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Sacrifice Turned Seduction (MF)

What Are Friends For 2

Siren-BookStrand, Inc.

Heat Rating: SIZZLING
Word Count: 26,802
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[Siren Classic: Erotic Contemporary Romance]

Dianne Killbrew made a deal with Gage Dillinger. He did his part, and now she has to spend a week being wined and dined by him. She’ll have to make sure his smooth sexy ways don’t get under her skin and hope he doesn't see past her sparkle and glitz to the shy girl hiding beneath. There is a lot at risk, but she’s made a deal, and she’s going to stick to it.

Gage can't ignore how much he wants Dianne. It is more than physical desire. He wants to get to know everything about her. The problem is she avoids him whenever possible. So when he is given the chance to put her in a position where she owes him something, he chooses her. Now he’s going to do whatever it takes to get her to see he’s not the player everyone thinks he is.

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Gage knew, behind her sparkly sunglasses, that Dianne was watching his every move. He almost caught her staring a few times, but she managed to look away just as he turned around. It was as if they were playing their own private game, and he loved it. He knew she’d do whatever she had to do to keep her end of their deal, even though she wasn’t happy about it. She didn’t like waiting for him to make his next move, but a little suspense might do her some good.

If things had gone as he hoped over the past few weeks, she would have warmed up to him at least a little by now. With all the stupid excuses he’d made up just so he could call her and with the two of them sitting side by side for the flight to Vegas, his plan should have worked. Her stubbornness almost had him giving up. Then he’d catch her looking at him like she was now, and he knew she couldn’t be as uninterested as she pretended.

From the way her friends looked at him, he could tell they knew he was interested in her. They were a tight-knit little group of really hot women, and he hoped they would approve of his attempt to start a relationship with Dianne. When Jace first met Lainey, he’d been worried about the same thing, but they all seemed to accept him without making him jump through too many hoops. The difference between him and Jace was Lainey had fallen for Jace right from the get-go. Gage, on the other hand, had the sorry luck to be attracted to someone who probably wished she’d never laid eyes on him. The pisser was he didn’t even know what he’d done to make her feel that way.

“You know one of them is bound to take matters into their own hands if you two don’t work things out soon.” Jace had been around them enough to know what he was talking about, so Gage didn’t argue.

“Dude, I’m doing my best. Has Lainey ever mentioned what I could’ve done to piss Dianne off?” He figured the littlest clue might be a huge help.

“No, but I’ve never asked either. Do you want me to?”

“Fuck no. The last thing I need is Dianne thinking I’m going behind her back and asking her friends for help.” For cripes’ sake, they weren’t in high school, and he wasn’t going to revert back to the dork his sisters had often accused him of being back then.

Jace’s shoulders shook with the laugh he let out. “Then what are you going to do? You do have some kind of plan, right?”

“Yeah.” He nodded, not ready to go into the details just yet. “I just hope it doesn’t backfire.”

“With five of them to get the hots for, why did you pick the only one who avoids being alone with you? She’s not your normal type. I would’ve laid odds on Jillian or Sadie.” Jace asked the same question that he’d been asking himself.

Jace had been his best friend since elementary school, and he could tell him anything, but he couldn’t answer that.

“They’re both nice, but neither of them have Dianne’s curves or spirit. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment.” Gage sensed something in her that just drew him in.

“You know the guys are getting a huge kick out of this. You’ve always been the ladies’ man, and now you’ve met a woman who doesn’t even want to give you the time of day. She’s taking playing hard to get to the extreme.” Jace didn’t know the half of it, and when he found out, Gage was going to be in deep shit.

“That’s where you’re wrong. Dianne and I have come to an agreement.” A crazy man had taken over his mind when he cornered her into it, but it was a done deal.

“Do I want to know the details?” Jace looked over his shoulder at the house where Dianne had disappeared just minutes ago.

“Probably not. Just wish me luck and leave it at that.” Gage wanted Jace to be able to deny knowing anything in case Lainey got mad when she found out what Gage was doing.

Gage decided Dianne had avoided him long enough. He headed for the house, ready to launch phase two of his plan, even though the first part had failed miserably. A few of Jace and Lainey’s other guests stopped him along the way to say their hellos, so it took him a good five minutes to reach the house. He figured his delay had given her plenty of time to escape if she wanted to, but he knew she was still there. He’d been to enough get-togethers to know Lainey’s friends always stuck around to help clean up and pass on any gossip they might have heard.

“Are you following me?” Dianne’s accusation came the second he stepped in the house.

Gage took a second to look her over. She had on black skintight pants and a yellow halter shirt. It was a damn sexy look, but he thought the best part was that she had pushed her yellow sunglasses up on top of her head.

“Yes.” Surprise flashed in her eyes, and he wondered if she’d expected him to make up some excuse.




The second he dimmed the lights, Dianne slid her shoes off and leaned against his side. She let Gage wrap his arm around her shoulders. The move was so natural that neither of them commented on it. It was five minutes into the movie before Dianne was actually able to focus on anything but how good it felt being pressed against his side. She turned and looked up at him, surprised to find him staring at her instead of the TV.

He didn’t make a move, so she decided it was up to her. She reached up and pulled his head down to hers. Their kiss was electric, literally. She gasped and pulled away from the static shock.

“Wow! Let’s try that again.” He chuckled, easing his mouth back to hers.

There was no zap this time, but it was replaced with an urgency she just couldn’t ignore. She twisted her body as he plundered her mouth until she had straddled his lap. His cock bulged behind his fly, forming a thick, hard ridge that pressed against her pussy. Dianne rocked her hips, creating a delicious friction that had her pussy growing wetter. Gage lifted his hips and flipped her onto her back, coming down over her.

Dianne tried to squeeze her hand between them to undo his pants, but he grabbed her wrist, stopping her. “I want this more than I can say, but I planned on taking things slow.”

“Do I get a vote? Because though there are times for slow and steady, this isn’t one of them.” She pushed her heel into the couch cushion and raised her ass, pressing her crotch against his dick.

He groaned and let go of her hand. Dianne dropped her hips and slid it between them. She struggled with his button. Before she could get it undone, he lurched to his feet and held out his hand. She put her hand in his and let him pull her to her feet.

“Where are we going!” she squealed as he scooped her into his arms.

“To my bedroom where I plan to ravish you until you can’t take anymore. And then I’m going to do it all over again.”

She wrapped her arms around his neck, leaned in, and whispered, “Promises. Promises.”

He carried her up the stairs and down a hall into a room. She lifted her head and looked around. Her eyes were drawn to the huge bed, but she only had a few seconds to take it in before she found herself tossed onto it. She couldn’t hold back her giggles as she bounced. They died instantly when Gage stripped his shirt off. His jeans were quick to follow. He stood there in his boxer briefs, looking sexier than any man she’d ever been alone with. Granted, there hadn’t been many for her to compare him to.

She realized he was waiting for her. Not wanting to be outdone, Dianne yanked her shirt over her head and threw it at him. He caught it midair, crushing it in his fist. His gaze was locked on her bare breasts, thankful he hadn’t realized she wasn’t wearing a bra early. That little tidbit of knowledge would have driven him crazy. He stared until she started to slide her pants down over her hips. He dropped her shirt and strode to the bed. He slid his hand up her legs and grabbed the pants and tugged them off.

Dianne felt a little self-conscious sitting there in just her black lace panties, but she didn’t have much time to worry over it. Gage knelt on the foot of the bed and quickly covered her body with his. His hands teased and taunted as he kissed her senseless. She was just as ruthless. Somewhere during their wrestling match, her panties got stripped off and thrown aside. They were both breathing heavily by the time she got his boxers down to his knees. She used her foot to push them the rest of the way off.

Gage reached into the nightstand beside the bed and pulled out a condom. She helped him get it on, and he instantly settled between her thighs. She felt the head of his cock press at her opening. Their moans mingled in the air as he slid into her. They met each other stroke for stroke, and Dianne hoped he didn’t think she was too eager.

“Come on, baby, just let go and enjoy it,” he murmured in her ear.

The sound of his voice pushed her over the edge. She clutched his shoulder, and her inner muscles clenched around his thick cock. He kept pumping into her over and over. She gasped for air as the tension began to build again.

“Oh, my God!” she moaned, tossing her head from side to side.

Her nails dug into his shoulders, and she didn’t feel a bit of guilt that she was marking him. She wrapped her legs around the back of his thighs and tried to pull him closer. Her reactions to him seemed to spur him on. Gage’s strokes got deeper and harder. Dianne told herself not to scream as she came for the second time, but she couldn’t stop herself from making noises all together.

“Fuck me!” Gage shouted as he plunged into her as deep as he could.

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