Kimber Dawson hasn't been able to connect with any man since her accident. Something inside seems broken...and 1NightStand may be her last hope to prove she isn't the ice queen men have claimed her to be. Can one man's touch do what others couldn't? All she wants is to feel a connection. For a night, an hour, or even a moment. Anything more would be unexpected. After his third deployment in Afghanistan, Nate Brennan is a jaded soldier who has tasted the bitter and now aches to taste the sweet. Gone too long without sexual affection, he yearns for a woman to welcome him home with open arms and no expectations beyond the morning. Anything more would be unacceptable. Two world weary souls will realize things can get very complicated when passion is satisfied...and a new hunger takes its place.
“You talk as though you’ve lived a lifetime.”
War put years on a man’s face he could never disguise. But what did she know? He took a step forward. “I’ve been around a few things that aged me fast. I’ve seen enough to last two lifetimes.”
His intimidating stance didn’t faze her at all. “You’re still in your prime as far as I can see.”
“Oh yeah? And what do you see?”
Her eyes raked him up and down. “You obviously stay in shape.”
Feeling a little smug, he clenched his jaw to keep from smiling. “I have to. It’s part of my job.”
“So your body stays young but your attitude gets burned out,” she murmured, wiggling her little finger at him. “I think it’s supposed to be the other way around.”
“Who are you? The sunshine fairy?”
Her eyes widened. “I’m cute enough to be a fairy?”
She could not be shut down. This time he gave her the blatant once-over as he huffed, “You know you are.”
She swallowed at his compliment then lifted her chin with a stubborn air, the effect most adorable considering how much smaller she was. “It’s a good thing you take vacations,” she said. “If you’re not careful, you’re going to be one of those curmudgeons who picks on teenagers and complains about bunnies in his garden.”
He wanted to laugh out loud. “Careful with what? Keeping my head out of the clouds?”
Her cheery disposition clouded for a moment and she looked away. “No, letting your jaded temperament get in the way of enjoying what life has to offer. You’re going to wake up one day and realize you missed out on a lot of fun things because everyone around you is having the time of their lives while you’re busy being realistic. Pushing people away because you’re not letting them in, because you can’t, or won’t—”
He put his hands on her face and kissed her.