up dressed to kill. It pleased me.
“Thoughtful?” Ethan’s lip twitched, holding back a smile. “I figured it was part of my job.”
“Oh…well…”I dropped his gaze and opened up the files I needed for my morning meeting. “In that case, I’ll have an Americano.”
“Do you always get the same thing?”
“Yes…Why? Is that a problem?”
“It’s boring. You should try new things, Anders. You might be surprised.”
I raised my eyes and found his smug smile had returned. Was he mocking me or flirting? Both were inappropriate. “I don’t like surprises. They leave too much room for disappointment.”
“You’re depressing before you’ve had coffee.”
“Usually,” I said as sardonic as ever. He laughed, soft and husky, unflappable. “I’ll make sure they give you an extra shot of espresso then.”
5 of 5 Stars
While this book can be read as a standalone (I know because I didn’t read book one), I definitely think it’s a good idea to read book one for the characters’ histories and the beginning of this book wouldn’t be as confusing. I see book one is on Audible but I’m on the fence about reading it. I adored this book, and I don’t want something from book one to taint my view of it, but I would like more about Wilder.
This is only the second book I’ve read by Ms. Johnson (I’m not sure why) but damn, I love her writing.
The slow burn and switch from ‘enemies’ to friends between Anders and Ethan is heart-melting. Ethan’s snark and tenacity draw Anders out of his shell. They both have had relationships where they came second to their significant other so they’re both looking for someone who will put them first.
Ethan’s honesty is refreshing. He is entertaining and adorable, and Anders cannot resist him, even though he wants to do just that. Anders hides his sweet, loveable side behind a stuffy almost snobbish side.
They show each other what it means to be truly loved, to come first in someone’s life. Ethan brings out Anders’ playful side and Anders gives Ethan the safety and security he needs. They are truly soulmates.
I adore Anders’ father…so much. Wilder and Jax are in this book a lot so if you’ve read book one, you’ll appreciate seeing them again. Jason is also a major character who deserves some major credit.
This is a book not to be missed!
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