So we’ve given you Chapter 1 and Chapter 2…now enjoy Chapter 3 of HITCHED, our very SEXy contemporary romance, coming November 23!
What happens in Vegas
I wander the room, a little lost and a lot hung-over, still looking for my other shoe, which appears to have disappeared entirely. When room service comes, I sign for it and then stare at a table of food meant for two. I don’t want to eat, but I know I need something in my stomach to absorb the alcohol.
Copious amounts of carbs, coffee, and orange juice perk me up enough to finish getting ready. I decide a shower sounds nice, since I smell like sex, sweat, and alcohol.
I hate dressing in the clothes I wore all night, but I have no choice. I’m staring down at the marriage license, once again struck dumb by the body double who must have taken over last night, when my phone rings.
“Kacie!” My brother sounds chipper, damn him.
“Hey, Tate. I’ll be coming home soon. How was your night?” Better to divert attention away from how my night went.
“Oh, you know, a fun fling I won’t ever have to see again.”
There must be something in my voice, because his tone becomes more serious. “You okay, sis? Did something happen with Mr. Hottie?”
“I’m fine. He was great.” So great, I fucking married him. Ha!
He doesn’t sound convinced. “Okay, well. I want details. It’s about time you got out there and had some meaningless sex with the hottest guy in Vegas, besides me of course.”
“Of course,” I say with a smile.
“Get your ass home.”
I hang up and look around once more. His overnight bag is at the foot of the bed, his suit from last night tossed over it. Taking my gold ring off, which is reluctant to leave my finger, I place it next to Sebastian’s copy of the marriage certificate. He wanted a text, but that feels like it would open up too much communication between us. Instead, knowing he’d have to come back to get his stuff, I jot down my address and phone number, and leave—without my other shoe.
Exiting the hotel, the heat assaults me, bathing me in a sheen of sweat, choking me with the dry heat, and burning my bare feet with too-hot pavement. Nothing beats Vegas in the summer. I’d leave to spend the season elsewhere if it weren’t the biggest moneymaking season of the year.
Tate, Vi and I took a cab here last night, knowing we’d all be too drunk to drive, so I hail one again and get home fifteen minutes later to the welcoming air conditioning of our three bedroom duplex. Tate is wearing a robe and boxer shorts, dark hair artfully messy and blue eyes showing no signs of over-drinking. My eyes, normally the same shade, are blood shot and still hurt.
He hands me a cup of coffee, heavy with the cream and sugar, and raises an eyebrow at my bare feet.
I hold up my shoe. “The other one is MIA,” I explain, sipping on the hot and divinely good java.
He appraises me and smiles. “You look like you got good and tumbled last night.”
“You have no idea.”
“Do tell,” he says, gripping my shoulder and guiding me into the living room, where Vi is lounging on the couch, reading a thriller.
“I didn’t know you’d be here.” I shove her feet off the couch and sit next to her.
“I crashed here last night. Where did you end up?”
I hand her the manila envelope I’ve been carrying. “Doing this.”
Tate looks over her shoulder as she pulls out the paperwork. Her jaw drops. Tate almost spits out his coffee.
“What the actual fuck?” Her eyes are wide. “You married him?”
Tate pushes me into the middle of the couch and sits next to me. “Honey, we need to have a talk about sex. You don’t have to marry the guy just because you fucked him.”
I punch his shoulder. “I don’t even remember doing it. I drank. A lot.”
“No shit.” Vi hands me back the license. “What’s he like?”
“He’s a surgeon who saves the lives of children. So he’s pretty much perfect. From what I can recall. He’s gorgeous and sexy and amazing in bed. I remember that much. I just don’t know how we got from hot sex to ‘I do’ in the course of a night.”
“He must have been some lay,” Tate says. “When are you going to see him again?”
“I’m not.” But God I want to. This man has ruined sex for me, at least with anyone but him. “This is over. We’re getting it annulled. It’s the best thing.”
“Do you like him?” Vi asks.
“What do you mean?”
She rolls her eyes. “I mean, do you like him? I know you liked the sex. Sounds like the man could seduce a nun and live to tell the tale. Plus, he’s a modern day super hero who saves little kids. So, the only other question is, do you like him as a person?”
I think about it a second, but I could have answered right away. “Yes.” Even though I don’t know him very well, or at least can’t remember knowing him, I like him.
She pats my arm, a knowing smile on her lips. “Then, honey, don’t blow this. Marriage might have been a bit… extreme on your first night. But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep dating the man. You don’t meet many like him in this world.”