Tempting Her Neighbor
by Laura Jardine
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Scorched, Erotic, Contemporary, Romance
Tired of big city life, software developer Cole Sampson moves to a small Canadian town to get some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, his keep-the-hell-away-from-me vibes don’t work on his gorgeous new neighbor.
Waitress Rachel Malone is intrigued by the hot curmudgeon living next door and his very sexy scowl. Sure, he keeps shutting down her every advance, but before long, she finally catches his interest.
A red-hot, sex-only relationship is what they want. But Cole can’t get over the fact he likes cuddling, and Rachel won’t let herself fall in love, not when she’s finally decided to follow her dreams and move to the city. Still, it’s just sex. Isn’t it?
She laughed, and he was suddenly filled with longing to hear that sound over and over. He’d never been the guy who could make people laugh—never been the guy who even tried—but that was what he wanted right now.
Crap. He was really losing it.
“I want a house with a white picket fence,” he said.
“Really? That’s not what I would’ve expected.”
“I suppose you thought I’d be the old man who lives in a creepy mansion and yells at any kid who dares to step foot on his property.”
“You’d make a great old man.”
“I’ve often thought that myself.” He paused. “But I don’t want the wife and kids. I just want the fucking house. Vegetable garden out back, flower garden out front. I’d have the prettiest roses.”
He felt his cheeks grow warm. He had never told anyone that before. Even though he was just talking about owning a damn house, it felt personal.
“Yeah?” she said. “You want roses?”
“I’ve always liked roses,” he admitted, ignoring the slight embarrassment. “They can’t talk, and they’re thorny. We understand each other. I’d yell at the kids for stepping on my flowerbeds.”
She laughed again, and they were quiet for a moment. He nestled his chin in the crook of her neck and breathed in the scent of her. She smelled faintly of coconut. Perhaps it was her shampoo. Coconut—it didn’t belong in Georgeville.
Her back felt soft against his chest, and he had the fleeting—and shocking—thought that this was where she belonged. Next to him. Just like this.
Laura Jardine decided she wanted to be a writer when she was in grade two, sometime between writing “The Heart That Got Lost” and “The Land of Shapes”. She later studied engineering and worked as a geophysicist before turning to writing romance novels.
Laura lives in Toronto with her husband, and despite living in Canada her whole life, she hates winter. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, hiking, eating too much gelato, and reading on the balcony when it’s raining.