Returning to Friendship - Book One
The Friendship series
When her father is found in a coma after suffering a heart attack, Philadelphia divorce attorney, Julia Hughes-Humphries, returns to Friendship, the small western Pennsylvania hometown she’s avoided for five years. A literal run-in at the hospital reunites her with the man she’s vowed to steer clear of, her childhood best friend, Thad Tanner. The same best friend who dumped her and their friendship five years earlier.
Newly divorced Thad has devoted all of his time to building his security consultation business and creating a stable life for his son, Max. When he bumps into Julia—the woman who had his back until his stupidity got in the way—he has an opportunity to fix what he screwed up. He won’t let anything, not even the feelings he’s denied his entire life, interfere with their renewed friendship.
The more time they spend together, the more they’re reminded of their chemistry and compatibility, and the sizzle between them becomes harder to ignore. With Thad suddenly as her source of support and comfort, can Julia learn to trust him again? Thad is determined to prove he can be what Julia needs, but she isn’t the only one discouraged by doubts and restricted by responsibilities. Can their relationship survive as hidden truths are revealed, and secrets escape the shadows of the past?
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Thad trapped her hand under his. “Jules, when will you learn that I know you better than you think? You were a control freak when we were five, and you still are.”
He was right, but she’d never admit the fact. “Believe what you want, Tanner,” she retorted with the assured attitude that worked so well for her in the courtroom. “Remember, I know you too.” She moved onto her knees, and his grasp on her hand tightened. His stomach quivered. She leaned into him–her nose millimeters from his–and his body stiffened. “You have no secrets from me, my friend.”
When she tried to move away, he pulled her closer. Pools of chocolate bore into her, searching.
They both stilled.
His eyes devoured her neck and caressed her lips before returning to their original target–her astonished and lustful eyes. No mirror needed to know what shone in them. When was the last time a man turned her on with a look?
The air shifted, sparking like it does before a lightning storm. Surely, her hair was standing on end. She ogled the movement of his chest with each intake of oxygen, wanting to press her front against his.
They stared at each other, neither moving but for the shallow in and out of their breaths. The scent of chocolate surrounded her. She bit her lip, wanting to know if he tasted as delicious as he smelled. Then, she licked her lips and inhaled.
His eyes became slits.
She was immobilized, not that she wanted to move.
A curve meandered over his lips like a leisurely stroll on a sultry summer day. Then he gave her a peck on the nose and released her hand. “You don’t know all of my secrets.”