Title: Man Candy
Author: Jessica Ingro
Release Date: April 1, 2015
He’s too sexy…
When Ben Harris agreed to fill in as a cover model at an author signing he wasn’t sure what to expect, but women throwing themselves at him, numbers being stuffed in his pocket, and covert attempts at getting into his hotel room definitely wasn’t it. On the other hand, there is the hottie assistant he can’t keep his eyes off…
…for her love.
Clarissa Darling is always eager to be her cousin’s assistant at signings, but the one thing she wasn’t planning on this time around is the sexy man candy posing for pictures at her table. The last thing she needs is another womanizing playboy chasing after her.
Ben is determined to show Clarissa that he’s more than just a pretty face and smoking body. He’s betting on wearing her down and weakening her resistance. Will one taste of this man candy be all it takes to have her craving more?
Man Candy Deleted Scene
by Jessica Ingro
Today was the big day. All the preparations and stress were coming to an end and the two of us were going to start a new phase of our lives together.
I looked out the window and saw Rissa standing under a tree in her white sundress. My heart skipped a beat like it always did when I saw her and a smile spread across my face. God I loved that woman and starting tonight things would only get better between us.
The last eight months with her had been incredible. Once Rissa finally opened up to me, there was nothing holding her back. The love that poured out of her humbled me on more than one occasion. There was no soul more beautiful than hers.
She constantly told me she was a lucky girl that I chose her to love. Truth is I’m the lucky one. Every day I was grateful that she chose me and that we had a beautiful life together.
Needing to be with her, I turned and headed out of the room. When I walked out on the front porch, my steps quickened until I was practically running towards her. I picked her up and swung her around, making her shriek.
Tanner and Meredith smiled as I spun her around one more time before putting her on her feet.
“If you two are good, we’re going to go,” Meredith said around a big yawn.
“You should definitely get home and put your feet up,” Rissa told her with concern etching her face.
“Me and these little guys will be fine,” she said with a wistful expression on her face. She rubbed her swollen belly and leaned back into Tanner’s chest.
“You better be,” Tanner murmured and placed a kiss on her neck.
I guess you could say Tanner and Meredith surprised the shit out of everyone when they eloped to Vegas and announced she was pregnant with twins. We were all happy for them. They were a perfect fit together and Tanner seemed to be settling into impending fatherhood with surprising ease. I think he was more excited for their arrival than even Meredith.
Although my mother had a lock on being the most excited. Her house was already baby proofed with a nursery set up in Tanner’s old bedroom. She said mine and Rissa’s kids could go in my old room. I hated to tell her, but she would have to wait a while for that one.
“Thanks again for coming,” I told them when we walked them to Tanner’s truck.
He lifted Mer up into it, then shut the door and turned to face me. We gave each other a hand shake followed a back slapping hug.
“Anytime. See you later, Rissa.” He gave her a quick wave and was gone.
“Bye,” she called out as he reversed from the driveway.
“Alone at last,” I whispered in her ear.
“Want to go christen the kitchen?” I bit her earlobe making her moan.
“After we unpack your stuff.”
“All of it?” I grumbled.
She nodded in answer.
“But that’s going to take hours,” I complained.
“I’ll help you.”
“Can’t we christen the kitchen first?”
“Come on. I’ll help you and it’ll go faster. And to sweeten the pot, I’ll even break out the chocolate syrup later when we christen the kitchen.”
“Will the syrup be on you or on me?”
“On you, silly.” She licked her lip suggestively and I had to admit my body took notice.
I pursed my lips in thought as if I really needed to think that one over. “Okay you have a deal.”
I carried her over the threshold and upstairs to our room. Setting her on her feet, I kissed her breathless before moving away to turn my iPod on. Tunes were definitely necessary while we got down to the daunting task of merging our two lives into one.
It had taken me a long time to convince Rissa that we should move in together. We spent every night together anyway, so it just made sense. I was sick of shuffling clothes around and having multiples of things spread between the two houses.
After she agreed, my house sold within a month and even though it felt like the longest month of my life, it was worth it. Because now she was mine permanently.
What must have been hours later, all of my belongings—clothes, books, toiletries, everything—had a home in Rissa’s house.
Turning up the volume, I pulled her into my arms and started dancing around the bedroom with her while I sang One Direction’s “Better Than Words” to her.
“I can’t believe you know the words to a boy band song,” she teased.
“I’m culturally diverse.” At her you can’t bullshit me look, I told her the truth. “Every time I hear the song it makes me think of you so I can’t bring myself to turn it.”
“You’re such a big softy.”
“I’m not sure that’s such a good thing. I thought you liked me hard.”
“Hard… soft… I love you either way.”
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Jessica is the author of the Love Square series. She grew up in Central New York, where currently lives with her husband and three dogs. Her days are spent as a Security Analyst at an IT consulting company. In her free time, she enjoys reading books and developing ideas for her own stories. Writing is her secret passion that she’s been fostering since elementary school, when she wrote her first book about a puppy. It has always been a dream of hers to be able to share her stories with the world.
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