Dating and sneaking around are sometimes synonymous. Especially if you are living with someone else, whether your parents or a good friend. Let's say you want to have your boyfriend over and enjoy yourselves...but you don't really want to broadcast it to the world. So keeping quiet or hiding out is often the result. (Trust me-this doesn't change when you are married with children- You still sneak around to keep things hush hush and hidden from them.)
Some roommates have secret codes. A sock on the door. A special sign. Some way to let the roommate know that they have the house and want to keep the other person out. In book three of Collide, Ben and Gemma are looking for some quiet time but Gemma lives with Ben's sister. Talk about a passion stopper! Who wants to enjoy some love time when your sister might jump in...just eeww!
Anyway...here's an excerpt from Ben's point of view....on a way to escape the sister disaster.....
“You’re quite the sweet-talker, Benjamin.”
Gemma reached for my free hand and gathered it in hers. It was a small gesture, but one that made it clear her nerves had begun to settle. With that, I released my hold on her hip and reached up to tuck her hair behind her ear, leaving her shoulder bare and accessible so I could press a soft kiss against her shoulder. Gemma immediately responded to the action, shuddering against me.
“Are you trying to kill me?” she quipped.
“Just enjoying a bit of teasing,” I assured her. “Like I said, I prefer to take things slow.”
“Yes, but have you considered maybe there’s such a thing as too slow?”
I let out a laugh and dropped my hand back to her waist, running my thumb along her hip bone. “Oh, I have. However, I enjoy driving you made little by little.”
“You’re the worst.” She groaned.
“I beg to differ.”
The plus side to bringing her back to my place? I didn’t have to worry about my sister busting in and putting a pause on everything—something she was incredibly good at, unfortunately. That allowed me more time to ensure Gemma enjoyed herself. Seeing her let go and completely lose control was all I needed.
One night changed everything between them.
When Gemma drunkenly admitted her feelings to Ben, she never imagined they’d have a future together -- let alone, that he’d feel the same way for her. And yet, fate put obstacles in their path…
Overcoming family trauma was hard enough but with a brand new relationship? It was even more delicate. And they’ve come out the other side stronger…
Now a new obstacle rears its head as Molly, Ben’s sister, faces her past and must rely on them. With all the family drama going on, they must determine where their future is headed...
But will they have the strength to take the next step?
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