Publication Date: July 6, 2014
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Near Perfect is a 28,000 word novella
Not one to take a chance, Lucy Badeaux takes the biggest one when she uproots herself from her home town of Palm Springs and moves to a small town in northern Washington state. The location is perfect. Her job and schedule is perfect. Getting away from the drama of her ex-boyfriend hooking up with her stepsister . . . perfect.
Too bad living next door to hunkiest of hunks, Bryce Morgan, ex-Supercross champion extraordinaire, is less than perfect. He mows the lawn too early in the morning, talks too loudly on the phone about his personal issues, and annoys Lucy with his I’m-too-good-for-you attitude.
When Bryce finds her little book of secrets, Lucy suspects him of intending to bribe her with it. But what does Lucy have that Bryce wants?
As the attraction between them heats up and the barriers of their misconceptions of one another crumble, Bryce and Lucy soon realize their mutual "experiment" and near perfect friendship is the perfect set-up for love or . . . heartbreak.
He glanced over her shoulders with a distant look in his eyes. She let out an exasperated sigh. Something bothered him. She reclined in her chair, crossed her arms over her chest, and blew at a stray strand of hair falling in her eye.
“Why are you moping? Does this have to do with the…” She flushed. “With our experiment?”
It didn’t. Lucy had an idea Bryce’s less than enthusiastic mood had to do with his father. Surely, she could distract him with a topic he couldn’t ignore.
He opened his mouth, closed it, then laughed. A crooked smile spanned his face. A twinkle gleamed in his eyes.
“I dare you to say exactly what I propositioned.” He leaned in and locked gazes with her. “I dare you to tell me exactly what this experiment is. Be very clear what the intention is, Lucy.”
Lucy tipped forward until they were almost nose to nose. No backing down and live life to the fullest. That had been her mantra since her grandmother’s death. “You want us to have S.E.X.”
Her heart thudded. His pupils dilated. Her attention dipped to his mouth before her eyes shot back to his.
“Exactly.” He sat back with a satisfied grin on his face.
She extended her hand to him. “We’re on.”
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