Ava is eager to say “buh bye” to 2017. After her parents’ health woes, totaled car, deceased pet, and legal worries, what else could go wrong on the last night of December?
Stood up for her friends’ party, all dressed up and no place to go, she returns her secretive neighbor’s escaped dog.
Next door, Caleb’s not faring much better. His career and marriage are over, and the only bright spot in his future is the disobedient dog he’s adopted, until his sexy neighbor turns up on his doorstep.
Caleb extends a neighborly welcome to Ava and their evening is full of banter and candor, a refreshing change for both. The skinny dip in the hot tub to ring in the New Year signals what could be an unexpected and wonderful new beginning—with each other.
“Hi,” he said, leaning to the side to eye what she held at her hip. “Delivery?”
She tipped her lips in a chagrined smile. “Yeah. Mine. Which I received ten seconds before my front door shut and locked behind me.”
“More like ‘fuck me.’”
He raised his brows. If you say so. Jerking off had gotten so very old. “Things aren’t going so hot tonight, huh?”
“You could say that.” Ava hitched the pizza boxes higher on her hip and sighed. “Anyway, my phone is locked in my house and I don’t have a spare key outside. Is there any chance I could borrow your phone to call for someone to bring me their spare?”
“No problem.” Privacy is overrated, isn’t it? Releasing his grip on the doorframe, he nodded. “Come on in. Let me grab my phone.”
“Actually, I can make a deal. I’ll share half of this grub with you in exchange for intruding to make a phone call.”
Intruding? Hardly. He admired her non-creepy forwardness. “You’re on.”
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