MORE THAN FRIENDS
by Jessica Jayne
Publication Date: October 7, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Jeni Acerna’s longstanding friends-with-benefits relationship with her bestie, Brian Hamilton, has been both blissful and troublesome. Unable to commit to any other relationship, she compares everyone to Brian in or out of bed. She has been in lust (and love) with him for years. Fear of losing him has prevented her from confronting him with her feelings.
After several months of not seeing each other, Jeni and Brian meet in Cleveland for a friend’s wedding. Their weekend getaway, however, is anything but normal. A five hundred dollar bet. A tryst in a garden. Their passion picks up where it left off – hot and heavy. However, this time Brian wants more than Jeni just in his bed. Can he can convince her to take the risk?
EXCLUSIVE REAL EXCERPT
Jeni walked down the terminal corridor and ducked into the closest restroom. She peered at herself in the mirror and ran her fingers through her long, chestnut hair, letting it fall over her shoulders. She pulled out her lip gloss from the side pocket of her brown shoulder bag and spread it over her lips.
She smiled. Now, she didn’t look liked she’d been crammed into a plane seat for over two hours, shifting about trying to find a comfortable position. She never minded travel, in fact, she rather enjoyed it, but the excitement at seeing Brian had made her restless.
She headed for the escalator that would take her to the baggage claim area, where Brian would meet her. Her heart raced a bit as the organ always did when it had been a while since she’d seen him. She could never really explain why the jitters overtook her. They had known each other for eternity, but the butterflies fluttered in her stomach anyway.
As she stepped on the escalator, she saw him standing at the bottom, waiting. His lopsided smile spread across his lips when he noticed her. His Ohio State baseball cap was pulled low, just how she loved it, and his dark brown curls wisped out from underneath. A black T-shirt clung to his torso, showing off the lean muscle tone of his arms and chest. Light blue jeans slung low on his hips. His chocolate eyes sparkled as he looked up her descent.
Several people stood between Jeni and Brian on the escalator, but she didn’t care. She hustled down the moving stairs, slinging her large duffel bag over her shoulder. When she reached the bottom step, she tossed her bag to the side and threw her arms around his neck. He picked her up and swung her around. Bystanders probably thought they were lovers who hadn’t seen each other in a while.
Well, in some ways, that was an accurate assessment.
Jeni buried her face in his neck. He smelled refreshing and familiar. Fresh mint with a hint of sandalwood and something just him. God, she loved his scent. Made her feel at home.
“I never realize how much I miss you until I see you again.” His words brushed past her ear and sent shivers through her.
“I know what you mean.” Pulling back from her nestled spot on his neck, her gaze landed on his. Warm eyes, twinkling with mischief. His smile remained. “You look great!” She kissed his cheek.
“As do you.” He placed a gentle kiss on her lips. His mouth was soft and moved over hers lightly. He slid his tongue over the seam of her lips, and Jeni moaned, unable to stop the sound from escaping her. His smile stretched against her lips. He thought that sound meant she’d fold. Uh-uh!
She pulled back from the kiss and grinned at him. If she let that kiss go any further, he would be correct, and they would barely make it back to his car. She shook her head and smirked. He twisted his lips in disappointment, but his chocolate eyes danced with the challenge. Then he grabbed her bag and her hand and walked out of the airport towards his car.
ABOUT JESSICA JAYNE
Jessica is a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that makes you read novels and write about them! Now she is thrilled to be able to share all the stories floating around in her head!
Jessica loves to travel and travel often! She’s a huge sports fan, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes! She’s a wine-making (and wine-tasting) aficionado. She loves all music. And nothing is better than sunset at the beach!
In the journey of life, she also married a wonderful man and had three beautiful (and sometimes crazy) children. Life is always an adventure.