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Not Exactly Strangers by Roni Adams .
events. 2008 Free Read Published in the United States of America .This is a work of fiction.com Cover Art by The Wild Rose Press The Wild Rose Press PO Box 706 Adams Basin. characters. Contact Information: info@thewildrosepress. places. Names. business establishments. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission of the author or The Wild Rose Press except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. Not Exactly Strangers COPYRIGHT © 2008 by Roni Adams All rights reserved. and any resemblance to actual persons living or dead. and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. This is an "unedited" as is title. or locales.thewildrosepress. NY 14410-0706 Visit us at www. is entirely coincidental.com Publishing History First Yellow Rose Edition.
She was a pretty little thing. his cowboy boot propped against the rail as he watched the TV over the bar.” The sexy brunette pouted up at him. Her eyes once again pleaded with him for something. Her rounded breasts pressed into his arm. Not runway model beautiful. Remembering his mission. She smelled like fresh air and sunshine and tasted like peppermint. I’m late as always. he sprang to full attention. he whispered. They were wide and if he wasn’t completely off his mark. “Please pretend we’re together. He looked down into the biggest brown eyes he’d seen in a long time. she’slid off his lips and her mouth nuzzled at his ear. Before he knew what she was up to. When she bounced back to her heels and smiled up at him. I’m in big trouble here and I need your help. Before he could react. but definitely cute.” Conrad had been leaning against the bar.even as her nuzzling had blood racing to his groin. She leaned her 1 . Conrad slid his arm around her incredibly tiny waist and held her to his side. When a feminine hand slipped through his crooked arm he drew his attention away from the TV. Her fingers sifted through his hair and her voice was a mere whisper. I promise I’ll make it up to you later. But it’s your own fault. Who was she? He leaned over with the intention of pretending to kiss her neck but she smelled so damn good he kissed her for real.” His protective instincts kicked in with her plea . her eyes showed her thanks. looking for all the world like a woman whose lover had just whispered something naughty to her. Below his belt. she rose on tiptoe. I know. “What’s going on?” She ducked her head and smiled. don’t be mad. “Oh.“I know. slid one hand along his jaw. they were also full of fear. and pressed her lips against his.
Conrad kept his arm firmly around her and pulled her back against his chest. her fingers sifting into his hair at the nape of his neck as she clung to him. Even while he enjoyed the soft lips of his new “girlfriend”. He realized then that she hadn’t known the other man was on the bar stool next to them. “There’s a guy following me.Roni Adams head back against his shoulder. He harassed me at the Silver Buckle and followed me here. He wasn’t anyone Conrad had ever seen before and that meant he was probably in town for round up work. His heart pounded as he realized that. Conrad chuckled and reached up to unhook her arms from around his neck. tipping the brunette’s chin up so he could claim her lips. a scruffy looking cowboy stood inside the door looking around. The cowboy spotted the girl and Conrad looked away. game or no game. but he didn’t believe me. “Stop following me. The man ordered a beer from the bartender. Conrad’s senses were alert to the stranger. Have you seen anyone come in the door?” She trembled against him and Conrad tightened his hold around her. but then she responded. She turned around and immediately froze.” He winked at her and she looked up at him as if in a daze. Bill warned us last time about our kissin at the bar. He won’t leave me alone. it was his kiss that put that sparkle in her brown eyes. She turned until they were face to face and wound her arms up and around his neck. For a second. His gaze flew to the door and.” she yelled at the scruffy 2 . Conrad could sense the other man as he climbed up on a bar stool near them. “Easy. sure enough. She stiffened for half a second and then relaxed against him. she hesitated. honey. I told him I was meeting my boyfriend.
Bill. I tell you all the time you don’t need to diet.” She frowned and pulled away from him to slide onto the bar stool. The other man would take off. He should end this whole charade right now by simply flashing his badge.Not Exactly Strangers looking cowboy. “Did you order me a drink?” She looked around as if expecting that he would have one waiting on the bar. “I know how you hate it when the ice melts and waters it down.” She tossed her shoulder length brown hair. but then so would the brunette. If he really had been waiting for her.” He signaled to Bill.” She twisted her head to look up Conrad. She nodded. Hmm. The stranger was taking it all in. “I thought you said to meet me at the Silver Buckle after work. you never listen to me. No clue what she’d drink. “Rum and Coke for the lady. “Now darlin’. He was growing used to the idea of her in his arms and wasn’t quite ready to give it up yet. I told him I was meeting you. he made a wild guess. he would have ordered for her. Conrad was shocked at the fire in her. Conrad sat down on his own stool. I like you just the way you are. “Baby. “I distinctly heard you say the Silver Buckle.” Her voice was accusing. but he kept bugging me. easy on the ice.” she piped up. I said the LoneStar.” 3 . The other man looked at her over his beer but didn’t answer. “Yes. was he bothering you?” He put his best jealous lover voice into the question. but the professional in him also wanted an answer. She was pretty tough now that he was right behind her. Conrad shook his head. “Honey. see I told you.” “Diet Coke.
causing her breasts to rise higher.” He chuckled. “Why do you always do that?” He opened his eyes wide. “Ok. “Yes. She lifted her hair off the back of her neck. She smiled up at him from under her lashes. Conrad tipped his head. They really did sound like a couple! At least he thought they did. tell me about your day. “I had the worst day at work today.” Her face reddened. or “darlin’”. She frowned. “Oh yeah? How’s that?” Conrad let his gaze drift over her ample breasts. or “baby”. “How about Princess. you’re my princess. It’s always “honey”. it had been a while since he was in a relationship other than a sexual one.Roni Adams She tossed her head and looked at him again. “Do what?” “Act like your day was worse than mine when you don’t even know what I went through. Her jeans hugged hips that were curvy. “Curves in all the right places and just the right amount of them. Why can’t you ever use my name?” Was she crazy? Now he was supposed to make up a name for his made up girlfriend? He was more and more intrigued by this stranger and the weird relationship he suddenly found himself in. but he watched a smile tease her lips. She evidently liked that he liked what he saw. not boyishly thin.” She shook her head. He turned her hand over and placed a moist kiss in the center of her palm. “Am I?” she cooed.” he said without thinking. He wet his lips with his tongue. rounded behind the snug yellow T-shirt. baby. 4 .” Conrad couldn’t remember a time when he’d been amused by a real girlfriend as much as he was this pretend one. is that better?” He lifted her ringless fingers to his lips and kissed the back of her hand. “There you go again. “Couldn’t have been worse than mine.” She sighed and dropped her hair.
She traced his bottom lip with her index finger and Conrad couldn’t help but draw it into his mouth and twirl his tongue around the digit. Over her head. Conrad leaned forward and cupped the back of her head with his hand to draw her closer. “Sure. His friend Teddy Weston and his band The Scoundrels had just set up for the night and Conrad waved at them from the dance floor. Her eyes widened and darkened. but then he winked. and 5 . Conrad released her mouth reluctantly and stood up. “Guess you know how to pick a protector. “Sheriff?” she choked. something slow. he watched the cowboy on the barstool twirl around to stare at them.Not Exactly Strangers “Will you dance with me? I know you hate to dance. He leaned over. but…” She trailed her finger down his cheek and over to his lips. He brushed her lips with his and meant to leave it at that.” She slowly slid her arms around his neck. “Your stalker is watching. Sheriff. “Rum and Coke. coming right up.” Brown-eyes stumbled and he held her hand tight to keep her upright. He held tight to her hand.” he requested. “Dance with me?” She grinned. He moaned as he tasted her sweetness and felt her response. took a quick sip of her drink. Why would anyone not want to dance with her? The chance to hold those curves against his body was way too good an idea to resist. He pulled her closer.” Bill set the glass down in front of them. resting his hands low on her hips. and followed him to the floor. Teddy’s face registered surprise. hmm?” The music started and he pulled the still shocked girl into his arms. “Teddy. but suddenly her mouth opened under his.
“Where you from. still breathing in her fresh. He had a sudden image of turning her around the floor in a two-step on Saturday night. he’d love any part of her on his lips.” Conrad nodded.” “And your uncle is?” “Jake Carter. loving the sound of her name on his lips. “So.” “I don’t want any trouble. It was a Thursday night.” “Why did you come in here?” He would have thought if someone was following her she would have found somewhere safe to go. The only other person I know here is my uncle. He just scared me when he wouldn’t back off and then followed me here. Shelly?” “Dallas. is still watching us. Her thighs brushed his as they moved across the dance floor. “Don’t or he’ll know we’re talking about him. “I didn’t want to go home. she wouldn’t decide to leave. “Well. I 6 . by the way. “Shelly. He pulled her closer.” She started to turn to look at him but Conrad raised his hand to caress her cheek.” he repeated.” “Shelly. and he went out of town on business today. Actually. Shelly. I’m working with my uncle in his law office. so it wasn’t at all crowded like it would be tomorrow or Saturday. Good man. what would you like me to do with your problem? Who. I moved here about a month ago. clean scent. you want to tell me anything more? Like your name?” She tipped her head back to look up at him and he wanted nothing more than another taste of that mouth. She glanced towards the stage.Roni Adams Conrad tucked her closer to his body as they began to move to the slow strains of a country love song. Not another bar. He sincerely hoped that when her problem had been handled.
She clung to him as they barely moved around the dance floor. It was weird to be thrust into a 7 . She followed his lead. “Shh. “I know. They passed that point at the bar.” Conrad nodded. Their mouths meshed together. “My uncle is his family’s lawyer. I thought I’d just have a hamburger there or something. I promise. but I had to drop off some papers at the business next door. I knew he was playing tonight and took a chance that he’d be here. “I had this horrible day. kissing her harder. “Why were you in the Silver Buckle to begin with? That’s not a good place to go alone.” Conrad cupped her cheek. he won’t bother you again. stroking his tongue with her own. Kissing her again was like coming home. I didn’t realize until I got in there how rowdy it was. He looked into her eyes. lifting her chin until she looked up at him. Conrad traced the recesses of her mouth with his tongue. wanting more from her than a kiss.” He lowered his head.” She shuddered. ” Conrad’s heart sank. She was a friend of Teddy’s? The singing cowboy who never lacked for female attention. Obviously not. and then this guy wouldn’t leave me alone. Weston gave him a thumb’s up sign when Shelly’s back was turned. Her hands clasped tighter on his neck and her breasts pressed into his chest. I’ve been out to their place for dinner a few times. He traced his thumb along her lower lip and heard her breath catch. He’d never been this instantly attracted to a stranger before. His hands captured her shapely rear end and pulled her up hard against his bulging erection.Not Exactly Strangers know Teddy Weston.” She sighed. But then they weren’t exactly strangers. Was she dating him? He glanced at his buddy on the stage. Conrad groaned and tipped his head.
” She shrugged. “How did you know that it was safe to pretend to be with me?” She tipped her head back.” She sounded disappointed. yes he is. “You little minx. He dropped his hands from her and stepped back.” Looking over her head. He’s gone. he didn’t care. He was starting to really like this fake girlfriend and didn’t think he wanted her to leave. Maybe something more was going on than he 8 . Her hands framed his face as she returned his kisses. “That was a pretty risky move and could have got you in a bigger mess of trouble.” He brushed her hair back from her eyes. “Maybe you should handcuff me and teach me a lesson. He knew damn well they’d be the talk of the town tomorrow.” She cocked her head and looked up at him. “You looked like someone that guy wouldn’t tangle with. But as he lifted his head and looked into her dazed eyes. But you looked decent and you were big and strong. “I took a chance. “I didn’t.” She squeezed his shoulders with her hands. I could tell right away you’re one of the good guys.Roni Adams relationship without the preliminaries. “Oh. Sheriff. Not really. he was almost sorry to see the stranger was gone. he supposed he should set a better example than to be tonsil dancing with a sexy brunette in the middle of the dance floor.” He blinked and then threw his head back and laughed. especially since he’d just met her thirteen minutes ago.” “You don’t scare me.” She turned and looked toward the bar. “Well. As the Sheriff. There was a lot to be said for skipping the preliminaries! The music ended and Conrad eased his head up. I think you succeeded in running off the cowboy.
you can’t be too careful around here.” 9 . We need to make absolute certain he’s gone. but it was kind of fun. Sheriff.” She slid her arm around his waist and tucked her hand into his back pocket. “I’ll keep that in mind. “Well. And I’m still more than willing to wear those handcuffs. “Yeah. I think maybe you should stick close to my side for at least the next two or three hours. wasn’t it?” His mouth lifted in a half grin and he walked back to her side. the thing is. if you think it’s necessary. She looked sheepish as she shrugged.Not Exactly Strangers thought. He slipped his arm around her shoulders and pulled her against him. “If you say so. Was he being used to get back at a boyfriend or something? “You didn’t want him to leave?” Shelly tucked her hair behind her ear and glanced at him. pretending and all.” Conrad turned her in his arms and kissed her hard again.
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