It’s Stark On Saturday (on New Year’s Eve!)
Here’s another excerpt from RELEASE ME … this one from the limo scene. (To set that scene, Nikki’s getting a ride home in Damien’s limo. He gives her a call. And …
“I want to see you again, Nikki. And I think you would enjoy the food here very much.”
“Just the food?” In my head the words had been teasing. Out loud, they are soft and provocative. I close my eyes, trying to steady myself before I go hurtling down that slippery slope.
“Well, the coffee is good, too.”
“I—I like coffee,” I admit. I take a deep breath. “But I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
“Thousands of coffee bean growers across the globe would disagree with you.”
“Dinner. Coffee. A date. With you. I don’t think it’s a good idea.”
“Really? I find it exceptionally appealing.”
“Mr. Stark …”
“Ms. Fairchild,” he says, and I can hear the smile in his voice.
“So I’ve been told. But I prefer the word ‘persistent.’ I don’t take no for an answer.”
“Sometimes, that’s the only answer there is.”
“Perhaps. But this isn’t one of those times.”
I can’t help but smile as I settle more comfortably back against the soft leather upholstery. “Isn’t it? You forget that I’m the one who has to say yes or no, and I’ve already told you my answer, and I don’t intend to change it.”
“Sorry. But I’m afraid you’ve met your match, Mr. Stark.”
“I certainly hope so, Ms. Fairchild,” he says.
I frown a bit as I try to guess just where he’s shifting the conversation. Because I know damn well he’s not giving in. To be honest, I’d be disappointed if he was.
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